Further Financial Guidance

As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme, you will need to think carefully about how you plan to finance your studies.

Before you can be granted a visa to come and study in the UK, you must prove you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition fees and that you have an equivalent of £7,380 for living (maintenance) costs.

University of Chester offers competitive tuition fees for its international students and a relatively affordable cost of living (when comparing to South East region, especially London).

In addition we offer a number of scholarships and discounts, and don’t forget that when you are here, regulations permit you to work for 20 hours per week during term-time and on full-time basis during your holidays!

Generally, all international students are subject to the payment of international student fees to cover the cost of their university education in the UK. However, there are some categories of students who may be eligible to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ student (UK or EU) rate. Broadly speaking these are:

  • Those who have permanent residence in the UK and have been resident in the UK for three years
  • EEA migrant workers and their families in the UK who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • EU nationals and their children who have lived in the EEA for three years
  • Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their families. If you have been granted refugee status in the UK, you may be granted Home Fees status, even if you have lived in the UK less than
  • Those who have applied for asylum and have been granted indefinite leave to enter/remain, and their families

The rules regarding refugees and asylum seekers are complex, so please contact the International Office for advice. If you are in doubt as to whether you fall into any of these categories, please check the UKCISA Guidance Notes. You can also contact the International Office and you will be sent a Fees Assessment Questionnaire form to complete, so that a decision can be made as to your fee status.