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What costs are involved?

There are two main costs to consider:

  • tuition fees
  • living costs

 apply for every year of study. How much you pay depends on whether you are a Home/EU student or an Overseas/Islands student.

Your annual living costs meanwhile will very much depend on your lifestyle. 

Drawing up a budget

Your budget needs to be sufficiently detailed to avoid any unwelcome surprises. Before you begin your course it is a good idea to plan what income you expect to have for every year of your course and match this against your planned expenditure.


Your income may include money from a wide range of sources including:

  • loans and grants
  • bursaries
  • scholarships
  • family contributions
  • savings
  • earnings from a part-time job (though you should aim to work no more than 10–15 hours per week, and mainly at weekends, to leave enough time for your studies. Overseas students need to check the rules  for working in the UK before starting any job)

We encourage Home undergraduate students to use our Student Finance calculator to estimate the Imperial Bursary and government support available for you. Home/EU and international undergraduates may also find Brightside's student calculator useful.

All students (undergraduate and postgraduate, regardless of nationality) can search available scholarships in one place using our scholarships search tool.


Check out our rough guide to what you can expect to spend during an academic year at Imperial. This guide does not include your tuition fees so you should also take these into account.

The reality of your living costs will depend on your lifestyle, whether you're living at home or away and how good you are with your money. See our money saving tips.

One of the biggest pitfalls when thinking about your expenditure is forgetting to think about the 'miscellaneous' costs, which can all add up over time, for example:

  • haircuts
  • birthday gifts
  • mobile phone bills
  • TV licence

Read a blog by our student blogger Jelle about the top 10 'luxury' items that he's invested in since coming to Imperial – this might serve as a useful reminder of some of the costs that you might not have thought about.

We recommend budgeting for a 5% rise in inflationary costs for each year of your course.