Students in a kitchen at halls

What costs are involved?

There are two main costs to consider:

  • Tuition fees – these apply for every year of study. How much you pay depends on your fee status.
  • Living costs – these 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.

Drawing up a budget


Your income may include money from a wide range of sources, such as:

  • 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 can search for available scholarships in one place using our scholarships search tool.


Check out our Cost of living in London guide to see what you can expect to spend during an academic year at Imperial. This guide does not include your tuition fees so remember to 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 about the 'miscellaneous' costs, which can all add up over time, for example:

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

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