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Most Affordable UK Universities You Can Study At

Universities in the UK are some of the most expensive in Europe with public universities charging between £5500-£10,000 in ‘home’ fees. For international students, they charge between £3000-£8000 or even higher as international fees in addition to the home fees. At private universities, these fees are even higher. University education in the UK is not cheap, especially for international students. 

However, in this article, we have highlighted some of the universities in the UK with affordable fees, especially for Nigerian students. 

1. University of Chester

The University of Chester is a public university founded in 1839 in Chester, England. The institution is the fifth oldest university in the UK just behind Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, and London. They offer courses in undergraduate and postgraduate studies from business to medical sciences to law, and humanities, among others. 

The tuition fee per year at the University of Chester for international students is £13,450 for postgraduate studies and £13,750 for MBA. While for undergraduate studies, it starts at £9,750 for the first year and increases to £13,450 for Years 2 to 4. The school also grants accommodation to international and exchange students while students coming into the UK with dependents are given private accommodation guides. 

2. University of West London

The University of West London is a public research university founded in 1860. The university has campuses in Ealing, Brentford, Reading, and Berkshire, and some of the colleges include the School of Law, the London School of Film, Media, and Design, the London College of Music, the School of Computing and Engineering, College of Nursing, Midwifery, and Healthcare, etc. 

The tuition is different for the different courses at the University of West London, with the least tuition starting from £14,250. However, EU students pay the UK students’ school fees which is £9,250. International students are required to 50% of their school fees while they spread the remaining 50% over three months. 

3. Leeds Beckett University

Formerly known as Leeds Metropolitan University, the Leeds Beckett University was established in 1824 as the Leeds Mechanics Institute. It is one of the cheapest universities in the UK for international students, as its fees range from £2,100 to £16,000 depending on the course level.

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For students undertaking the pre-sessional 6 weeks course, their pay is £2,100 while Masters students pay £16,000 for most courses. Students are required to pay 50% of their tuition or provide evidence of a scholarship before starting their course. The remaining 50% is expected to be paid within 3 months after starting the course. Leeds Beckett University also offers international students scholarships between £1000-£4000.

4. Teesside University

Teesside University is a public university located in Middlesbrough, England. The university has over 21,000 students in courses ranging from accounting and economics, art & design, media & journalism, and nursing, among others. 

At Teesside University, international students on a full-time undergraduate degree pay £15,000 in tuition fees. For full details on the fees of international students, visit this page.

5. University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is a public university in Carlisle, Cumbria. It has other campuses in London, Lancaster, and Ambleside. Established as Charlotte Mason College in 1882, it became the University of Cumbria in 2007. The University of Cumbria offers more than 415 undergraduate and postgraduate courses ranging from health to business, industry & leadership to education to science & environment, and arts. 

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For international students, the undergraduate tuition fee ranges from £13,575 to £16,400. While for postgraduate students, the tuition ranges from £13,575 to £16,400, with the MBA going for £15,375. 

6. Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is a public university in Staffordshire, England. Established as the School of Mining in 1906, it became Staffordshire University in 1992. From its origin as a science and technology institute, the university now offers courses ranging from acting and drama to archaeology to computing to criminology to law to music and sound, and psychology, among others. 

With fees ranging from £14,500 to £19,000 for undergraduate international students, Staffordshire ranks as one of the cheapest universities in the UK. The school also offers the SMART Scholarship which is a £3000 discount on the recipient’s tuition every year. 

7. Coventry University

Coventry University is a public university in Coventry, England. Its root is traceable to the Coventry School of Design which was founded in 1843, and it became the Coventry University in 1843. The university offers up to 425 courses for international students, both online and onsite. Here is a list of international courses offered by Coventry University.

The tuition fee for international students ranges between £16,800 – £19,850 while the school also offers scholarships. These scholarships include the Elite scholarship which covers all the recipient’s fees, the Excellence scholarship which is merit-based and based on academic performance, and the Development scholarship which is limited to certain courses and nationalities. 

Closing Thoughts 

In seeking admission to a UK university as an international student, you need to apply for a student visa. And one of the fundamental requirements of a student visa is proof of one year’s living cost in your bank account. You also need to provide your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university. 

David Olujinmi

David Olujinmi studies Engineering but his true passion is research and analysis. He writes about finance, particularly the capital market, investment banking, and asset management. More »

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