Fees, accommodation and living costs

Fees for international students

It is important to think about not only your tuition and accommodation costs but the cost of living too.

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,023 per month, but will vary from student to student. This is a guideline to cover items like accommodation, food, laundry, books, clothes, toiletries and socialising. For up to date information, visit Student visa: Money you need - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Tuition fees - listed below - will be an additional cost, as well as student insurance, the health care surcharge and transfers to and from the airport.

Please note that most places offer student discounts, so make sure you keep your student ID with you to save money on food, entertainment and shopping:

  • Sort out your budget – know your essential outgoings per month so you can work out what’s left to spend
  • Go to student events for cheaper prices
  • Ask shops, restaurants, hairdressers about student discounts
  • Use your UCard (University identification card) to access more discounts
  • Search online for restaurant and cinema vouchers and discounts

UCAS has some useful tips on how to manage money with their budgeting tips

Tuition fees

Find out how much it costs to study your chosen programme at the University of Sheffield International College, as well as accommodation and other costs. 

Fees for studying at the International College

Programme fees

ProgrammeSubject routeNumber of semesters2024/25
International Foundation YearBusiness, Social Sciences and Humanities1.5£19,250


Science and Engineering1.5£21,750

ProgrammeSubject routeNumber of semesters2024/25
Pre-MastersBusiness, Social Sciences and Humanities1.5£20,900


Science and Engineering1.5£21,500


Tuition fee validity

Fees for the 2024/25 academic year are valid for any programme that commences on, or after, 26th August 2024.

ProgrammeSubject routeNumber of  terms2023/242024/25
English language coursesEnglish Language Preparation1 term£5,500£5,500

2 terms£11,000£11,000

English for Pre-Masters1 term£5,500£5,500

2 terms£11,000£11,000

Online English for Pre-Masters10 weeks
Accommodation feesFor accommodation costs, visit the accommodation page
Manchester airport pick-up (one-way transfer)

Coach: Free (depending on your programme start date and arrival date)

Taxi: £97

StudyCare Insurance (up to 12 months)£450 (£8.65 per week). Prices are indicative.
StudyCare Insurance (24 months fixed)£720 (£6.93 per week)
Immigration Health SurchargePlease visit the Gov.uk pages to read more about how much you need to pay

Confirmation payment & tuition fees

 Once you have received an offer of a place at the International Study Centre, you are required to pay a confirmation payment. The security deposit is held to cover damages and any other incidental expenses. Any monies left at the end of your programme will be returned to you. If you do not require a student visa you must pay your confirmation payment and advance tuition fees payment no later than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

When? Amount (GBP) 
Confirmation payment at point of confirming offer to study

£1,000 security deposit

£260 administration fee (non-refundable)

Prior to applying for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (‘CAS’)

£6,000 advance tuition fees payment  

Please note: this is in addition to the initial confirmation payment taking the total fees paid prior to applying for your CAS to £7,260.

28 days prior to start of 1st semesterBalance of 1st Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter
2 months prior to start of 2nd semesterBalance of 2nd Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter

For certain territories, you may be required to pay a higher amount in respect of advance tuition fees. Details will be set out in the individual payment plan attached to your offer letter. For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.

Pay your fees

Visit our how to pay page to find out how to pay for your tuition fees.

All international students should have accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK. This will make you feel more secure because not having the proper coverage can be extremely difficult and expensive.

You can take out our own Study Care Insurance policy or alternative cover with a third party. The StudyCare Insurance policy covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. It is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university. Insurance cover is offered for flexible terms of up to 12 or 24 months (fixed), allowing you to choose a policy duration that fits your needs. If you select 24 months, you will be covered for the duration of your pathway programme plus the first year of your degree.

Find out more

All students under the age of 18 at the start of their course will receive our guardianship service free of charge. A guardian will support you during your time in the UK until you turn 18. More information will be provided after you apply.

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How to pay

Find out more about our fees and how you can view and pay for your tuition on our payment platform.

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Entry requirements

Find out the academic and English language entry requirements for your chosen programme at the International College.

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The International College offers scholarships to international students who show academic excellence. Find out if you are eligible.

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