The Top Affordable Universities in The UK
by Admin Posted 23 November, 2021

Why study in the UK? 

Excellent education standards paired with England’s dreamy historical landscapes makes for the perfect student life experience.

Universities in the UK can be pricey, but England has a long-standing position of providing world-class learning with qualifications acknowledged globally.


What does studying at universities in the UK cost?

 London is known for being one of the most expensive areas in the world for international students. Tuition fees can typically range from £10,000 up to £33,000 per year. These costs can be even higher for students taking law or medical-related courses.

 For non-EU students considering making the UK their study abroad destination on a budget, you will be able to support your student life by working 20 hours per week during the term. 

If you have impressive schooling achievements and are hoping to study for free - scholarships for international students in the UK are surprisingly easy to apply for. How so? Simply compile a list of companies in line with the course you’re interested in, find out which of these organisations offer student aid programs and lastly, submit an application form along with your financial support requirements. Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships are both government-funded options you can apply for. 


To help narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of the top universities in the UK with the cheapest tuition fees. Bear in mind, however, low tuition fees do not make these institutions any less competitive than the top universities in London. 


Top 5 UK universities with the cheapest tuition:

 Located in Carlisle, a city consistently ranked high in terms of happiness, the University of Cumbria invites students from all over the world to study whilst surrounded by nature. With a reputation for being interdisciplinary and prioritising the student experience, Cumbria is ranked quite high amongst Indian students studying in the UK.

Tuition fees - £9250.


 A unique feature of Harper Adams University is that all undergraduate courses include industry placement for students to gain experience ahead of graduating. Located in Newport, United Kingdom, Harper Adams boasts an employment rate of 98%. 

Tuition fees - £10,200


 Focused on providing inspiring education and recognised as one of the most inclusive academic institutions in the UK, York St John University holds an impressive employability rate of 94%. 

Tuition fees - £10,000

 With a whole team dedicated to supporting international students and industry-leading research, the values-led Staffordshire University has been ranked in the top 100 universities in the UK for many years. The university is located in Stroke-on-Trent, England.

Tuition fees - £10,900


 Voted University of the year for Student Experience by The Times, Coventry University has a high international student population. The university is located in Coventry, England.

Tuition fees - £11,750

Helpful suggestions when applying:

Typically, admission can be competitive for even the most cheap universities in the UK, due to the overall high standard of academics, however, there are a couple of things you can do for your application to stand out, namely:


  • Get your application in early.

  • Write your motivational letter explaining why you want to study in the UK and not your country of origin. Emphasise why the course you have selected is suited to you by highlighting your knowledge and passion for the subject.

  • Add your employment history to your motivational letter as it will showcase your working background and performance skills. Adding references will speak for your capabilities. 

Indian students will need a visa before studying in the UK, making it essential to find out if your chosen university is listed on the Register of Tier 4 Sponsors, for your application to be approved. Visa applications cost £348 and the processing period can take up to 3 weeks. You will also be required to provide the following documents when applying for your Tier 4 student visa:

· Record of your grades.

· Proof of finances.

· Competence in English.

· References and a motivational letter.


We understand moving to the UK to study as an international student can be overwhelming but we hope with the above list of tips and high-quality yet cheap universities in the UK to choose from, the process might be more daunting. Book a free consultation with us here.