Tuition fees and living costs

To gain a UK student visa, applicants must show that they have enough funds for both academic costs and living expenses. Our offer letters state the annual tuition fee and a monthly allowance for living expenses.

Tuition fees

2020 fees for International students

The tuition fees for international students starting their course in autumn 2020 are:

  • BMBS Medicine: £35,750 
  • Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (including Law): £18,500
  • Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, and Economics: £18,200
  • Engineering, Physics (including Combined Honours Maths & Physics), Geology, Mining, Biosciences, Geography, Medical Sciences (including Nursing), Psychology and Sport Sciences£22,950
  • Flexible Combined Honours: £19,500
  • Mathematics and Computer Science (including Mathematics with Accounting/Economics/Finance/Management): £20,950

Please note that the prices listed above are subject to change as we work to ensure an outstanding student experience. Our current policy is to increase tuition fees in each year of study. We will confirm our fees and any changes that will apply during your course on our student fees page.

If we make you an offer of a place, we will confirm your fees in writing via email. From 2020 entry, your fee as a continuing student may increase by up to 5% in each subsequent year of study to take into account inflationary pressures.

Rebecca Chow, from Hong Kong, BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Although I love studying in the nice, green campus environment at Exeter, it is the academic environment which really makes it special here. Exeter is just a place that is really good for study. It has a great reputation and the people and everything around you help you focus on studying.

There’s more than enough support for international students at Exeter. The International Society here helps you to meet other international students so you won’t feel alone in the UK. I have friends from all sorts of different countries, and you can make friends easily because of all the events the University provides to help you to meet more people. As an international student it’s also great to be able to travel to other European countries, and I’ve visited Spain and Germany while I’ve been here.

There are so many societies and volunteering opportunities to join in with too, so you won’t ever feel bored. I’m a member of Community Action and St John Ambulance, and have been in the Skydiving, Gliding and Ski Club societies too. I’m also a student helper at INTO, and am part of the International Welcome team too.

When I finish studying here I don’t want to leave Exeter, but try and find a job here instead.

Rebecca Chow, from Hong Kong, BSc Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Living costs

In addition to the cost of tuition fees, when you apply for your visa you will also need to provide evidence that you can afford living expenses of at least £1015 per month for 9 months, ie. a minimum of £9,135 (the actual amount spent may differ according to your needs).

These costs are an estimate and actual costs will vary according to your type of accommodation and lifestyle. For further details of the cost of living in the South West, please see the International Students’ Guide and the Accommodation Office website. For further assistance with realistic budgeting for your time in the UK you might want to use the International Student Calculator tool (links to the Which University website).


Some departments provide partial scholarships to international students and you are advised to check the Funding website.

The Career Zone, our on-campus job shop in Exeter and Cornwall, provides assistance with finding part-time work where this is permissible.