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Study Abroad fees and living costs

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Cardiff is ranked as the most cost-effective university city in the UK, according to the 2019 NatWest Student Living Index.

Tuition fees for 2019/20

If you are coming to Cardiff as an exchange student through one of our partner institutions, you will not need to pay tuition fees.

If your home university or study abroad provider is not paying your tuition, these are the current fees for studying here:

Arts-based subjects 
Full year£14,985
Single semester£7,493
Science-based subjects 
Full year£18,855
Single semester£9,428

If a sponsor is paying your fees

If your home university or study abroad provider is paying your tuition or housing fees, all we need is a letter of confirmation from them so that we can produce and send an invoice.

This letter can be sent to fees@cardiff.ac.uk and must:

  • be on official headed paper
  • provide confirmation that fees are to be paid on behalf of the student
  • include the student’s name
  • provide full contact details of the invoice recipient
  • be signed by the university or the study abroad provider representative.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that a single student living in University accommodation is likely to need an average of £8,996 for a full academic year or £4,498 for one semester.

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for studying outside London is £1,015 per month.

When you become a student at Cardiff University, you get a student card which entitles you to discounts in many shops and restaurants. You can also use it to apply for travel discount cards like a rail card or coach card.

These estimates include accommodation, food, books, clothes, travel, telephone and social expenses.

Our living costs calculator can help you decide what your average living costs would look like based on international student expenditure at Cardiff University.

Comparisons with other university cities

Cardiff came first in the 2019 Natwest Student Living Index of the most cost-effective university cities in the UK. The Index was based on student income, monthly expenditure and life balance.

Get in touch

If you have any questions regarding finance, please contact our Student Support Service.