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International students Cost of living

Preparing your budget for the duration of your studies is probably the most important thing you can do before leaving home.

Student budget calculator

The Student budget calculator is a great tool for helping international students plan and manage their money for studying in the UK.

Budget/cost of living

Although Glasgow is one of the least expensive cities in the UK, you may find that living here is more expensive than in your home country. It's important that you plan your budget in advance and take into consideration all expenses you may have while studying here.

If you're bringing your spouse or any dependants with you, you'll have to provide £680 per month living costs for each person who accompanies you.*

While most international students are entitled to work part-time, don't expect to rely on these earnings to support you during your studies.

*This statutory figure, set by our Government, applies to students who study outside of London.

Take a look at our cost of living 2020/21 guide.

Work during studies

International students coming to the UK to study on a Tier 4 visa are entitled to work part-time for up to 20 hours* per week during term time, and full- time during vacations. If you're a research student, you're not permitted to work full time during university vacations as you'll be expected to continue with your research during vacation periods. 

You can work full time for the four month ‘extra’ period on your visa as long as you finish your study on time.

*Tier 4 students on pre-sessional courses will be limited to 10 hours per week.

Student visitors are not permitted to undertake paid or unpaid work or participate in a work placement.

EEA students have no restrictions on their work conditions.

Council Tax

The Council Tax is set by local authorities to help pay for certain services they provide. Find out more about eligibility and exemption.

Personal finances

You should think about how you're going to get your money to the UK – having a member of your family transfer your funds to your UK bank account once it's opened is probably the safest method.