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Tuition fees and living costs

Broadly speaking, if you are ordinarily resident in the UK (or the Channel Islands or Republic of Ireland) and have been for at least three years prior to the start of your course, you’ll pay what are known as ‘home’ fees.

There are numerous criteria to determine whether you will be paying ‘home’ fees. For a comprehensive overview, check out the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website. They have an extensive guide explaining who is eligible for ‘home’ fee status. We’ve also prepared a summary about understanding your tuition fee status.

Price-freezing policy

Our fees commitment means your tuition fees are fixed throughout your course and applies to all undergraduate honours degree students, including those who start on an integrated Foundation Year.

After you’ve started at BU, there will be no changes to your fees – irrespective of future changes in government policy or rises in maximum fee levels. This applies to new entrants, as well as all our current students. For more information about fees and costs for specific courses, visit our course pages – where you’ll also find fees for our Integrated Master’s degrees.

2022 entry fees for UK, CI & ROI students

Our full-time tuition fees for UK, CI and ROI students for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for a Bachelor’s degree (including Foundation years) at one of our campuses or Partner Colleges. For more information about fees and costs for specific courses, visit our course pages – here, you will also find our fees for Integrated Master’s degrees.

If you spend a year on a work placement as part of your course, your fee for this year will be significantly lower at £1,850.

Studying part-time?

Part time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full time fee. 

2022 entry fees for international students

Our annual full-time tuition fee for international students joining us in 2022/23 is between £15,250 and £16,500 for an undergraduate (BA/BSc/BEng) degree delivered at one of our campuses or partner colleges.

For more information about the fees applicable to specific courses, please see your offer letter if you already have one. Alternatively, visit our course pages.

If you are studying a course that includes a work placement, making it four years long instead of three, the placement year carries a much lower fee – currently £1,850.

What does your tuition fee include?

Your tuition fee covers all the expenses associated with your course, including tuition materials, access to facilities and field trips. This will include:

  • Consumables for lab and field-based teaching activity, such as chemicals and other materials
  • UK fieldwork and associated travel costs
  • Lab coats, glasses and standard enclosed headphones (where applicable)
  • First-set of consumables, such as a DVD or memory stick.

There are certain things associated with your studies that you will be expected to pay for, which may include:

  • Text books
  • Printing and photocopying
  • UK telephone and travel costs for interviews, coursework and securing placements
  • Optional and experiential fieldwork in the UK and abroad, and associated travel costs
  • Outdoor wear and footwear suitable for fieldwork (where applicable)
  • Inter-campus travel.

For more information about the fees applicable to specific courses, please see your offer letter if you already have one, or visit our course pages.

Paying your fees

Fees policy

The university reviews its fees and fees policy annually. View our Fees Policy for more information.

Living costs

Setting up a budget is all well and good, but it can be difficult to plan properly before you’ve arrived at university and worked out how much everything costs each week or month.

The information below is designed as a guide to your living expenses at university. You will be able to calculate your own personal budget once you know your outgoings.

Expenditure Per month Per year Notes
Rent (if you are living in university accommodation,this is paid in one instalment each term) £5,202 to £7,182 Average rent for a standard room on a 42-week tenancy. Private rented accommodation tenancy agreements are usually 11 months. You can compare BU accommodation prices for 2021/22 entry in our accommodation price guide (pdf 46kb).
Bills (gas, electric, water, sewerage and internet) £0 (university accommodation)

£50 (non-university accommodation)

£0 (university accommodation)

£525 (non-university accommodation)

All of these bills are included in the cost of your rent if you are living in halls of residence/Unilet accommodation.

Otherwise, expect to pay around £50 per month.

Local bus travel £0 (university accommodation)

£25 (non-university accommodation)

£0 (university accommodation)

£250 (non-university accommodation)

An annual bus pass is included in your rent if you are living in halls of residence/Unilet accommodation.

Otherwise, it costs £250 for unlimited travel on specified BU and more bus routes for 90 days.

Food, toiletries and household items £245 £2,200 These figures are based on the National Union of Students cost of living survey
Laundry costs £13 to £26 £156 to £312 Launderette facilities in halls of residence are coin/card operated. Unilet houses are fitted with washing machines, so this is included in the rent.
Insurance for personal possessions £70 We recommend you insure your personal possessions. This can also be paid monthly by direct debit.
TV licence £159 You can also pay for your TV licence in weekly, monthly or quarterly instalments. Check whether you need one at the TV Licensing website.
Course materials £18 to £53 £210 to £630 For example, core textbooks, photocopying, stationery and other consumables.

These figures are based on a 12-month period and have been gathered from a range of sources.

You may find one of the following online calculators can help you work out your budget:

Start-up costs

Don’t forget that there are certain things you’ll need to buy when you start university, as these won’t be provided by your accommodation. They include:

  • Bedding (sheets, pillows, duvets)
  • Towels and tea towels
  • Cups, bowls and plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cooking utensils and saucepans.

You may just want to bring the bare minimum of kitchen equipment, cutlery and crockery when you start university, as you and your housemates may decide to buy some of the essentials together and split the cost.

Page history:

10 June 22: how to pay your fees information updated

14 February 22: page updated to communicate the payment options based on whether applicants/student are from the UK or Overseas.

4 October 21: page updated to reflect the 2022/23 fees.