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  • Visa guidance & accomodation

Student Life in England

The United Kingdom (UK) is located off the northeastern coast of the European mainland. The country includes the island of Great Britain (which is made up of Wales, Scotland and England) and the northeastern part of the island of Ireland. Note that when SkillMe refers to United Kingdom it is synonymous with England. This is important because the education system including visa and financing varies between Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. 

The capital of England is London housing a large population of 9 million Londoners out of a 55.98 million population. It is also the home to four of the world’s top 20 universities including the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and UCL. With over 130 higher education institutions around the country to choose from, experience and study in an environment that you prefer, ranging from bustling city life, open quiet grass lands to universities close to the coastlines overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Universities in England

Top universities in the England offered by SkillMe:

  • Top - 2021
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine

1 – Durham University

2 – Lancaster University

3 – University of Exeter

4 – University of Birmingham

5 – University of Bristol

6 – University of Manchester

7 – University of York

8 – Newcastle University

9 – Royal Holloway University of London

10 – University of East Anglia

1 – Queen’s University Belfast

2 – Durham University

3 – University of Exeter

4 – University of Birmingham

5 – Lancaster University

6 – Newcastle University

7 – University of Manchester

8 – Queen Mary University of London

9 – Swansea University

10 – University of Sussex

1 – University of Sheffield

2 – Newcastle University

3 – Queen’s University Belfast

4 – University of Liverpool

5 – Ulster University

6 – Northumbria University

7 – University of the West of England

8 – University of Plymouth

9 – De Montfort University

10 – Nottingham Trent University

1 – University of Exeter

2 – Durham University

3 – Lancaster University

4 – City University of London

5 – University of York

6 – University of Manchester

7 – University of Stirling

8 – University of Sheffield

9 – University of Birmingham

10 – Newcastle University

1 – Durham University

2 – University of Manchester

3 – University of Birmingham

4 – University of Exeter

5 – University of Bristol

6 – University of York

7 – University of Sheffield

8 – Lancaster University

9 – Swansea University

10 – Newcastle University

1 – University of Bristol

2 – Swansea University

3 – University of Manchester

4 – University of Leicester

5 – University of Sheffield

6 – University of Plymouth

7 – University of Surrey

8 – University of Liverpool

9 – Queen’s University Belfast

10 – Queen Mary University of London

1 – Durham University

2 – University of Exeter

3 – University of Exeter

4 – Lancaster University

5 – University of York

6 – Queens University Belfast

7 – University of Sheffield

8 – University of Bristol

9 – University of Manchester

10 – University of Birmingham

1 – Queen Mary University of London

2 – Swansea University

3 – University of Bristol

4 – Newcastle University

5 – Queen’s University Belfast

6 – Keele University

7 – University of Exeter

8 – University of Brighton

9 – University of Sheffield

10 – Lancaster University

The rankings of the universities offered by SkillMe for the most popular courses are shown below, if you have an interest in a university that is not on the list you can still enquire and SkillMe will help you get into the desired university or the next best institute.

Locations of all England universities:

The locations of all the universities in the UK based in England are shown on the map, offering many unique learning environments: 

Student Statistics in England

National / International Groups %

Student statistical representation of the domestic and international students coming to the England to pursue a higher education qualification. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student records:

Student Nationality Groups %

Student statistical representation of the many nationalities that have studied in England that originate from Europe to pursue a higher education qualification. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student records:

British to Non-Bristish Student Group

Student statistical representation of the British, European and Non-European students coming to England. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student statistics: 

British to Non-Bristish Student Group

European Student Groups that study in England

Student statistical representation of the many nationalities that have studied in England that originate from Non-European countries. Statistics are sourced and verified by HESA student statistics:

NON-European Student Groups that study in England

Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Chile, Brunei, Philippines, Morocco, Ukraine, Macao, Tanzania, Uganda, Burma, Algeria, Angola, New Zealand, Libya, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Ecuador, Israel, Azerbaijan, Peru, Nepal, Zambia, Botswana, Iraq, Albania, Cayman Islands, Sudan, Argentina, Malawi, Serbia, Cameroon, Iceland, Palestine, Uzbekistan, Barbados, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Maldives, Syria, British Virgin Islands,  Georgia, Jamaica, Tunisia, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Belarus, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Seychelles, Cyprus, Gambia, Namibia, Bahamas, The Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, Armenia, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Monaco, Mozambique, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands
Laos, Uruguay, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Paraguay, St Lucia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Senegal, Yemen, Bolivia, Moldova, Montenegro, Turkmenistan, Anguilla, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Puerto Rico, Congo (Democratic Republic) {formerly Zaire}, Madagascar, Belize, El Salvador, Somalia, Tajikistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, Bhutan, Eswatini, Honduras, Mauritania, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), South Sudan, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Liberia, St Kitts and Nevis, Togo, Benin, Congo, Eritrea, Liechtenstein, Mali, Montserrat, Andorra, Aruba, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Chad, Djibouti, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Lesotho, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Cape Verde, Central African Republic Christmas Island, Curaçao, Greenland, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, North Korea, New Caledonia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Solomon Islands, St Martin, Suriname, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States Virgin Islands, Samoa, Comoros, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, San Marino, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Western Sahara

Cost of study in the UK

Degree level study in the UK (England) are in general shorter than other countries. For example an undergraduates Bachelors degree in the UK (England) is three years whereas in the US it is four years. Therefore an additional year in the UK will grant you a Masters degree qualification. This also means earning a degree in the UK is cheaper relative to other countries.

The table on the right shows the different tuition fees for the programmes available in the UK (England) for international students.

All prices are subject to the course, level of study and institute you wish to pursue your higher education at.

Programme TypesTution Fee
Undergraduate£ 10,000 - £38,000
Postgraduate (Classroom-based)£14,100
Postgraduate (Laboratory-based)£16,200
Postrgraduate (MBA-related)£21,700
Postgraduate (Clininal-based)£21,700

Work while studying in the UK

Whilst you are studying your degree programme you may be interested in working a part-time job for a maximum of 20 hours per week. This can increase up to 40 hours per week during holidays. There are many jobs on campus of your selected university to choose from based on your interests. More information is available at the student union or you could physically hand-in a copy of your CV to any shop/ restaurant/student service department. It is a great opportunity to grow your language and communication skills and to earn money for further development. Students could save money to fund trips around the UK or cover expenses of any societies you are involved in.

Typical Monthly Costs

A visual representation of the typical monthly costs in £ that you may incur while studying and living in the UK:

Pathway Providers in the UK

Pathway providers are higher education institutes that offer domestic and international students an alternate form of entry into university degree. If your education has not been through a conventional route and do not have the entry requirements for a university degree you are eligible as an applicant through a pathway provider. Applicants may also include students who left school education early due to unforeseen circumstances, those who have not achieved the English skills to obtain direct entry, or students looking to return to study after a period of absence.

The table below shows the many different pathway providers in the UK (England) that you may be interested in:

  • Study Group
  • CEG
  • Navitas
  • QA
  • INTO
  • Kaplan International
  • Kings Education
  • Oxford International
  • Holmes Education Group
  • BSMI
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Coventry University London
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • Birbeck College London
  •  Hull University

Scholarships in the UK

GREAT Scholarships

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarships

A scholarship programme funded jointly by the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign and British Council as part of the Study UK campaign. It is aimed towards students coming from China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey or Thailand. The programme offers a total of 99 postgraduate scholarships from 36 UK universities. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000, equivalent to 1 year’s tuition of a variety of subject postgraduate taught degrees.

A scholarship programme aimed towards talented individuals with the potential to make change on a global level. It is granted to 800 students to pursue any subject both at master’s and PHD level courses. This programme is aimed at students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds  across the Commonwealth. If you believe you can make a positive difference in the world as an innovator and future leader however can’t afford to fund your UK studies, then you could be the ideal candidate.

A scholarship programme of prestige and high competitiveness aimed towards individuals with leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds. It is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and partner organisations. It is granted to 1500 students to pursue any eligible master’s degree at any UK university.  It is a great opportunity for those who see themselves as future global leaders, influencers and decision-makers.

UK visa guidance

Most international students will need a visa to be allowed to study in the UK. This student visa will allow you to live and study in the UK throughout your university degree. You can check if you need a visa through the UK government visas and immigration here. Below are the types of visa you can get depending on your need. Note that the earliest time you can apply fro your visa is 3 months before the start of your course. SkillMe will offer complete visa support and will help you during your application process to ensure you are eligible to study in the UK.

Types of student visa

UK Visa fees

Below are the types of visa a student aged above or under 17 can acquire including relevant information on what are the requirements and you can do on the visa.

Below are the visa fees incurred for the different types of visa a student can acquire, ensure that when  you are applying you are aware of the fees at the time of your application as fees may change.

Accommodation in the UK

SkillMe will support all students who are in need of accommodation by assisting your search for a suitable living place and or providing options for applicants to choose from. When pursuing a degree level study, the university will offer first year students priority accommodation that is on campus or off-campus building (owned or operated by the university) depending on the size of the institute. Living in an accommodation can bring you an experience of shared living and responsibilities when around other people which helps develop your interpersonal and communication skills. You will have the chance to build your confidence and character during these interactions. You may also find yourself making life-long friends from people from other parts of the worlds as the UK is truly a world-class multi-cultural hub of people. 

Usually university campuses will have different types of rooms that vary in sizes and may have shared or separated utilities such as a bathroom. Kitchens are always shared in the accommodation with every student expected to help maintain. Certain campus accommodations are usually mixed sex however depending on the university there can also be segregated gender accommodations.

On average the cost of living in the university campus accommodation per year ranges from £10,000 – £12,000. After the first year student can still apply to live on campus but may be subject to rejection if there are no free spaces that is prioritized for first year students. This is not a problem as SkillMe will offer you support at this stage as well and ensure you can find accommodation off-campus whether in a private student accommodation building a few minutes away to a shared home that are both usually cheaper than on-campus accommodation.

University Courses

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