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Fees, accommodation and living costs

Fees for international students

It is important to think about not only your tuition and accommodation costs but the cost of living too.

The minimum cost of living as recommended by UKVI for studying outside London is £1,023 per month, but will vary from student to student. This is a guideline to cover items like accommodation, food, laundry, books, clothes, toiletries and socialising. For up to date information, visit Student visa: Money you need - GOV.UK (

Tuition fees - listed below - will be an additional cost, as well as student insurance, the health care surcharge and transfers to and from the airport.

Tuition fees

Below you can find the latest fees for programmes at Royal Holloway International Study Centre. These include what you have to pay for tuition and insurance as well as optional costs, such as airport pickup.

Undergraduate programme fees

International Foundation Year

Subject routeDuration2024/25
Arts and Social Sciences3 terms£18,750
Management and Economics3 terms£18,750
Sciences3 terms£18,750

International Year One

Subject route Duration2024/25
Business and Management2 semesters£19,250
Economics2 semesters£19,250
Computer Sciences2 semesters£19,250
Electronic Engineering2 semesters£19,250

Postgraduate programme fees

Arts, Humanities, Economics and Sciences2 terms£16,250
Business and Management2 terms£16,250
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering2 terms£16,250

Tuition fee validity

Fees for the 2024/25 academic year are valid for any programme that commences on, or after, 26th August 2024.

English language programme

DurationTotal fees
English Language Preparation Online for International Foundation Year10 weeks£3,500​​
English Language Preparation Online for International Year One6 weeks£2,100​​

10 weeks£3,500​​

16 weeks£5,600​​
English Language Preparation Online for Pre-Masters6 weeks£2,100​​

10 weeks£3,500​​

16 weeks£5,600​​
Additional fees and costsFees
StudyCare Insurance (up to 12 months)£450 (£8.65 per week). Prices are indicative.
StudyCare Insurance (24 months fixed)£720 (£6.93 per week)

Below are average cost for travel from Royal Holloway's nearest airports to your student accommodation.

Taxi transfer fees (standard one way)Price**
Heathrow (LHR)£42
Stansted Airport (STN)£188
Gatwick Airport (LGW)£116

** Prices subject to change

Confirmation payment & tuition fees

 Once you have received an offer of a place at the International Study Centre, you are required to pay a confirmation payment. The security deposit is held to cover damages and any other incidental expenses. Any monies left at the end of your programme will be returned to you. If you do not require a student visa you must pay your confirmation payment and advance tuition fees payment no later than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

When? Amount (GBP) 
Confirmation payment at point of confirming offer to study

£1,000 security deposit

£260 administration fee (non-refundable)

Prior to applying for your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (‘CAS’)

£6,000 advance tuition fees payment  

Please note: this is in addition to the initial confirmation payment taking the total fees paid prior to applying for your CAS to £7,260.

28 days prior to start of 1st semesterBalance of 1st Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter
2 months prior to start of 2nd semesterBalance of 2nd Semester fees (if any) as set out in your offer letter

For certain territories, you may be required to pay a higher amount in respect of advance tuition fees. Details will be set out in the individual payment plan attached to your offer letter. For full information about fees and refunds read our Terms and Conditions.

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Additional information

All international students should have accident and medical insurance for the duration of their time in the UK. This will make you feel more secure because not having the proper coverage can be extremely difficult and expensive.

You can take out our own Study Care Insurance policy or alternative cover with a third party. The StudyCare Insurance policy covers loss of personal possessions as well as providing health and medical insurance. It is specifically designed for international students’ needs during your studies at the International Study Centre and, if required, after progressing to your university. Insurance cover is offered for flexible terms of up to 12 or 24 months (fixed), allowing you to choose a policy duration that fits your needs. If you select 24 months, you will be covered for the duration of your pathway programme plus the first year of your degree.

Find out more

All students under the age of 18 at the start of their course will receive our guardianship service free of charge. A guardian will support you during your time in the UK until you turn 18. More information will be provided after you apply.

Royal Holloway International Study Centre Progression Scholarship

Royal Holloway International Study Centre students who successfully complete their pathway programme and progress on to Royal Holloway, University of London, will receive the Royal Holloway International Study Centre Progression Scholarship. The Progression Scholarship is 10% of the student’s first year tuition fees and is to reward students for all of their hard work and efforts during their pathway course.

Terms and Conditions applicable to the Progression Scholarship

  • The Progression Scholarship is subject to completing the pathway programme at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre and to achieving requisite final grades in the programme studied.
  • The Progression Scholarship is only available to self-funded international fee paying students joining Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • The Progression Scholarship is only available to students who progress to full time degrees at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • The Progression Scholarship will be applied automatically only to those students who meet the above criteria.
  • The value of the award will be 10% of the first year tuition fees only and will be calculated and discounted by Royal Holloway, University of London as part of overall fees due in the first year.
  • Where the offer of a Progression Scholarship has been made to a student by Royal Holloway, University of London, who has met the above criteria, it will be guaranteed, including in respect of students who defer their degree place for periods up to 1 year. Subject to that, Royal Holloway reserves the right generally to discontinue the offer of Progression Scholarships at any time.

Students studying an International Foundation Year OR International Year One at the International Study Centre are eligible to apply for the International Future Leadership Scholarship. There are 30 scholarships available for ambitious students showing the potential to be leaders of tomorrow. Students who are awarded the scholarship will receive a tuition fee reduction of £6,000 for the first year of their course at Royal Holloway, University of London. To be eligible, a student must be:

  • A current student at the International Study Centre
  • International fee status
  • Demonstrate that they are on track to meet grades 65% for International Foundation Year OR 60% for International Year One

Applicants will need to complete a scholarship statement of maximum 400 words, including:

  • academic achievements you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you
  • why you have chosen to do the degree you have applied for
  • how you have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills
  • what your future aspirations are and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your future goals.

Submit your application via RH Direct. The deadline for 2023 scholarship requests is 28 April and a decision will be made by 18 May.

Read Royal Holloway, University of London Scholarships Terms and Conditions.

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