Finance & Student Services

Overseas Student Visa

Applying for a Visa

All prospective overseas students, including EU, EEA and Swiss nationals coming to the UK on or after 1 January 2021 will need to apply to the Student route.

All students applying to the new Student route through the points-based immigration system, will need to demonstrate they meet the required 70 points. They will achieve the required points if they can demonstrate that they have an offer from an approved educational institution and have been issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) by their sponsor before making an application to the Student route, meet the required English proficiency and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.

Some countries will qualify for “differentiation arrangements” however, the Home Office may request this paperwork at any point during the process, it is therefore essential candidates have this in place at the point of applying the Visa. You will not qualify for “differentiation arrangements” if you are applying from outside of your home country. 

  • Candidates will need to have a valid passport 

  • Proof of academic qualification, this will need to be a formal transcript of confirmed grades 

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS, BAs require a minimum of 6.0 on the academic paper with no area below 5.5. MAs require a minimum of 6.5 on the academic paper with no are below 6.0) 

  • Proof of finance, candidates will need to demonstrate that they have the funds to cover all of the tuition fees and a minimum of 9 months of maintenance. These funds must be within your/your parents bank account for 28 consecutive days. If you are relying on your parent(s)' funds you will also need to include the following: 

  • Letter of consent from your parent(s)/ carer 

  • Your birth certificate 

If your documents are not in English you will need to submit translations of these documents. 

You can apply up to 6 months in advance of your course starting. If applying from within the UK you can apply 3 months in advance of course starting. Further guidance for EU, EEA and Swiss students can be found here.

A Student visa will cost £348 if applied for outside the UK and students will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their application, which gives migrants access to the UK’s National Health Service on generally the same basis as a UK permanent resident. Students will receive a 25% discount on the Immigration Health Surcharge. The Immigration Health Surcharge increased on 27 October 2020 and the discounted rate for Student visa holders is £470

All visa applicants present unique circumstances in order to help support this process we have listed some of the most important components of the application process below. 

Further Assistance

If you require assistance or would like further information about the visa application process, please contact the Head of Registry and Student Support by email to