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, speak English and are able to support themselves during their studies in the UK.

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