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Fees and financial support

Find out everything you need to know to plan your student finances including tuition fees and living costs

Fees and financial support

The thought of university-related finances can be daunting, but we want to make it as simple and hassle-free as possible for our students.

From tuition fees to living costs, we'll help you get a picture of what to expect in terms of finances when you start studying with us.


Find out what kind of financial support is on offer, how to pay tuition fees, what your fees go towards, and more.

Our tuition fees will remain as advertised for this year.

Due to the pandemic, we’ve had to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all our students; your health and wellbeing is our top priority. This has meant that we’ve looked critically at the curriculum and identified those parts which can be delivered successfully online, such as lectures and seminars.

Of course, there are significant parts of our curriculum that can’t be delivered online, and we’ve privileged studio-based teaching and learning which we know to be an essential part of our courses. By implementing a blended learning approach in some areas, we’ve been able to establish additional safe spaces for practical workshops, teaching sessions and assessments, as well as specified studio time, in a physically distanced manner on our campus.

A significant amount of planning has been going into our preparations for the 2023/24 academic year, and we’re committed to ensuring that the full course learning outcomes are met, including all vital skills attributed to and required for each course. We also have a substantial range of e-resources available (for instance through the Library), as well as full access to relevant digital software platforms, and are continuing to provide all student support services.

We recognise that the University has been affected by the current COVID-19 situation, as with many other educational institutions and areas of society. However, we’re committed to delivering the curriculum which was promised and to providing all students with the best possible student experience while studying at AUB.

For any queries or concerns regarding tuition fees, please contact our Finance team:

The UK Government has introduced higher tuition fees to replace government funding for higher education.

We are committed to providing high quality, studio-based teaching and learning with strong rates of professional progression by our students. In order to continue to provide all our students with the highest quality experience, support students in financial hardship, and continue to develop wider access to the University, we will need to charge £9,250 (2021/23), which in effect replaces the loss in state funding.

EU students starting in the 2023/24 academic year onwards, will be charged Overseas rates unless their fee assessment indicates that they can pay the Home rate.

EU students along with other Overseas students may be eligible for scholarships, bursaries and fee waivers which may be deducted from the Overseas fee payable.

Further information can be found on our website under Foundation fees, Undergraduate fees, Postgraduate fees and Brexit EU Settlement Scheme.

Yes. Having a degree does improve your chance of getting a job and research shows that over the long term graduates earn more than non-graduates. Research also shows that graduates are considerably more likely to be in a job than people with lower qualifications. There is far more to higher education than financial benefit. It can transform people’s lives for the better as their intellectual horizons are broadened. A higher education qualification means that you have more choice, a chance to find a job you really love now and in the future, and you can gain skills you need to progress in your career.

Your fees go towards your university experience. Most importantly, we spend the money on teaching, as well as other areas such as administration, maintenance, catering and residencies. We also try and keep a surplus to invest in things like curriculum development, facilities and equipment. To find out more, take a look at our infographic on how we spend your fees. You can find a detailed breakdown of what money we spend and where it goes in our annual accounts.

We are one of only fifteen higher education institutions in the UK devoted solely to the study of art, design and media. We have been providing specialist education for over a century and enjoy a strong reputation, both nationally and internationally.

AUB is a compact institution with over 3,000 students based on one campus. We are a creative community where both staff and students share a commitment to the disciplines of art, design, media and performance.

Studying with us presents many opportunities to engage with the creative spirit that characterises life at the University. Students and staff work in partnership on an innovative programme of professional practice and research, with different disciplines, encouraged to work together.

The industry experience and engagement of our academics, and the advice and guidance of our impartial careers service, mean that our students are provided with a wide range of subject-specific and generic advice on employability.

There are likely to be some additional costs. For example, you'll need to pay for photocopying and printing, materials that you may wish to purchase for your creative activity, and educational visits which are designed to enhance the student experience and support much of the project work undertaken during the academic year. (The cost of the trip may vary from year to year and is relative to the chosen destination.) For some courses a resource kit is essential. Further information on possible additional costs is available from your course.

If you're a UK undergraduate student you won't have to pay your tuition fees upfront. The Government will provide students with a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the fee and you'll only start to repay after you have left your course and once you are earning over a set amount.

There are no upfront costs for your undergraduate course. You can get a loan to cover the costs of your tuition, which you only start to pay back when you're earning over a set amount a year. However, some course kits are essential, the costs of which vary. These can be sourced through the University, must be paid for during induction week and information is available from your course.

Any previous study is taken into consideration when making an assessment for student financial support. If you already hold an honours degree you don't usually qualify for any further support. There are some exceptions to this. Those students who choose to study a degree after a below honours qualification, for example, a Foundation Degree or HND, may qualify for some financial support. You'll need to talk to us about this.

Students who are studying for an award which is equivalent to (or lower than) a qualification they already hold won't be entitled to any government support and will be required to pay the full fee.

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are available to help if you are at university and will incur extra costs because of a disability (including a long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia). DSAs can provide you with equipment such as a computer, and personal support, but does not provide any cash. DSAs can be received in addition to the standard student finance package and are available if you are studying on a full-time or part-time course. They are not dependent on income and do not have to be repaid.

We strongly encourage you to visit our campus and come to one of our Open Days, which are published on the website. Please contact our Admissions office for further advice on specific course information on

For more information about the financial support available and the benefits of going to university visit or contact our team of Student Advisors.

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