How much money you need depends on your circumstances and what you’re applying for.
You need enough money to pay for your course for 1 academic year (up to 9 months). The amount you need to pay will be on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
If you’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months, you do not need to prove you have this money for your visa application.
Money to support yourself (‘financial requirement’)
You’ll need to show you have enough money to support yourself – unless you’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months on the date of your application.
How much money you need depends on where you will be studying. You’ll need either:
- £1,334 per month (for up to 9 months) for courses in London
- £1,023 per month (for up to 9 months) for courses outside London
If you’re boarding at a residential independent school, you’ll need to pay boarding fees instead. The amount you need to pay will be on your CAS.
London means the City of London and the 32 London boroughs.
You must have this money for at least 28 consecutive days. The end date of the 28-day period must be within 31 days of the date you apply for your visa.
If you have a student loan or financial sponsorship, you’ll need to provide evidence of this from your loan or sponsorship company.
Read the guidance on finances for student applications for more information about the money you need and how to prove it.
When you can travel to the UK
When you do not need to prove you have money to support yourself
You do not need to prove the financial requirement if:
- you’ve had a UK visa for 12 months prior to the date of your Student visa application – you must currently be in the UK
- you’re applying as a student union sabbatical officer
- you’re applying as a postgraduate doctor or dentist on a recognised foundation programme
If you’re from a country listed under the ‘differential evidence requirement’
- Republic of Cyprus
- Czech Republic
- The Dominican Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United States of America
However, you might be asked to provide this evidence before you get a decision on your application.
If you do need to provide it, you’ll be contacted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) after you’ve submitted your application.