Students from the European Economic Area are not required to obtain a visa to come to the UK and study, however all non-EU nationals will need to apply for a UK student visa to study for a programme that lasts longer than 6 months. If you are resident in a country that allows a visitation of 6 months or less to the UK then you are able to study short courses in the UK within this time.
In order for a student visa to be accepted you will need to be accepted onto a course and also be able to prove that you have a good understanding of English, as all courses in the UK are taught in English.
If you are applying to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months then you will also need to apply for a biometric residence permit.
When you are accepted on a university programme in the UK you will need to indicate to the institution whether or not you will need accommodation services. Most universities in the UK offer student support and have halls of residence where all students can apply to to get a room.
If you don’t want to live in university-managed accommodation then the UK has a large market of private student accommodation companies where you can rent flats, rooms or houses by yourself or as part of a room-share arrangement.
Most university cities have a thriving market of private student accommodation which will be easily accessible and manageable online.
The UK has a central university application system called UCAS where prospective students sign up and apply to their preferred university programmes. All university applications are managed via UCAS, from the initial application to confirmation of success.
You will need to ensure that your application is submitted before the deadline to allow for amendments that may need to be made, the deadline for international students to submit their university applications via UCAS is normally the beginning of September.
British universities are able to set their own annual tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,250 per year, however most of them choose to set their fees nearer the top end of the scale rather than the lower end.
International students from outside the EU however are subject to different tuition fees with the prices for undergraduate programmes starting at around £10,000 and going up as high as £38,000 depending on the level and subject of study.
For UK and EU students there is the option to apply for both a student loan to cover tuition fees and a loan to cover costs of living, there is also the option to apply for maintenance grants which do not have to be repaid and will help subsidize your living costs.
For students outside of the UK/EU, you will need to apply for a scholarship to get financial support for yout studies.