K M Enayet Hossain
10 August, 2023

5 mins min read


What is the cost of studying in the UK from Bangladesh?

Bangladeshi students encountered 423% growth in obtaining UK study visas in 2022, standing out as the second largest nation among all countries vying for UK study visas. The article focuses on a detailed analysis of the financial requirements that one must plan to study in the UK.



Studying in the UK unleashes abundant opportunities in terms of lifestyle and career provided, one has proper preparation and planning. The UK owes its rich academic heritage to the world's most prestigious universities since the 12th century. The UK is a dream destination for international students for its great educational and professional offerings, with innovative infrastructures and world-class facilities. Likewise in most Asian countries, Bangladeshi students have been increasing in UK universities by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Statistics show that the UK has issued 13,914 student visas to Bangladeshi students in the year ending March 2022. Although studying in the UK can appear to be expensive, good financial planning can pave the way for Bangladeshi students to fulfill their burning desire to study in the UK. Students must consider expenses for tuition fees, accommodation, food, health, utility expenses, and travel costs with other expenses while making an estimate. Here is the tentative cost analysis which could be helpful for Bangladeshi students to prepare themselves.


Required Tentative Tuition Fees


While studying abroad the first aspect a Bangladeshi student ponders on is the tuition fee. Tuition fees may vary depending on university, course, mode and type of education. The location of the university whether it is in London or outside London can play a crucial role in the fee structure.

Studying in the UK unfolds a multitude of courses for a Bangladeshi student such as Business Studies, Law, MBA, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Medicine and Dentistry, Engineering, Data Science, Arts, Humanities and so on. Every course encompasses a different fee structure. Most often courses in Education and Art involve a moderate cost in comparison to Medicine, Engineering or Artificial Intelligence. The postgraduate or Ph.D. courses naturally comprise a higher remuneration. However, a Bangladeshi student can apply for a scholarship or financial aid to mitigate the spending as most UK universities offer scholarships based on merit and requirement.

The following table shows the tentative tuition fee a Bangladeshi student may require to pay to study in the UK. The fee structure is subject to change for different courses at different universities. The rough estimate proposes a thorough view of the average remuneration for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees.


Courses Tentative Cost (GBP) Tentative Cost (BDT)
Undergraduate degree (per year) GBP 11,000 - GBP 15,000 1270480 to 1732480
Postgraduate degree (total fees) GBP 11,000- 16,000 1270480 to 1847970
Doctorate (per year) GBP 14,000 - GBP 16,000 1616980 to 1847970


Tentative Cost of Accommodation

Upon completion of the previous steps, the next step is to look for cozy accommodation. It's fascinating to do a little research. A student encounters various options for accommodation in the UK such as


  • University Provided Accommodation - In most cases, first-year students decide to stay in the university-provided residence which one needs to apply for and make a prior payment to book. This is known as the Halls of Residence for the students which can be self-catered. It offers an opportunity to be in the zone of studying and making new friends. There are a few campuses that also offer shared flats and houses for international students.

  • Privately Rented Houses or Flats - Privately rented houses or off-campus accommodations are feasible options that you can share with your friends or the people you prefer. Although they're more popular with mature or postgraduate students, upon your arrival, the university usually provides you with a temporary guest room for a few days till you find a permanent residence to settle down.


The average cost for accommodation for Bangladeshi students in the UK is 400 to 500 GBP a month which is nearly 46199 to 57749 BDT. The expenses may significantly differ for a student as one opts for a lavish place or makes some other arrangements for the same.


Required Charges for Visa and IHS (International Health Surcharge)


Studying in the UK from Bangladesh includes a mandatory charge to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa and IHS per year. The visa application fees calculator & and IHS fees calculator may assist you in knowing the estimated charges. Below stated is an approximate cost that a Bangladeshi student needs to pay per year to ensure your safe stay in the UK.


Detailed Expenses of Visa Tentative Cost (GBP) Tentative Cost (BDT)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 40194
IHS (per year) 470 54284


Tentative Transportation Cost


On arrival to the UK, after accommodation, another concern is travelling. There will always be the availability of public transport for UK students. Unless you get a shuttle service from your institution, you must depend on public transportation. For short-distance travel, you can rely on trains, buses, and taxis. For long distances, there will be long-distance bus, rail, or air routes. In case you choose to travel in a personal vehicle you will have to include the car bills, insurance, and taxes in the expense sheet. In case of availing public transport, it will cost you around 100 to 150 GBP a month which encompasses nearly 11550 to 17325 BDT. Cheering is when Students get a 30% discount on travel cards and several discounts on shopping.


Tentative Living Expenses


Students will need to keep a little money aside for social activities, grocery shopping, and emergencies. When living in a foreign country it will be better to keep track of your expenditure. Living expenses will primarily depend on the individual lifestyle and other expenses. Living expenses in a foreign country will vary depending on individual lifestyles and other factors. Here is an approximate breakdown of monthly costs based on various expenses:


Details Average Cost GBP Average Cost BDT
Food 140 to 180 16170 to 20790
Mobile phone 10 to 30 1155 to 3465
Utility Bill 30 to 40 3465 to 4620
Entertainment 40 to 100 4620 to 11550
Other expenses 20 to 50 2310 to 5775


The aforementioned average expense chart and the exchanged BDT estimate are subject to change owing to changes in the course of action either on the part of the students or obligatory alterations.

In conclusion, it can be said that studying in the UK for a Bangladeshi student can be costly. Although the paramount facilities, globally accredited degrees and the quality of education exceed all your hardships, As an added benefit, a student can work part-time while studying and full-time during holidays. These facilities can enable you to earn discernibly to assist yourself financially. It's always wise to apply for scholarships and take advantage of financial aid to combat the financial strain.


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