K M Enayet Hossain
02 November, 2021

7.9 min read


Apply to study in the UK from Nigeria

UK government plans to grant more study visa to Nigerian students so that they can study at UK universities.

International students from Nigeria saw 83% increase in visa to study in the UK in 2021 compared to 2020, placing Nigerian students at the 3rd highest nationality for UK study visa (Source: Home Office). In the UK’s recently updated International Education Strategy Nigerian students are in the priority list and UK government plans to grant more study visa to Nigerian students in 2022 and coming years.

Total Student Care (TSC) have been providing A-Z guidelines, help and support, reliable and high quality student admission and student visa application services to Nigerian students keen to study in the UK.

Admissions are open at our partner universities in the UK – submit your initial application to commence your Study UK journey.

Study in the UK – Key Information

Academic level
Level 3 to Level 8

Qualification type
Foundation, Undergraduate, Postgraduate & Doctorate

Study mode
Full-time, part-time or on-line

0.5 year to 4 years*

Throughout the year*


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Why choose Total Student Care (TSC) to study in the UK

Total Student Care is an award winning education agent and UK university admission expert. We take your stress to make you happy and we are widely known for providing total student care.

  1. Offering 15,000+ courses at 100+ study locations
  2. Availing almost any subject and year-round intakes
  3. Helping students from any country, on-line and off-line
  4. Providing end-to-end services, almost 24/7
  5. Maintaining 99% visa success rate
  6. Equipping 15+ years accumulative admission experience

Cost of Studying in the UK for Nigerian Students

The cost breakdowns below are average figures of expenses that a typical Nigerian student will spend on generally studied subjects at commonly chosen universities in the UK while living a UK life like other international students. However, these costs may vary for certain courses at top universities. For living and maintenance costs, students are in control of costs and can choose to spend more or less as per their financial ability or necessity. This is a general guideline for Nigerian students to prepare for their budget to study in the UK.

Tuition Fee

Course Level Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (Nigerian Naira)
Foundation courses (Full fees) 10000 to 15000 5626990 to 8440480
Undergraduate courses (per year) 11000 to 15000 6189690 to 8440480
Postgraduate courses (Full fees) 11000 to 16000 6189690 to 9003180
Doctorate courses (per year) 14000 to 16000 7877780 to 9003180

Most of the universities offer some scholarship ranging from GBP 500 to GBP 5000 which will reduce tuition fee cost.

Living cost and Maintenance costs per month

Details Average Cost (GBP) Average Cost (Nigerian Naira)
Accommodation 400 to 500 225079 to 281349
Utility bills 30 to 40 16881 to 22508
Travel 100 to 150 56270 to 84405
Food 140 to 180 78778 to 101286
Mobile phone 10 to 30 5627 to 16881
Entertainment 40 to 100 22508 to 56270
Other casual irregular costs 20 to 50 11254 to 28135

Students get 30% discount on travel card and different types of discount on shopping.

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (Nigerian Naira)
Student visa application (One-off) 348 195819
IHS (per year) 470 264468

Visa application and IHS (International Health Surcharge) fee may change per year by Home Office. Please check visa application fees calculator & IHS fees calculator to find out how much you will have to pay for your application.

Once you submit your visa application online, pay the student visa application fee and IHS fee via gov.uk website, you will then be asked to book an appointment with TLScontact by creating a TLScontact account. You can then book an appointment at your chosen visa application centre from the available dates and times. You may wish to buy additional optional services TLScontact Visa Application Centres offer.

TLScontact Visa Application Centre services and charges

Details Cost (GBP) Cost (Nigerian Naira)
Premium Lounge (Payment: Onsite) 75 42000
Express Courier Return (Payment: Onsite) 14 8000
Prime Time Appointment (Payment: Onsite) 66 37000
Assisted Service (Payment: Onsite) 21 11700
Flexi Appointment (Payment: Onsite) 75 42000
Keep My Passport (Payment: Onsite) 49 27300
Priority Visa Service (Payment: Online) 220 123794
Super Priority Visa (Payment: Online) 956 481670
Application & Documents Checks (Payment: Onsite) 25 14000
SMS Notification (Payment: Onsite) 0.62 350
Photocopy (Payment: Onsite) 0.09 50
Printing (Payment: Onsite) 0.18 100

The TLScontact services are optional services and called ‘Added Value Services’ – you do not need to buy any of these or you may buy few of these if you need. Please check TLScontact website for up-to-date services and fees HERE as some of the services may not be available some time and price may change due to currency fluctuations.

For up-to-date currency rate, please check oanda.com.

TLScontact Visa Application Centres in Nigeria

Visa application Centre Address Opening Hours
Abuja Visa Application Centre Third floor, Murkhtar El-Yakub Place beside Metro Plaza, on Plot 1129 Zakariya Maimalari Street, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria. 8.30 – 16.00 Monday to Friday
Lagos Ikeja Visa Application Centre Ground and First Floors, Etiebets Place, 21 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. 8.30 – 16.00 Monday to Friday
Lagos Victoria Island Visa Application Centre Ground Floor, Ivie House, 4/6 Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. 8.30 – 16.00 Monday to Friday

Earnings from working in the UK on student visa

Nigerian students will have the right to work while continuing their studies in the UK i.e. 10 hours per week if they are studying foundation course, 20 hours per week studying a bachelor, masters or PhD course. Students will be able to work full time per week during holiday period in between your course.

Student earning in the UK per month

Details Average earning from student job (GBP) Average earning student job (Nigerian Naira)
Part-time work 460 to 800 258841 to 450159
Full-time work 1600 to 2000 900318 to 1125400

Popular subjects Nigerian Students choose to study in the UK

The most popular subjects Nigerian students choose to study at UK universities include:

  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Project Management
  • Media
  • Public Relations
  • Biological Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Education
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Biomedical Science
  • Healthcare
  • Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Human Resource Management
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Public Health
  • Psychology
  • Geology

Why choose to study in the UK from Nigeria?

A rapidly growing economy Nigeria simply does not have enough universities to meet its large and youthful student populations. Almost two-third of 1.5 million admission seeking students does not get any place at any public university in Nigeria. As higher education at private universities in Nigeria is expensive, they prefer to study abroad and Study in the UK is a top choice by Nigerian students.

Some major benefits for Nigerian students from UK study and UK Degree are listed below:

  • Top quality degree

    UK Degrees are highly valued and internationally recognised – with a degree from UK, graduates are highly likely to get high profiled job immediately after qualification, win high salary and obtain swift career promotion.
  • Reasonable tuition fees, affordable living costs

    Tuition fees at UK universities are comparatively lower than other top countries. Besides shorter course duration saves tuition fees and living costs for a year or more. Living costs at UK towns are affordable and can be offset by earnings from jobs.
  • Straightforward admission and visa applications

    Admission applications at UK universities are very straightforward and UK student visa application process is simple and well structured. These could be often hectic matters for many other countries.
  • No time cap in study

    There is no time limit at the postgraduate level course for students – they can study as long as they want if they fulfil the terns & conditions of enrolment and meet university admission criteria.
  • Earning from student job

    Nigerian students will have work permit on their student visa and will be able to work part-time during term-time and full-time during academic holiday. There will be also opportunity to work full-time if the course has work placement.
  • Post Study Work visa

    Nigerian students will be entitled to apply for 2 to 3 years post study work visa under the ‘Graduate’ scheme when they complete the degree in the UK. On this visa they will be able to work full-time and earn money, gain work experience, develop skills, improve professionalism – great take away to home country.
  • Immigration route for UK

    Nigerian students at all levels can apply for student visa extensions and can move into another immigration route from within the UK. This may well lead them to settlement visa in the UK.
  • Access to world class health service

    UK National Health Service (NHS) is renowned for its quality and services. International student will have access to these facilities via registration at GP Surgery and hospitals. They may get most of the services free as they paid International Health Surcharge at the time of their visa applications. This could be very expensive in other countries.
  • Safe campus

    UK university campuses are free from political bias, racial and other discriminations, social violence and crime. Students can enjoy pleasing educational experience at safe and peaceful environment.
  • Gateway to Europe

    Students can easily travel to European countries from the UK during weekend or holiday and enrich their life experience during UK study. It does not cost much of money or time, but it does add extra value to personal profile of students.

Awards and Accolades received

Best Independent Global Education Agency, SME News Greater London Enterprise Awards 2020.
Highest performing agent 2014 – BPP University, UK

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)s

What are the entry requirements of UK universities for Nigerian students?

General Entry requirements guide for Nigerian students to study at UK universities -

Academic requirements

MPhil and PhD courses:

  • Masters or above qualification
  • Research proposal

Masters courses:

  • Bachelor honours degree or above qualification

Bachelor courses:

  • Nigerian National Diploma, Ordinary National Diploma or Diploma and
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC)

Foundation courses:

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or
  • a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC)

English language requirements

  • at least Grade C6 in English on the WAEC/NECO Senior School Certificate Examination
  • IELTS or other UKVI approved SELT with score of at least B1 Level for bachelor foundation or pre-sessional English course

Certain courses i.e. PhD/MPhil and subjects education, nursing and midwifery, medicine, physiotherapy social work etc. may require higher level English requirements

Are there scholarships available for Nigerian students to study in the UK?

Yes, most of the UK universities offer partial scholarships to self-funding Nigerian international students. The amount of scholarships will reduce the published tuition fees to add value to your higher studies. Amount of scholarships and award criteria may vary from university to university.

Will I be allowed to work in the UK on my student visa?

Yes, you will be able to work if your sponsor has a track record of compliance and your course is full time. Hours allowed to work –

  • up to 20 hours a week in term time if you are studying for a qualification at degree level or above. This means that your course is at RQF level 6 or SCQF level 9 or higher
  • up to 10 hours a week in term time if you are studying for a qualification below degree level
  • full time outside term time (for study at all levels) during vacations, before the course starts, work placements, after the course is completed

You are not allowed to work if your student sponsor -

  • does not have 'track record' of compliance status and
  • a private provider or
  • a publicly-funded college
  • an embedded college offering pathway courses

But you might be able to take a work placement as part of your course.

Can I extend my stay in the UK after graduation?

Yes, you can extend/switch your student visa after you complete your course - there are a few options available including -

  • Extend student visa for further higher studies
  • Switch to Graduate Route visa
  • Switch to Skilled Worker Visa
  • Switch to dependant visa
  • Switch to other immigration route

Extension of your stay will lead to settlement visa in the UK (depending on the visa category you will have during your stay in the UK).

What documents do I need to apply to UK universities from Nigeria?

List of supporting documents for university application -

  • All academic certificates and official academic transcripts
  • Passport copy
  • Two academic reference letters
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Name change documents (if applicable)
  • Research proposal (for postgraduate research course)
  • Portfolio of works (for applicable course)
  • Copy of visa refusal (for any country under any category)
  • Documents related to previous UK study/other visa (if applicable)

For more details, please read our blog How to apply for UK University admission from Nigeria?

Can I bring dependants to the UK from Nigeria on my student visa?

Yes, international students who study a postgraduate level course at a UK University are eligible to bring dependants (partner and children) during their studies. If your postgraduate level course starts on or after 1 January 2024, it must be either:

  • a PhD or other doctorate (RQF level 8)
  • a research-based higher degree i.e. RQF level 7 research master's

Dependants can apply for their student dependent visa at the same time of student or at a later time.

How much fund I need to maintain to apply for student visa in the UK from Nigeria?

If you are coming to study at a University campus inside London for course of 9 months or more duration, you need to have £12006 + any outstanding tuition fees for the 1st year of your course.

If you are coming to study at a University campus outside London for course of 9 months or more duration, you need to have £9207 + any outstanding tuition fees for the 1st year of your course.

If you pay a deposit for student accommodation to the university, then up to £1334 can be offset from the living costs required funds if the campus is inside London or up to £1023 can be offset from the living costs required funds if the campus is outside London.

Any dependent who will apply for entry clearance visa with you will require maintaining £7605 per dependent for University campus inside London for course of 9 months or more duration or £6120 per month for University campus outside London for course of 9 months or more duration.

All funds must be maintained for at least 28 consecutive days at a UKVI approved bank.

Will I need to show any maintenance funds during Post Study Visa (Graduate visa) application?

No, you will not need to show any maintenance funds or arrange any sponsor during Post Study Visa (Graduate visa) application. You will just need to have the visa application and Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fees during the application. Please read detailed information about Graduate Visa in our guide on our website.

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