How much it costs to apply for a visa
To apply for a Student visa, you will need to pay an application fee, as well as a healthcare surcharge to give you medical coverage while you’re studying here.
As of October 2023, a Student visa application costs £490 per person. If you are bringing your partner and/or children, you will need to pay £490 for yourself and for each family member.
Visa application centre fees
If you need to attend a visa application centre in person, there may be some additional fees to factor in:
Some centres charge a fee for attending a visa appointment (many others are free to use).
Some centres only offer premium services, which means you will need to pay for a premium service (such as keeping your passport) to use them.
Some centres charge you for uploading your supporting documents during your appointment. To avoid this, you can upload your documents before your appointment.
In the US, you will have to pay for a courier service to deliver your passport.
You can find out about the fees charged by your nearest visa application centre by consulting the list of countries on the UKVI website.
Priority services to get a faster decision
Most visa application centres offer priority services, which allow you to get a faster decision on your visa application.
Usually there will be a priority service (5 working days) and a super-priority service (1 working day) to receive a decision. However, even if you get your visa decision within that timeframe, you may still have to wait to get your passport back.
The fees for priority services will vary depending on the country and the centre.
Immigration Health Surcharge
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is an additional fee that you need to pay if you’re going to be in the UK for more than 6 months. Once you've paid this fee and your visa application has been approved, you can get medical treatment on the National Health Service.
Steps to apply for a visa
There are 6 steps to follow when applying for a Student visa outside the UK.