Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

How much will it cost?

How much it will cost to study at Edinburgh, including fees and living costs.

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If you're studying full time for your first degree, you’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government for your full period of study.

Key points

  • you’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government
  • you must apply every year to the Student Awards Agency Scotland for payment of your tuition fees
  • financial support may also be available to help you fund your living costs

Tuition fees

If you normally live in Scotland you are likely to be assessed as liable for the Home-Scotland tuition fee.  If you’re studying full time for your first degree, you’ll usually be eligible to have these fees paid by the Scottish Government for your full period of study.

You must apply each year to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). They will pay your tuition fees to the University.

The Home-Scotland fee rate for 2018 entry has not yet been confirmed by the Scottish Government but the indicative fee is £1,820. This fee rate is applicable for all full-time undergraduate degree programmes except for graduate entry to the BVM&S Veterinary Medicine and graduate entry to the LLB Law programmes.

If you are in any doubt regarding your eligibility for support, please contact SAAS.

How your tuition fees will be paid

If you have a confirmed government award that covers your tuition fee you will not be invoiced for fees. The SAAS will be invoiced by the University on your behalf. You should be aware, however, that the payment of all fees and charges is your responsibility.

If you do not have your funding arrangement in place at matriculation  you may need to pay the tuition fees yourself.

If you are financing your own studies, or are partly self-funded, you must make arrangements to pay your tuition fees before or at registration.

Paying your tuition fees

'Registration' confirms your acceptance of the University’s regulations, and is the first step in 'matriculation', the process by which you are formally admitted as a student to the University.

Matriculation explained

Living costs

This is your main cost during University. You are best to plan a budget to include accommodation, food, books, clothes, entertainment, travel and bills like electricity and gas.

We estimate that it will cost you £7,500 - £10,000 a year to live and study as an undergraduate at Edinburgh, but it could be more or less, depending on factors such as your choice of accommodation and your lifestyle.

You can find a breakdown of estimated living costs on our International Students website.

Additional costs

Some programmes also involve additional costs, for example studying abroad or compulsory field courses.

You should make sure you are aware of these costs early on in your application process.

Check our degree finder for information on your chosen programme. You can speak to staff in our admissions offices for more details.