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Money matters

Find out about our fees, plus loans and other financial support that might be available to you.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Our fees and funding section offers further information. Details of additional costs specific to your course can be found on the relevant course page.


Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees

If you are not sure whether you should pay UK/EU or international fees, you should check your fees status.

Paying your fees

UK or EU students who have secured a student loan or are being funded by the NHS do not need to make the payment themselves, as we receive it automatically when you enrol. See the student loans tab for more details.

If you are paying your tuition fees yourself, you can do this by using our secure online payment facility or through our international bank transfer service. You may be eligible for a tuition fees discount if you pay your fees in advance.

More about paying your tuition fees

Fees sponsorship

If you have a sponsor who will be paying all or part of your tuition fees, use the fees sponsorship form to notify the Student Fees office.

Once you have completed this form, please send it by email to or by post to Student Fees, Student Services Centre, George Thomas Building No.37, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ.

Download the fees sponsorship form

Questions about tuition fees

If you have a question about tuition fees or need more information, contact:

Student Fees
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599
Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595

What else should I know?

  • Your tuition fees will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing**
  • At 12 to 1, our student-staff ratio is already exceptional. We're investing heavily to improve this further - making sure you get maximum contact time with top quality academic staff
  •  Real-world skills and excellent career prospects are at the core of every Southampton degree. We're enhancing our careers activities with a particular focus on work placements.

** A contribution may be necessary towards certain elements - additional costs can be found on the course page.

Student loans

What will it cost?

  • You will not have to pay your fees upfront. If you live in England*, you can get a loan to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this once you are earning over £21,000 per year.
  • The standard annual fee for UK/EU students commencing full time undergraduate degrees (including Foundation Year courses) in 2016-17 will remain at £9,000.

Learn more about student loans

* If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive (as appropriate). If you live in the EU and meet certain eligibility criteria, you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.


For 2016 and beyond, the University will continue its generous package of direct student support, with a wider choice of support options available to students.

You will be able to choose between a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support.

Are you eligible?

In 2016/17, if you are:

  • paying £9,000 tuition fees,
  • applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) and
  • under the assessed household income threshold of £25,000,

you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 from the University. If you are not applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales, or Northern Ireland), or if your course is paid for by the NHS, you will NOT be eligible for this award.

The options

  • Option A: all of the award is to be granted as a fee waiver (a reduction to your tuition fees)
  • Option B: 50% is granted as a fee waiver, 50% paid as a cash bursary
  • Option C: all of the award is to be paid as a cash bursary* (cash payments direct to your bank account)

You will be asked to make your choice during the enrolment process. If you don't make a choice, the default will be option C.

Note that the choice you make during your enrolment is FINAL, and cannot be changed during 2016/17.

How much will you get?

  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is below £16,000, you will receive a total award of £3,000.
  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you will receive a total award of £1,500.

Other bursaries

Students who fully complete our widening participation scheme Access to Southampton (A2S) may be eligible for a £1000 bursary in their first year of study. This bursary is separate from those available as part of the fee waiver package.


If you have any questions about fee waivers, bursaries or other student support, please contact our Student Services Centre before you enrol.

Tel: 02380 599 599

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme is an initiative which aims to support the development of science and engineering skills in the UK. Individual bursary value: £2,500 per academic year

For more information follow this link: Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme


Southampton International Merit Scholarships

The University of Southampton is pleased to be able to offer Merit Scholarships to International (non-EU) students entering degree undergraduate programmes for 2016 entry.

The Southampton International Merit Scholarship is available to International (non-EU) undergraduate applicants awarding £1,000 for each A (A Level), 6 (IB Higher level) or equivalent grade attained.

These Scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction. A maximum of £3,000 will be awarded in year 1 only.


Grants and loans

Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may be eligible for a non-repayable Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant.

Additional help is also available if you have:

  • a disability or a specific learning difficulty
  • dependent children or adults.

Discover if you are eligible for a grant on the Government Student Finance website.

Find out more

If you live outside England, you will find relevant information on your local student finance website.

Hardship Support Fund

This Fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. Full-time ‘home' undergraduate students and part-time students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply. The fund cannot help students meet the cost of tuition fees.

Learn more about the Hardship Support Fund

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