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Living Costs for UK Tier 4 Student? A Simple Guide

If a student has already paid all their accommodation fees to their Tier 4 sponsor, how much money do they have to show for living costs?

Students who are applying for Tier 4 student visa to the UK are required to show that they have enough funds to pay the tuition fees and to meet the living expenses.

If the student has already paid all or some of your accommodation fees to their Tier 4 sponsor before making the application, this amount up to a maximum of £1,265, will also be taken away from the total amount of money the student is required to show for living costs, however, the amount taken away cannot exceed a maximum of £1,265, even if the student has paid more than £1,265 in advance for accommodation.

For example, if you are studying in London, are studying a course of more than 12 months, and you have paid your course fees in full. The amount of maintenance you would need to show would be £11,385 (£1,265 for 9 months); however, as you have already paid £1,265 to your university as a contribution towards your accommodation, the amount you need to show is reduced to £10,120:

Amount of Maintenance – £11,385 Amount paid to Sponsor for accommodation – £1,265 Total maintenance they are required to show – £10,120.

The recent update on the Immigration rules provides a clarification to the guidance to make clear that where a Tier 4 (General) student has already paid all or some of their accommodation fees to their Tier 4 sponsor before making their application, and is staying in Independent School arranged accommodation, they can deduct up to £1,265 from the total amount of money they need to show for living costs.

Applicants need to note that this only applies to students who are staying in university, college or independent school arranged accommodation.

If you have got admission to education institution in the UK and would like to apply for your Tier 4 student visa or have had your UK Tier 4 Visa application refused, you can contact our UK Immigration experts on +91 98191 27002 or email us at to book your appointment for a consultation.

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By Hemang Laaheru

Hemang Laaheru, Director of Marketing and Operations heads the Mumbai Office. Hemang has a MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hull (UK) and has lived and worked in UK for half a decade. In addition he has worked in Strategic roles for companies like DHL Global Forwarding and Goldshield Group plc. He has extensive experience in the internationally including roles in operations, business development, expatriate management, and compliance. Hemang is responsible for existing and prospective client relationships for Smart Move Global Visas worldwide.