Fees and funding

Now you’re an offer holder, it's time to think about how you’re going to finance your studies.   

The two main costs for you to consider when studying at university are tuition fees and living costs. There are different kinds of financial support that might be available to you.  

If you’re a UK student, you can apply for government funding in early 2024. You don’t need a confirmed place at university to complete the application, and it’s best to apply as early as possible.  

Find out more about undergraduate fees.

Government funding for UK students

Government loans are repayable, but you won’t have to start paying them back until after you complete your studies.

Tuition fee loan

A tuition fee loan is designed so you don’t have to pay your degree up front. You can apply for a tuition fee loan from the government to cover the full cost of your course, or you can pay your tuition fees in full or in instalments.

Maintenance loan

If you’re a UK student, you’ll be eligible for a maintenance loan to help with living costs. This will be paid into your bank account at the start of each term. The amount you’ll receive depends on your annual household income, where your permanent home is and where you choose to live while you’re studying.

Funding for disabled students

If you’re a disabled student, you may be eligible to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances from Student Finance England (or the equivalent organisation) to pay for specialist academic-related support and equipment. You can get this extra funding on top of your other student finance. It doesn’t have to be paid back and it’s not means tested.

Our Disability Services team can advise you on sources of funding and eligibility. Find out more about funding for disabled students.

Funding for international students

Check if any funding is available from your country to study in the UK. This could be from your home government, or from companies or organisations based in your home country. Visit their websites or contact your local British Council office. Find out more about University Scholarships for international students that you may be eligible for.

Funding from the University

If you have the talent, drive and potential to succeed, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

Remember, any funding you receive from us doesn’t need to be paid back. Take a look the different types of funding you might be eligible for.

Leeds Bursary

The Leeds Bursary is non-repayable financial support for UK students to help with the costs of being at university, which is linked to annual household income. If your household income is above the threshold, you may still be eligible for a scholarship from us based on academic achievement.


We offer a range of prestigious scholarships for UK and international students. Eligibility for our means-tested scholarship is based on personal circumstances including household income.

We also offer scholarships for academic achievement in certain subject areas as well as specialised sports scholarships for elite athletes. There are some scholarships for students studying the International Foundation Year, including the IFY Excellence Scholarship.

Cost of living

Budgeting is important throughout your studies, and we have guidance and support to help you make the most of your money. 

Our Living costs and budgeting page includes a budget calculator to find out how much money you’re likely to spend in a typical week at Leeds.  

You can also read our student blogs for a real-life guide to living costs while at university. 

You can get support with your finances at Worried about the cost of living? The page features tips on how to budget, save money and where to access financial support. 

Leeds University Union also offers independent advice and help with any issues you may face as a student, including money matters.