Funding your time at university

Starting university is one of the biggest investments you will make in your future. It also requires significant financial commitment to pay for your course tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses.

We understand that managing your finances can seem like a daunting and complicated process - but it need not be and you don’t have to figure it out alone. The Student Fees team is here to help. Whether you need advice on how to fill in your loan application or have concerns about how to manage your budget, you can come to us at any time. We can advise on the options available and what you’re eligible for so that you get the support you need. Please get in touch by emailing the team

Here is an external resource that you may find useful to help you manage your finances well: The Student Money Manual produced by The Money Charity.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your academic studies. This usually includes teaching costs, registration and examination fees (excluding repeat or trailing modules, re-sit fees or coursework resubmission).

Any costs associated with work placements will be your responsibility. There may be additional study tour charges on some courses. Please refer to the fees section on the individual course pages for details.

Full details of undergraduates fees for 2022/23 can be found here.

Determining your student status

On receipt of your application, the University will assess the level of fees that you'll be required to pay during your study. To enable the University to determine your classification status for fees purposes as either UK/EU or international fee paying student we may ask you to provide the following information: 

  • Your nationality
  • The nationality of both of your parents
  • Date of arrival in the UK (prior to the start of the course)
  • Your immigration status in the UK
  • The place and country where you have lived in the past three years
  • The place and country where your parents have lived in the past three years 

In certain cases, when a fee status assessment cannot be completed on the information above, we may ask you to complete a fee status assessment questionnaire which can be accessed from the applicant portal (myRAU).

Further information on fee status can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

UK students

If you are classified as a UK student undertaking your first undergraduate degree, the tuition fee for 2022/23 will be £9,250.

We offer some courses on a fixed part-time basis, please refer to the individual course page for more information on tuition fees for these.

International/EU students

If you are not classified as a UK student and are undertaking your first undergraduate degree, the tuition fee for 2022/23 will be £13,500.

Accommodation and living costs

The RAU is located just outside of Cirencester in the South West of England. You have three choices for your accommodation during your studies. You can live on campus with a room in one of the halls of residence with the option of full, half-board or self catering. You can rent accommodation in Cirencester or surrounding areas or you can live at home and commute into the campus each day. 

Please refer to these page for more information on the costs associated with these options:

Funding your university costs

Financial advice and hardship funding

If you are in financial hardship you can apply for additional help from the hardship fund at any point throughout the duration of your course. Please contact for details and we'll be happy to advise.

Paying your fees

Please visit this page to find out about the options for paying your fees.

Finance-related policies

Please make yourself familiar with the various University policies related to fees and finance.