Brexit: how does the UK leaving the EU affect university students?

As you will no doubt be aware Britain is to leave the European Union. There are many questions that the Government and other bodies are focused upon, regarding the impact this will have upon different aspects of life.

It is important to remember that there is no immediate change, and for the UK university sector in particular, programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ continue as normal. 

Brexit and tuition fees

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students commencing their studies in 2020/21 will continue to have ‘Home’ fee status and pay fees at the home rate for the duration of their course. This also applies to current students.

The fee status of EU nationals for 2021 entry onwards has yet to be determined by the UK Government. When this status has been confirmed, we will update fee information on our course web pages.

Universities UK advice

For current EU students there are no changes to your status as a result of the referendum result in the UK. Your immigration status and associated fee status, as well as your access to the student loan book have not changed as a result of the vote.

For EU students starting once the UK has left the EU, Universities UK has said, “the fees that EU students starting courses at UK universities after the UK has left the EU are required to pay and their entitlement to loans will depend on what is agreed as part of the UK’s exit negotiations.”

If you would like to discuss this with an advisor at the University please contact The Student Funding Unit by email at or call us on +44 1752 587676

As an internationally focused university, we remain fully committed to supporting our community. Our mission remains to transform lives through education and research, and to offer our students the best experience possible.

We will, of course, keep you updated in the coming months as more questions are answered and details of the negotiation process become clear.

Best wishes,

Professor Judith Petts, CBE

Keep up to date with Universities UK

Universities UK is working through the ramifications of the leave vote for the higher education sector. Updates will be posted to the Brexit FAQs for universities and students webpage.

Brexit FAQ will be updated as events develop

Link to Brexit FAQs for universities and students