Student Visa


If you need sponsorship to travel to the UK for study, you will need to apply for a Student visa. You can apply for your Student visa within 6 months of your intended course start date. 

This video is up to date as of November 2020, however we recommend you check the most up to date Student Visa Guidance on the Home Office website before making your visa application. The example used in the video may be slightly different to your own situation and you may be asked additional questions, or be required to submit different documents for your visa application. If you have any questions regarding this please contact for advice.

Who Can Apply?

In order to be granted a Student visa, you must pass a points-based assessment and score 70 points. The points are broken down like this:

50 points for:

  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) requirement
  • Approved qualification requirement
  • Level of study requirement
  • Place of study requirement

10 points for:

  • Meeting the financial requirement, showing that you have enough money to cover the cost of your course, and your monthly living expenses in the UK, for up to 9 months

10 points for:

  • Meeting the English language requirement

In addition to the points you need to obtain, you may also be interviewed as a part of your application.

Your Finances

The Home Office has specified the amount of money that you will need to show before they grant you the 10 points towards your Student Visa. If you are studying in the UK (outside of London) for the first time you will need:

Length of Course Money Required
9 months or less Unpaid course fees AND £1,023.00 for each month of the course
More than 9 months Unpaid course fees AND £9,207.00 to cover living costs for 9 months in the UK

You can view the full requirements to apply for a visa here.

Financial Evidence Requirements

  • The Student Guidance states that a banking or building society record would normally:
    • be on official stationary or an electronic record
    • be printed or electronic (not hand written)
    • include the account holder(s) names
    • include the account number
    • include the date of the statement
    • include information about the bank, such as contact details or a branch code
    • show transactions and amount held over time (although this is not the normality in all countries)
  • Bank statements must be from your or your parent’s personal account. You cannot use business bank account statements. If you wish to use a legal guardian’s bank statement you must include either your certificate of adoption or a court document naming your legal guardian(s). You cannot use an affidavit
  • If you are using your parent’s bank account, you must include your original birth certificate and a letter from your parents giving their permission to use the funds
  • If any of your documents are not in English, you will need to include a translation by a professional translator with your application
  • You need to have enough money in your bank to pay for any remaining tuition fees and the cost of living in the UK
    - Cost of living in Central London = £1334 per month
    - Cost of living in the rest of the UK = £1023 per month
  • You must have saved at least enough to cover the cost of living for each month of your course up to a maximum of 9 months
  • The bank statement needs to show that you have held enough money (see above) every day for at least 28 consecutive days prior to the closing balance of your bank statement
  • The bank statement must be no more than 31 days old on the day that you submit your visa application. The date of your visa application is the day you pay for your application online
  • If the bank statement is not in GBP,  it is advisable to include a print-out of a currency conversion using

Download an example of an 'Acceptable Chinese Certificate of Deposit’.

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