International students are eligible to qualify for the Alumni Scholarship Discount if they have previously studied at the University of Bolton. The full details of eligibility can be found hereand the award is confirmed for both the 2017/18 and the 2018/19 academic year. 

The University of Bolton has some of the most affordable fees for international students in the UK and the cost of living in the surrounding area is lower than living in the centre of Manchester and much more affordable than living in the London area. 

Living costs

Before starting in Higher Education, it's important to think about the costs you are likely to face and how to manage your money. Remember, you'll receive your maintenance support in termly instalments and you will need to budget for on-going costs such as:

Accommodation, insurance, fuel costs and TV licence, food and drink, travel costs, sports, leisure and social activities, mobile phone and internet.

Below is an example of the average cost of living for one academic year, for a full-time student living in the university's Halls of Residence. Please note if you are living in private accommodation you will need to calculate your total accommodation and transport costs. Figures given are estimates only.

Estimated living costs   2017/18

38 weeks

Accommodation in the University’s Halls of Residence (16/17 figures)


Food (based on average weekly spend of £30)


Transport (including home visits)


Course related costs


Clothing and footwear


Mobile phone (based on £30 per month for 10 months)


General living expenses including sport/leisure/socialising


TV licence (actually £145.50)


Total annual expenditure