SOAS University of London

Study Abroad/JYA at SOAS

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees 2016/17

The overseas fees for Study Abroad students are as follows: 
Study periodUndergraduatePostgraduate
Full year (September - June)  £16,250 GBP £17,215 GBP
Term 1 (Fall Term)   £8,125 GBP £8,608 GBP
Terms 2 and 3 (Spring Term)  £9,750 GBP £10,329 GBP
The Home/EU fees for Study Abroad students are:
Study periodUndergraduatePostgraduate
Full year (September - June) £9,000 GBP £7,985 GBP
Term 1 (Fall Term) £4,500 GBP £3,993 GBP
Terms 2 and 3 (Spring Term) £5,400 GBP £4,792 GBP
Fees cover:
  • Academic tuition
  • Examinations and assessment
  • Use of the library
  • Membership of the Students' Union
Fees do NOT cover:
  • Accommodation
  • Living Expenses

Paying your Tuition Fees

All tuition fees should be paid either before or upon arrival to SOAS. More information and how to pay your tuition fees can be found on the Registry Payment of Tuition Fees page.

If tuition fees are being paid for by an organisation, such as the students' Home Institution or Study Abroad Provider, then a letter must be sent in advance of the students arrival to indicate how the organisation/institution wishes to be invoiced. 

The institution/organisation should use the Study Abroad Financial Sponsor Letter Template, adjust the highlighted sections, save as 'Name of your Institution, Study Abroad Financial Sponsor' and send via e-mail to Sarah Goodyear at

The institution will then be directly invoiced by the SOAS Fees team for tuition fees. 

Accommodation Costs

Study Abroad students are usually offered accommodation in the SOAS residences, Dinwiddy House (for undergraduates and postgraduates) and Paul Robeson House (for postgraduates). The residences are self-catered i.e. no food/meal plan is included and there is no cafeteria. 

The cost of a room in Dinwiddy House in 2016-17 is:
Full Year (38 weeks) £5754.34 GBP
Term 1 £1,665.73.16 GBP*
Terms 2&3 £3,180.03 GBP*

The accommodation charge covers the cost of the study bedroom and is inclusive of all utility bills except telephone charges.
* Please note that the final accommodation cost will be confirmed by Sanctuary Students. The above costs are as accurate as possible, but are approximate. There may also be initial administration and reservation charges which are owed at the beginning and refunded at the end of your stay.

Living Expenses

It is difficult to estimate accurately the cost of living as so much depends on your lifestyle.
How much you spend on living/social expenses will depend on your personal circumstances. There is no denying that London can be an expensive city, but it doesn't have to be. There are many ways to enjoy London without breaking the bank:

The following is offered as a rough guide (per month). Please note that there will be other areas/costs that we have not included and will vary depending on your lifestyle It is possible to live on less but the following will ensure a reasonable standard of living:

ExpensesCost in GBP (£)
(in self-catered halls including bills other than laundry and telephone)
Food 230 - 275
Leisure/Entertainment 50-70
Travel (within London) 50-100
Mobile phone 20-40 (depending on usage)
Books/stationery/photocopying 40-70
Clothing 35-55
Household supplies/Personal expenses (e.g. toiletries) 30
Insurance 10
Laundry 15-18
Monthly Total £1000+

Scholarship Opportunities

Butex Scholarship

Once you have been offered a place on the Study Abroad programme at SOAS you may be interested in applying for the Butex scholarship. The scholarships are open to all undergraduate students from any country; it is not open to students who are eligible for an Erasmus exchange (this operates within Europe). Applications are now open for the forthcoming academic year; the deadline for applications each year is 31st May.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at SOAS. To find out more, please visit the Butex website:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

See the Institute of International Education Gilman Program website for more information.