SOAS University of London

Study Abroad / Exchange Programme at SOAS

Study Abroad Fees & Expenses

Tuition fees

The Overseas fees for Study Abroad students are as follows: 
Study period Undergraduate Postgraduate
Full year (September 2022 - June 2023)  £20,350 £23,800
Semester 1 (Autumn 2022) £10,175 £11,900
Semester 2 (Spring 2023) £10,175 £11,900

For further information please visit the SOAS fees pages.

Information for dual nationality students (Overseas):

Fee status can either be Home or Overseas. The main criterion for Home fee status is settled residency: 3 years ordinary residence in the UK for purposes other than full-time education. Please be prepared to provide evidence of residency.

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

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

Please note that Term 2/3 students cannot pay their fees by instalments.

If you are a US student applying for financial aid and need a Consortium Agreement, please contact You should ensure that funds are released to you prior to the start of term so that you can fully enrol at SOAS.

Accommodation costs

Study Abroad and Exchange students are welcome to apply for accommodation with a number of our trusted providers. See our accommodation pages for more details. If preferred, students may also choose to stay with friends, family or find their own private housing. Accommodation application information will be sent out to students once they receive their offer letter.

Whilst we cannot guarantee housing, we reserve a number of rooms in Dinwiddy House for Study Abroad and Exchange students. Term 1 students will receive a contract from the end of September to the beginning of January, and Term 2/3 students will receive a contract from the beginning of January to the middle of June. We recommend that single term students apply for Dinwiddy House as they guarantee a shorter contract, however rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Full year students can stay in Dinwiddy, or apply for other housing that offers a 38 week contract.

Most student residences are self-catered (no meal plan included or cafeteria), and many are en-suite. Some will also provide bedding packs at an extra cost.

Accommodation charges do vary across the residences, but are inclusive of all utility bills except telephone and laundry costs. 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:

Expenses Cost in GBP (£)
(in self-catered halls including bills other than laundry and telephone)
approx 650+
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. 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, 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.