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Glasgow International College cost of living

Studying abroad anywhere is a big investment, and it’s not just your tuition fees you need to consider. You’ll need to think about and prepare for things like accommodation costs, course learning material costs and living expenses too.

The information here aims to help you understand the costs of studying abroad a bit better.

Pathway course cost typeGuide cost (2020–21 academic year)
Course learning materials£200 to £400
Accommodation in Glasgow£8,040 to £10,750*†
Living expenses in Glasgow
(including food, transport and social activities)
At least £1,015 per month
Administration fee£200
Insurance£238 to £735
* This includes a £250 deposit for your accommodation. This will be returned to you in full when you move out of your room, on the condition that you leave it in good condition with no damage, and that there are no accommodation penalty charges to pay.
† This price range is based on contracts beginning in the Autumn 2020 intake, and is subject to variation for students starting in Spring or Summer 2021. Details will become available closer to the time.

Course learning materials

The cost of course learning materials varies depending on your course. The exact amount will be confirmed in your invoice that accompanies your offer letter.

Accommodation costs

All of our accommodation prices are extremely competitive. Exact fees will depend on your contract length and chosen housing option. See our Glasgow International College accommodation page for more information.

Living expenses

You will need at least £1,015 for each month of your pathway course, in keeping with UKVI regulations. Contact us for more information.

Administration fee

You’ll be charged an administration fee to cover administration costs related to your application. This is payable at the same time as your tuition deposit if you accept an offer to study at the College.


We offer EduTravel to all students. This is a comprehensive insurance policy for studying abroad. It is offered in partnership with Endsleigh, a leading insurance provider. The price will depend on the length of policy you need — the exact cost will be confirmed in the invoice that accompanies your offer letter. If you start your pathway course online from home, we will adjust the length of your insurance policy to fit any part of your course that you study in the UK.

Paid work

You will have the option to undertake paid work during your studies at the College, if you wish: you can work for up to 10 hours per week during term time and full time during holidays.