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Additional Costs

Find out about other additional costs which may be involved while studying.

The following information should be used as a guide only; please be mindful that the cost of some items may rise throughout the duration of your study.  Arrangements apply for 2019/20 entry.

For course specific costs please check course pages and your university offer letter.

Accommodation Costs

Many students find that staying in University accommodation enhances their student experience, and Northumbria has a fantastic selection available for you. Visit our accommodation pages to investigate your options for living and studying in Newcastle. All costs incurred are optional and students should select the most appropriate accommodation for their needs.

Disability Support

In order to access disability or dyslexia support, students may be required to provide evidence of their disability. This evidence is often provided by an external body (for example, by a medical specialist or GP) and these external bodies may charge for providing this evidence. Also, if a disabled student is eligible for DSA funding for computer equipment, depending on their funding body, the student may be required to make a contribution of £200 towards the cost of any computer equipment. For more information about how to access disability support, contact Student Support and Well-being.

Healthcare Costs

Students, depending on their circumstances, may incur some charges for accessing healthcare or medication from the National Health Service. These include charges for prescriptions, charges for dental checks and treatment, and charges for other services, such as providing vaccinations or for certain types of medical evidence (for example, evidence to support a Personal Extenuating Circumstances/PEC claim at the University, if required). These charges are set and charged by NHS services, rather than by the University, and will be subject to change.

Certain applicants who apply for a UK visa will pay an Immigration Health Surchange. International students from particular countries may also be required to pay to have a tuberculosis (TB) test.

We also strongly recommend that all EU and international students take out their own insurance policy to cover costs which are not met by the National Health Service. More information about what should be covered by your insurance policy can be found here. It is your responsibility to ensure you pay for adequate insurance cover for the duration of your stay in the UK.

For more information about healthcare-related charges in the UK, you can speak to the Welfare, Immigration and Funding team based in Student Support and Well-being.

Congregation Costs

When you graduate you will be invited to attend your graduation ceremony. Congregation ceremonies have associated costs, for instance to take part you will be required to hire a graduation gown and cap, you may also wish to purchase a professional photograph or additional guest tickets. To give you an approximation of costs, for students graduating in 2018/19, the price of an additional guest ticket was £12.50. Please be aware that the associated costs of graduation ceremonies are subject to review each year. Gown hire and photography are purchased from external providers, therefore the University cannot demonstrate prices.

Library Costs

The University Library's Online Reading List Service gives you access to your directed reading material for your modules. The Library Reading List team works in partnership with your module tutors to ensure you have access to the material that you need. If you cannot find your online reading list, you should contact your module tutor.

The University’s online bookstore, provided by John Smiths offers 20% discounted prices and free delivery on textbooks (

Your University Library provides a postal service for books and journal articles which will be sent world-wide to Northumbria students who are studying part-time, by distance learning or are work based learners. Students who are placement for more than six week are eligible to use the service whilst on placement.

The university offers access to PC’s, however students may, if they so wish to purchase their own laptops/PC’s.

There is no charge for posting books out, but you will be required to pay the cost of any return postage. We recommend that items are returned by recorded delivery. You can of course, return books in person to either University Library campus.

Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return items on time when they have been recalled for use by another reader. Loan renewal is automatic for up to four months or until another reader requests that item. Charges are entirely avoidable by returning items on time, but where incurred will vary according to loan status and the length of time an item is overdue. Overdue charges exist to ensure the Library Collection benefits the whole student community.

Library books which have been lost or damaged beyond repair will be charged at the replacement cost of the item and a non-refundable handling charge.

Please visit the library pages for a full list of library charges.

If you lose your University smart card there is a replacement charge of £10 to obtain a new one. This cost is waived if your smart card has been stolen and you can provide a police crime reference number.

Placement Costs

Placements in industry are a core element of many of Northumbria's courses. Whilst many of these placements are optional, some are mandatory. They offer you a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, giving you a distinct edge in the job market. To undertake a placement, you will need to budget for any accommodation and travel charges.

Printing & Photocopying Costs

Students will receive a printing credit of £10 in 2019/20*. This will provide 1,000 pages of A4 single-sided black and white printing. Any additional printing is paid for by the student. Details of printing and copying charges can be found on our website.

*Newcastle and London campus only. Amsterdam endeavours to be a paperless campus and printing of submission is not required.

Sports Memberships

We offer something for everyone at Northumbria Sport. Our memberships are our most cost effective way to get involved but we also have plenty of ‘Pay As You Go’ options too. Our flagship facility, Sport Central, boasts state-of-the-art facilities including our fitness environment, pool sauna and steam room. To discover more visit Northumbria Sport.

Students' Union

The Students Union aims to make sure you have the best possible experience at university. Some of their activities may incur additional optional charges. You can find out more about the work of the Students Union, how you can get involved and associated costs on our website.

Visa Costs

International students will be required to pay visa application fees, and associated fees as required - such as the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge, Tuberculosis tests, fees to renew or extend a visa, and fees associated with appealing a visa/immigration decision. These fees are set and charged by the UK government, rather than by the University, and are subject to change. More information about these fees can be found on the UK Government's website, and information about applying for a visa to study at Northumbria can be found on our here.

*Northumbria University has taken reasonable care to ensure that the information published on this website is accurate at the time of publication or last modification. However, the University gives no warranty or representation as to the quality, accuracy or completeness of the information. Northumbria University does not endorse or recommend any particular companies or products and it is important to check all details and terms and conditions before applying.

Self Help Guides and Programmes

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