Your Guide to the UK Student Visa: Application Requirements, Fees, and Prerequisites

Welcome to the University of Bolton! We are aware that furthering your study in the UK entails a number of concerns, including the procedure for applying for a visa. We’ll give you a thorough walkthrough of the UK student visa application process in this blog post. We will ensure that you have correct and recent information by going over the eligibility requirements, visa costs, and application process.

By illuminating the complexities of the UK student visa application procedure, this in-depth guide will give you a clear picture of what to expect. We strive to make the visa application process as simple as possible for you, whether you’re interested in our cutting-edge programmes, passionate about joining our dynamic student society as a whole or just seeking new possibilities.

The UK Student Visa, commonly known as the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa, enables Swiss and non-EEA (European Economic Area) students to pursue full-time studies in the UK. To guarantee a seamless application process, it is crucial to familiarise oneself with the requirements and procedures involved.


To qualify for a UK student visa, you must fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS): You must obtain an unconditional offer from an accredited college or university with a Tier 4 sponsor licence, such as Bolton University.
  2. Financial Requirements: You must show that you have the resources necessary to pay your tuition and living costs while you are a student in the UK. The precise sum varies based on where you are taking the course and how long it lasts. For courses not located in London, for instance, you need to have at least £9,207 for each academic year.
  3. A recognised English language test, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), must be taken to demonstrate your proficiency in the language.
  4. Health and Character Requirements: A tuberculosis (TB) test certificate may be requested, and you must be free of any felony convictions.

Visa Fee 

Application fees for visas: You must pay both the visa fee and the application fee, often known as the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), when requesting a UK student visa. The following fees are in effect as of July 2023:

  1. The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which must be paid up in advance, provides access to the National Health Service (NHS). Students must pay the fee of £470 every year for the entire length of their education.
  2. Visa Fee: Depending on the kind and length of your course, there are different visa fees. The average student must pay £348. For the most precise and recent price information, it’s crucial to consult the UK government’s official website or the British embassy or consulate in your area.


The following steps are often included in the application procedure for a UK student visa:

  1. Collect the Essential Documents: Prepare all required paperwork, including your CAS, financial documentation, results of your English language test, and your passport.
  2. Online Application: Register for an account on the website for UK Visas and Immigration, fill out the online application form, and pay the visa fee.
  3. Biometric Appointment: Make a time to submit your biometric data (fingerprints and a photo) at a specified visa application centre.
  4. Visa Decision: Following the processing of your application, a determination will be made. If accepted, a vignette (sticker) will be placed in your passport permitting you to enter the UK.
  5. Obtaining Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP): You must pick up your BRP from a registered post office within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.

The first step on your quest to study at Bolton University is to secure a UK student visa. You can get ready completely by being aware of the requirements, costs, and application procedure. For the most accurate and recent information, always consult with the relevant authorities or official government sources. We wish you well as you start out on this amazing educational journey!

Disclaimer: As of July 2023, the data in this blog is correct. The most recent information regarding visa requirements should always be sought by consulting the official UK government website or the appropriate authorities.