Cost of Attendance

What is COA?

The COA (cost of attendance) is the estimated amount of money it will cost for you to study at Derby. The COA includes course fees, accommodation fees, food, study materials, personal costs (phone, clothing, socialising) transportation, visa costs and origination fees (fees charged by the US Department of Education for borrowing a loan).

Course fees

The cost of your course can be found on the relevant webpage for the course you plan to study. Find your course.

Cost of living

This covers all other costs relating to studying at Derby. The costs we have included and the weekly/yearly figures for them are in the below table.

Undergraduate students (34 week year)

ItemWeekly costYearly cost
Accommodation and bills £145 £4,930
Food and toiletries £50 £1,700
Study materials £10 £340
Course specific study costs n/a Differs between courses
Mobile phone £10 £340
Clothing, socialising, entertainment £50 £1,700
Transportation £10 £340
US flights (two returns) n/a £1,200
Visa cost (first year only) n/a £348
Immigration Health Surcharge (first year only) n/a £1,050 (on average)

Postgraduate students (52 week year)

ItemWeekly costYearly cost
Accommodation and bills £145 £7,540
Food and toiletries £50 £2,600
Study materials £10 £520
Course specific study costs n/a Differs between courses
Mobile phone £10 £520
Clothing, socialising, entertainment £50 £2,600
Transportation £10 £520
US flights (two returns) n/a £1,200
Visa cost n/a £348
Immigration Health Surcharge n/a £450 (on average)


Visa costs and the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) are subject to change, with the IHS depending on the length of your course. Please see the visa information pages for details of these charges.

As part of the application stage for Federal Loans you will be given details of your COA. If you feel that something has not been included (disability allowance, course-related travel) then please contact us immediately to discuss this in detail once you have been informed of your COA.

What if I receive any course fee discounts such as scholarships or an alumni discount?

Any discounts you receive on fees are called estimated financial assistance (EFA). These will be considered when calculating your COA, meaning the amount you are eligible for will be less than if you didn’t have any EFA.

What are the origination fees?

Origination fees are a charge from the US Department of Education for borrowing a loan. The origination fees are charged as a percentage of the total loan amount you are borrowing for each loan type. They are subject to change each year. Check the FSA website here for the latest charges.