Information for EU and EEA students

The UK has recently given formal notification of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, but still currently remains a member of the European Union. Therefore, there is currently no change to the position of EU and EEA nationals and their right to live, study and work in the UK.

Residency rights

As an EU/EEA national, you are entitled to enter the UK freely. If you plan to be in the UK for more than 3 months, you must be exercising a right to reside, as a worker or as a student for example. You do not have to register or apply for any particular documents in order to stay in the UK, but you need to be able to meet certain criteria if you are exercising your treaty rights as a student. This includes being enrolled on a course of study, having sufficient financial resources to support yourself during your stay and having comprehensive sickness insurance.


In order to be able to access free healthcare under the NHS (National Health Service), you will need to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your country of residence prior to coming to the UK. The UK government has produced a leaflet about EHIC PDF icon and access to medical treatment while in the UK.

In addition, if you are exercising your right to reside in the UK as a student or self-sufficient person, you are required to have comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your period of residence in the UK. Having an EHIC satisfies this requirement if you are not intending to be in the UK permanently. If you intend to stay in the UK permanently, you will need to arrange separate insurance.

Fees and funding

For more information about current arrangements for tuition fees and funding available to EU / EEA students, please visit the Student Financial Support web pages.

Working during your studies

Please check our website for more information about your entitlement to work in the UK as an EU / EEA student.

Further information

Further information and guidance for EU / EEA students is available on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Students Affairs) website.