The University of Westminster is a global university and has a strong and historic commitment to promoting equality and embracing diversity. As a place to work or to study, we strive to strengthen our reputation as a welcoming and inclusive organisation. We are committed to our European partners and to supporting our European staff and students.

The information below is correct at the time of writing.   For detailed information about Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme visit the UKCISA website and the GOV.UK website.

The UK has signed the withdrawal agreement and the UK left the EU at 11pm on the 31 January 2020. The UK has now entered a transition period which is due to end on 31 December 2020. During this period,  EU/EEA/Swiss nationals and their family members can travel to, or remain in, the UK on the same basis as they do now. They may also apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The rights of Irish nationals living in the UK are protected under the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area arrangements. This means that Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

EU Settlement Scheme

EU and EEA nationals will be able to apply to the EU settlement scheme.  The deadline to apply under the scheme is 30 June 2021, if you are resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020. There are exceptions to this for family members. For more information about the EU Settlement Scheme visit the UKCISA website or the GOV.UK website. 

Fee status and student funding

The UK Government has confirmed that EU nationals and their family members who applied for a University place to start in the 2019–20 academic year, as well as students who will be starting a course in 2020–21, will remain eligible to pay ‘Home’ rate fees and remain eligible for financial support for the duration of their course. You can find more information about fee status and funding options on the Undergraduate student funding pages.

Do I need a visa to come to the UK?

During the transition period, which is due to end on 31 December 2020, you do not need to apply for a visa to come to the UK if you are an EU national or a national of Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein or Switzerland. However, when the transition period ends we are likely to have new immigration rules relating to EU/EEA nationals and their visa requirements.

Information for EU students starting in September 2020:

Should I open a bank account?

We recommend that you open a UK bank account soon after you arrive in the UK. It is the safest and most effective way of managing your money and making and receiving payments and can also be used to show evidence of your residence in the UK. For more information on how to open a bank account please visit UKCISA's website.

What documents will I need to show at enrolment?

At your enrolment session, you will need to bring your original passport or National Identity card as well as your original degree or diploma certificates and certificates for any other academic qualifications your Admissions office has asked you for. If you have applied for a Student Finance Services EU Fee Loan or Student Finance England funding, you will also need to bring evidence of this.

Can I work in the UK?

During the Transition period which ends on the 31 December 2020, all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals can work in the UK without restriction. To retain these rights after 31 December 2020, EU nationals must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme (see above)

If you have not worked in the UK before you will need to apply for a National Insurance number. Students pay income tax in the same way as other workers, but often do not earn enough to have to pay tax. The tax-free allowance for a single person in 2019–20 is £12,500 (April to April). When you start work for the first time you will need to ask your employer to fill in a ‘starter checklist’ for you so that you don’t pay too much tax. You can find out more from

If you work in the UK, you may qualify for additional Student Finance England funding as long as you are working enough hours and as long as you are resident in the UK by 1 September of the year you start your course. Please see the above information on fee status and student funding.

Can I get medical treatment in the UK?

For information on your rights to free healthcare visit the GOV.UK website or the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.


Last updated: 5 February 2020
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