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 left the EU at 11pm on the 31 December 2020.

EU nationals and family members who were resident in the UK prior to the 31st December 2020 must apply to the EU settlement scheme in order to retain their rights to reside in the UK.

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

If you are an EU/EEA national or relevant family member who is resident in the UK by the 31 December 2020, you may be entitled to apply to the EU settlement Scheme. The deadline for applying to the scheme is 30 June 2021.

You will need to apply to this scheme in order to retain your rights to remain in the UK.

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.

If you are an EU/EEA national who holds Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status under the EU settlement Scheme you may qualify for student finance if you're starting a course in September 2021. The type of support you will receive will be dependent on how long you have lived in the UK or EEA, and/or whether you or a family member have been working in the UK.

We will provide more detail on the eligibility requirements on our Funding for EU, EEA and Swiss students page, when Student Finance England release the new Student Support Guidance Chapters.

For the latest information on which EU/EEA nationals may qualify for Student Finance in September 2021, please read up to date information on the GOV.UK  and UKCISA websites.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

Do I need a visa to come to the UK?

If you do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme (see above), and you will be travelling to the UK after the 1 January 2021 you will need to apply for the new Student Visa, for further information on this visa please see our visa pages.

See the above section ‘Fee Status and Student Funding’ for information on whether you will be entitled to any Student Finance.

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 website.

What documents will I need to show at enrolment?

At your enrolment session, you will need to show 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 show evidence of this.

If you will travel to the UK after 31 December 2020, you may also need to show evidence of your visa/immigration status.

Can I work in the UK?

All EU, EEA and Swiss nationals resident in the UK before the 31 December 2020 can work in the UK without restriction. To retain these rights, EU nationals must apply for UK immigration status under the EU Settlement Scheme (see above).

If you do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme and you are in the UK on a different study or work visa you will be subject to the work rules attached to your visa. 

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 2020–21 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 2020 and meet all the eligibility requirements to be considered as an EEA migrant worker. 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.

What do I need to know if I am travelling to the UK?

If you are travelling to the UK after the 31 December 2020, you will no longer be able to use your ID card to enter the UK and will be required to present your passport.

For up to date information on entering the UK, please see links below:


Last updated: 12 February 2021
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