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Study in Lincoln, United Kingdom

Population: 93,100

City Overview

Lincoln is a city in the East Midlands of England, and is one of the country’s oldest with a rich history. Famed for its cathedral and castle Lincoln is the perfect place for students from overseas to study in historic England.

Despite Lincoln being a smaller place then other university cities, as the University of Lincoln has grown since 2001 it has become a busy and exciting place to be a student. It offers the benefits of larger towns but with the sense of community that comes with smaller places. With two higher education institutions and a student population of almost 15,000 it is an increasingly popular destination for those choosing to study graduate programs in the UK.

Education profile

Lincoln has two institutions for higher education. The oldest is Bishop Grosseteste which was founded in 1862 and focuses on teaching and education related studies. The University of Lincoln is one of the UK’s newest universities which has been climbing steadily up the global education league tables and has a growing reputation in many fields especially in journalism studies.

Bishop Grosseteste is a well established teaching school with an excellent reputation for those students who wish to move into a career in teaching.

Immigration and visas

In order to study in Lincoln, if you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to obtain a Tier 4 Study Visa. In order to do this you will need to prove that you have:
  • Recognised qualifications for the course you intend to study
  • An offer from a UK educational institution
  • Funds to support yourself whilst you are studying
To obtain a Tier 4 visa you will need to acquire 40 ‘points’.

Depending on where you are from you may be able to apply online, or using the application form VAF9. You may also need to submit the following documents, as well as undergoing fingerprinting and a facial recognition scan at a visa application centre:
  • Application form with confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS reference number) – awarding you 30 points
  • The original transcript/ certificate of qualifications relevant to your application
  • Evidence that you have enough money to support yourself t6hroughout your course and pay your tuition fees – awarding you ten points
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Your original passport
Not all these documents may be required – whether they are will depend on your circumstances.

You can download all the required forms from the UK Border Agency website.

Life in Lincoln

Lincoln is a great place for postgraduate study, despite traditionally having older inhabitants the expansion of the University of Lincoln has shifted it to be more student friendly. For its small size Lincoln has a good cultural scene with plenty of concerts, club-nights and exhibitions.

The beautiful Lincolnshire countryside is also on the city’s doorstep, with the popular English seaside town of Skegness just under an hour’s drive away.

As Lincoln is such a small city, it sometimes struggle to cope with the traffic and weight of tourists entering the city, especially on weekends. The city has good public transport but due to its small size most things are easily, and quickly, accessible by foot with little being more than half an hour’s walk from campus.

Working In Lincoln

If you are from outside the EEA and wish to remain in Lincoln or the surrounding area to work after you finish your postgraduate course, you will need to check if you fit into one of the schemes that the UK government operates. You need 95 ‘points’ to secure a Tier 1 visa – these will be awarded based on age, qualifications, previous earnings, experience of the UK, English language skill and the money you have to support yourself.

Main industries in Lincoln include commerce, arable farming and tourism.

Find out more at the UK Border Agency website.


The University of Lincoln offers on-campus accommodation to overseas students but this is not guaranteed and is offered on a first come first served basis. Fees range from £4062.80 to £4603.20 per year for on-campus halls. Accredited private halls are available off campus often with more availability and at a lower cost, although these are often further from campus.

The International Student Centre at the university is on hand to help with finding accommodation at all times and the university has a list of accredited local accommodation providers.

Bishops Grosseteste offer a small number of rooms in their catered on-campus halls of residence, and they cost £4425.00 per year.

Students often choose to live off campus in privately rented accommodation, either with friends or independently. You might choose to live in a house or a flat, where you will be responsible for paying things such as the electricity and other bills.

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