Student at summer exhibition launch

Fees and funding

You can find out information on tuition fees, student loans and financial assistance on the University webpages.

Tuition fees

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Experience Sheffield Scholarships

The University is offering 150 Experience Sheffield Scholarships worth £3,600 each for home and EU students starting their studies in September 2019.

These awards are entirely funded by donations from alumni (former students) and friends of the University from around the world. Thank you to Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and all other donors for supporting our scholarship campaign.

As part of this campaign, we are pleased to be able to provide a number of awards which are allocated specifically to architecture applicants, so if you meet the criteria we would encourage you to apply.

You must meet all of the criteria below to be eligible:

  • Have a household income of £50,000 or less
  • Received an academic offer to study a full-time, undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield starting in September 2019
  • Be eligible to pay the home rate of fees

If you meet the criteria, you can apply for a scholarship once you have been made an offer to study at Sheffield.

Further information and applying

Additional costs

Architecture undergraduate students can expect to incur some additional costs as part of their course, however, the School aims to minimise these where possible. We provide all undergraduate students with an annual allowance on their UCard which is designed to help offset some of the costs for materials, printing, site visits and field trips. It is up to the individual student to manage this allowance and budget accordingly.

We have outlined some anticipated costs and also some resources architecture students have access to as part of their tuition fees.


There are no compulsory text books required for the undergraduate architecture courses.

We do provide a recommended reading list which is intended to give a general background to support the studio element of the course. It is not expected that you will read every book over the course of the year, but you are encouraged to read as widely as possible to inform your project work, and to gain a greater understanding of contemporary architecture and the design process. Individual lecture courses will provide more specific reading lists.

You are encouraged to use the University's Library which has an extensive architecture collection.

Non-residential field trips

Undergraduate students will undertake a number of site visits throughout their studies. Whilst students cover the travel expenses, we aim to use more local sites to minimise costs and the annual contribution is designed to make them more manageable.

Residential field trips

Students have the opportunity to take part in a residential field trip in years 1-3.

Year 1: Compulsory trip that forms part of the course and therefore travel and accommodation are paid for by the School.

Year 2: Optional field trip which takes place during the Easter Break and is paid for by students who choose to take part.

Year 3: Compulsory trip that forms part of the course and therefore travel and accommodation are paid for by the School.



As an architecture student you will have full access to the facilities in our design studios, IT suite, workshop and media unit.

Drawing tables, chairs, stools, drawers and lockers are provided in the Studio.


We can provide applicants with guidance on the equipment and materials recommended for students of architecture. You would not need to buy any of these items before you arrive in Sheffield, however you will need basic drawing equipment from the beginning. We would strongly advise you speak to students in upper years to hear their advice on what and where to buy. You may also find that some of the equipment is available second hand.

Information Technology

Our departmental desktop computers are very high spec and are loaded with the latest software, so it is not essential that you buy a high spec laptop, if you don't yet have one, but it will help.

The University system is PC based, so a PC ensures compatibility, although many students do use Macs. A lot of the software needed is available at lower cost, or for free from the University – it is better to wait until you start the course when you can talk to the tutors, technical staff and students about the appropriate software.


During the course of the year we anticipate that you will need cardboard, a range of papers, glues, spray mount, balsa-wood, spray paints etc. We would advise you to wait and see what is best to suit your needs and budget.

We very much encourage students to use recycled materials in their models and presentations – not only is it sustainable, but also cost effective and potentially innovative. We also advise students to work in teams or groups to acquire waste or unwanted materials from local companies.

Our print unit and workshop offer a range of printing and model making materials at a lower cost to architecture students.

Other fees

The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about continuation fees, re-examination fees, re-submission fees and writing up fees.