This guidance relates to both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes and outlines the financial and practical consequences of withdrawing from your studies.

Students withdraw for a myriad of reasons. For example, you may not have settled in London or simply realise you have chosen the wrong course and want to pursue an alternative.

To ensure that withdrawal is a suitable option for you and that you are fully aware of the impact this may have on funding, housing and future study, it is strongly advised that you discuss your case with both your personal tutor or supervisor, and Advice Services before making your final decision. We have lots of information and advice about Who to talk to in our article I'm not sure if I should leave my course or just take a break.

Important to know: If you are studying on a Student Visa, please refer to our guidance on Visa implications and sure to consult with Visa & International Adviser before making your decision.

In this article we address the considerations you need to think about before submitting a withdrawal request:


Key considerations when withdrawing



What will happen with my fees and funding?



What will happen about my housing?



Will I lose my TfL student discount once I withdraw?



What happens with the Council Tax Exemption/discount that I have enjoyed at my property?



How are welfare benefits affected by my withdrawal?



Fees & funding when withdrawing



If I withdraw before the end of the academic year, will I still pay the full tuition fee?



What if I have paid too much. Can I expect a refund?



I used a Postgraduate Loan to pay my tuition fees. Will this money still be refunded back to me?



If I leave early, do I have to repay the Postgraduate Loan back to my funding body?



I thought my loans were only repayable once I started working and earning over the £21k threshold?



I have spent all the money. What should I do if they ask for some money back?



Can you remind me about the repayment arrangements for postgraduate loans?



I have been awarded a scholarship/bursary. What happens with that funding upon my withdrawal?



What happens if I need funding for future studies?