Student Support


For information on funding, please see the Fees & Funding pages.

For those who are not eligible for a bursary or scholarship for fees or living costs, they should ensure that alternative funding arrangements are in place to cover the full duration of the course, prior to beginning their studies.

Cost of living

For information about accommodation, please see the Where will I live pages.

The cost of living in Dundee is much lower than the UK average, which is positive news for students considering to study within the city either at College or university.

Estimated living costs (not including fees) for a 8-month academic year will vary depending on lifestyle, however it is estimate that it will be around £4,800-£8,000 per year.

Living Expenses (per month) Cost per month
Accommodation (student & private) £200 – £600*
Utilities (gas/electricity/internet/phone) £100
Food £100
Socialising £100
Other (books, clothes, travel) £100
Total** £600 – £1000

*Accommodation costs will vary depending on location, type and amenities. If you live in non-student accommodation, you will also need to factor in bills.

** Students should also be aware that not all courses in Al-Maktoum College qualify for Council Tax exemption.  If in doubt, students should seek clarification from


The College welcomes applications from students with disabilities or additional support needs.  Applications from students are assessed following standard procedures.  If an offer of study is made, assessments will be carried out to ensure the College can provide the required support.

Students be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance from SAAS, which can cover extra costs or expenses. More information can be found here.

For further support, contact


The College has links with local education providers in which allows our students to make use of external services. This includes the use of the University of Dundee’s Counselling Service.

For more information, contact

Health & Safety 

By international standards, the UK is a safe country with low rates of street crime and violence.

The following safety tips may be useful however:

  • Plan routes in advance
  • Only use taxis or registered minicabs
  • When walking, keep to well-lit main roads
  • Beware of wearing headphones – they reduce awareness of your surroundings
  • In the UK, cars drive on the left –  ensure you cross roads safely
  • Don’t leave bags unattended anywhere– this can lead to a security alert
  • When using a cash-point, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the ATM hasn’t been tampered with. Cover the keypad so that no one else can see your PIN number
  • Keep mobile phones and other gadgets out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use

Personal safely for students advice is also available via the Police Scotland website.

For international students in particular, the British Council have provided a safety guide.