See map

University Name:

See all universities
See all Universities

Buckingham University

UCAS Code: B90

Location: North-west of London Show on Map

Site: Three sites in and near Buckingham town

UK’s only independent university

Student Population

Total Students:1,885
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:1,260
Full Time:97%
Mature on Entry:36%
UK Students:44%
State school entry:80%

Teaching Staff

84 full-time, 67 part-time

Broad study areas

Business, law, computing, psychology, English, humanities, social sciences, international studies.


Admission Information:UCAS tariff used.
Points on Entry (Mean):280
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:All first years housed.


Founded:1976 as an independent university.
Site:3 sites near Buckingham town centre.
How to get there:By train to Milton Keynes, then taxi; by air to Heathrow (then 1½ hours drive); by car close to M1 (junction 13/15 and follow signs to Buckingham) and M40 (junction 10 and follow signs for Northampton then Buckingham). Buses from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Bicester (all with railway stations).
Special features:Britain’s only independent university receives no direct government financial support. High student:staff ratio (approx 8:1).

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Medical officer, student welfare adviser, access to counselling, learning support, disability adviser.
Amenities:Student social centre; concert hall. Oxford 23 miles, Milton Keynes 12 miles away.
Sporting facilities:Varied sports and recreational facilities.
Accommodation:All new students guaranteed university accommodation. 463 self-catering places (all with wired internet connections), £88–£152 per week. Some students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2nd year, from £500 per month (1-bed self-catering flat).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:3 libraries: 94,225 volumes in total, 409 periodicals (plus many more electronic subscriptions), computerised catalogue; 216 study places, short loan collection. Information provision, £201 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service, access up to 24/7. 148 computers with access to internet (ratio 1:9 workstations to students). IT support from helpdesk, open 8 hours/day. One-to-one and small group instruction.
Other learning resources:Dedicated computer-aided language learning, multimedia and computer labs. Audio-lingual language labs; satellite TV viewing room for live broadcasts in 6 European languages; video facilities; library of audio and video materials in over 12 languages.
Careers:Information and advice service, full-time careers adviser.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £8000–£8500 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Financial help:Scholarships available to well-qualified students. Limited funds available for severe hardship during the course. Financial help primarily aimed at helping students with living expenses. Apply for help to Admissions Office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £11,250 pa for first degree courses (but over 2 years only). International students pay £15,360 pa. 


Academic features:

2-year degree courses, and a range of cross-disciplinary supporting courses. Academic year is 4 terms long and runs January–December. Entry to courses is available in January, July & September. Applications welcomed from mature students.

Awarding body:

University of Buckingham.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BSc(Econ), LLB.

Length of courses:

2 years (8 terms); others 2¼, 2½ or 3 years.

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • French
  • Information Science
  • Information Systems
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Multimedia
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish

Student view

Shifat Ahmed (Law), Union President


What's it like as a place to live?

A pleasant, peaceful place that enables you to focus on your studies and at the same time provides enough entertainment for you to have an enjoyable experience at Buckingham.

How's the student accommodation?

The accommodation is well maintained and adequately provides facilities that are essential for the well being of students.

What's the student population like?

A diverse ethnic community that spans 90 different nations and backgrounds, is one of Buckingham's strengths. There are approximately 1900 students at the university who are helpful and friendly.

How do students and locals get on?

Although students and the locals get on very well there are occasionally a few tensions, but these are minimal as Buckingham is very small and students' spend money on local business and contribute towards the local targets. The University has also appointed a member of staff to work with the community.


What's it like as a place to study?

Class sizes are small which makes learning very effective. Very, very good staff-student ratio 1:8, intensive honours degree with an academic vibe.

What are the teaching staff like?

The staff are extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile. They want their students to succeed.


What are student societies like?

Diverse range of societies, which provides a range of activities and entertainment.

What's a typical night out?

At the OTM/13 high street. Some students may also travel to Oxford or Milton Keynes.

... And how much does it cost?

£20-40, depending on how drunk you want to become.

How can you get home safely?

Taxi or walk.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Affordable prices.

Average price of a pint?

Average is £3.20 & in SU bar £2.50.

And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

Work is available in the local town, and a short commute takes you to Bicester village or Milton Keynes with plenty of jobs especially around the Christmas time – be quick to apply!


What's the best feature about the place?

The countryside and the small, friendly, good atmosphere makes sure you are not a number but a valued member of the community.

And the worst?

It is hard to think of the worst...

And to sum it all up?

A comfortable place for better student life, where you can easily make friends and enjoy yourself.

More info?

Email the Union President at 0400763@buckingham.ac.uk



The University of Buckingham
Hunter Street
MK18 1EG


01280 814080





Student enquiries:

Admissions Office (01280 820313)



Featured Universities

Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University

Location: Canterbury

Students: 19105

View Profile
Liverpool University

Location: Liverpool

Students: 21875

View Profile
© Student Book 2017