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British passport holder outside UK
The rules are that you should have been resident in the UK for the three years immediately prior to starting university to qualify for home fees. Residence is more important than citizenship. You can read more about eligibility for financial support:
Also look at the UKCISA website:
Universities decide fee status based on the guidelines, case law and detailed information provided by the applicant. Generally, a university will not make a determination until after an application has been received through UCAS and the offer of a place on academic grounds has been made.
Universities can make different decisions as it is a matter of interpretation.