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Oliver, 1st Year

Fees & Living Costs

The costs of studying and living at Cambridge are no greater than those at other universities in the UK. In fact, Cambridge can work out cheaper thanks to the substantial additional support available from the University and Colleges.


Undergraduate Fees are divided up as follows:

Tuition Fees

This is for the teaching and supervision you will receive from your department.

College Fees

This covers the cost to your College of providing a range of domestic and pastoral services and support. All international overseas-fee status (those from outside the EU and from the Islands – Channel Islands and Isle of Man), and those UK/EU students who are not certified as eligible in principle for tuition fee support (Student Finance), will normally have to pay college fees in addition to University tuition fees.

The terms and conditions relating to the College Fee are as follows:

  • Fees are fixed for the duration of the course, as agreed at admission for the relevant course.

  • Students who intermit (irrespective of the period of intermission or the numbers of intermission periods) would remain subject to the (College) fee that was in place at the point of admission for the relevant course, except for students who intermit continuously more than six terms, who will instead be charged at the new (College) fee rate that applies at the time of the return: any associated extension to the duration of membership will be charged at that new rate.

  • Continuing membership beyond the initially-agreed period of membership will be charged at the (College) fee rate that applies at the beginning of the agreed extended membership for a fixed period of three years. Further periods of extensions and fees applicable will be reviewed at that point.

Living Costs

This is an estimate of your likely basic living expenses and personal costs, including your College room rent. Figures for EU and Overseas students include a one-off settling-in figure. You will also need to meet all other costs – e.g. food, books, travel, personal computer equipment and, for some courses, field trips – from your maintenance (living) sum, and the figure quoted should therefore be regarded as the absolute minimum you will require. Further breakdowns for living costs can be found on the University website .

The following table lists the estimated costs for the academic year 2018–19 (expect an increase in line with inflation in subsequent years).

UK Students EU Students Overseas Students
Tuition Fees £9,250 £9,250 International Fees
College Fees * See note below table * See note below table £8,500
Living Costs £9,160 £9,160 £10,655

* The College Fee of £8,500 is only charged to UK/EU students who are not certified as eligible in principle for tuition fee support, i.e., a loan through Student Finance.

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