Fees and Finances
Being an undergraduate at Cambridge doesn't cost more than studying at most other UK universities. The University's generous bursary scheme, jointly funded by the Colleges and the University, plus reasonable College food and accommodation means we can keep costs down.
Read on to learn more about living costs at Cambridge and the various government, University and College-based schemes which can help you with funding.
- Tuition Fees and Loans
Up to date information on tuition fees can be found on the University Fees webpage.
The majority of UK students choose to take a government loan. Visit the government’s Student Finance website for more information on Student Finance, including details on Student Loans, the application process, and repayment details.
International students (including EU students)
As an international student, the level of fees you pay depends on the subject you study and your Tuition Fee Status. Visit the main University Fees website to find out more about fees and costs for international students.
Visas: to study in the UK, students who do not have UK citizenship or settled status/ other leave to remain need a Student Visa. Find out more on the University's Visas and Immigration webpage.
- College Fees
International students pay an additional College fee – this is £10,924 for the academic year 2023-24. UK students don’t pay this unless they’re studying for a second degree.
- Living Costs
Accommodation and food is subsidised by the College, meaning that living costs can actually be lower than at many other UK universities. Cambridge is a small city and Corpus is right at the centre of the city, so transport costs while in Cambridge are very low.
At Corpus we guarantee you a room throughout your 3- or 4-year course. Our students are allocated study bedrooms on the main College site ("Old House"), in College-owned houses or in accommodation hostels very nearby.
Cambridge has three terms and rent is charged per term for either a 30-week (termly) or 39-week (continuous) licence. The longer licence allows you to stay over the Christmas and Easter holidays. Rents vary according to the size of room and facilities offered, so each room is given a price band.
You can view some examples of our undergraduate accommodation on the 360 degree virtual tour.
Room Costs Per Term, 2023-24
The figures below include the cost of room rent, internet and College establishment charges per term. Cambridge University has three terms per year.
(cost per term)
(cost per term)
Weekly cost £3,145.24 £2,388.78 £238.88 £3,063.86 £2,326.98 £232.70 £2,982.48 £2,265.17 £226.52 £2,901.09 £2,203.36 £220.33 £2,819.72 £2,141.56 £214.15 £2,738.33 £2,079.75 £207.97 £2,656.95 £2,017.94 £201.79 £2,575.57 £1,956.13 £195.61 £2,494.19 £1,894.33 £189.43 £2,412.81 £1,832.52 £183.25 £2,331.43 £1,770.71 £177.07 £2,250.05 £1,708.90 £170.89 £2,168.66 £1,647.09 £164.71 £2,088.52 £1,586.22 £158.62 £2,005.91 £1,523.47 £152.34
- Help with funding
If you need financial support so you can complete your studies, don’t worry. You’re not alone and there are options available to help you.
To cover living expenses, UK students may be eligible for a full or partial loan – this is paid into your bank account at the beginning of each term. Read all about government grants and loans on the Student Finance website.
Cambridge Bursary Scheme
These bursaries are jointly funded by the colleges and the university. As they’re not loans, they don’t need to be paid back. Payments are made termly directly into the bank accounts of eligible students.
The Bursary is not applied for - it is allocated automatically. In order to be assessed for a Cambridge Bursary, students must tick the household income assessment on their Student Finance application. Find out more about how much you could receive by looking at the University webpage on the Cambridge Bursary Scheme.
Financial Assistance Grants
If you run into financial difficulties during your studies, you can contact your College Tutor. The College has funds available to help students who need additional financial support, in addition to funds available from the University.
Travel and Study Grants
Corpus offers generous overseas travel awards, vacation study and internship support grants to undergraduates. These can also cover unexpected extra expenses that come up as part of your studies, such as costs relating to dissertation research, travel and entry to museums and libraries, materials for lab projects and so on. We’ve supported travellers going to Europe to brush up on a language, and as far afield as Mongolia and Indonesia to conduct research work.
Benefactions, Fund Scholarships, Prizes and Grants
At the end of each academic year, we offer prizes based on academic achievement to students who excel in their tripos (course) exams. These prizes are awarded thanks to generous benefactions from various donors, historical and new. As an example, the College awarded £49,000 in prizes during 2021-22. There are also other funds available specifically for current students from various parts of the country and backgrounds.
Organ, Choral and Instrumental Awards
Organ Scholarships are applied for earlier than the normal UCAS deadline, whereas Choral and Instrumental Awards are applied for after offers have already been made. You can find out more about music awards here.
Nicholas Bacon Scholarship for Lawyers
For years the Nicholas Bacon Society has nurtured links between law students and lawyer alumni through its annual dinner and other events. An important outcome of these relationships has been the creation of the Corpus Christi Nicholas Bacon Fund (registered charity no. 1115923).
It was set up by a group of Corpus lawyers, led by Sir Terence Etherton, to support outstanding under- and postgraduate law students who might otherwise have had financial difficulties. Current students can apply for awards from the fund, and if you hold an offer from Corpus you’ll receive an application form in August of the year you start your course.
Financial support for International Students
Information about finances and financial support for non UK students can be found on our International Students Page.
Need more information?
We hope this section helps you understand the many different ways you can seek funding to help you come and study at Cambridge. If you need more information about anything you've read above, or simply don’t know where to start, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.