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Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge

Fees and Finances

Guess what? Being an undergraduate at Cambridge doesn't cost more than studying at most other UK universities. Our generous bursary scheme plus cheap 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

For UK/EU Students

2017-18 fees for UK and EU students are currently £9,250 per year.

Both UK and EU students can pay their fees while at university or take out a Tuition Fees loan. You then repay this loan in instalments once you leave university and are earning a minimum annual salary of £21,000.

Visit the government’s Student Finance website to apply online for a loan and find out about other sources of funding.

For International Students

As an international student, the level of fees you pay depends on the subject you choose and your Tuition Fee Status. Visit the main University website to find out more about International Fees & Costs.


To study in the UK, students who are citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland need a Tier 4 Student Visa. Find out more on the University website at Visas and Immigration.

College Fees

Only international students pay an additional College fee – this is £8,715 for the academic year 2017-18. UK and EU students don’t need to pay this unless they’re studying for a second degree.

Living Costs

As we said above, Cambridge really isn’t an expensive place to live as a student. Corpus is so central and Cambridge so compact that there are few travel costs, plus the short terms mean you only pay rent for part of the year. What makes it truly affordable is the fact that the colleges subsidise the costs of undergraduate food and accommodation. And Corpus is no different.


At Corpus we guarantee you a room throughout your 3 or 4-year course, so most of our undergraduates live in College accommodation. This includes single study bedrooms on the main College site, in College-owned houses or in accommodation blocks very nearby. 

Cambridge has three terms and rent is charged per term for a 30-week (short) or 39-week (extended) lease. The longer lease allows you to stay over the Christmas and Easter holidays. Rents vary according to the size of room and facilities offered, so each room has a price band. 

Room Costs Per Term 2017-18

Price Band Termly rent on short lease Termly rent on extended lease
A £1,712 £2,255
B £1,664 £2,191
C £1,615 £2,127
D £1,567 £2,063
E £1,518 £1,999
F £1,469 £1,934
G £1,421 £1,871
H £1,372 £1,807
I £1,323 £1,742
J £1,275 £1,678
K £1,226 £1,614
L £1,177 £1,550
M £1,129 £1,486
N £1,081 £1,423
O £1,031 £1,358


Every student pays the Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC) of £191 per term to contribute towards the upkeep of our kitchens. You also pay per meal – the average two-course meal costs around £3.50.


Ethernet and wifi access are free.

Estimated living costs

  • Weekly including food: £75
  • Annual including food, accommodation and entertainment:
    • Maximum £9800 (based on 39-week lease in band-A room)
    • Minimum £5850 (based on 30-week lease in band-O room)

Help with funding

If you need financial support so you can complete your studies, don’t worry. You’re not alone and there are many options available to help you – please see below.

Maintenance Loans

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 exist to encourage students in financial need to apply to Cambridge. As they’re not loans, they don’t need to be paid back. They are available to UK and EU students taking any undergraduate course at the University of Cambridge, who come from a household with an annual income of less than £42,620.  

The value of each bursary is decided according to a sliding scale and you must reapply for it each year. Find out more and make an application at Cambridge Bursary Scheme.

Corpus also offers generous additional financial support for those who need it. All Cambridge Bursary recipients also receive an allowance for essential books or working materials such as iPads. These are made possible due to a generous gift from Dr John Taylor, an Old Member and Honorary Fellow of the College.

Help for Overseas Applicants

Are you from the Commonwealth or another foreign country and keen to apply, but would find it financially difficult or impossible to come to Cambridge? There are various sources of funding available to you – please read the University Prospectus for more details. 

At Corpus we actively contribute to funding schemes run by the University to help non-UK students who need financial assistance. Find the details in the International Students section of the University’s website.

Travel and Study Grants

Corpus offers very generous overseas travel awards and vacation study 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. Many of our scientists have visited Caltech in California for summer research programmes.

In 2015-16 our students received £32,000 in study and travel grants. We award these on a case-by-case basis – you can apply through your tutor.

Benefactions, Fund Scholarships, Prizes and Grants

We offer many prizes based on academic achievement, to students who excel in their tripos (course) exams. The College awarded £17,000 in prizes during 2015-16 alone.

Hardship Grants

If you run into financial difficulties during your studies, we may be able to help with extra funding. As with other grants, these are assessed on a case-by-case basis with your tutor’s support. In 2015-16 we awarded £33,000 to our students.

Frisby Sports Grants

This small fund offers support to undergraduates who take part in competitive sports.

Organ Scholarships and Choral Awards

If you’re interested in these, please apply by the beginning of September in the year before you play to come up. If you’re successful with an organ application, you’ll have no more interviews. Successful choral applicants still have academic interviews in December. If however you don’t gain a choral award, this has no impact on your chance of an academic place.

Read more about the University’s Music Awards

I​nstrumental Awards

These auditions are held in the summer of the same year in which you hope to come up to Cambridge. You are only eligible if you’ve already received a conditional or unconditional offer, and you must apply by the end of February.

Find out more about the University’s Instrumental Awards.

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.

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're read above, or simply don’t know where to start, please contact us at ​