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
For UK students
Up to date information on tuition fees can be found on the University Fees website.
UK students can pay their fees while at university or take out a Tuition Fee 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.
For EU students
The Universities Minister for England announced on 23 June 2020 that EU nationals (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland), other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in the academic year 2021-22 or after. Please see the international pages for further information on fees and costs for international undergraduates studying at Cambridge.
Our international students contribute to making the College a vibrant and diverse place in which to study, and we continue to welcome students from the EU.
EU students can find up to date information here.
For 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 are not UK citizens need a Student Visa. Find out more on the University website at Visas and Immigration.
- College Fees
Only international students pay an additional College fee – this was £9,999 for the academic year 2021-22. College fees for the academic year 2022-23 are to be confirmed. UK students don’t pay this unless they’re studying for a second degree.
- Living Costs
Corpus is so central and Cambridge so compact that there are few travel costs, and the short terms mean you are essentially only paying rent for part of the year. What makes it more 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. These may be single 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 (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 is given a price band.
You can view some examples of our undergraduate accommodation on the 360 degree virtual tour.
Room Costs Per Term 2021-22
The figures below include the cost of room rent, internet and College establishment charges per term. Cambridge University has three terms per year.
Price Band Termly rent (30 weeks) 39.5 weeks A £2,253.57 £2,967.20 B £2,195.26 £2,890.43 C £2,136.95 £2,813.65 D £2,078.64 £2,736.88 E £2,020.34 £2,660.11 F £1,962.03 £2,583.34 G £1,903.72 £2,506.56 H £1,845.41 £2,429.79 I £1,787.10 £2,353.02 J £1,726.79 £2,276.24 K £1,670.48 £2,199.47 L £1,612.17 £2,122.69 M £1,553.86 £2,045.92 N £1,496.43 £1,970.30 O £1,437.24 £1,892.37
Students also pay per meal – the average two-course meal costs around £5-6.
Ethernet and wifi access are free.
- 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 – please see below.
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 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 students taking any undergraduate course at the University of Cambridge, who come from a household with an annual income of less than £62,615.
The Bursary is not applied for - it is allocated, up to a maximum of £3500 per year, automatically dependent on your household income. In order for the allocation to occur, students must tick the box allowing access to their household income figure on their Student Finance application. Find out more about how much you could receive at Cambridge Bursary Scheme. Payments are made termly directly into a student's bank account. All Cambridge Bursary recipients also receive an allowance for essential books or working materials.
If you run into financial difficulties during your studies, you can contact your College Tutor. The College has funds available to help students in financial hardship, 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 £15,000 in prizes during 2016-17. 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 email@example.com.