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Undergraduate Study

Please note: This site currently contains information for those applying for 2016 entry. Information for 2017 entry will be available in March.


'Living costs' cover whatever you need to pay for, excluding tuition fees, while you're at university. For example:

  • accommodation
  • food
  • learning costs/study materials
  • personal expenses and transport

We’ve estimated that you should allow approximately £8,360 a year for your living costs in Cambridge (though this will vary depending on your lifestyle), this includes:

Accommodation £2,850-£3,600
£3,300-£4,500 en suite
Kitchen facilities charges £390-£570
College meals £3-£6 each
Transport Cheap or free!

Figures based on an academic year of 30 weeks.


Most Colleges offer accommodation in a range of price bands to suit different budgets. As a rough guide, the rent for a 30-week year for most single study bedrooms is as follows:

  • £95-£120 per week with a shared bathroom
  • £110-£150 per week with en suite

See individual College websites for more information about the accommodation available.


At Cambridge, you don’t have to choose between ‘catered’ or ‘self-catered’ accommodation – Colleges provide basic self-catering facilities as well as cafeterias/dining halls. Some levy a charge towards the running costs of the College kitchens – the kitchen facilities charge – and then offer meals at lower prices. A small number of Colleges require you to have a certain number of meals in the Buttery or dining hall each term (see individual College websites for details).

  • Most weekly kitchen facilities charges are around £13-£19.
  • Individual meals typically cost £3-£6.
  • Many Colleges have regular 'formal halls' (three-course dinners) that are also great value at around £8-£16.

Learning costs/study materials

The cost of study materials (sometimes referred to as ‘course costs’) varies depending on your course but may include:

  • equipment (eg calculator, lab coat)
  • photocopying
  • study materials (eg paper, pens, books)
  • travel costs (eg field or dissertation research trips)

Specific course costs can be found on the relevant faculty/department website. The University’s numerous libraries and IT facilities help to keep your costs down, and many Colleges and some departments offer grants to help with particular costs (see individual College and department websites for details).

Personal expenses and transport

What you spend on food, clothing, transport etc depends on your lifestyle. However, there are lots of free recreational activities plus loads of College-based and student-run activities that don’t cost very much. What’s more, Cambridge is a small place so transport is cheap or free – most students walk or cycle everywhere and there’s a Uni 4 bus service that offers discounted fares to students.

College fees

Unlike overseas fee status students and Islands students (from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man), UK/EU students who are eligible for public support don't normally have to pay an additional College fee, unless they're studying for a second degree (affiliated students). More information about College fees is given in the international fees and costs.