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Undergraduate Study

A diverse group of mature students having fun studying together at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

We have almost 600 mature undergraduates studying for their first degree at Cambridge, many of whom are in their 20s.

Find out about the support available to you as a mature student.

College welfare and University support

No matter which College you’re at, you’ll be part of a supportive College community. Find out more about College welfare.

You’ll also have access to the University’s support services, including our Accessibility and Disability Services.

Student life at the mature Colleges

Mature students can apply to any of the Colleges. But, there are 3 Colleges exclusively for students aged over 21.

The social life in the mature Colleges is rich and varied. It takes account of students’ partners and families.

Find out more about life as a mature student at Cambridge.

Student parents

If you have children, the University’s Childcare Office offers guidance on childcare. Check the Student parents page for more information.

Some Colleges may be able to provide family accommodation. Check College websites for full details.

Financial support for mature students

At university, you'll have tuition fees and living costs.

There is support available for Home fee status students. For example:

  • the Cambridge Bursary Scheme, which offers non-repayable Bursaries for some UK mature students to help with living costs
  • government support, such as student loans for tuition fees and living costs
  • additional support for those with particular circumstances/needs, such as those with dependants

Information about financial support for students from outside the UK can be found on the International financial support pages.

Apply as a mature student

Before you apply, check the mature student applications page.

This will guide you on entry requirements and application deadlines for mature students.