What will I pay?
All UK universities charge fees, but Cambridge has one of the most extensive bursary schemes available at any UK university, both for home and overseas students. We are committed to the principle that no UK student should be prevented from studying here for financial reasons. In addition, Caius has many support schemes which help our students with their day-to-day finances. We also - unlike most universities - offer accommodation throughout your time at Caius, which not only saves you money but makes your costs easier to plan.
Whichever university you choose, there are two costs that you'll need to consider - the cost of your tuition and your living costs. Studying at Cambridge and Caius is an extremely cost-effective option.
Like most English universities, the tuition fees for UK and EU students studying for their first undergraduate degree are £9,000 per year for all courses. Cambridge offers an exceptional undergraduate education and experience and we represent incredibly good value for money. No UK or EU student has to pay undergraduate tuition fees upfront or while they are studying. Instead, they can take out a government student loan that defers all payments until after they have got a job with a decent salary. More details about tuition fees for UK and EU students are available on the University website.
For students applying from outside the EU, arrangements are different. Full details of international fees and bursaries are available on the University website.
Non-EU students (and those who choose not to take a government student loan) are required to pay for each year's tuition fees and a term's rent and other fixed charges in advance.
Non-EU students must also pay the College fee, which will be £8,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. Home/EU students are not affected – the University pays for the College fee of any student who is eligible for public funding (ie all Home/EU students, regardless of whether they take out a loan or not).
Your personal costs will of course depend on your lifestyle, but Cambridge doesn't have to be an expensive choice. The provision of reasonably-priced, high-quality, accommodation to all our undergraduates throughout their courses, together with excellent dining and social facilities within Caius and the wider University, mean that you really can keep costs down. Add to that the world-class libraries, IT facilities and support for student research and you're very unlikely to incur much additional expense in the course of your day-to-day studies. The University estimates that most students spend approximately £8,360 on their living expenses and social life each year.
The Cambridge Bursary Scheme offers an unlimited number of bursaries to UK and EU students. This generous and very straightforward bursary scheme aims to ensure that students can meet the cost of their Cambridge education, regardless of background. Details of financial support for students from outside the EU are available on the University website.
Hardship support is also available for students facing unforeseen financial difficulties. Once students are admitted, we ensure that they are given the academic, personal and financial support necessary for successful completion of their course at Cambridge.
Costs at Caius
The charges paid by Caius undergraduates in the current academic year are listed here. You will pay rent, which is dependent on which room you have. Freshers are given a choice from three rent price bands, and from the second year rooms are chosen by students, with a ballot deciding priority.
You'll see from the document that you will also be asked to pay an Establishment Charge. This fee is your contribution to the College's overall fixed costs, and isn't affected by how many meals you take or whether you use the library or sports facilities. The College's overheads are considerable, and mean that - in 2013-14 for example - each undergraduate was effectively subsidised by the College by £3,900.
Students at Caius also pay a Minimum Dining Requirement (MDR). We strongly believe in the value of members of the College eating together regularly, so we set a minimum number of meals you pay for in College per term, of which some can be used for guests.