Living in College, or College-owned housing, makes Cambridge an affordable place to study because of the subsidised rent, food and entertainment that is on offer. This page explains what you will need to pay and where money is available to help you.
Living costs include accommodation, food, travel and social activities. Individual needs vary but average living costs can be found on the University website. There is a £200 deposit for College accommodation, which is returned when you leave minus any costs for damage.
For general advice on student finance and what Government support is available to you as a Home student, please look at the Government's Student Finance web pages.
Cambridge Bursary Scheme
The Cambridge Bursary is a generous means-tested bursary, which is available for UK students (including Clinical Medical and Veterinary Medicine students). It operates on a sliding scale for students dependent on their household income and can be worth up to £3,500 a year. It is not a loan but a gift from Cambridge University to you. Students who have been eligible for free school meals (funded by their local authority) will receive an additional non-repayable bursary of £1000 per year. Students who are classed as independent by their regional funding body are eligible for an extra 60% on top of their award, taking the maximum up to £5,600 for independent students, or £6,600 for those who were also eligible for free school meals .
Murray Edwards has various awards and funding available for undergraduates, including academic, sports, music and travel awards, as well as different financial support funds.
Financial need and hardship funds
If you experience financial difficulties during your time at Cambridge, there are both College and University funds available to help as well as advice and support from our Financial Tutor. We are committed to ensuring Home students should be able to afford the education and experience that Cambridge has to offer.