This section will give you an idea of how much it will cost to be a student here and the various ways that Girton College and the University can help.
The fees you are expected to pay depend on whether you are classed as a Home or Overseas/Islands student. Fee status is determined by your nationality and your country of ordinary residence in the three years prior to you starting your course at Cambridge – see the UKCISA website
Home (UK) Students
At Cambridge, the government regulated University Tuition Fee for students starting their first undergraduate degree in 2020 will be £9,250. Currently the tuition fee for 2021-22 hasn’t been set. It may be different from the tuition fee for 2020 and details will be published here as soon as they are available. The College Tuition Fee is usually paid on your behalf by the government unless you are applying for a second undergraduate degree.
The UK Government has recently announced that EU students who begin their studies in 2020 will continue to be eligible for home fee status – see above. However information for students starting in 2021 has not been released yet. EU students should regularly check for updates on the University website
University Tuition Fees vary depending on the course you’re studying and the latest information can be found in the International Fees and Costs section on the University website. Overseas/Islands students are also required to pay a College Tuition Fee which will be £9,750 in 2020.
‘Living Costs’ cover whatever you need to pay for, excluding tuition fees, while you’re studying here. This includes accommodation, food, course costs/study materials, personal expenses and transport.
The University has estimated that in 2020-21 UK/EU students would be expected to have annual living costs of around £9,760 – depending on your lifestyle. If you’re an overseas student your expenses are likely to be a little higher to account for things like travelling home, and you should allow around £11,230 – again lifestyle depending. A more detailed breakdown of estimated living costs can be found on the University website
We guarantee College accommodation for all years of your course which means that you do not have to pay commercial rents and do not have to pay for accommodation when you are not here over the summer vacation.
We offer a fixed cohort residence charge which means you will know how much your accommodation is going to cost you for all the years of your course. Our tenancies run throughout the academic year so you do not have the expense of clearing your room and taking all of your belongings home in the Christmas and Easter vacations.
See the Accommodation page for further details.
Food in the College Cafeteria and the Social Hub is very reasonably priced. You could expect to pay around £3 to £6 for a two-course cooked meal depending on what you choose.
We have one of the largest and most comprehensive College libraries in the University, holding in the region of 95,000 books. Every Faculty also has its own library as well as the University Library. Students also have access to online academic journals via the University. This means that most students do not have to pay for their own course books.
Transport costs here are very low. Cambridge is a small city with most University buildings within an easy walking or cycling distance from each other.
Home (UK) Students
Some Government Financial Support is currently available to all eligible Home fee status students. In addition to the loan to cover your tuition fees, you can also take out a maintenance loan to help with living costs. Part of the maintenance loan isn’t means tested and is available to all students regardless of household income. The rest is means tested, with the level of loan available to you dependent on your household income. This support will vary according to where you’re from in UK so make sure to visit the website of your relevant student finance authority.
The Cambridge Bursary Scheme offers non-repayable Bursaries of up to £3,500 per year (up to £5,600 for some mature students and care leavers), dependent on household income. There is no limit to the number of bursaries available and you’re automatically considered for a Cambridge Bursary if you’re financially assessed by your student finance authority. See the Cambridge Bursary Scheme website for more information.
Students from the EU can normally apply for a tuition fee loan and may be able to get help with living costs. Further information is available from the Student Finance Services Non UK Team
EU students may also be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary – see above.
Financial support for Overseas students is limited and is primarily available via the Cambridge Trusts. Few full undergraduate scholarships are available – most support if a partial contribution and is means tested.
The College can offer grants and loans to students who experience unexpected financial problems. We also have a fund to help with academic expenses and we provide grants towards the cost of University language courses. Find out more
Students can also apply in the annual competition for a College Travel Award for travel in the summer vacation, and for contributions to sport related expense (find out more). We also offer a wide range of music awards, including Organ and Choral Scholarships, University Instrumental Awards and College Choral Exhibitions. Find out more about Music at Girton.
Scholarships and prizes are awarded by the College for First Class results in University examinations.