Fees & Funding
What does it cost and how do I pay for it?
While you are in Cambridge you will need to pay for your accommodation and living costs, and you may have to pay a contribution towards your tuition fees. Newnham College also has many bursaries and grants available for its students, e.g. for hardship, travel, research expenses etc.
In addition to the information below, you may like to have a look at the University webpages about student finance.
Student budgets and lifestyles vary quite widely, so it is difficult to be accurate about exactly how much money you will need. Rents at Newnham will be £131 per week in 2012.13 (plus kitchen fixed charge - see below); you can choose whether to pay rent only for 30 weeks a year or to pay for 39 weeks so that you do not have to store your things during the Christmas and Easter vacations.
The levy for the running costs of the Newnham kitchens is about £232 per term (or £267 for 13 weeks); meals in the buttery (student cafeteria) are heavily subsidised, costing approximately £2.50 - £3.50 for lunch or dinner. On average, students find they need an average of £6,000 - £8,000 a year for living costs while they are in Cambridge. This includes everything from rent and food to stationery, books, entertainment, insurance and travel between Cambridge and home. It is certainly possible to manage on less if you are economical.
At Newnham you will have next to no travel expenses; everything is within walking or cycling distance.
Like most other English universities, Cambridge will charge tuition fees of £9,000 per year (with a slight annual increase) for all undergraduate courses starting in 2012. These fees do not have to be paid up front; they can be paid in instalments after you have graduated and are earning £21,000 a year or more.
For more information click here and see also 'Cambridge Bursaries' below.
Overseas students pay the full University Tuition Fee (you can find more details here) and also the College Fee (£5,883 in 2012-13).
The following sources are available for help towards your costs:
Overseas students pay the full University Tuition Fee (details can be found here) and also the College Fee (£5,883 in 2012-13). EU students pay the same tuition fee as UK students (see above).
Many overseas and EU students get their funding from a mixture of sources: parents, Government or commercial sponsorship from their home country, the University (via the Cambridge Trusts), and the Colleges. Overseas students have to cover University and College fees as well as rent and living expenses. EU students can borrow from the Student Loan Company for their tuition fees, and therefore only have to cover rent and living expenses.
All overseas or EU students are eligible to apply to the Cambridge Trusts (the Overseas Trust, the Commonwealth Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust) for help with their funding.
If you receive a conditional offer from us, you will be invited to make an application to the Trusts, by filling in a form giving details of how you expect to fund your course, and of any possible shortfall. Your application will then go to the Trusts for consideration. If you decide not to apply to the Trusts, you will be asked to provide guarantees that you can cover the costs of your tuition and living expenses.
You need to apply for these awards, and to satisfy the College that you will be able to fund your course, before you arrive; it is not normally possible to apply later.
Overseas and EU students are eligible for almost all College funds (book grants, travel grants, hardship grants etc.) on the same basis as Home students.
Due to the short terms and the intense nature of the Cambridge courses, students are actively discouraged from working outside the College during term time, though there is a small amount of casual work available within the College both in term and during vacations. In addition, the long vacations (six weeks at Christmas and Easter, more than three months in the summer) allow Cambridge students to gain valuable work experience. The Cambridge University Careers service can help with vacation placements.
Many students receive money from their parents over and above the amount they are assessed to pay by Student Finance, but if your parents are unable to help you in this way, don't worry: Cambridge, and Newnham, are very well provided with sources of extra financial help, and we have never yet had a student withdraw from her course because of money problems.