Student Life FAQs

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We recently welcomed a group of Year 12 students from East Yorkshire into King's. Some important and interesting questions about student life came up, which we hope might be helpful for others!

Do you stay in college accommdation for all years of study?

Yes, normally. All Colleges except St Edmund's provide accommodation for three years, and many also allow an additional year  for students taking one of the four-year courses. See, for example, the King's accommodation page, which explains the range of modern and traditional rooms, how the room ballot system works, and the choice of rent lease periods.

Students on longer courses, such as Medicine (6 years), are likely to live outside the College accommodation at the end of their course when they have graduate status, however there is a lot of support provided by the university's accommodation service to help with this (Medicine students often share a house close to the hospital, which works well for Medicine clinical studies).

What is the workload like on a Cambridge course?

Cambridge courses are demanding, but they can also be very rewarding. We provide unparalleled learning opportunities for our students. Not only are you taught in the lecture theatre by academics who are experts in their field, but our supervision system means that you receive more personal tuition from them too. One of the most distinctive characteristics of our courses (also called Triposes at Cambridge) is that they cover the subject area very broadly in the initial years and then offer a wide range of options in which to specialise in the later years.

In terms of workload, this varies somewhat from subject to subject - you might like to watch 'A Day in the Life' to get a sense of what a typical week might be like for a sciences, arts or humanities student.

How expensive is studying and living in Cambridge?

For UK and EU students, Cambridge University charges £9,000 a year in tuition fees for all courses. It is important that you understand that UK and EU tuition fees will not need to be paid up front. Students will be able to pay their fees through government loans that are repaid after graduation, and only once a graduate earns more than £21,000 per year. For details of these loans and the further financial support available please see our financial support page.

With living costs, these can vary depending on your lifestyle - for example, depending on how much you like to spend per week on food (Cooking for yourself? Eating in the college dining hall? Going out for dinner?). A reasonable estimate for total living costs for 2016/17 is £8,500 for UK students for the three terms of the normal academic year. Overseas students should increase this figure for extra travel or accommodation costs according to their circumstances (we recommend that overseas students allow £9,570 per year). There may be some additional financial support available for maintenance (living costs) as well as tuition fees.

Do you have much spare time while studying? What is social life like at Cambridge?

While the courses at Cambridge can be quite intense, students still find time to socialise, get involved in sports, music, theatre or student unions, join societies (student clubs) - there are so many opportunities to have fun as well as study!

King's provides a relaxed and friendly environment where it's easy to meet people. When new students arrive each year, we have a Freshers' Week designed to welcome them and ease them into College life. More generally, King's is a fairly small community with lots of events and activities throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities for friendships to develop. Students from all backgrounds quickly feel at home in College. For more information on what it's like to study different subjects at King's, check out our student perspectives. We also have more general FAQs here.

Many thanks to the students from East Yorkshire for their questions!

Date posted: 

Tuesday 29 March 2016

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