Graduate Fees

The cost of studying at the University of Cambridge is broken down into two areas: the University Composition Fee which covers the cost of your education and your College membership, and Maintenance, the estimated minimum cost of living during your time at the University. These, along with any additional costs, make up the minimum financial commitment you will be required to demonstrate before you can be admitted to the University. A number of general and course-specific funding opportunities exist to help you meet this commitment.
 


 

University and College Fees

Graduate students are required to pay a University Composition Fee (UCF). This is the fee levied for teaching, supervision, student support and the facilities you will receive and have access to from the University and your College.

Proof of funding for the cost of your course needs to be in place before you start your course. You are therefore strongly advised to apply to all available sources of funding available to you as soon as possible. For more information about course costs, fees, and funding opportunities, please see the links below.

Other Costs

Before you are admitted to study at the University, you will be provided with an estimate of the absolute minimum of your likely basic living costs and personal expenses. Your maintenance sum is budgeted to cover rent/accommodation, food, domestic bills, books, travel around Cambridge, personal computer equipment etc. and we will require evidence that you can cover these expenses.

Rent

Should you wish to live in College accommodation, King's is able to guarantee a room to all graduate students for at least one year. The rent for College rooms, including heating and electricity, ranges from £1,368.49 to £2,161.32 per quarter, depending on the room.

Meals

All graduate students have access to College dining facilities, where you can buy cafeteria-style meals three times a day. A typical one-course meal is in the range £3-4. Students who live in College-owned accommodation pay a Catering Charge per term: in the first year of a graduate course, this charge is £142.67 per term, and in later years, the charge is reduced to half of this. There is no further charge during the summer.

Travelling

Transport costs in Cambridge are minimal, as the city is small enough to walk or cycle.

Books

There are a total of 149 libraries across the university, and a very well-stocked library in King's. Specialist study needs are catered for in departmental libraries and in the main University Library. With so many libraries available you shouldn’t have to buy many books for your course.

Computers

Excellent computer facilities are available in King’s, with free internet access. Most of the current students choose to have their own computers, with high-speed internet access available in student rooms and wifi in the bar and coffee shop.

Socialising

How much you spend on socialising is your choice, but it is worth noting that, as many social events are College-based and student-run, they do not cost very much. You'll also find discounted prices at the King's bar.

Clubs and Societies

King's has a range of facilities to support all sorts of activities, from art, music and photography to a wide variety of sports. These activities are all available free or at a very reduced rate to current students.

Dependants

Additional provision for accompanying dependants should be made in accordance with the figures in the maintenance calculator (see the link below). These figures are minimum amounts per academic year with no reduction offered for a shorter course.

Childcare

The cost of childcare in Cambridge is extremely high. Full-time nursery care for pre-school children costs up to £10,000 per child per year, and after-school clubs for children of school age cost up to £2,000 per child per year.

Return to the Graduate Study homepage where you can find more information about applying to King's and life at the College.
There are various sources of financial support to cover the costs of graduate study at the University of Cambridge - find out more here.
Find out more about the application process for graduate students, and about visiting King's before making your choice of College.
Find out about life at King's - from our accommodation and facilities to the array of student societies and opportunities on offer here.

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Contact Details

Graduate Admissions Office
King's College
King's Parade
Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tel: +44 (0)1223 331 421
Fax: +44 (0)1223 331 193

Email: graduate.admissions@kings.cam.ac.uk