Finance

Trinity, like all Cambridge Colleges, is committed to the principle that:

  • No home undergraduate student should be deterred from applying to Cambridge by financial considerations; and,
  • That no such student should be unable to take up a place, or have to leave before gaining a degree, because of financial difficulties.

For this reason, Trinity keeps costs for its students down for accommodation and meals, and helps provide bursaries to assist with the costs of living.

We offer accommodation for the duration of the undergraduate course. In your first year you are allocated a room within a price bracket of your own choosing. After that rooms are allocated by ballot: the higher up the ballot you are, the more likely you are to get your first choice of room. Most of the first-year rooms are in Blue Boar Court and the Wolfson Building – just across Trinity Street from the Great Gate. Many second years have rooms in Burrell’s Field, a relatively new development within College on the other side of college gardens. And in your third year you may be able to live in Great Court. All rooms are connected to the computer network. You do not have to share a set of rooms unless you wish to do so and everyone has their own bedroom. Current accommodation charges at Trinity are in the range £3,150 – £4,650 per year, including heating, electricity and gas.

You may be interested in our information about typical college rooms in different parts of the College.

For catering, there is an annual fixed kitchen charge of £547.50 plus a cash payment for individual meals: £3.87 for breakfast, £4.40 for a two-course lunch and £4.95 for a three-course dinner (2018-19 prices). If you eat lunch and dinner in Hall every day during term time and breakfast there most days, the total cost of food in College across the three terms of the academic year comes to about £2,750 per person. If you then factor in again about £2,750 per year for all other living expenses, the total cost of living over the year will be in the range of £8,650 – £10,150.

To help you meet these costs, all UK students with a household income of below £42,620 will be eligible for a Cambridge Bursary of up to £3,500 per year. This is an annual gift – it is not a loan, and doesn’t need to be repaid. In addition, there is a Trinity top-up bursary which provides additional money to students to low- and middle-income families. To receive the Cambridge Bursary and the Trinity top-up bursary, just make sure you have applied for student finance from the UK government. The university page gives further details on how to do this. You do not need to apply separately for Cambridge bursaries: you will be automatically assessed, and offered the Bursaries if you are eligible. The university also has separate information about financial help.

European Union students who start their degrees in 2020 remain eligible for UK student support, including the Cambridge European Bursaries.

EU Undergraduate Students

The government has confirmed that EU students applying for undergraduate courses starting in 2020 will remain eligible for UK student support for the duration of their course.

Professor Barnard, Trinity’s Senior Tutor, welcomed the news: ‘This gives EU students applying to study at Cambridge in 2020 for undergraduate degrees the reassurance they need that they will continue to be eligible for financial support for the duration of their course and that their fees and those of masters students will be fixed at the same rates as for home students. Trinity has a rich tradition of welcoming bright and motivated students from all over the world and we are delighted that EU students can apply for 2020 entry with the confidence that their financial position will not alter, irrespective of changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU.’

Please note that the UK fee rate may be subject to annual increases. The fees for all applicants, including Home/EU students, considering entry in 2020 (including deferred entry from 2018), have yet to be set, but the current level of fees for entry in 2019 can be found at http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/tuition-fees.

Overseas students are eligible for various awards from the Cambridge Trusts and for a Trinity Overseas Bursary. Once an offer of an academic place has been made, the awards application form is sent to those candidates who are eligible. However, competition is severe and awards are often only for partial costs.

Scholarships and prizes are available for students who do well in examinations and there are grants for travel, books and equipment.

A full list of sources of financial support for Home, EU and Overseas students is here.

The course fees are listed on this page. Home students (including those from the EU, for students starting in 2020) pay the same fee for all courses. Fees for overseas students are different and vary by course.