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The University website estimates that living costs are around £9,670. I'm struggling to see how it would be this expensive. Is this realistic or is it overestimated? How much does it cost you in a year? I know it will vary slightly between colleges and I'm looking at St Catharine's, Emmanuel or Christ's, so it would be even more useful if you were from one of these colleges. I'm also a UK student so there would be no international costs, and I'm quite tight with money so I won't be excessively spending. Thanks.
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(Original post by Rebeccan77)
The University website estimates that living costs are around £9,670. I'm struggling to see how it would be this expensive. Is this realistic or is it overestimated? How much does it cost you in a year? I know it will vary slightly between colleges and I'm looking at St Catharine's, Emmanuel or Christ's, so it would be even more useful if you were from one of these colleges. I'm also a UK student so there would be no international costs, and I'm quite tight with money so I won't be excessively spending. Thanks.
Take a look at the thread entitled 'Financing Cambridge' from a couple of weeks ago. Lots of useful info in there all of which seem to suggest that it is nowhere near as expensive as the £9k suggested.
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Take a look at the thread entitled 'Financing Cambridge' from a couple of weeks ago. Lots of useful info in there all of which seem to suggest that it is nowhere near as expensive as the £9k suggested.
Thank you so much, I checked it out and it helps a lot.
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We ask candidates to estimate this amount because it's the upper end of what you're likely to need. It's good to think of where the money might come from before you start - what student amount of maintenance loan are you eligible for? What bursary might you receive? What help might your parents be able to provide? Do you have savings you can use? Do you have a summer/weekend job or might you need one at uni? What might your costs (accommodation, food, extra bills, socialising, books, transport) be?

Here are some useful links which might help:

- https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
- https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac...er-information

Cambridge is committed to the principle that no UK student should be unable to study with us due to financial issues. If you're facing hardship as a student, every college has funds to help out.
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We ask candidates to estimate this amount because it's the upper end of what you're likely to need. It's good to think of where the money might come from before you start - what student amount of maintenance loan are you eligible for? What bursary might you receive? What help might your parents be able to provide? Do you have savings you can use? Do you have a summer/weekend job or might you need one at uni? What might your costs (accommodation, food, extra bills, socialising, books, transport) be?

Here are some useful links which might help:

- https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator
- https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac...er-information

Cambridge is committed to the principle that no UK student should be unable to study with us due to financial issues. If you're facing hardship as a student, every college has funds to help out.
Thank you, I've worked out im eligible for £8690 from the maintenance loan and the Cambridge bursary, so I think I should be okay for finance.
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Thank you, I've worked out im eligible for £8690 from the maintenance loan and the Cambridge bursary, so I think I should be okay for finance.
That amount will go up next year (in line with inflation?? I'm not sure how they calculate it, sorry!) but what with that and the bursary, you'll have more than enough to live comfortably!
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Thank you, I've worked out im eligible for £8690 from the maintenance loan and the Cambridge bursary, so I think I should be okay for finance.
As Peterhouse Admissions says, you'll have plenty to live off with both the bursary and a full maintenance loan. Cambridge really isn't any more expensive than elsewhere, and has generous financial support for those who need it, so you shouldn't worry about whether or not you can 'afford' it
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That amount will go up next year (in line with inflation?? I'm not sure how they calculate it, sorry!) but what with that and the bursary, you'll have more than enough to live comfortably!
That's good to hear, thank you!
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As Peterhouse Admissions says, you'll have plenty to live off with both the bursary and a full maintenance loan. Cambridge really isn't any more expensive than elsewhere, and has generous financial support for those who need it, so you shouldn't worry about whether or not you can 'afford' it
Thanks for the reassurance!
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Thank you, I've worked out im eligible for £8690 from the maintenance loan and the Cambridge bursary, so I think I should be okay for finance.
If you're eligible for a large chunk of the Cambridge bursary, it's pretty much the cheapest place to study in England (except for living at home while at uni).
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If you're eligible for a large chunk of the Cambridge bursary, it's pretty much the cheapest place to study in England (except for living at home while at uni).
I think I receive around £1,100, but with the maintenance loan too it's still quite a lot.
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I think I receive around £1,100, but with the maintenance loan too it's still quite a lot.
Yes, you'll be fine (and in general also colleges have funds for people who "slip through the net" by not being eligible for the bursary but also not having enough financial support from their family).
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