Finance, Costs and Bursaries

The most up to date information can always be found on the University's website.

Tuition fees

For UK students, Oxford’s undergraduate courses cost £9,250 per year (with a reduction if your course includes a year abroad). The majority of UK universities charge the same amount, and we believe that Oxford’s tutorial system and excellent employability prospects mean that we offer better value for money. UK students applying for their first undergraduate degree can get a loan from the government to cover the full cost of tuition. You do not need to have any savings upfront, and you only pay back your loan if you go on to earn over £25,000.

Moritz-Heyman scholars receive a tuition reduction of £3,000 each year, in addition to a nursary.

Living costs

The University's website provides living cost approximations but these will vary greatly depending on the lifestyle you choose. All colleges offer at least one year of accommodation (with many offering two or three years). Living in college can help to greatly reduce costs by allowing you to only pay rent during term time (24 weeks), rather than for a whole year. Many colleges also subsidise the cost of food, and some colleges provide a three-course dinner for as little as £4. Oxford’s library provision is outstanding, and students rarely have to buy textbooks.

In addition to the tuition fee loan, UK students can apply for a maintenance loan to help to cover living costs. The amount you're eligible for depends on your household income and whether you're from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can check how much you are eligible for on the Oxford website or by searching Student Finance.

Beyond this, the University provides extremely generous financial support and is committed to ensuring that all students from low-income backgrounds can fully cover their basic living costs without the need for additional financial support from their families. See below for details.

Bursaries, grants and scholarships

Oxford Bursaries: Oxford bursaries are a non-repayable source of financial support, which are awarded on the basis of household income. For 2016/17, students with household incomes below £16,000 per year are entitled to a bursary of £3,700 each year, and students with household incomes of £40,001–£42,875 will receive £200 each year.

Moritz-Heyman Scholarships: Up to 160 students with household incomes below £16,000 are awarded Moritz-Heyman Scholarships. Scholars receive an annual bursary equivalent to the Oxford Bursaries with additional access to internships, and a tuition fee reduction of £3,000 per year. International students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Organ and Choral scholarships: Some colleges offer financial awards to students who contribute to college chapels as choral singers or organists. These are awarded on the basis of auditions that take place in September.

Travel grants: Some colleges offer grants to support students who wish to travel and expand their horizons or support their academic interests.

Book grants: Some colleges offer grants to support the purchase of books or equipment, as required.

For more info on scholarships and bursaries, please see the Oxford website. There are also many other sources of financial support, including regional and subject-specific scholarships. You can search the full range.

Before coming to Oxford, a lot of people worry about the cost of living in a town with property prices not far-off from those in London. But the financial support Oxford offers to students who need it can help to make a huge difference, and make student life much more affordable throughout the time you're here.

Luke, St Peter's, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, student from 2013