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Human, Social, and Political Sciences - HSPS Tripos


Find out why it isn't as expensive as you might think to study at Cambridge...


In Summary...

  • Low accommodation costs- almost all Cambridge students live at their College and rent is only payable only payable when you occupy your room, generally this is for around 30 weeks of the year.
  • Low transport costs- Cambridge is small and most students walk or cycle around the city, but there is a cheap bus service if you need it.
  • Fair food costs- you can eat for a fair price in your College or there are plenty of places around all of the Colleges to cook.
  • Outstanding library facilities-this means you will need to buy very few, if any, books. There are also lots of computer and WiFi facilities around the University students can use.
  • Student Card- Your student card also acts as a discount card for many of the shops around Cambridge.
  • Student social life- much social life is based in the Colleges or in University clubs and societies. Many clubs and societies are free and all Colleges have their own inexpensive dining hall, bar and other social facilities.

On top of this, there are a number of grants and bursaries available for books, travel and hardship funds. Students from low income families are entitled to apply for a bursary.

You can find out more about fees and funding from the Undergraduate Study website.


Don't forget Cambridge graduates are more successful in gaining employment and have higher earning potential than graduates from many other Universities.