How Much Does Oxford University Cost?
How much does Oxford University cost
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How Much Does Oxford University Cost?

Rachael Grealish June 30, 2022

Getting accepted into one of the UK’s top institutions is one thing and tuition fees are another, so one thing all potential applicants need to know is how much does the University of Oxford cost?

The University of Oxford isn’t only one of the most famous and prestigious universities in the UK, but it’s the oldest English-speaking higher education establishment in the world – dating back to the 9th century if legends have anything to say about it too.

This amount of culture, heritage, expertise and academic success doesn’t come at a low price – especially since the raising of university tuition fee caps in 2012 and the due to the cost of living crisis in the UK at the moment.

How much does Oxford University cost?

How much the University of Oxford costs can be broken down by several factors:

  • Tuition fees – home and overseas students fees differ
  • Accommodation – university dorms and off-campus accommodation can differ
  • Living costs

According to the University of Oxford, on average, course fees for Home students are £9,250.00 per year which students can apply for student loans to cover the fee, while Overseas students can expects to pay between £28,950 and £44,240 in course fees per year and cannot apply for student loans to cover the fees. Living costs for Oxford University range from £1,215.00 to £1,755.00 per month. These fees are similar to other local universities such as Oxford Brookes (which is not part of Oxford University).

How much is Oxford University tuition?

How much a student will pay on Oxford uni tuition fees is worked out when broken down into three categories:

  • Home Students
  • Overseas Students
  • Medicine Students

For home students – students from the UK – undertaking an undergraduate degree for the first time the course fee is £9,250. UK students are entitled to apply for student loans to cover the full amount of their course fee and do not need to pay any fees upfront. Of course, anyone wanting to pay their own fees up front that is also possible.

Things change if a person is a home student who has already completed a previous undergraduate programme of study, then that person would be classed as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) student.  

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The course fees would be the same as a standard home student rate but an ELQ student will not be eligible for any financial support from Oxford University or the government. However, if you didn’t complete your course, you might not receive funding for the full length of your studies at Oxford.

For overseas students’ fees are significantly more and it depends on the course you choose to study. But averagely annual fees are between £27,840 and £39,010 for overseas students.

Overseas students will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government. But there are some other options including course-specific bursaries and scholarships.

As for students on medicine courses, a Home student on the six-year medicine course will have different course fee arrangements in years five and six. Course fees for UK students in these years of study will be covered by the NHS.

As for overseas students on medicine courses fess are significantly more again at £48,600.

Does Oxford University have dorms?

The University of Oxford has roughly 3,300 places to offer on its 48 undergraduate courses each year across it’s 39 colleges and, like most other universities, it also has a place for each of these students to stay for a year too – college dorms.

All first year undergraduate students are offered college accommodation either on the main site of their college or in a nearby college annexe.

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Where Oxford is different from most other universities is all 39 colleges will actually offer at least one further year of accommodation and some offer this for the entire duration of a person’s degree.

For postgraduate students colleges provide a variety of accommodation options. Some colleges will have various different options, others may have a dedicated block (or blocks) of accommodation of a similar type/cost. Some colleges are able to guarantee accommodation for their incoming graduates, other colleges may only be able to accommodate a proportion of their graduates.

Students may choose to not live in dorms and if that’s the case there are so many off-campus options for accommodation. These can be privately rented flats or houses – however, they can differ in price.

How much is Oxford University accommodation?

All colleges provide a accommodation for undergraduate students however, the price can differ between each college room and the room standard.

According to the university’s list of colleges broken down into ‘most common rent that students actually pay, including utilities and services’ St John’s College offers the cheapest accommodation at £3,929 (for 174 days rent) and Jesus College is the most expensive at £6,099 for (278 days rent).

If you choose to live in privately-rented accommodation, be aware you will usually have to pay rent for a whole calendar year, including any vacations, and the prices are dependent on the area, number of rooms rented or the type of accommodation rented. According to West Property Consultant, the average rent in Oxford is between £900 and £2,500 per month depending on the size and area of the property.

However, there are always other living costs to think of as well as accommodation. Oxford University estimates these being between £1,215 and £1,755 per month.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.