Hello Everyone! My name is Lucy and I'm in my first year at Magdalene studying Human, Social and Political Sciences. I am the Access officer for 2018! My role entails coordinating college tours, school visits, college residentials and outreach trips. I also coordinate the Student Union (CUSU) access schemes within the college. My aim as access officer is to show that Cambridge is a place that is accessible to all, irrespective of background. There are many myths that surround Cambridge and my aim is to help breakdown these myths and present Cambridge realistically through the wide range of student experiences in the college.
If you have any questions about studying at Magdalene, feel free to email me, or visit our Ask a Student page.
The cost of financing university is something which many students are concerned about before starting their further studies, and there is often an assumption that studying at Cambridge may be more expensive than other universities. However, Cambridge currently charges the same tuition fees as the majority of UK universities, at £9,250 per year for home students.
In addition to this, Magdalene’s accommodation is reasonably priced with a price band system. Magdalene accommodates all its undergraduates for the duration of their degree, and all accommodation is all less than 2 minutes’ walk of College. Magdalene's central location also means that you have no transport costs. It is worth noting that you only pay for 30 weeks’ accommodation per year, in 3 instalments of 10 weeks spread across the terms. Please see our alternative prospectus for more information about food and accommodation costs within College.
Whilst students are strongly discouraged from having a part-time job during term time at Cambridge, our terms are shorter than most universities at 8 weeks each. This means students have plenty of time to earn money during the vacations, and there are many internships and placements advertised to students each year for the summer vacation in particular.
CUSU (Cambridge University Students’ Union) also runs its own Access schemes throughout the year, supported by the College JCR Access Officers.