Accommodation costs

All our undergraduates live together in College, in single study-bedrooms. Rooms are very varied, with en-suite rooms in the new Dorothy Garrod Building, and historic rooms in the original buildings. However, all rooms at Newnham cost the same amount. This fixed fee structure is different to that of many other Colleges, where different rooms cost different amounts. We feel that it’s important that everyone has the same opportunities to live in the most beautiful rooms.

Students from families on lower incomes receive a rent bursary: about a third of undergraduates currently receive rent bursaries. This means that your accommodation cost is dependent on your family’s income, not the size of the room.

There are two options: a termly contract, where your room needs to be vacated in the Christmas and Easter vacations, and a continuous contract where it doesn’t.

For 2021-22, the rent is £158 per week. If you are eligible for a rent bursary, it will be subtracted from this total.  Rents at Newnham increase by inflation each academic year, based on the CPIH inflation measure for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest £1.

The rent includes, or includes a contribution towards the costs of: all utilities (electricity, gas, water); wired and/or wireless network access; duvet, pillows, mattress cover; laundry facilities; cleaning of communal areas; personal contents insurance. The student must provide their own bed linen (sheets, duvet cover, pillow covers) and towels.

In addition, there is a Buttery Pre-Paid Meal Plan (BPMP) which is a charge combining the Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC) and an additional charge depending on the amount you plan to use the College Buttery.  The charges vary depending on which plan option you choose.  Options are based on how much you intend to cook for yourself in our excellent student kitchens and how much you intend to use the Buttery to save you preparing meals.  We would recommend that you read the BPMP/KFC document carefully to see the different options before making a choice.  The Bursary will contact all incoming students prior to the beginning of term to see find out which option they choose.

For new students there is a one-off cost of membership of the Newnham Roll, which is £60.  This payment enrols you as a life member of the alumnae association, which currently has 7,500 members.

Some students may need adaptations to their rooms (for example, to accommodate a disability or religious requirements): you will not be charged an additional fee for this.  Please do make early contact with the Admissions Office regarding any specific requirements you have.