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Daily living costs (aka maintenance)

Almost all Pembroke undergraduates live in college-owned accommodation for the full three or four years that they are in Cambridge. Students live in single study bedrooms either on the main college site or in college-owned houses nearby.  Rents (this includes background heating, electricity and Ethernet) are charged termly, for a nine- or ten-week period; please note rent is not charged if you are not here during the vacations – so if you are only resident during the ten week term you will only pay 30 weeks rent (and therefore save paying rent on the remaining 22 weeks of the year!). Rents vary according to the size of room and facilities offered. In 2018/19 most rents are in the range £91 per week – £140 per week and are among the cheapest in Cambridge (please note rents will increase next year).  The table below lays out maximum and minimum annual costs in 2018/19 (and will increase next year):

Accommodation max rent


Accommodation min rent


Kitchen Facilities Charge (The kitchen facilities charge (known as KFC) contributes towards the running costs of the College kitchens and allows the College to offer meals at lower prices)


Approximate weekly living costs (includes food expenditure) (N.B. this is a minimum estimated figure, and that living costs vary from student to student depending on lifestyle and other factors.)




Max. annual costs, based on ten weeks residency


Min. annual costs, based on ten weeks residency


The university estimates that students need approx. £9,420 – £10,950 to cover living expenses in Cambridge, but as the above table suggests, Pembroke students regard this figure as more than ample

For Students who have home fee status financial support is available from central government funds and from the University and College to help you meet the costs of your maintenance.