At the start of each term all graduate student will receive a bill from the College finance office. Below is an explanation of the costs you will incur during your time at St Catharine's.
University Composition Fee
If you are paying your own fees, you will receive an invoice (separate from your first College bill) towards the end of October of your first term in Cambridge. Students are billed on a yearly basis with the option to pay in three equal instalments each year.
If you are not self-funded, then the College will collect the fees from your funding body. Please ensure that you provide any details of who the invoice should be sent to by completing the Graduate Finance Form
Any bills are to be paid within one month.
Please see the relevant section of the University Graduate Prospectus for a summary of your University Composition Fee.
Please note that the College membership fee does NOT include your accommodation.
Mandatory Maintenance Costs
Establishment and Kitchen Fixed Charge
£48 per quarter. The College has for many years levied a termly fixed charge to cover some of the fixed costs of providing the various eating and cooking facilities for students, including Gyp Rooms as well as the Hall, Kitchens, Cafeteria and Coffee Shop/ Bar. Communal eating is an important aspect of the college experience and has been a part of Cambridge life for centuries. Catering is characterised by high fixed costs and the standard charging method in such situations is a set regular charge supplemented by a usage charge. For example this method is used by most utilities. The actual prices per meal/ drink compare very favourably with those charged central Cambridge commercial businesses.
A lower rate of £17 applies if both your accommodation and your department are more than one mile away from the main College site. Broadly speaking this is any department west of JJ Thompson Avenue, south of Latham Road, east of the Newmarket Road/Elizabeth Way roundabout or north of Victoria Road, however please check the map in the right sidebar.
If you are eligible for the reduced rate, please complete an Application for Reduced KFC.
St Catharine's Society subscription
£5 per term for a maximum of 9 terms, which confers life-time membership of the St Catharine's Society on all students.
£200 deposit. This is refundable upon your departure as long as you have not damaged any College property, or owe the College money in any other way. Please note this is not an accommodation deposit - even if you move out of College Accommodation during your course, your Caution Money is not refunded to you until you have graduated from your course.
The University fee does not include any accommodation costs. If you are staying in one of the College's Graduate Residences you will be billed for your rent on a termly basis at the rents given on the Room Rents page. Water, electricity, gas and internet are included in the accommodation charge, however an adjustment is made in June/July to reflect actual usage. An explanation is given below. Please note that the currnetly published Heat and Light charges are under review and will be finalised prior to 11th September.
Heating and lighting
There are electricity and gas meters in all the graduate residences with the exception of South Green Lodge which runs soley on electricity. For the Michaelmas, Lent and Easter term bills, heating and lighitng is included in your accommodation charge, however an adjustment is made on your Long vacation bill to reflect actual usage throughout the year. Whilst we endeavour to set a termly rate to be a realistic reflection of anticipated usage, there is a possibility that you will be required to pay a surcharge with your July bill.
All tenancy agreements run from 25th September to 24th September regadless of your move in at the beginning of the year and or the length of your course. Accommodation for students arriving prior to this is payable at the excess rent rate of £19 per night. If you wish to move out before 24 September, you will need to give the Graduate Administrator 3 months notice of your move-out date, either thorugh the Graduate Accommodation Questionnaire that runs in the latter hald of Lent Term or via email. Your accommodation bill for that quarter will then be adjusted accordingly.
All Graduate students are automatically enrolled as members of the MCR unless they opt-out at the beginning of the year. MCR membership is charged at £13.00 per term.
PAT testing charge
£10 p.a. If you are living in one of the Graduate residences you will need to have any electrical appliances PAT tested at the beginning of the year. An email will be circulated to let you know when the PAT testing will take place.