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How to apply

Postgrad applicants to Cambridge apply to the University initially for a place on their chosen course, or courses.  Following acceptance by a department - the academic offer - an application is made available to colleges for a membership offer.  Applicants can indicate up to two College choices in their application.  The University arranges for an offer-holder to be considered by additional Colleges if their choice Colleges are unable to offer membership.

The University’s Postgrad Admissions webpages provides full details of the process, and there is also a YouTube video prepared by the University here:

The Cambridge Postgrad Open Days takes place in late October-early November and Lucy Cavendish takes part in the College panel discussions.  For more information see the University's Postgraduate Admissions webpage.

Postgrad applicants who wish to become a member of Lucy Cavendish should make the College first choice in their application.  Consideration for some Lucy Cavendish studentships and awards are conditional upon making the College first choice.

Offers of College membership are subject to confirmation from the Postgraduate Admissions Office (PAO) that an offer-holder has met the conditions of offer set by the University.  Offer conditions include a financial condition, and an academic one if the offer-holder is currently studying. 

If you have any queries about the application process or Lucy Cavendish College please contact us at

Fees and funding

The cost of studying here falls broadly into two categories:

  • Tuition fees (called UCF in offer-holder self service)
  • Living costs (called maintenance - intended to cover accommodation, food, study materials, personal expenses, transport etc).

Tuition fees differ depending on whether you are a UK or an international student.  International student fees also vary depending on the type of course. Detailed information is available on the University website, which also describes Government support available:

Current information about postgraduate fees

Financial Information US students

The following information is shown here due to US Government regulations:

US loans page: US loans | Cambridge students

Consumer information page: Consumer information | Cambridge students

All other financial information is available to offer-holders and current students in the Members area of the Lucy Cavendish website.

Living costs (maintenance)

Living costs are lifestyle-dependent but are similar for both UK and international students, and are linked to the length of a course and the period a student is required to live in the UK.

Current information about living costs

Information about Lucy Cavendish Accommodation

Studentships and awards for postgraduates

Help with the cost of your studies