Balliol graduate, 2011, DPhil Particle Physics

Fees and Living Costs

Admission as a graduate student is conditional on the applicant making a formal declaration that they can meet the expenses of their course. Expenses include both fees and living costs for the full duration of the course.

When an offer of a College place is made, the applicant will be sent the College’s Financial Declaration form, which states the full amount that should be available to you and gives guidance on the sort of evidence required.

Course fees

As a graduate student you will be required to pay a course fee to cover your teaching, and other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Course fees do not cover your accommodation or other living costs. Please consult the rates for course fees on the University’s Fees and Funding web pages

Where the student is paying fees directly, course fees must be paid in advance at the beginning of each academic year. This rule may be modified in cases where a student holds a scholarship which is paid only in instalments over the year.


Here is a full list of room rents for 2023/2024. The standard length of contract is 44 weeks. For rent due to the College, one-third is invoiced at the beginning of each term.

Graduate room rents for 2023/2024 are banded as follows:



Average costs for lunch and dinner in Hall are around £3.70 per meal, the maximum being a two-course dinner at £4.70. For more information about Hall meals and catering costs/options see Food. There is some self-catering in the accommodation at the Graduate Centre.

More information on living costs

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Paid work

The University recognises that some graduate students will want to undertake a limited amount of paid work during their studies, whether as part of their academic development (e.g. teaching and demonstrating) or to help to support themselves financially. If you are considering doing paid work, please read the University’s paid work guidelines.