Living Costs at Balliol


The average costs of accommodation are as follows:

  • Daily average room rate is £26 per day
  • Length of undergraduate contract is 189 days (3 x 9-week terms)

Your room rent will be your main expense at Balliol. Students coming to Balliol in October 2021 will pay rent each term in the range of £1,000 and £2,400 per term. In subsequent years you may pay more.

Termly charges for electricity and laundry for undergraduates living in College are variable; an estimate is £74 per term (9 weeks).

Fresher undergraduates are allocated a single study-bedroom (usually with shared bathroom facilities) on the main site for the first year. In later years there is more choice, including sets of rooms and en-suite facilities.

Students are generally expected to vacate their rooms outside term time, which means that rental costs are kept to a minimum. There are two vacation store rooms where students can store belongings if necessary (space is limited; these are generally intended for storing fridges and use by overseas students).


Average costs for both lunch and dinner in Hall are around £3 per meal, the maximum being a two-course dinner at £4.55. See these further details about meals and catering costs; this page includes information about other options for undergraduates. There is no self-catering for students on the main site.

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