Financial Information


Freshers: the costs for Year 1 of your course will have been set out in your Financial Declaration, which you will have returned to the College as part of your offer conditions.

All students should expect their Course Fees to increase annually. Graduates should also be aware of the standard periods of fee liability and the Graduate Continuation Charge.

For details of the Course Fees, payable by all students, undergraduate and graduate, see the University’s web pages on fees and funding. Undergraduates who receive funding from Student Finance for the Tuition Fee will need to apply in Hilary Term to the Student Loans Company each year.

Other expenses

Here is a full list of College room rents for 2020/2021. For more details about paying rent, for charges for electricity and laundry, and for other living expenses you should budget for, see the Financial Information section of the College Handbook.

If you live out in rented accommodation during your course, your expenses will be different and you will need to budget accordingly. Useful sources of information are Oxford SU Student Advice Service and the University’s Accommodation Service.

Further information

Useful information on the University webpages includes:


All payments to the College – both fees and non-fee items - are made on receipt of College bills, known as battels. These are sent out by email in 0th Week of each term, with an additional battels statement issued at the end of Trinity Term.  

If you have taken out a loan with Student Finance, they will pay your Tuition Fee directly to the University on your behalf.

If you are paying the Course Fees to Balliol yourself, payment for the full year must be received by the first Friday of Michaelmas Term each year. For the academic year 2020/2020, this will be 16 October 2020. Full details will be circulated with your College account in the week commencing 5 October 2020.  

You can pay battels by using the online payments system, bank transfer (details will be provided on your battels statement), cheque, debit or credit card. 

Full details about battels, including the consequences for not paying them, are in the College Handbook.

College financial support

Thanks to the generosity of various benefactors to the College, including thousands of Balliol alumni who give regularly to support Balliol students, Balliol is able to support its undergraduate and graduate students financially in many ways, with:

  • funds for hardship and welfare purposes, available to students in demonstrable need
  • grants for research, conferences, academic and other worthwhile projects, travel, sport, etc.
  • awards for academic excellence, including scholarships and exhibitions, subject prizes and other academic prizes.

For details of support for which you may be eligible, see the financial support page.

Financial difficulties

If you experience financial difficulties while you are at Balliol, there are plenty of people in College who can help you. Please don’t hesitate to contact anyone on the Wellbeing and Welfare team or the people below:

Financial Aid Officer

Bruce is available by appointment to discuss any financial concerns. Please contact him through the Student Finance Officer in the first instance.

Student Finance Officer

Patrick is also able to help with financial aid enquiries, or to make an appointment for you to see Bruce if necessary.