Jesus College provides accommodation and meals at reasonable cost, and there are lots of ways in which students can obtain financial help at any stage of their course. More information can be found in the following sections: 

Fee Status and Financial Declarations

Undergraduate Bursaries

Scholarships and Prizes

Travelling for Study … and for Pleasure

Accommodation Costs

Food and Other Costs

Assistance with Financial Difficulties

Undertaking Field Work as Part of a Course

Further Information

You can also download our Undergraduate Finance Sheet, which gives the latest figures on fees and costs at Jesus College. Also, if you want to calculate your costs and support, try our Fees, Funding and Scholarship tool. 

If you have any queries or concerns about financial matters, please contact the Academic Director for advice.

Fee Status and Financial Declarations

Fee Status

The level of fees charged depends on the course a student is taking, and whether the student is: 

  • from the British Isles - "home students"
  • from the rest of the European Union - "EU students"
  • from outside the European Union - "overseas students".

Please see the Student Funding page of the University website for information regarding fees for students starting undergraduate courses. If you are unsure of your fee status, you can read about the Classification of Students for Fees Purposes on the University website. 

Please note that from 2009, English applicants may start applying for public funding (including student loans, grants and bursaries) as soon as they have submitted their UCAS application, i.e. from 1 September onwards in the year before entry. The application process is through Student Finance England, and we strongly encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.

Students who receive an offer of a place for undergraduate study will be asked to complete a 'Fee Declaration Form', which provides information to determine if they are eligible for public funding and/or maintenance support.

Financial Declarations

All students holding an offer to study for an undergraduate course at Oxford will be asked to submit a financial declaration to demonstrate how they plan to meet the expected fees and living costs associated with their chosen course at Oxford. This is an opportunity to plan your finances before commencing your studies.

Undergraduate Bursaries

The amounts and bands given below apply to UK/EU students who will start their course from October 2015 onwards.
(Please see the University’s Funding website and select the appropriate link for English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish or EU students for specific details.)

  • Bursaries: Free grants provided by the University of Oxford and the Colleges. Up to £3,700 per year that you remain eligible. These are available on a sliding scale to students who have a residual household income below £42,875. Available to all UK/EU students. Full details are available on the University’s Funding website.
  • Jesus College Access Bursaries: UK/EU undergraduates at Jesus College can benefit from exclusive Jesus College Access Bursaries, which are free grants to assist with course-related costs (e.g. books, equipment, travel). The grants are made automatically - there is no need to apply. They are in addition to the Oxford Bursaries and Tuition Fee Waivers. The amount payable depends on household income, as calculated by your LA. Eligible students will receive the following:
Jesus College Access Bursary Residual Household Income
£700 per year Up to £20,000
£500 per year £20,001 - £30,000
£400 per year £30,001 - £42,875                         

"I am very grateful for the help I've received since coming to Jesus; it helps take the pressure off finances, allowing me to enjoy all the opportunities and culture that Oxford has to offer, academically and in music and theatre, which I find important to my experience at university."

"The bursary is a really brilliant scheme. Whilst I am careful with my money, it means that I do not feel any different to my friends when we engage in recreational activities. The bursary makes social class and the amount my parents earn a non-issue for me."

"Before starting university, I clearly remember sitting down with my parents and discussing the concerning topic of finances, knowing that they wouldn't be able to support me during my studies. I was genuinely considering not going into further education because I simply didn't know how I'd be able to afford the costs of living; luckily my school assured me that the university themselves would provide some support so that I'm now very happily studying medicine at an amazing college."

For further details please contact the Academic Services Manager.

Scholarships and Prizes

Jesus College offers an extensive range of Scholarships (worth £330 a year), Exhibitions (worth £250 a year) and Prizes (books worth up to £180) to reward academic distinction and progress at undergraduate level.

Further details are available in the Scholarships, Prizes & Awards section.

Academic Funds to Support your Studies

There is a generous Book Grant scheme worth up to £180 per year to help undergraduates buy books in connection with their studies. Various subject-specific funds are available to assist members of the College. For example, Sankey Scholarships help to meet the expenses of being called to the Bar and funding is available to help with the costs of medical electives. 

Further details are available in the Scholarships, Prizes & Awards section. 

Travelling for Study ... and for Pleasure

The College makes many awards for academic travel and expeditions. There are also funds to help with non-academic travel. The Dodd Fund provides a range of grants to undergraduates to travel abroad in the vacation for purposes not connected with their studies. Find out more about these awards in the Scholarships, Prizes & Awards section.

Accommodation Costs

All our undergraduates are able to live in College accommodation throughout their time in Oxford if they want to do so. The costs for 2015-16 (excluding food) are as follows:

  • Study-bedroom in College or adjacent on Ship Street - £21.80 per night (includes bills).
  • Three or four bedroom flat at our two annexe sites (Herbert Close in East Oxford or Stevens Close in North Oxford) - £118.37 per person per week (plus bills).
  • Thelwall House (one-bedroom flats for students who are married or with established partners) - £210.77 per week (plus bills).

For further information, see the Accommodation section.

Food and Other Costs

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the College dining hall (except for dinner on Saturday). Average costs are approximately £2.00 for continental breakfast and approximately £3.25 for a two-course meal at lunch or the first sitting of dinner, which are both on a self-service basis. The second sitting at dinner ('formal hall') costs £6.24 for a set three-course meal. A Hall Charge is made to cover overheads for meal service in Hall. The cost is £71.35 per term for those living on the main College site or adjacent to the College in Ship Street, and £35.68 per term for those living in College flats at one of the annexe sites or in private accommodation. Students are not obliged to eat in Hall. The cost is charged via a swipe card on a pay-as-you-go basis, and paid off once a term. 

For further information, see the Meals section.

Assistance with Financial Difficulties

The College may award grants and interest-free loans to any current undergraduates and postgraduates of the College who are judged to need special financial aid, or to enable them to pursue an approved course of special study. Cases are considered on individual circumstances and in complete confidence. We can also advise you on student loans, government bursaries and Access to Learning Funds.

Undertaking Field Work as Part of a Course

Some undergraduate courses include compulsory field trips or the option to do part of a compulsory thesis or dissertation away from Oxford. Students are welcome to apply to the travel awards described above for help with the costs incurred by such work, however, such funds are not guaranteed. Jesus College has developed the following policy to ensure that all students are treated equally. 

"The College will not automatically meet the costs of compulsory field trips or other compulsory academic activities associated with a student's course. It is the clear responsibility of the department or faculty to flag these costs to potential applicants in their publicity material and in their course handbooks. However, should any student consider he or she is in financial difficulty through needing to meet such costs, he/she is welcome to submit a hardship application for assistance from college and/or public funds. In cases where the field work or other academic activity is compulsory but the scale of it is within the control of a student (e.g. it could be done in a student's home area or more expensively further afield) a student who believes he/she will face hardship in meeting the costs of his/her proposed work must apply to the Hardship Committee prospectively rather than retrospectively, so that the Committee can let the student know how much, if any, financial help could be made available, and the student can then make an informed choice about resources."

Further Information

For further details of the financial costs involved in studying at Oxford as an undergraduate, including a guide to living expenses and tuition fees, information for overseas students (non-EU) and useful contacts, please see the University's Student Funding webpage. From this page you can download the Undergraduate Finance Guide, which may also be obtained by emailing the Admissions Office. Undergraduates from the following regions may find the following financial web sites helpful: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern IrelandEU. Financial advice for graduates is available on the University's Postgraduate Financial Information page. The GOV.UK website also has advice on Student Finance. Please contact the Academic Director if you have any questions or require any further information about the financial support available to our students.