Accommodation costs

Information about the costs of living in University residences, how and when to pay, and what is included in your accommodation fee.

How your accommodation fee is calculated 

The accommodation fee you pay depends on the type of room you have. We have a wide variety of accommodation and so the fees are varied too. Fees are calculated using a number of factors including room size, whether you have a basin, or en suite, facilities at your residence such as common rooms and bars, gardens and sports facilities or any enhancement to your room. Fees are published on each residence page and at the end of this page.

What your rent includes 

Your accommodation fee includes:

  • all gas, electricity and water rates,
  • internet
  • basic contents insurance
  • a bus pass (undergraduate students only)
  • a Social Fund contribution

Budgeting for your accommodation 

When you apply for accommodation you need to ensure you have understood the cost of the tenancy and when you need to make payment. We will show you the rent for the full tenancy period in the application and in your accommodation offer. The tenancy is for a fixed term and so this is the amount you will due to pay even if you move in later or move out earlier than your contracted dates. 

You need to make sure that you are able to afford the rent amounts that you apply for in your accommodation application. You can also look into available bursaries and scholarships that may help you in covering some of the costs of your accommodation fee. 

How and when to pay 

When you accept your offer of accommodation, you sign a tenancy agreement - a contract that commits you to pay rent at the rate shown for the duration of your tenancy. Your accommodation fees are shown in your accommodation offer and tenancy, and can be paid by the following options: 

  1. Payment in full:
    • Total invoice payable by 26 September 2022 
  2. Payment in 3 instalments:
    • Instalment 1 payable by 26 September 2022 – 40% of accommodation fee
    • Instalment 2 payable by 16 January 2023 – 30% of accommodation fee
    • Instalment 3 payable by 24 April 2023 – 30% of accommodation fee

You will need to set up a payment plan to make your rent payments. You will have more information on how to pay available in your Accommodation Portal after you have accepted your offer, including how much you will need to pay for each installment based on your tenancy. 

Rent in advance - postgraduates 

Postgraduates need to pay rent in advance of £500 to accept an offer of University accommodation. To make payment you will need a debit or credit card with a three-digit security code on the reverse. Exactly how you pay depends on which residence you have been offered. Your rent in advance is non-refundable. Full details, including how to make your payment will be provided in your offer email.   

Three of our Postgraduate residences - Chantry Court, Deans Court and Woodland Court - are Nomination properties. Some of the details around cancellations and your rent in advance payment are slightly different to the standard University policies and we have outlined the details on our Nomination properties page

Tenancy costs for 2022/23 

Tenancy costs for the 2022/23 academic year are published alongside each residence and can also be downloaded in full on our tenancy costs 2022/23 (PDF) document.  

Bursaries and scholarships

We have bursaries and scholarships for new undergraduates looking to receive financial assistance with their accommodation fees. 

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