Paying for your Accommodation

Accommodation Fees

There are two ways in which you can pay your accommodation fees:

  • Direct debit in 3 instalments

  • One payment in full at the beginning of the academic year

When you accept your bedroom online, you will be asked to select which payment method with your bank details.

Cancellation Prior to Arrival

If, prior to the start of the residential year, you for whatever reason cancel your places in halls of residence, the University will retain the full deposit and the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • cancellation by 2nd September 2016 a sum equal to 4 weeks' occupation

  • cancellation by 23rd September 2016 a sum equal to 8 weeks' occupation

For further information please refer to your licence agreement.

Return of Prepayment

Your deposit of £250 will be deducted from your 3rd terms rent.  If there is any damage or missing items an invoice will be sent to you.

Instalment Dates

  • 7th October 2016
  • 13th January 2017

  • 5th May 2017

If you have a concern regarding your accommodation fees, please contact the Finance Office.

Direct Debits

Direct debits can only be processed if you have a UK bank or building society account, and you must ensure that your account accepts direct debits to be processed.

Any amendments to a direct debit must be received by the Finance Office at least 14 days prior to the payment being due.

To cancel a direct debit you must notify your bank and notify the Finance Office to ensure that no further payments are taken and this should be done at least 5 working days prior to the payment being due.

By agreeing to pay the direct debit you must ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet the payment on the due date.  If for any reason you find you do not have the funds available or are experiencing problems with your Student Finance Loan Payment, please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Department before the payment is due.

If a direct debit payment returns unpaid or payment is not received by the due date a fine of £25.00 will be applied.  If payment is not made within a further 14 days a second fine of £25.00 will be charged.  Fines are levied on a termly basis up to a maximum of £50.00 per term.

Failure to pay your fees on time could lead to you being evicted from the property and you will still be liable for the remainder of the fees including fines for the full academic year.

EU or International students

If you are an EU or International student and do not hold a UK bank account the first instalment can be paid using cash, cheque, debit/credit card or bank transfer.

The remaining instalments are to be paid for by direct debit once you have opened a UK bank account.  All payments must be made in pounds sterling.

When you have made a payment by bank transfer, please send an e-mail to accommodation.fees@chester.ac.uk to confirm that the payment has been made so that we can easily trace your payment.

Students with financial difficulties

If you find yourself with financial difficulties we would ask that you contact the Finance Department in the first instance.  However Student Support and Guidance or the Student Union can also be contacted for further advice and assistance.

It is important that once an arrangement has been made with the Finance Department you must keep to the agreement and any appointments that have been made.  Failure to do so will result in further action being taken.

If a student fails to pay

Any student that fails to pay their rent and so defaults on their contract will still be held liable to pay any outstanding fees and fines.  This may also lead to you being required to vacate your accommodation.