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Paying your rent

Do I pay a deposit?

If you are offered a place in halls, you must pay a deposit of £300 to secure your place, by the closing date in the email you are sent. If you do not accept the terms and conditions of the licence and pay the deposit by the closing date, the room will be offered to another student.

The deposit is held by the University and is refundable at the end of your provided you have paid all the rent due and no charges have been incurred.

How do I pay the hall fees?

Payment in full – hall rents are due in full in October 2016. Payment can be made online by credit/debit card, cash, cheque, banker's draft or electronic transfer into Kingston University's bank account. Please read the University's Money Matters booklets for full details:

Payment by instalment – alternatively you can pay in three or five instalments by direct debit via a UK bank account as follows:

Undergraduate students with a 40-week licence:

Direct debit date Usual number of weeks' rent
20 October 2016 16
12 January 2017 16
27 April 2017 8

The above instalments are based on a standard 40-week licence. Some courses vary in length, which may alter the number of weeks in each instalment.

Undergraduate students in iQ Wave with a 50-week licence:

Direct debit date Usual number of weeks' rent
20 October 2016 10
12 January 2017 10
2 March 2017 10
27 April 2017 10
22 June 2017 10

Nursing students with a 48-week licence:

Direct debit date Usual number of weeks' rent
20 October 2016 10
12 January 2017 10
2 March 2017 10
27 April 2017 10
22 June 2017 8

Postgraduate students with a 50-week licence:

Direct debit date Usual number of weeks' rent
20 October 2016 10
12 January 2017 10
2 March 2017 10
27 April 2017 10
22 June 2017 10

I am an international student and I do not have a UK bank account. Can I still pay by instalment? You will need to set up a direct debit in order to pay by instalments, having set up a UK bank account. Alternatively you would have to pay in full in advance.

Please contact us if you need any help.

How do I set up a Direct Debit?

A Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay your rent. The free service enables us to collect payments from your account automatically on the instalment dates. Please note you cannot pay your £300 accommodation deposit by Direct Debit. This must be paid separately.

A Direct Debit can only be collected from a UK bank or building society. Some accounts do not have a Direct Debit facility, so please check with your bank or building society.

International students: please note that if you are sent a room offer you should not complete the Direct Debit form online unless you have a UK bank account. If you don't have a UK bank account wait until you have arrived in the UK and complete it then. If you are from the USA and will be fully funding your studies with Federal Student Loans, please do not complete a Direct Debit form as your hall fees will be deducted from your loans.

Please see our guide to setting up a direct debit instruction (PDF).

Remember:
There must be enough money in your account to meet the payment at the time it is collected otherwise your bank may make a charge to your account for each default. If you cancel your direct debit with your bank or the University, you forfeit the choice to pay by instalment and your full outstanding fee will become payable immediately. The only instalment plan is the direct debit scheme (or recurring card payment for international students). If you do not have a direct debit in place you will be required to pay the years' accommodation fees in full by 21 October 2016.

What happens when I move out?

Remember that when you sign your hall licence terms and conditions, you are signing a legally binding document. If you move out before the end of your licence term, you are still responsible for your rent until we can find a replacement.

We will refund your deposit when you move out of your room (less any accommodation charges or debts). This will either be at the end of your licence term or earlier if you want to leave and we can find a replacement. If you choose to leave early you must come to the Student Life Centre in the John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road campus, to complete a withdrawal form.

When will I get my accommodation deposit back? The University will refund your accommodation deposit once you have vacated your accommodation and after any outstanding accommodation debts or charges incurred during occupancy have been cleared. Please note that any refund due will be paid to the person who paid the original deposit.

How will my deposit be refunded? If you paid your deposit by credit or debit card, the deposit will be refunded to the card used to make the payment. If you paid by another method, or that card has expired, the deposit will be refunded by bank transfer. You will need to update your details to include your bank details on the Online Student Information System (OSIS).

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