Paying your rent
- Do I pay a deposit?
- How do I pay the halls fees?
- How do I set up a Direct Debit?
- What happens when I move out?
To secure your place in halls you must provide the University with a refundable £300 deposit. The deposit is only payable when you have received an offer of a place in halls.
Payment in full – hall rents are due in full in October 2013. 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 booklet (PDF) for full details.
Payment by instalment – alternatively you can pay in three instalments by direct debit via a UK bank account on:
- 24 October 2013 (16 weeks' rent)
- 9 January 2014 (16 weeks' rent)
- TBC (8 weeks' rent)
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.
The contract for students who chose to live in iQ Wave halls is 50 weeks and has an instalment plan as follows:
- 24 October 2013 (20 weeks' rent)
- 9 January 2014 (20 weeks' rent)
- TBC (10 weeks' rent)
Nursing students' licence periods are longer and have five instalments:
|1st instalment||2nd instalment||3rd instalment||4th instalment||5th instalment|
|Sept 13 start||24 Oct 13
|9 Jan 14
I am an international student and I do not have a UK bank account. Can I still pay by instalment? Yes, you can do this through pre-arranged debit or credit card payments. You will need to complete the 'international hall rent payment form', which can be requested from Accommodation. If you decide to cancel this arrangement, you will be expected to pay your remaining accommodation fees on cancellation.
Please contact Accommodation if you need any help.
A Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay your rent. The free service enables us to collect payments from your account automatically on appropriate 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.
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 instalment option is only available on direct debit payment method for all fee statuses and a recurring card payment plan for international students; otherwise you will be required to pay the full fee by 24 October 2013.
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 charges). 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:
- complete a hall withdrawal form at Accommodation, Student Life Centre, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus; and
- have no outstanding debts to the University (if you have debts of less than £250 we will refund the difference less any charges). If you have outstanding debts, including any charges, of more than £250 we will invoice you for the money you owe.
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 debt to the University 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.
Where will you send my deposit? Cheque refunds will be posted to the last known home address the University has for you. It is therefore important that you ensure that your home and term time address is up to date at all times. You can update your contact information on the Online Student Information System (OSIS).