Paying for Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation Fees, Your Responsibilities is an essential step by step guide to help you understand how to pay your accommodation fees, what is expected of you and what support is available.

When you accept the accommodation offer, you need to pay an initial £115 pre-payment online. This payment will automatically be taken off your first payment.

There are two ways you then pay the remainder of your accommodation fees:

  • One payment in full at the beginning of the academic year when you move in.  We will give you a £250 bonus on your student smartcard to use towards University catering, this will be added in 3 instalments - £100 October, £100 January & £50 April.


  • 3 instalments by recurring debit or credit card payment (see details below)

You will be asked to select which payment option you want and provide your card details.  If you are paying by the instalment option, you will need to provide a guarantor at the same time you accept the offer.

Short courses (including Homestay)

If you are on a short course or have a short term accommodation licence (if under 14 weeks), you will have to pay all your fees upfront before you move in, (or in two instalments if your licence is between 14 and 30 weeks). Dates and details will be provided in your individual offer.

The following information is useful if you have chosen to pay by instalments.


Exact payment dates will be provided in your individual offer. Approximate dates for students on the most common 40 week contract are split into 3 instalments.


  • Instalment 1. 35% of fees due: 21 September 2018 (for first years)/ 28 September 2018 (for returning students)
  • Instalment 2. 35% of fees due: 4 January 2019
  • Instalment 3. 30% of fees due 2 May 2019


  • Instalment 1. 35% of fees due: 20 September 2019 (for first year students) / 27 September 2018 (for returning students)
  • Instalment 2. 35% of fees due: 3 January 2020
  • Instalment 3. 30% of fees due 15 April 2020

 Recurring Card Payments

If you are paying in instalments, your fees will be taken by Recurring Card Payment (RCP), from the bank and card details you enter when you accept the accommodation offer and contract.  

Your payment instalments will be automatically collected from the account linked to the card details provided, unless you notify the Finance team that you would like to change the card details. If you need to change the debit or credit card from which your instalments will be collected, you must contact the Finance team to update these details.  The Finance team can be contacted by telephone: 01227 92 22 28 or 01227 92 33 77 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm.

Alternatively payments can be made by telephone 01227 92 22 28 or 01227 92 33 77 Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5pm, or via Online banking.

Use your Christ Church student ID number (3 letters followed by 8 numbers eg. PAY11223344) as your reference, and pay to 

Sort code: 309160

Account Number: 00251008 - Canterbury Christ Church

Please email to confirm that the payment has been made this way, so that we can easily trace your payment.

It is important that you ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet the payment on the due date.

If you do not have the funds available or are experiencing problems with your Student Finance Loan Payment, please contact the Finance team before the payment is due – so they can understand the situation and help you plan your payments.

If you are a self-paying student, then you will need to pay as per the details above. Please view your e-document for full payment details.

Students who are sponsored by their Agency/Provider, Home University or College do not need to pay directly to Canterbury Christ Church University, as your institution should pay us direct. Please check with them that they are doing this. 

If you are an EU or International student and do not hold a UK bank account the first instalment can be paid using debit/credit card or bank transfer. The remaining instalments are to be paid for by recurring card payment once you have opened a UK bank account.  All payments must be made in pounds sterling.

Regardless of what type of Accommodation Agreement you have accepted, if you are having trouble paying your accommodation fees please contact the Finance Department as soon as possible in the first instance so that the Finance team are aware, and your particular circumstances can be discussed with you.

The University wishes to support all its students and will be sympathetic and help where possible. However, in order to maintain quality of accommodation and to ensure fairness of treatment for all students, the University must act to recover debts.

It is important that once you make an arrangement to pay that you keep to this. If you don’t pay your fees on time, this could lead to a range of serious consequences including being evicted from the property, which we want to help you avoid. For further infomation on debt arrangements see Your Accommodation Fees, Your Responsiblities.

If you find yourself in financial difficulty contact our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers or the Student Union for advice, information and guidance.

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Last edited: 27/03/2020 15:07:00