Payments

Payment details for your accommodation are in your letter of allocation. All accommodation charges are to be paid termly in advance.

How to pay your pre-payment

Your pre-payment

You will be able to pay a £250 pre-payment (to be deducted from your first term’s rental charges) as part of the online acceptance process. The refund deadline for this payment if you do not move in and wish to cancel your offer, or withdraw from the University is 1 September.

How to pay

You can use any of these methods to pay by credit/debit card (except American Express or Diners Club):

  • Pay online as part of the acceptance process
  • Pay in person or over the phone at the Student Services Hub.
    Pay by credit/debit card, or by cheque or bank draft made payable to 'University of Essex'

If you are not able to pay your pre-payment at the point of acceptance, please pay in person at the Information Desk in the Student Services Hub. You will then be able to go back and accept your offer. Please do not try and pay your pre-payment at the Cash Desk or via the student online payment system. We have experienced difficulty tracing such payments in the past and this option has therefore been discontinued.

Southend students

Students studying at Southend can make the pre-payment at the Student Services Hub.

Important details

  • Your preferred location

    On the application form you will be asked to select your preferred locations. Select these in order of preference, but do not select any location which you would not be prepared to accept. Unfortunately we are not able to guarantee that you will be offered your first choice of accommodation and we will not make another offer if you decline the room.

  • Entering a legally binding contract

    Once you have paid the pre-payment and accepted the offer, you have formed a contract which is legally binding and as such you will not be able to give notice to leave.

  • If you reject your accommodation

    If you reject your accommodation offer, the offer will be withdrawn and your application closed.

  • Withdrawing from the University

    If you withdraw from the University you will be able to receive a refund of your pre-payment less an administration fee of £25. Provided you contact us before you have collected your key.

Your pre-payment

You will need to pay a £250 pre-payment (to be deducted from your first term’s rental charges) as part of the acceptance process. The refund deadline for this payment if you do not move in and wish to cancel your offer, or withdraw from the University is 1 September.

Details of how you intend to pay should be entered on your accommodation application form and your PG number must be written on the reverse or attached to all methods of payment.

How to pay

You can use any of these methods to pay by credit/debit card (except American Express or Diners Club):

  • Pay online as part of the acceptance process
  • Pay in person or over the phone at the Student Services Hub.
    Pay by credit/debit card, or by cheque or bank draft made payable to 'University of Essex'

Southend students

Students studying at Southend can also pay the pre-payment at University Square reception, or by telephoning our Southend accommodation office on 01702 338401.

How to pay your accommodation rent charge

Pay online

Use the University's student online payment system to make credit/debit card payments. Please do NOT use this system to make your pre-payment.

You must be registered with the University and have an Essex login name and password in order to pay securely using this system. You will also need your PRID (for example, SMITH12345) which is shown on your letter of allocation.

Pay in person or by post

Visit the Cash Desk at the Student Services Hub in person or send your payment by post. You can pay by cheque or credit/debit card (except American Express or Diners Club). Please do NOT use this method to pay your pre-payment.

Cheques payable to: 'University of Essex'
Address for postal payments: Cash Desk, Student Services Hub, Silberrad Student Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Payment dates

Dates for 2016-17 academic year
Term Term dates Late payment date
Term 1 2 October 2016 – 31 December 2016 31 October 2016
Term 2 1 January 2017 – 31 March 2017 31 January 2017
Term 3 1 April 2017 – 30 June 2017 30 April 2017
Term 4 (if applicable) 1 July – 18 September 2017 11 July 2017

Late payment charges

  • If payment is not received by the above dates, a £20 late payment fee will be charged each month.
  • If any cheque is returned unpaid, a £25 administration fee will also be charged.

Any reminders from the University will be sent via email to your University email address.

Contact your Student Services Hub

Get in touch as soon as possible if you are having payment difficulties, or have any questions related to your payments and we can advise you of your options.