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Costs involved

Find out more information about the costs of Ulster University accommodation at Coleraine, Jordanstown and Magee campuses.

Further information about accommodation in Belfast

Booking Fee

Applying for accommodation requires a £100 Booking Fee in advance. Once you accept an accommodation offer from University, the booking fee becomes non-refundable. The fee covers three elements:

  1. It insures your personal possessions in your room
  2. It insures the University against non-attributable damage in communal areas outside the apartment
  3. It contributes to the social fund for the Residence Life Events Programme.

If you apply for accommodation but do not get on to a course of study at the University, your booking fee will be refunded.

The booking fee only becomes non-refundable once you are accepted onto a course of studyhave been allocated a room and accept the terms and conditions.

Budgeting

Before applying, you need to understand the full cost of accommodation and all the funding available to you. Funding may come from a student loan, your parents, scholarships, bank overdraft, weekend work etc.

Appropriate funding needs to be in place before you commit to a university room. Once you accept a room contract, you will have to pay for your contracted period.

To make budget planning easier, we listed weekly and annual rates for our accommodation here.

Payment Options

Choose to pay your accommodation fees using one of the following options:

Recurring card payment (RCP)

37 week contracts only

Things to consider:

  • £300 advance payment to accept room offer
  • Remaining balance collected automatically from designated card in three instalments October (40%), January (40%), April (20%)
  • Automatic ‘retry’ 5 days later if first lift unsuccessful
  • £45 charge for failed payment if second lift fails

Direct Debit (DD)

37 week contracts only

Things to consider:

  • Requires UK bank account suitable for direct debits
  • £300 advance payment to accept room offer
  • Remaining balance collected automatically from nominated account by three instalments October (40%), January (40%), April (20%)
  • £45 charge for failed payment if DD lift fails/rejected (for any reason)

Credit/Debit card

Single semester or 37 week contract

Things to consider:

  • Immediate payment online via your accommodation portal
  • Pay for 37 weeks upfront or pay for each semester in advance

Pay to Study (international payments only)

Single semester or 37 week contract

Things to consider:

  • Eliminates the cost/admin associated with international payments
  • Pay in your local currency to local bank accounts so no international wire fees
  • Better exchange rates
  • Savings on Bank Transfer/Credit Card
  • Faster. ‘Pay to Study’ will provide quote and give 48 hours to compare quotes before paying
  • Receipt immediately confirming payment
  • 24 hour customer Service from ‘Pay to Study’

Payment Problems

If you miss payments for residential fees, damages or fines you may incur additional administration charges of £10 per letter. If you cannot meet a payment, you need to contact the Residential Services office before the payment date.

Late payments can be made online through your student accommodation portal at any time.

For more on student funding, including hardship funds and loans, visit Student Money Advice Team.

When you leave

Students usually leave the accommodation in a reasonable condition after their contract ends. You will receive guidance on how to do this before the end of your contracted period.

It involves removing all rubbish and personal belongings from your room/apartment and ensuring the bedroom and communal areas are left clean and tidy.

It is important that all equipment and furniture is still in a fair condition. If fabrics, furniture or fittings are deemed to be in poor condition, damage and cleaning charges may apply.