Paying tuition fees

You can pay your tuition fees in a number of ways. It is important that you pay either your first instalment or your full fee at enrolment otherwise we cannot register you as a student.

Cost of tuition

The cost of your tuition fees will depend on the course you are studying. Your offer email from us should include the tuition cost. For more information on tuition fees, please see the undergraduate and postgraduate study sections.

Paying before you arrive

You'll need to pay your tuition fees before you arrive in Cardiff. You will need to either pay at least the first instalment of your tuition fees or provide evidence of sponsorship for each year of your course in order to complete online enrolment.

Any fees paid in advance can be deducted from the money you need to show for your student visa. We do advise that it's best to get your visa and then pay fees to avoid complications.

Ways to pay

Some of these methods may incur bank charges which vary depending on your country, but are usually between £5 and £20. Please ensure you allow extra money for any bank charges when paying your fees.

International students can pay their fees using Cardiff University’s payments platform powered by Western Union Business Solutions. This allows you, your parents and sponsors to pay GBP student fees in the currency of your choice and provides you with a simple and secure way to initiate a payment.

Features of GlobalPay for Students:

  • intuitive, mobile friendly interface for a seamless payment experience
  • pay international fees by bank transfer or online payment options
  • convenient payment methods including Alipay, Tenpay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort and more
  • no transaction charges from Cardiff University or Western Union Business Solutions
  • favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
  • track your payment online step by step
  • peace of mind that your full payment is received by Cardiff University
  • multi-language platform: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korea, Indonesia, English, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese, and Arabic
  • customer support service to help you in every step.

Make your payment.

This is arranged through your bank and should be posted to Cardiff University Finance Office before you leave for the UK. It must include a covering letter, stating your name, date of birth, student number, course and School.

Post your money order to:

Cardiff University
Income Section
PO Box 497
30-36 Newport Road
Cardiff
CF10 3XR
United Kingdom

Payments made by telephonic transfer or bank transfer should be made to:

Lloyds Bank, 1 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AF
Account: Cardiff University Tuition Fees
Account No: 17852568
Sort Code: 30-67-64
BIC: LOYDGB21707
IBAN NO: GB53 LOYD 3067 6417 8525 68

Remember to quote your full name and student number when transferring funds to the university's bank account.

You can pay your tuition fees using a debit or credit card (but not American Express).

To make this payment, please complete the credit/debit card mandate payment form when you enrol online (available from late August or September).

Difficulty paying fees with a debit card

If you've opened a bank account in the UK, you may have problems paying your tuition fees with your debit card in person.

However, you do have the option of paying your tuition fees using your debit card by going through SIMS. You'll need your username and password.

Please make sure your full name, student (or applicant) number are quoted when making the transfer to:

Lloyds Bank, 1 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AF
Account: Cardiff University Tuition Fees
Account No: 17852568
Sort Code: 30-67-64
BIC: LOYDGB21707
IBAN NO: GB53 LOYD 3067 6417 8525 68

You can pay by Direct Debit if you have a valid UK bank or building society account which allows Direct Debits. If you choose this payment method, you'll have to complete a Direct Debit mandate as part of your online enrolment.

Paying in instalments

We prefer payment of tuition fees in full before you arrive in Cardiff. However, if you're a self-financing student (ie you or your family are funding your studies) then you may pay your tuition fees in equal instalments each year.

  • First instalment is due 26 September 2018 (when you enrol online)
  • Second instalment is due 28 January 2019
  • Third instalment is due 29 April 2019

If you're not starting in September, you'll be sent more information about your payment schedule. Your first instalment, however, is always due by the time you enrol.

Obtaining a receipt

Tuition fees

If you pay all or some of your tuition fees to Cardiff University Finance Office before we send you the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) email, then you won't need a receipt.

If you still need or would like to have a tuition fee receipt you can obtain one at SIMS online

Accommodation fees

To obtain a receipt for University residences fees, please contact the Residences Finance Office:

Email: residencesfinance@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 5239/4622
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4661

If you're unable to pay

If you can't pay the first instalment of your tuition fees before or at enrolment, you will be fully enrolled but with outstanding financial issues which need to be resolved within 28 days of the start of your course.

If payment is not made within 28 days of the start of your course, your enrolment with us will be cancelled, you will be in breach of your student visa and will be required by UK law to return to your home country.