Paying tuition fees

You can pay your tuition fees in a number of ways. It is important that you pay either your first installment 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.

The quickest and easiest way to pay your tuition fees is through the online overseas bank transfer via the Cardiff University’s StudentPay website. You can pay in the currency of your choice and in most cases it is free (no commission or bank charges).

You can make a payment by cheque or bank draft either in full or in three instalments. All cheques should have your student name and number written on the reverse and be made payable to Cardiff University.

Paying by cheque is not part of online enrolment. This means that you need to send your tuition fee cheque in advance before you go online to enrol, otherwise the amount you have paid for your fees will not be recorded on the online enrolment task.

If your tuition fee cheque is sent by your education advisor or agent, it is likely to take longer to be recorded, so you'll need to allow extra time for the cheque to reach our Finance Office.

Cheques should otherwise be posted to:

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

This can be made out in foreign currency, but must be in the UK sterling equivalent of the amount of tuition fee due. It should be posted to Cardiff University Finance Office before you leave for the UK.

Post your cheque to:

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

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:

The Co-operative Bank plc
16-17 High Street,
Cardiff
CF10 1AX
United Kingdom

Account: Cardiff University Tuition Fee Account
Account number: 70867011
Sort code: 08-90-03
Swift number: CPBKGB22
IBAN number: GB57 CPBK 0890 0370 867011

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:

Name of account: Co-operative Bank plc, 16 – 17 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1AX.
Account: Cardiff University Tuition Fee Account
Account number: 70867011
Sort code: 08-90-03
Swift number: CPBKGB22
IBAN number: GB57 CPBK 0890 0370 867011

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 when you enrol online
  • Second instalment is due 27 January 2017
  • Third instalment is due 27 April 2017

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, please contact the Finance Office:

Email: fees@cardiff.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 29 2087 4399

Accommodation fees

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

Email: residences-finance@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 won't be fully registered or enrolled.

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.

UK Currency

Deducting fee payments

Learn how to make tuition and residence fee deductions from the total amount of money you need to show for your student visa.