Making a payment: international students
Fees and deposits
Tuition fees and deposits
For courses starting in either September, January or May, you’ll be able to pay your tuition fees in three instalments. 40 per cent of your first year’s course fees are due by the point you register for your course, and then a further two instalments of 30% are due in time for the second and third terms of the course. A fee payment schedule is provided below.
Starters fee information
| September starters
|| January starters
|1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment,
||1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment
|| 1st instalment of 40% due on or before registration/enrolment
|2nd instalment of 30% due in January and 3rd instalment of 30% due in March
||2nd instalment of 30% due in March and 3rd instalment of 30% due in May
||2nd instalment of 30% due in August and 3rd instalment of 30% due in October
Once you have been offered a place at Brunel, you'll receive an offer email which will list all the conditions of your offer, including details of any deposits you'll need to pay. If you haven't paid your deposit by the time you have met the conditions of your offer, our admissions team will send you a reminder to do so. This deposit forms part of the initial 40 per cent of fees that are required to be paid by enrolment. It’s important you pay this deposit as soon as possible as we need to see that you’re financially committed to studying at Brunel before we’re able to issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter. You’ll need this when applying for a visa to travel to the UK. In the UK, a CAS can only be issued a maximum of three months before enrolment. By law, we’re not allowed to issue you with anything before this time. More information about CAS/VISA applications can be found here.
In addition, if you’re doing a Pre-sessional English course (PSE) with the Brunel Language Centre you’ll need to pay a £1,000 deposit for this before you can be issued with a CAS.
If at any point you’d like to pay more towards your tuition fees, you can. In fact, if you're a fully self-funded student and pay all of your tuition fees by enrolment in September, you can get a 2 per cent discount on the overall fee. The discount won’t be applied automatically, so simply remove 2 per cent from the total fee you’re paying (after deducting any other discounts to which you may be entitled).
Accommodation fees and deposits
If you’ve applied for accommodation on campus, you'll need to accept the contract and pay the £350 deposit after your offer is made unconditional (this is normally once you've met the academic conditions of your offer). The accommodation team will send you an email letting you know when you’ll need to make this payment in order to secure a room, so make sure you keep an eye out for it and check your junk and spam folders regularly.
For information on how to make payments if you’re a Home/EU student please click here.
Students must not make payments to the University from Cuba , Crimea, Iran, North Korea, Syria or Venezuela. The University has a legal obligation to comply with international sanctions laws; it is subject to regulations surrounding payments that originate, directly or indirectly, from countries which are subject to sanctions. Students need to ensure that any payments from the sponsors to the University are only for amounts due to the University that do not fall under any UK sanction laws and any additional funds are paid directly to the student.
Update on cash payments
We will not be accepting cash payments for tuition, accommodation or any other charges issued on the account. You should therefore make appropriate arrangements to pay using the alternative payment options below.
If you do bring large amounts of cash onto campus, you will be doing so at your own risk, and the University will not accept any liability for any loss you may suffer as a result. You will be asked to deposit the cash into the University bank account at the local HSBC branch.
When making card payments online or by phone:
- Make sure you have sufficient funds in your bank account or that your credit card limit will cover your payment.
- Contact your bank (for debit cards) or your card issuer (for credit cards) in advance to let them know that you will be making a payment to Brunel University London towards your fees issued. Some card issuers automatically block transactions that don't fit your usual spend pattern or are over a certain amount of money as you may have a daily spend limit.
- If the online payment system declines your transaction, call your bank or card issuer. They should be able to tell you why it was declined and may be able to authorise your card so that you can try again. If your payment is ringfenced due to 3D Secure check failure the bank would usually return the funds back to your account within 3-5 working days hence please contact your bank directly as the University is not able to assist on this matter.
Keep away from targeted scams and frauds
Students, generally international are subject to been particularly vulnerable to financial crimes when paying towards their university fees. Please be aware that online and telephone financial fraud is on the rise. Often fraudsters will offer significant discounts, incentives, or attractive exchange rates. Please remember that if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Tuition and accommodation fees should always be paid directly to Brunel University London.
You should never provide your personal or banking details to any company or individual that says it offers discounts or preferable exchange rates.
Most common scams to look out for include:
- Fee payment scams: use of unknown external third-party agents making a payment on the student’s behalf or FX Bureau agents.
- Occasionally payments are transacted through comprised debit/credit cards resulting in a charge back from the bank resulting in student having to re-pay again.
- Advice to students to help avoid involvement in third party fraudulent payment: avoid using third parties to make payments and where possible to make payments directly on the university portal on personal cards or through legit bank channels.
- Money muling: the ‘money mule’ trap involves students being offered payment in exchange for receiving money temporarily into their bank account. They will then be asked to withdraw the cash to hand over or transfer it on.
- This type of scam is on the increase, targeting students who are short of cash and may be tempted by offers to make ‘easy money’ on job search or social media websites.
- Advice to students to help avoid involvement in money muling: Being wary of unsolicited offers to make ‘easy money’
For further guidance please see the action fraud website
Tuition/Accommodation fees for international students should always be paid directly to the University by the student or parents. We strongly advise that you don’t pay through a third party as it can result in delays due to additional checks, but if you do please be mindful of our “Keep away from targeted scams and frauds” awareness.
How to pay
There are two ways in which you can pay your tuition fees and deposit, accommodation deposit and Brunel Language Centre fees; online or via telephone (see the details below).
For all payment methods, you’ll need your student ID number to reference your payment. This is the seven digit number that appears towards the top of all the emails that the Brunel admissions team have sent to you. Unfortunately, we’re unable to identify payments received without the relevant reference, which may result in a delay to your application process.
Please note, the time in which it takes for the funds to update in your student account are shown next to each payment method. Once the payment is showing in your student account, our admissions team will then process your payment and send you an email shortly afterwards to confirm receipt of payment and to let you know they’re working on your CAS. At certain times of the year the admissions team gets really busy, so don’t worry if you’ve not heard back right away, it can take up to two weeks for the team to process this.
Options to make secured payment online
1. Enrolled students with access to eVision are encouraged to log into their account to make payment against invoice charges issued on their account. Students will also be directed to make a payment through Flywire during their registration task when enrolling. For all other payments such as deposits please choose option 2 “ Pay Online Now”
Student will be directed to the Flywire Portal that allows them to make payment by debit/credit card, e-wallet in addition to an option for bank transfer in local currency.
- Brunel University London has partnered with Flywire to accept payments from students based in the UK and internationally. Flywire enables students to make payments securely from the safety and convenience of your home and for international students in your own currency using local payment methods. Millions of students and their parents world-wide trust Flywire to facilitate their education payments.
Watch this video to see how Flywire works
- Flywire offers convenient payment options from over 240 countries and territories, in more than 150 currencies
- Flywire allows you to choose from a variety of payment methods including bank transfers, credit cards, e-wallet and more
- Flywire offers peace of mind by providing tracking information for your payments through email, in-app and text alerts each step of the way until the payment reaches Brunel University London
- Flywire has a robust anti-money laundering program so you can feel confident in the security of your payment.Flywire offers 24/7 multilingual customer support via email, phone or live chat
2. Payments can be made securely via our online payment page by both enrolled students and students wishing to enrol by selecting the relevant options such as deposit, pre-payment or existing invoice charges issued on your account
Our portal can be access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You’ll need your seven digit student ID number to hand when you do this as you’ll be required to enter this in order to make a payment – this can be found near the top of the emails you’ve received from the Brunel admissions team. Once you’ve completed all mandatory fields and submitted your payment, you’ll receive a receipt via email.
3. You can also pay your accomodation deposit via our Accommodation Centre Student Hub when accepting your accommodation contract.
Please note if you’re having issues in making a payment online, it could be because your bank sees the transfer as unusual activity or there’s a daily limit on your card. If this occurs please contact your bank directly.
Via telephone (two working days)
You can also make debit/credit card payments over the phone by calling our Income Office. Call us securely on +44 (0) 1895 265264 between 10am to 1pm (UK Time) Monday-Friday (excluding UK bank holidays).
Card payments taken over the phone will update your student account on the next working day.
When calling our Income Office, you’ll need to quote your student ID number (the seven digit number found at the top of all emails from the Brunel admissions team) and the reason for your payment, e.g. tuition or accommodation fees. Please note that at certain times of the year the telephone lines gets really busy, hence we encourage students to make payment online and only call if you intend to make a payment over the phone.
- If you have a query on bank transfer payment you will need to contact Student Finance: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance
- If you have a a query on online payment you will need to contact Income Office: email@example.com
Please note Income Office Team can not advice on fee related queries hence please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
How do I set up a UK bank account?
The British Banking Organisation (BBA) has a helpful guide to setting up a UK account on their website.