Costs involved

Find out what costs are involved when staying in accommodation at Ulster University.

Find out more information about the costs of Ulster University accommodation

Booking Fee

  • New students will be required to pay a £100 Booking Fee when submitting their application.
  • Current students will pay their £100 booking fee when accepting their room offer.

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.


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.

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Payment Options

Before picking your preferred payment option read our ResLife Fees Guidance for hints and tips.

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

Recurring card payment (RCP)

Full academic year & Single Semester contracts


  • £300 advance payment
  • 1. Pay when loan received October (40%), January (40%), April (20%)
  • OR 2. Pay monthly in advance
  • Single semester can pay over two months
  • Automatic ‘retry’ after 5 days if first payment fails
  • £45 charge if payment not made within designated period.

Change your Card Details

Direct Debit (DD)

Full academic year contracts only

Things to consider:

  • Requires UK bank account suitable for direct debits
  • £300 advance payment
  • Pay when loan received October (40%), January (40%), April (20%)
  • £45 charge if DD lift fails/rejected (for any reason) and not paid within grace period

Credit/Debit card

Single semester or full academic year contracts

Things to consider:

  • Immediate payment online via your accommodation portal
  • Pay full academic year upfront or pay for each semester in advance

TransferMate (international payments only)

Single semester or full academic year contracts

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. ‘TransferMate’ will provide quote and give 48 hours to compare quotes before paying
  • Receipt immediately confirming payment
  • 24 hour customer Service from ‘TransferMate’

Payment Problems

Please see the ResLife fees guidance for further information on missed payments and associated charges.

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.