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The Finance Service is committed to responsible and sustainable financial planning and performance, supporting the University’s strategic and operational plans within a changing funding landscape and wider financial environment.
The Finance Service plays an essential role in supporting all Academic Departments, Colleges and other Professional Services areas across the University. We provide analysis and advice to assist with decision making that impacts the University's financial sustainability, whilst ensuring value for money and supporting the wider University Strategy.
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Direct debit is the University's preferred payment method, giving advantages to both you and the University. We hope that you will give it serious consideration.
You can set up a direct debit in any of the following ways:
There are no additional charges in paying Durham University by direct debit. Indeed, it is the University’s preferred method because it is highly automated, and so we can keep administrative resources to a minimum. The bank charges are indicative of the efficiencies: typically the University will take over £30m by credit / debit card which will cost over £300,000 in bank charges compared to £70m taken by direct debit which will cost just over £1,000 in bank charges.
We hope that you will agree that direct debit is the ideal method for most people.
Please note if you do not pay by direct debit the fee is due at the start of the year. Full time students are permitted to pay in three instalments 30, 14 and 14 days into each term respectively i.e. by 1st November 23, 22nd January 24 and 7th May 24. (Students who do not start in October should look at their invoice to see the due dates, but they will be similar e.g. January starters will pay in January, May and October.)
These dates are adhered to strictly and a late payment charge of £70 may be raised to you if you do not pay on time for both tuition and / or residence.
The money raised is given to the Student Opportunities Fund to assist students. It is intended to ensure consistency between students as it is not fair if some pay on time whilst others do not without good cause. Having said that, the university is always sympathetic where there is a genuine problem and students are advised to keep us informed of any difficulties.
Other payment methods are:
(a) International Bank Transfer or International Card for Overseas Students -Flywire
We realise that not all overseas students can set up a UK bank account to operate direct debits and we have an additional method for transferring funds from an overseas bank account:
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(b) By wire transfer or internet banking into the University’s bank account:
Payment can be made by wire transfer or internet banking into the University’s bank account: Durham University, Barclays Bank, 6/7 Market Place, Durham City.
Sort code 20 – 27 – 66
Account number 60897507
Europe IBAN GB79 BARC 2027 6660 8975 07
Worldwide Swift Code BARC GB22
Reference Please quote the invoice / transaction number or your University Student ID number.
(c) Payment by cheque on a UK bank account; or banker’s draft:
Your cheque or banker’s draft should be made payable to “Durham University” and you should write your full name and the invoice / transaction number on the back.
Payment should be sent to:
Durham University Finance Department Mountjoy Centre Stockton Road Durham DH1 3LE
(d) By debit / credit card (Switch, Visa or MasterCard): Either: If you need to pay by card then we would prefer that you set up an instalment arrangement. In this way you provide your credit card details to a secure fax number. These are entered into a third party’s web site and payment is set up to take place on the due dates. The card details are then destroyed securely. An email reminder is sent to you automatically before each due date.
This is more efficient for us than processing each payment individually. If you would like to do this please email email@example.com to obtain a copy of the form.
If you wish to pay the full amount for the year by card, or do not wish to set up an instalment arrangement, then we have a new method for taking card payments. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student ID number saying how much you wish to pay. The staff will part complete a web form and send a link to you for you to enter the card details. The advantages to this method are:
Please note that we have just two people responding to these queries and there may be a delay between you sending your email and them responding. We hope to deal with these requests within three working days.
How to find out more and how contact us
For further information about the payment of accommodation charges and tuition fees generally see: