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Costs, payments, and what’s included

Payment dates 2021/22*

If you are paying in the standard three instalments then you will need to have paid your rent by the following dates:

  • 07 October 2021
  • 06 January 2022
  • 07 April 2022

*For all sites in the BU portfolio other than Corfe House (see below).

Corfe House payment dates:

  • 01 October 2021
  • 01 February 2022
  • 01 May 2022
  • 01 July 2022 (50 week contracts only)

How to Pay:

Rental payments for the following accommodation options are managed by BU:

  • Dorchester House
  • Student Village
  • Unilet
  • St John’s Road

Rent payments can be made via the Accommodation Portal or over the phone on +44 (0)1202 969696 during office hours (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday).

If you are living in one of our private accommodation partners halls of residence listed below they will provide you with details of how to pay your deposit and/or rent.

  • Chesil House*
  • Lyme Regis*
  • Okeford House*
  • Cranborne House*
  • Corfe House
  • Purbeck House
  • Bailey Point*

*For this accommodation you will also be asked to pay rent in advance of moving in.

You can see the full breakdown of charges in our price comparison chart for 2021/22 (pdf 148kb).

It’s important to make sure you’re certain you’ll be joining us before you book your accommodation. If you pay your deposit for accommodation and subsequently decide to not enrol, you may still be charged. Please check your accommodation contract’s terms and conditions for details.

What's included in my rent?

There is a lot to think about when you move somewhere new, especially if it will be your first time living away from home. We want to make life as easy as possible for you, so we include several features in your rent, whether you are in halls of residence or Unilet, giving you one easy-to-manage payment.

Included in your rent:

  • All utilities (gas, electric, water and sewerage)
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • ResLifeBU (a programme providing a safety net for welfare/wellbeing issues as well as a varied and inclusive calendar of social events/activities to help you settle in, meet other students and build a strong community throughout your stay)
  • Personal possessions insurance through Endsleigh. Visit their site to check:

✔ What is covered
✔ Key exclusions and limitations
✔ Your policy excess
✔ How to make a claim, extend and personalise your cover.

It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for as you may find that the contents cover is not sufficient and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both inside and outside of your room.

  • And whilst booking your room you will also have the opportunity to book your 12-month BU bus pass worth £260.

The annual pass gives unlimited travel on all UNIBUS services (U1, U2, U3 & U4) as well as all Morebus services within their Zone A network. A network map can be found at the Morebus passenger website (pdf 352KB).

If you don't need the bus pass, you can opt out of it when before you book your accommodation, or you can cancel it within the first term (see our Academic dates web page for details). For more information about the bus service check out the UNIBUS web pages.