SOAS University of London


Paying your tuition fees

Your tuition fees should be paid in full before or at enrolment at the start of each academic year. All you need is your 6-digit student ID number and your method of payment.

Knowing how you are paying for your fees is a vital part of preparing for university each year. Here is a quick guide to paying your fees at SOAS.

Payment of Fees Information (pdf; 1275kb)  

Postgraduate deposit: The postgraduate deposit is paid through Admissions. To pay the £1,000 postgraduate deposit. Please note that your online registration page will show the full tuition fee for the year and does not include this deposit. You should therefore deduct the £1,000 from your next payment.

Student paying their own fees can make payment in the following ways:

Online by debit or credit card

This is the quickest, most efficient way to pay.

Please go to SOAS Web Payments.

We can take Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Switch, Maestro, Solo and Delta cards. You will need your 6-digit student ID number.

Make sure you keep your confirmation email as your receipt of payment.

If you have any questions about your online payment, email us at

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International online bank transfer (for non-UK bank accounts only)

If you want to pay from a non-UK bank you can use our secure and simple StudentPay website. 


You'll need to use your 6-digit student ID number.

Currency and charges

Choose from one of 24 currencies. It will be commission-free with no additional bank charges.

If your local currency is not available you may need to make a Euro or US dollar transfer, which may mean paying a local bank charge.  

Online payments

If you have an online bank account you will be able to complete the transaction online. If you do not have an online bank account, you can get printed instructions from StudentPay, which you can then pass to your local bank to complete the bank transfer.  


You will receive a confirmation email once the payment has successfully completed.  

If you have any questions about the online bank transfer, email us at

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Bank transfer

There are several simple but important steps involved with paying by bank transfer.

Step 1. Use the account details below to make your bank transfer. Make sure the bank transfer request includes your full name and your 6-digit student ID number. (If you’re paying from a non-UK bank make sure you pay in GBP so we get the correct amount. If you pay by bank transfer from a non-UK bank, your bank might charge you extra, so make sure you allow for that.)

NatWest Bank plc
94 Moorgate
Account number: 08622655
Sort code: 56-00-23
Account holder: School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Swift number: NWBKGB2L
IBAN: GB77NWBK56002308622655 (International Bank Account number)

Step 2. To allow us to locate your payment, please make sure you email us with your full name, your 6-digit student ID number,  your bank’s name, the amount you paid and the date of transfer. Send the information to

Step 3. We should receive the payment at least 14 days before enrolment to give us enough time to process it. Either print off the online bank transfer confirmation or ask your bank to give you proof of the transaction for your records (and in case we need to see proof that you paid).

Please do not deposit money at a bank branch directly into the School's account as we won’t be able to trace it.

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In instalments

Go to our Paying in instalments page to see how to set up instalments. 

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At enrolment

If you have not paid your tuition fees by enrolment these fees can be paid in person at Welcome week. We can take cheque, or debit or credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, Switch, Maestro, Solo and Delta.

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Payment Queries: 020-7074 5030 for queries about banker's drafts and cheques 020-7074 5034 for queries about bank transfers and how to send bank transfer details for queries about online payments by card

If you are sponsored, funded or have a tuition fee loan

If you are sponsored by a funding or government body

You should email with proof that your tuition fees will be paid and with contact details of the funding body. If the sponsorship is not confirmed before the start of the academic year then please bring that information with you to enrolment.

Please note that if your sponsor does not pay, you are responsible for paying your tuition fees.

If you have a Student Finance Undergraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Please see the Undergraduate Student Finance webpage which has more detailed advice and guidance.

If you have a Student Finance Postgraduate Loan

Please see the Postgraduate Student Finance webpage which has more detailed advice and guidance

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Please direct any queries to 

Alternative payment arrangements 

SOAS is keen to support students who are finding it difficult to pay their outstanding fees and alternative arrangements can sometimes be made under certain circumstances. To apply for a variation to your tuition payments please complete the following form and return to

Tuition Fees Payment Variation Application Form (msword; 44kb)