Funding Advice and Support

When you study at Birmingham we want to make sure that you do not face financial hardship. The University offers a range of financial support and guidance for you while you are studying here. 

The Funding, Graduation and Awards team provides financial advice and support to all University of Birmingham students throughout their studies. If you are a current University of Birmingham student and have general questions about funding your studies, or want to get some budgeting advice, you can talk to a member of the team at one of our virtual funding advice clinics. Appointments are available between 2pm and 4pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays outside of University vacation periods

Prior to booking a session it is highly recommended that you review the information on our current financial support web pages. If you are concerned about the impact of financial concerns on your studies then you may want to book an appointment with your Wellbeing Officer so that they can talk you through your options. You can also always talk to the University’s Wellbeing Services if you need help. If you need to get in touch with Funding, Graduation and Awards you can email us at

There are a number of other services at the University that can help with financial matters, including paying your tuition and accommodation fees. Please see the information below. 

Payment of your tuition fees

Accounts Receivable monitors and collects all your tuition and accommodation payments.

What we do

  • We encourage you to pay and raise payment queries online
  • We offer a variety of payment options
  • We ensure fees are collected within timescales prescribed by University regulations

Contact us

Guild Advice

Guild Advice offers free, impartial and confidential information, advice and representation on a full range of student issues including finance. 

What we do

  • Staff on the Guild Advice help desk act as a first port of call for all students seeking advice and guidance
  • We signpost students towards the best help in each individual case
  • We help you to get the best out of your time at the University

Contact us

International students

The International Student Team (IST) provides support and advice - including financial - to international students.

What we do 

  • We give details on opening a bank account and typical UK living expenses
  • We provide information on the sources of finance available
  • We give advice if you are experiencing financial difficulties
  • We provide guidance on immigration regulations and visa restrictions on working in the UK

Contact us

Accommodation fees

LIVING offer safe and informal student accommodation to suit your budget.

What we do

  • We provide details on University owned accommodation and current fees
  • We will answer your queries regarding residence fees and accommodation meal plans
  • We will clarify any points regarding your University accommodation contract

Contact us

Funding postgraduate study

If you are considering postgraduate study and have questions about funding you can join an online forum through the Virtual Open Day platform. These run at regular intervals throughout the year. 

You can also get advice and support from the University Graduate School

Advice from external organisations

Student Finance England

The Money Advice Service

Research Councils UK

UKCISA - for international students

NASMA - National Association of Student Money Advisors (student section)

Bank accounts survey by Save the Student