The BISC operates a Cashing Facility on campus that operates twice-weekly. You can cash up to £50 each time for a charge of £1 and up to £100 for £2. Sterling traveller’s cheques and credit or debit cards backed by VISA or MasterCard can be used to obtain cash. Payments are put through as a purchase and not as a cash advance to reduce costs to you. The service operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15pm-2:15pm.
Students may deposit currency, valuables, and passports the Finance Office safe. Contents must be in a secure container. Please ensure you arrange access to your valuable items at least 48 hours in advance as it is not possible to access the safe at the weekends. Do not leave large amounts of cash in your room!
In the UK, prices shown include sales tax (the Value Added Tax, known as the VAT). If you purchase items of any appreciable value while in the country you can get a form from the shop to claim the VAT back. The standard VAT is 20%, so it’s well worth the effort in most cases, but some stores have a minimum purchase requirement before doing this; others will deduct a service charge. Check out the UK Government guide to reclaiming your VAT.