People paying their tuition fees without help from the SLC need to pay at least half of the total fees before registering on their course.
I presume that means you get the whole of Fresher's Week to pay the first installment and organize everything before lectures begin. I'm gonna pay mine before the end of September anyway.
On a side note, how much maintenance loan would you need approximately to live on for the first term, excluding accomodation fees? I'm talking for things like food, going out and travel etc.