The majority of UK full-time students are funded by Student Finance which provides assistance with paying tuition fees, a maintenance loan and certain other grants, depending on your circumstances. You can find more details here.
The University sets your tuition fee, and the tuition fee loan is paid directly to the University. Depending on when your course commences, your student finance funding for your living costs should be paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term.
If your student finance funding is going to be delayed, you should contact Student Finance to chase up your application, ask for the reason for the delay and get an expected timescale for you receiving your money. If the delay will not be manageable, don’t panic - come and see us at Student Financial Guidance – we’ll assess your situation, contact Student Finance England (or the equivalent) if required, inform you of your options and help you decide on an action plan.
You can find further information here if you are expecting your funding to be delayed.