The current cost of living crisis is affecting everyone, with increases in utility bills, food prices and transport costs.
We're very concerned about the impact of money worries on our students and postgraduate researchers. We've created this hub to bring together all the support we offer in one place.
We're continuing to look for more ways to provide cost of living support to students - for example with household bills, food bills, on-campus employment opportunities and more. We'll regularly update this hub with help and support as we can make it available.
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Please contact us if you need help
The most important thing to know is that you can and should reach out if you need help.
Our Student Support and Advice Team can provide information, advice and guidance. The specialist trained advisers can direct you to student discounts and funds you may be eligible for. They will help you manage your budget, give debt advice and help with housing concerns.
Support is available to all students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and postgraduate researchers, regardless of your status. Whether you are an international student, a mature student, a student living at home, or on a distance learning programme, you can contact the Support and Advice Team.
It is always better to ask for help before you are in crisis. Do speak to this knowledgeable friendly team who will listen and offer advice. Help is free and, above all, confidential.
Ways we can help you
The University of York offers a wide range of financial support, some of which has eligibility criteria. You may find it helpful to speak to one of our friendly Student Support and Advice Team, who will talk you through all your options.
Student Support Fund
If you are experiencing financial difficulty due to an unforeseen change in circumstances, you may be eligible for this fund.
Benefits and tax credits
If you're ordinarily resident in the UK you may be able to claim some benefits. Our Student Support and Advice Team can advise on whether you're receiving everything you're entitled to.
Digital Hardship Support
We're offering additional support for students facing financial difficulties due to digital technology related costs. This can include loan of equipment or replacement items, repair costs and some specialist software. Access to this support is via the University Student Support Fund application process.
Off Campus Rent Grant
Our Off Campus Rent Grant helps students in their second or subsequent years in 2023/24 to get support towards their rent costs. The Grant is a one off payment of at least £100 to eligible students (for postgraduate researchers and part-time students this figure will be reduced based on prorated calculations).
In some circumstances students most in need can get food vouchers through our Student Support and Advice Team. Get in touch via the Student Support and Advice self-referral form.
Budget food on campus
YUSU continues to offer budget hot food on campus - get a meal for 60p.
Free laptop loans
The Library loans laptops free of charge. You can borrow a laptop for four hours, and there are also some available for longer-term loans.
No library fines
We're now a fine-free library. Our community has shown that we don't need to charge people money in order to make the library loan system work.
Free period products
Available across campus in a YUSU, GSA and University jointly-funded scheme. Colleges also provide period products to their members (whether living on campus or not).
Free work wardrobe
Our Work Wardrobe provides free of charge clothing to students who need a professional outfit for work or interviews. Choose from items donated by York Cares partners.
We are also committed to supporting your accommodation needs, and understand the challenges that you face. To address these issues, we are working closely with the city and have appointed an additional Housing Adviser in the Student Hub who specialises in housing matters. We are discussing the housing market in York at the highest level at the University with our new Residential Accommodation Strategy (RAS) 2022-2027. Read the ways we are supporting your accommodation needs.
In 2022/23 we matched the UKRI percentage uplift in PhD stipends for PGRs on scholarships funded by the University and self-funded PGRs were eligible for a £500 lump-sum payment if they were within their registration period.
A bursary is extra financial help given by the University to students. You may be eligible if you meet specific criteria related to your personal circumstances.
Scholarships are financial awards given to students following a competitive application process. They can also be awarded based on outstanding academic achievements or extra-curricular activities.
There are a range available at York, including for caregivers, estranged students and those doing foundation years.
Find out about the available scholarships, including eligibility criteria and opening dates.
Managing your money effectively is really important during a cost of living crisis. You’re no doubt aware of some ways to save money and budget but top up your knowledge with our information on:
- budgeting and living costs
- possible sources of funding
- ways to save money
- dealing with debt
Having a clear budget can help to make your money go further.
Remember that living costs will vary significantly depending on your lifestyle.
Our guides to living costs give a rough idea of your weekly spending if you live in either University accommodation or private-rented accommodation.
Develop financial knowledge
We’ve also partnered with Blackbullion, who offer specialised support to students in all areas of financial education. Develop financial confidence, knowledge and skills with their wide range of resources. It’s quick, simple and free to sign up.
Part-time work can be a good way for students to earn extra income, while also providing a chance to learn new skills and meet new people.
Students at York can work up to 20 hours per week during semester time (though international students may have restrictions on their visa).
Our Careers and Placements team can help you to find employment opportunities.
Sign up for Handshake to see all opportunities.
If you are finding things difficult, as well as contacting our Support and Advice Team for practical help, you can also access our range of wellbeing support.
Student Unions support
YUSU have listed resources that may be useful to help you understand how the cost of living crisis may affect you. They have also compiled some handy tips to help you make your budget go further.
Postgraduates should also see the GSA Postgraduate Events Hardship Fund.