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.

of University of York students

are worried about finances ('Tell us' student survey, February 2022)

of our students don't talk to anyone

about money or finance worries

Please contact us if you need help

Talking about money can feel uncomfortable at times, and it is sometimes hard to know who to talk to.

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.

Get support and advice

Budgeting for the costs of everyday life

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.

Guide to living costs for undergraduate students

Guide to living costs for postgraduate students

Ways we can help you

Financial support for existing students

The University of York offers a wide range of financial support, some of which has eligibility criteria.

You may find it more helpful to speak to one of our friendly Student Support and Advice Team, who will talk you through all your options.

Financial support for prospective students

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.

Find out more about bursaries and scholarships

Employment support

Part-time work can be a good way for some students to earn extra income while studying, learning new skills and meeting new people.

Students at York can work up to 20 hours per week during term time.

Our Careers and Placements team can help you to find employment opportunities.

Sign up for Handshake to see all opportunities.

Working while you study

Help managing your money

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

Managing your money

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.

Sign up for Blackbullion

Wellbeing support

Money worries can have a significant impact on your mental health and overall wellbeing.

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.

Health and wellbeing help and support

YUSU guide

YUSU have listed resources that may be useful to help you understand how the cost of living crisis may affect you and your time at university. They have also compiled some handy tips to help you make your budget go further.

YUSU cost of living resources