To help reduce the impact of the current cost of living crisis as a City student, you can find everything you need here, in one place. Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate, home or international student, this support is here for everyone to access.
Working with the Students’ Union (SU), students have helped shape how best we can support you, for example, through focus groups and the SU Assembly. As we continue to look for more ways and engage with students, we will update this hub as new help and support becomes available.
Contacting our Student Advisers for help
Talking about money can be an uncomfortable topic and knowing what support is available to you can feel complicated. It’s important to not let this stop you from getting help and to reach out.
Our Student Advisers will be your main point of contact regarding anything to do with the cost of living crisis. They will be familiar with all aspects of available support across the University and to discuss any worries you may have confidentially.
Support available to you
City has a range of initiatives available to students which can help you, particularly during the crisis. Some of these will be more direct in the form of providing money or vouchers, others will be ways we can help you save money or make your time on campus more financially friendly.
Remember you can also speak to our Student Advisers, who can talk you though all your options.
Visit our advice section for more details about costs and expenses living in London as a student, as well as money saving tips.
Students can apply for a grant or loan, dependent on your current financial circumstances to support with living costs and course materials.
Micro-Placement travel bursaries
We have increased the number of travel bursaries for students completing a Micro-Placement to ensure more students can access professional experience.
Removing library fines
With the exception of returning items late when they have been requested by someone else, all fines have been removed.
You can get in contact with our Student Advisers and have a confidential conversation to help you make sure you get the support you need.
Weekly community breakfast
Our Chaplaincy team has introduced a free weekly community breakfast so you can socialise with other students and have breakfast at the same time.
Vouchers for students
Food shopping and IT equipment vouchers are available for students who need additional financial support by speaking to the Student Advisers.
Free sanitary products
The University has installed dispensers in toilets across campus where you can access free sanitary products.
Food and drinks
Extended Courtyard Café and Microwave room opening hours
The Courtyard Café, will now be open until 7pm, Monday-Friday. Northampton Square Microwave rooms will now remain open during campus opening hours.
Hot meals and coffee
99p filter coffee will be available from City Bar and Espretto. £3 hot meals will be available in the evenings (4:30pm-7pm) from Courtyard Café.
Access to hot water
You can get hot water for your drinks or snacks from our catering outlets. Just bring along a clean cup and ask the staff to add hot water for you.
- Student Funding Team: Can provide support with student funding queries e.g. loans, grants and scholarships.
- City Students’ Union Money Advice Service: The SU offer a free, confidential, independent advice service. They can help draw up budgets, talk through your situation, signpost to specialist services and access a short-term loan.
- Student Health & Wellbeing: If money worries are impacting your wellbeing, City’s Student Health & Wellbeing services include a number of teams which can support you with someone to speak.