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Helping students with cost of living

As an SU we're here to support you during the cost of living crisis.

We know that the cost of living is impacting on many in society at the moment and students are being hit hard by rising costs and even tighter budgets.

This page links to resources and activities that will you to help you have the best student experience possible whilst on a tightening budget.

SU Advice

Our advice service provides you with free, confidential and independent guidance that can help you ensure you are getting the right money to manage


Uni support

In addition to providing advice and guidance on weathering rising costs, the University has a range of services, facilities and offers to help students.


Plymouth directory

Directory for local support services that can provide help.


Council support

Local council hub to make it as easy as possible to find help with rising bills and costs.


FREE Microwaves

In the SU Lounge there are free microwaves for you to use to heat food, helping to save you money on buying hot food on campus.

FREE basic toiletries

We provide basic toiletries, so you don’t have to go without. Items are available to collect from the Hive in the SU.


Community Larder

Providing you with free non-perishable, in date dried, packet or tinned food items for those in need.


Warm spaces

During term time, the SU building is open Monday to Friday 8:30am-11pm and Saturday to Sunday 12pm-11pm. Offering you a warm space to relax, plug in and recharge.

more warm spaces

Helpful apps

Too Good To Go

Helpful app for food that is too good to go to waste



Give & get free stuff and borrow & lend household items – all directly from your community.


Uni Days

Student discount app saving money on student lifestyle



Student discount, proof of age ID and campus life card and platform recommended by the National Union of Students.


What we're working towards

Discount food offers

Community Fridge in the SU

Increased free / reduced cost activities

Interview clothing rail

Increased financial support funding and awareness

Budget gym slots

Increased hardship funding

Discount summer storage

Upcoming free activities

Smart cities and communities: the future of connected neighbourhoods – Professor Katharine Willis
7th June 6pm - 8pm
In-person (Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth) and online (via Zoom)
We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Katharine Willis.
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
9th June 6pm - 7:30pm
The Life Centre, 40 Mayflower Drive, PL2 3DF (15-20 minute walk from campus)
A free swimming session for all the students and staff of UOP!
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
16th June 6pm - 7:30pm
The Life Centre, 40 Mayflower Drive, PL2 3DF (15-20 minute walk from campus)
A free swimming session for all the students and staff of UOP!