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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

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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.

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Plymouth directory

Directory for local support services that can provide help.

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Council support

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

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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.

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Community Larder

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

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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.

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Helpful apps

Too Good To Go

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

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OLIO

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

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Uni Days

Student discount app saving money on student lifestyle

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Totum

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

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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

Sunday Film Nights: LGBT+ History Month Special
5th February 2pm - 10pm
The Little Room, The SU
Every Sunday, join us in The Little Room to watch a film. Throughout February we'll be showing specially curated films for LGBT+ History Month.
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
6th February 7:15pm - 8pm
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!
Volunteering Week 2023: Campus Litter Pick
7th February 10am - 11am
Meet in the SU Hive
Come and take part in Volunteering Week 2023 with a campus litter pick
Talk About Sex
8th February 10am - 5pm
Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
2023 will see the return of the University’s #TalkAboutSex event on Wednesday 8 February. It promises to be bigger and better than before, as we collaborate with other local institutions.
Lunchtime Meditation Session
8th February 12:30pm - 8th March 1pm
Pastoral and Spiritual Support Centre
Take 30 minutes out of your day to relax, reflect, and recharge as you explore the benefits of meditation. Join us at the Pastoral and Spiritual Support Centre for our midweek Wednesday meditation class every week at 12:30.
Look After Your Mate Training Session
8th February 1pm - 4pm
Rolle 109
This workshop, developed by Student Minds, will give you the necessary tips and tools to support a friend in need.
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
8th February 1:15pm - 2pm
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!
Karaoke Wednesday
8th February 7pm - 11pm
The SU
Show off your show tunes or belt out some ballads at Karaoke Wednesdays
International Student Meet-Up
9th February 4pm - 5pm
The Lounge
International student in Plymouth? Come along to our weekly meet up and have a chat
Jam House
9th February 8pm - midnight
The SU
The biggest open mic night in the South West, live in your SU every Thursday
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
10th February 6pm - 6:45pm
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
10th February 6:45pm - 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!
Sunday Film Nights: LGBT+ History Month Special
12th February 2pm - 10pm
The Little Room, The SU
Every Sunday, join us in The Little Room to watch a film. Throughout February we'll be showing specially curated films for LGBT+ History Month.
Superbowl LVII
12th February 11:30pm - 3am
The SU
The Super Bowl is the annual final playoff game of the National Football League to determine the league champion.
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
13th February 7:15pm - 8pm
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!
LGBT+ Wellbeing Fair
15th February 11am - 5pm
The SU
The LGBT+ Wellbeing Fair aims to promote safe and fun LGBT+ spaces, experiences, activities, and mental health support.
Lunchtime Meditation Session
15th February 12:30pm - 15th March 1pm
Pastoral and Spiritual Support Centre
Take 30 minutes out of your day to relax, reflect, and recharge as you explore the benefits of meditation. Join us at the Pastoral and Spiritual Support Centre for our midweek Wednesday meditation class every week at 12:30.
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
15th February 1:15pm - 2pm
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!
Karaoke Wednesday
15th February 7pm - 11pm
The SU
Show off your show tunes or belt out some ballads at Karaoke Wednesdays
Accommodation Fair
16th February 11am - 4pm
The SU
Find your house and housemates inside the SU by meeting loads of local providers from around the city
International Student Meet-Up
16th February 4pm - 5pm
The Lounge
International student in Plymouth? Come along to our weekly meet up and have a chat
Jam House
16th February 8pm - midnight
The SU
The biggest open mic night in the South West, live in your SU every Thursday
Annual Beer & Cider Festival
17th February 2pm - 9pm
The SU
Our famous annual Beer & Cider Festival brings local pints from all over Devon, live music, and a cracking night!
Free University Casual Swimming Sessions
17th February 6pm - 6:45pm
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
17th February 6:45pm - 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!