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Cost of Living

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 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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U:view - money back

Make money by sharing your views to support research


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 Period Products

We provide period products, so you don’t have to go without. Items are available to collect from the Hive in the SU. Other items such as shampoo and soap are no longer freely available and are now a part of the cost of living referral process.

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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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Supermarket map of Plymouth

A handy little google map of all the different supermarkets in Plymouth, to get you best value


Plymouth Directory

Directory for local support services that can provide help

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Deals & discounts

Latest offers and discounts from the SU and other businesses working with the SU

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Discount student travel

Travel can get expensive, some tips on saving money on Plymouth travel

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Weekly fruit & veg boxes

To support students with the cost of living we’ve been working with FareShare to bring you fresh fruit and vegetables at heavily subsidised, student-friendly prices

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Meet & Eat

We know that money can be tight, and it’s always good to meet new people over an evening meal, so we have continued our value meal at the SU on a Monday evening for just £1 (+booking fee)

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SU Shop - cost-price range

We've introduced a new range in the SU shop which provides your essentials at cost-price so you won't pay a penny more than we have

Give it a Go

Try a brand new activity without the cost commitment of signing up long-term. We'll also be running subsidised one-off trips to a range of locations

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

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Save the Student

Save the Student provides free, impartial advice to students on how to make their money go further

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16 - 25 Railcard

If you regularly travel by rail, consider a railcard to save 1/3 on travel and keep it on you at all times with the app

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Supermarket Cashback Apps

Get money back when you do a food shop with these apps shared by Save the Student

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Download the UPSU app which has been designed to help students get the most of their time at Uni

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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