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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

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.

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

Karaoke Wednesdays
7th December 7pm - 1am
The SU
Show off your show tunes or belt out some ballads at Karaoke Wednesdays
Jam House
8th December 8pm - 1am
The SU (Big Room)
The biggest open mic night in the South West, live in your SU every Thursday
Argyle Community Trust: Team Talk
9th December 11am - noon
UPSU Sports Centre
Argyle Community Trust will be delivering the Team Talk project from the University of Plymouth
Meditation & Fitness Special Event
9th December 11am - 6pm
UPSU (Sports Centre & Little Room)
Meditation & fitness special event organised by the your VP Wellbeing & Diversity
Learn BSL
9th December 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Rolle 114
A chance to learn BSL in a casual environment
Sunday Film Nights
11th December 8pm - 10pm
Little Room, the SU
Every Sunday, join us in the Little Room to watch a film
Karaoke Wednesdays
14th December 7pm - 1am
The SU
Show off your show tunes or belt out some ballads at Karaoke Wednesdays
Argyle Community Trust: Team Talk
15th December 3pm - 4pm
UPSU Sports Centre
Argyle Community Trust will be delivering the Team Talk project from the University of Plymouth
Jam House
15th December 8pm - 1am
The SU (Big Room)
The biggest open mic night in the South West, live in your SU every Thursday
Free University Casual Swimming sessions
18th December 7pm - 7:45pm
The Life Centre, 40 Mayflower Drive, Plymouth PL2 3DF (15-20 minute walk from campus)
Free University swim sessions at the Plymouth Life Centre. Student/Staff ID must be shown at the reception to access the session. There are limited spaces that will be offered on a first come first serve basis.
Free University Casual Swimming sessions
18th December 7:45pm - 8:30pm
The Life Centre, 40 Mayflower Drive, PL2 3DF (15-20 minute walk from campus)
Free University swim sessions at the Plymouth Life Centre. Student/Staff ID must be shown at the reception to access the session. There are limited spaces that will be offered on a first come first serve basis.