Cost of living crisis

Cost of Living

“Students have always had to be wise with their money, but now more than ever, they may be feeling even more squeezed with inflation and energy bills at all-time highs. Inevitably, there’s already a lot of anxiety about coming to University. As a recently graduated student, I understand the potential financial pressures associated with just coming to University, regardless of a Cost of Living crisis. As one of your student representatives, I want to let you know we are working on short and long term ways to let you love Exeter without having to spend a fortune. While the Cost of Living crisis is a result of Government inaction, there are loads of ways you can get involved locally and nationally in the campaign for students’ justice, because everyone deserves to have an equally amazing university experience.”
~ Emma de Saram, VP Liberation & Equality

We're here for you

The Cost of Living is a key priority for us and your Officers this academic year and beyond. We know that many students already face financial challenges, which will be exacerbated by the Cost of Living crisis. We are working closely with our Officer team and the University on initiatives that will be put in place throughout the year to help support our student communities. We are currently putting together key resources, working with the University to make campus affordable for all and listening to your concerns to ensure that our initiatives are in line with the support you need.

Our staff and Officers are working hard to make sure your Exeter experience is the best it can be. At the moment we think the University could be doing more to support students in key areas and we're raising these issues at the highest level of University management. Follow your Officers on socials to find out what they are working on and raising in University meetings, and we'll be providing updates here as soon as we have them.

Help & Support

We know that budgeting and cost-cutting are just one part of this issue and we want to make sure we are providing practical and useful support so that you are still able to get the most out of your time here at Exeter.

Tell us what else we could be doing that would help you, or share your personal experiences with us. Your anonymous responses will help us get the right support and make meaningful change for you and Exeter students. Give your feedback here.

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Getting Support

Worrying about money can have a significant impact on your mental health and wellbeing, but support is available. If you are finding yourself worrying about money on a regular basis, you're not alone. A recent survey by NUS about the Cost of Living showed that 92% of students surveyed said the Cost of Living crisis has had an impact on their mental health.

Society & Club Participation Fund
providing up to £50 to be spent on memberships to societies and clubs as well as tickets for events and activities. The fund is available to any student who has been awarded the University Hardship and Retention Fund, comes from a widening participation background or is unable to join/take part in societies due to a financial barrier. Find out more and how to apply here.

Managing your Money - a budget workshop
Tackling the fear and worry about managing your student finances and covering your bills, this workshop is full of practical and useful information for you. Running every Monday in term 1, you can book onto a session here.

Our Advice Team can help with any concerns you have about your finances, and issues relating to housing or your course.

The University has some money advice and support for you.

Nightline is open every night 20:00 – 08:00 during term time offering a confidential listening service, run by students. Find the number on the back of your UniCard.

You can also find support and information from many mental health charities, such as Mind. You can find their student specific support here.

Make an appointment with your Doctor (GP) or visit the NHS mental health pages here

Offers and Discounts

Stagecoach single bus fares will be capped at £2 until 31 March 2023.

Save the Student provides lots of info on deals, discounts and also freebies.

StudentBeans offers discounts too across lots of different brands.

An NUS Totum card, or a Unidays card can also provide discounts for you.

Super Savour Kitchen is a new 'pop-up' kitchen serving low-price, high-value meals for all.

Help from the University

The University have formed strategic groups with key members of staff who have been meeting regularly to work on this issue. They have recently released their Cost of Living webpage which details the support that is on offer and tips for managing your money.

Success for All Fund this fund was created to offer additional financial support for those experiencing unexpected financial hardship.

Wellbeing Support money worries can be extremely stressful and affect your wellbeing, the University Wellbeing Services can offer support and guidance.

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