Cost of living support

Living in the capital doesn't have to break the bank. We have a range of support and offers available to help make your finances go further

Funds and bursaries

  • We have three student hardship funds
    • Student Retention Fund - emergency funds available to support those in immediate financial need).
    • Care Leavers’ Bursary - for Care Leavers only, referred via Student Advice team.
    • Remote Learning Fund – a direct cash payment to support the cost of learning equipment. Referred via Student Advice team.
  • In 2022 we have increased the budget for our Student Retention Fund by 50%
  • We’ve also introduced two further Student Hardship Funds
    • Travel Bursary - £500 awards to students whose cost of travel outstrips their income
    • Childcare Bursary - £500 awards to students with childcare costs beyond their income

Our catering offer

  • Breakfast for £1 - buy a croissant, bowl of porridge or round of toast with a cup of tea or coffee for just a pound in LSBU Hub Refectory and Breakpoint (Monday to Friday 8am-11am). Vegan options available.
  • Hot meal deals for only £3.50 (previously £5.95) - available in LSBU Refectory and Grads Café (includes the Hola Pollo/Bamboo/Liberty Grill & Feastival concept offers)
  • Items coming to end of shelf life. Items such as sandwiches, crisps, confectionery and cold drinks due to expire on that day will be reduced in price after 2pm that day.
  • End of services wastage. Any retail items expiring that remain unsold will be donated to student halls (reception) on a rotating basis.

Supporting you

  • Disabled Students’ Allowances – we’re also subsidising students’ contribution for those who need some extra help.
  • We’re proud to offer free period products in bathrooms across our Southwark campus.
  • Our LSBU Hub is open 24/7 giving students’ a warm, safe place to study.
  • In need of a laptop? We have laptops available to loan from the Library in LSBU Hub.
  • We’re also offering free use of LSBU Active gym between:
    • 8am & 12pm Monday to Friday
    • 10am & 12pm on Saturdays
  • Access support from our Mental Health and Wellbeing team 24/7
  • Want a part-time job? We can help you find one. Just head over to our Careers Hub

Budget hacks

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