Cost of Living

Cost of Living


Your SU is committed to fighting for the issues that matter to you, which is why our elected President of Education, Alex, has been campaigning tirelessly to ensure that as the cost of living crisis escalates, more is being done to help students. We are delighted to share with you that following discussions between your elected President of Education, Alex, and the Vice-Chancellor, we are now working in collaboration with the University of Suffolk on a joint project to help students during the Cost of Living Crisis. 

We are committed to supporting students’ wellbeing with the cost of living, and through the funding from the University, your Students’ Union is now able to give more direct support to students from the 1st of November through the following measures:  


The SU and University SLT, working with our service partner Ipserv, have agreed to suspend car parking charges from 1st November 2022 to 31st March 2023.  This will apply to all UOS car park permit holders for the University car parks throughout these winter months.

This includes parking stays at The University car park, The Wharf car park and Athena Hall car park (Monday to Friday only).  All other terms and conditions will still apply during this period and can be found on signage in and around the car parks or by visiting the Ipserv website

Parking charges will recommence from Monday 03rd April 2023.

If you have any queries, please contact FM Helpdesk.

Please visit here for more information on how to apply for a permit.

We have wellbeing meal clubs running for the next 16 weeks in the SU Social Space, with breakfast commencing once weekly on alternating mornings from 8am-9am from the 31st October, and dinner commencing on Tuesday evenings at 6pm from the 8th of November. 

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance here so that we can accommodate numbers. Please book here.

We are looking for student volunteers to help run these meal events, so if you have a few hours to spare a week then we need you! Sign up at the form here


To help support wellbeing during rising food prices, we are creating a food bank for students to access if they need assistance during this time. Please see the SU front desk for more information. 

There will also be lunch bags available to access in the SU, which students can help themselves to if needed with no questions asked.  

We are welcoming donations for the food bank, so if you have any dry or tinned goods that you can contribute, please drop off your donations to either the SU front desk or the Student Centre.

To help support with spending, we will be offering free tea and coffee from the SU Social Space kitchen, available to all students during SU office hours (9am until 5pm).

Sanitary products will be available for students to use when needed for no cost, and these will be placed in the SU bathrooms.

We are increasing our facilities for on-site food preparation for students to help with meal costs, so there will be an additional microwave for use in the kitchen, alongside a boiler tap to reduce waiting times during busy periods.

These facilities are an ongoing process and we will keep you informed once they become available.

Working with our Clubs and Societies team in the SU, we are pleased to announce that students can now access free swimming vouchers which will give you one free admission for swimming at either Crown Pools or Fore Street Pool.

Vouchers can be collected from the SU front desk in the library building, please just ask a member of the team for your free voucher. Vouchers must be used by 31st December 2022.


Additional support

In addition these measures, we are also working with the University to review accessibility into existing University funds that are available to students to support them, such as the Financial Support Fund, which is there to assist students who may be experiencing financial difficulty.


We will be holding bi-weekly campaign feedback meetings with students so we continue to make these measures relevant and maximise the benefits to all during this difficult time. As the campaign initiatives develop, we will provide updates through this page and through our social media.


You can also access support through the Student Life team, who are there to support students with financial advice and guidance. Please visit the Student Centre or email to speak to someone further about your situation.