New initiatives to support students during the cost-of-living crisis

Heidi Pullig

In line with Talk Money Week (7-11 November), the University and Kent Union have launched two new initiatives to their student support package, to help combat the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis.

This includes a new £3 meal deal for Canterbury campus students. The deal, which focuses on offering students affordable, well-balanced meal options, complete with fresh vegetables and salad, is available twice a day.

Kent has also introduced a new Emergency Hardship Fund, which provides a small payment to address a specific, immediate emergency.

In addition to the new initiatives, Kent already has several schemes in place to support students, including Kent Union’s ‘Campus Pantry’, which provides short-term support to those who find themselves in need of supplemental food, and the ‘Flex Catering Package’, which provides discounted meals to students.

All of Kent’s support schemes are listed on its dedicated cost-of-living support page, along with mental health advice, money-saving tips, financial support contacts and useful money-management apps.