We’re here to support you with managing the cost of living.
We are working with Kent Union to ensure no student goes without food.
Kent Sport, in collaboration with Kent Union, are delighted to offer a new Kent Sport membership payment plan for students; monthly payments. The new payment plans are starting in September 2023.
This helps make the gym more accessible for all our students, breaking down a key barrier to participation.
Together with Kent Union, we joined forces with The Food Foundation to carry out the Cost of Living Survey across the Canterbury and Medway campuses.
The survey aimed to understand how the cost of living crisis has impacted Kent students and figure out how we can best support you at this time.
We had over 900 responses to the survey and we're using this feedback to help understand the impact of the cost of living crsisis on Kent students, and what we can do to help.
During a cost-of-living crisis, day-to-day activities can feel overwhelming, and your mental health may be worse than usual. Togetherall’s clinical team share some things you can do to ensure you’re keeping well and getting the right support.
As a Kent student, you have free access to Togetherall, where you can get support from real people going through similar experiences. Share anonymously, with no judgement or stigma and there is no waiting list, you can access in minutes.
Read more from Togetherall’s clinical team about looking after your mental health during a time of financial stress.
As the cost of food rises, read student tips to help you save on your weekly food shop.
Here are some useful contacts to help you with your finance questions and offer advice.
Here are some tips if you'd like to get a part-time or a temporary job while you study.
Develop your finance skills with the blackbullion app which is free for Kent students.
In 2021-22, the Kent Opportunity Bursary provided £15,000 to students in need. Here is what they had to say...
"I am now able to focus on my studies, pay some of my bills, visit my family more often and most importantly go grocery shopping without sacrificing one for the other."
"The Kent Opportunity Bursary will allow me to pay off some of my accrued debt, which allowed me to focus on exams and cut my hours down at work. This has taken a huge weight off my shoulders."
"The bursary has allowed me to continue my studies as a single parent, as without it, I would have had to work to pay for the expenses that I have to cover for both myself and my kids."