Cost of living support


Rising energy bills, food prices and other essential costs are taking a toll on people across the country, including you, our students.

Working with the Students’ Union (SU), we have identified ways to support you and have created a hub of resources to help whether you need financial assistance, mental health support, or jobs and budgeting advice.

Urgent support

We’re working quickly to provide you with the support you need by:

  • offering registered students a one-off payment to help with the cost of living. Full time students will receive £170 and part time students will receive £85;
  • agreeing an initial figure of £360,000 to fund Cost of Living support, with further funding to come;
  • providing, through the Cost of Living Support Fund, grants for students who are struggling;
  • raising the minimum stipend for 2022/23 by more than £2,000 for all PGRs on a studentship funded directly by the University;
  • creating a new Emergency Hardship Support Fund for students in immediate financial need – we aim to make this funding available within 24 hours of applying;
  • making an additional contribution to the Manchester SU’s Recreational Grant so more students can take part in social activities, regardless of their financial situation.

We’ll announce further updates through our weekly Student Newsletters, so check your inbox regularly.

Additional sources of urgent support 

Support on campus

You’ll find plenty of places to stay cosy across our University campus. In our designated ‘Cosy Campus’ spaces you can relax, hang out with friends and spend time between lectures and seminars. 

These spaces, depending on which you visit, will include: 

  • hot water for tea, coffee and meals;
  • washing up and hand washing facilities; 
  • microwave stations to heat up your own food; 
  • warm and cosy seating for group study or leisure time.

Cosy Campus

Winter Warmer Wednesdays

A free breakfast will be available from the Atrium, University Place every Wednesday from 8.30-10.00 until Wednesday, 14 December.  

Food and drink

We have reduced our food and drink prices across campus. You can also bring your own meals and use our hot water or microwaves free of charge.

Cosy Nights In

The SU is hosting a series of cosy nights in. Head to their events page to see what they’ve got planned. 

Cosy Campus locations:

  • University Place Drum, open 9am-9pm 
  • Dover Street Ex Café, open 9am-6pm 
  • Dover Street G45, open 9am-6pm 
  • MECD Ground Floor, open 9am-8pm, and until 10pm during exam time 
  • Main Library, open 8am-midnight Monday to Friday, and 9am-midnight Saturday and Sunday 
  • Alliance Manchester Business School 2.094, open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday 
  • Samuel Alexander Building departmental hubs, West Wing, first and second floors, open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday  

Health and wellbeing

We don’t want you to put your health and safety at risk as a result of money worries. Below we have rounded up free sources of support for your health and wellbeing. 

The University of Manchester GP Service, in partnership with The Robert Darbishire Practice, is based on the fourth floor of Crawford House, and is open 9.00-17.00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9.00-12.00 on Wednesday. Register with the practice

We provide 1-2-1 counselling sessions as well as a range of wellbeing workshops for students. Find out more and get the support you need. 

The SU has partnered with Street Cars to get you home safely, even if you haven't got any money. Find out more about the Safe Taxi Scheme

Save on your bills by taking advantage of the showers available across campus. You can use the filters on this campus map to see where our showers are located.

You can also collect free period products from the first-floor toilets in the Main Library and MECD.

Free eye examinations, contact lens checks and fittings, and appointments for children can be made at our on-campus Optometry Clinic, where our final-year Optometry students perform the eye examination and spectacle dispensing under supervision by fully qualified staff.

The clinic dispenses glasses at a discounted rate and safety spectacles at set prices. The clinic also stocks a wide range of contact lenses from all the main contact lens manufacturers, including daily disposable, monthly disposable, coloured, toric, rigid and bifocal contact lenses. 

The Optometry Clinic is situated in the Carys Bannister building, just off Dover Street. To make an appointment, call 0161 306 3860 or 0161 275 5354.

You are required to have an up-to-date prescription for your eye examination.

There is support in place for student sex workers. Find out more on our sexual wellbeing page.

Money and jobs

There are plenty of opportunities across campus and the city to gain experience and make money by working part-time. Our Careers Service and the SU Job Shop can provide support with your job search. We also have plenty of helpful tips to make your money go further

This programme is included in the Library’s Reading Lists service and provides each student on a module with unlimited, continuous access to an interactive electronic textbook.

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