Support for students through the cost of living crisis in 2022/23
Find out how you can get help
The current cost of living crisis is impacting everyone, with students affected by price rises in food and living costs, travelling and commuting, and study resources such as technology.
To understand, how we can support our students through the cost of living crisis, we conducted a survey in November 2022. Over 700 students responded to the survey.
They told us that the areas where they most need additional support include:
Aston University has put together a package of measures to help its students.
We’re offering all Aston University students and staff a hot pasta lunchtime meal every day for just £1. This will be available in Café Tierra in the Main Building from Monday 9 January 2023, from 11:30 - 14:30 daily.
Aston University students can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast every Wednesday morning in the Students’ Union. This will resume after the Christmas break on Wednesday 11 January and is available from 9:30 to 11:00 every Wednesday.
Our students can also enjoy free fresh fruit in the Students’ Union every day.
The ASU Pantry has some basic ingredients on offer for students to cook and eat.
Students are encouraged to use this resource as a ‘swap shop’, taking food when they need it, and dropping off any food that they don’t need.
The ethos is ‘Give food when you have it and take food when you need it.”
The ASU Pantry is available to students during the Students’ Union’s opening hours.
We will be giving £10 subsistence contributions monthly, towards the costs of travel cards for 3,500 students. The contribution will be made for 6 months from January 2023.
To be eligible for this Travel grant, you must be:
We will use information on your current UK residential address to assess if you live in an eligible postcode. To check if your postcode is eligible, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible students will be contacted in early January with details of how to receive the grant into their bank account.
*Terms and conditions for the travel contribution eligibility:
The Vodafone Foundation, in partnership with The Access Foundation, have donated 1,000 SIM cards to Aston students. Each SIM has 40GB data each month, plus unlimited UK texts and calls, and is valid for 6 months from activation. To be eligible to apply for a SIM card a student must meet the following criteria:
Applications for the SIM cards are made through My Aston Portal. Only those eligible for the scheme will have a link to apply. Awards will be made on a first come, first served basis.
Sport Aston is planning to launch a social sport initiative in January 2023. There will be free weekly sessions for students and staff throughout term 2 for badminton, basketball, netball, football and dodgeball.
Our friendly Sports Activators will attend each session to make sure everyone feels welcome. These sessions will provide students and staff with somewhere to socialise with others, helping to improve their health and wellbeing.
Look out for further details in the new year at the Woodcock Sports Centre and on the University and Students’ Union’s social medial channels.
There are a range of support services available to students, from money advice to emotional and wellbeing support. We are here for you, so please reach out if you need help.
You can visit the HUB in the first instance or contact one of the specific teams below for free and confidential advice. We are here for all students, whether you are a UK or international student, live at home locally with family, a mature student or a distance learner.
Our trained advisors can help with budgeting, debt advice, housing matters, and can advise on any scholarships or funding you may be eligible for.
If you are struggling, we encourage you to reach out as it is better to ask for help before finding yourself in a crisis situation.
Located on the ground floor of Main Building, The Hub is home to the Student Advice Team – drop by and say hello!
Everything from help with organising visas to advice on navigating life and work in the UK.
Trained, experienced staff providing a safe, non-judgmental space to discuss issues that may be affecting your university life. This includes Counselling and mental health support.
For those of all faiths or of none, offering care, guidance and friendship to all.