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Living Costs Fund

The Living Costs Fund (LCF) is designed to provide a safety net to help you to continue to study as you adjust to higher living costs.

The fund can help you with your most immediate need providing an amount of money or a voucher that will help you buy some food, toiletries, pay part of a bill, or rent, or childcare costs. The fund is limited, benefitting more students, more often.

The fund is open to all enrolled students, or those retaking modules this year. Money or food vouchers do not need to be repaid, and you can apply more than once.

The Living Cost Fund is a limited pot of money and in January and February 2023 priority will be given to applications from students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • not in receipt of a January SLC maintenance loan payment
  • not previously received money and/or food from the Living Cost Fund
  • in immediate need for some support with food, toiletries, pay part of a bill, or rent, or childcare costs.

Living Cost Fund Application Form

Exceptional costs fund

If you have an unexpected financial emergency and you are at risk of leaving your studies, please contact the Student Welfare Advice Team (SWAT) for an appointment.

Book SWAT Appointment

Where you can get help when the University is closed

Find a foodbank - The Trussell Trust

If you need emergency food, want to make a food donation or are interested in volunteering, find your nearest Trussell Trust food bank using our map.

Turn2us - Fighting UK Poverty

Need guidance?

Speak to our Student Financial Support Team (Academic Registry) team to discuss student funding

Online enquiry

Phone appointment (include your phone number)

Call us: 020 8411 3008

  • Who is eligible?

    In January and February 2023 priority will be given to applications from students who meet all of the following criteria:

    • not in receipt of a January SLC maintenance loan payment
    • not previously received money and/or food from the Living Cost Fund
    • in immediate need for some support with food, toiletries, pay part of a bill, or rent, or childcare costs.
    • An enrolled home (UK) or international student
    • Not enrolled, but retaking modules this year

    If you are a home (UK) student, you must have applied for the full student loan that is available to you.

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