Student Support

We know that with the cost of living being so high right now, it’s never been a more expensive time to be a student – which is why we’re pleased to announce a number of initiatives we’re bringing in to help to keep you on track financially. 

  • You can now collect a free community tea or coffee from any of our catering outlets all day. Please bring a reusable cup or join the University cup scheme. 

  • A complimentary slice of toast will be offered with all hot drinks, which will be available in all catering outlets excluding Residential Dining Rooms and Seabourne Library, 8.30am-11am.

  • Hydration Pack: The Varsity Bar will also be serving free community teas and coffees as well as water and cordials

  • Too Good to Throw: Between 2.30pm and 3pm any remaining chef prepared meals will be available free to students (Please note when it is gone it is gone). 

  • Sandwiches and cakes that are coming to their best before date will be moved to the community fridge in the Sustainability Shop at Exton Park half an hour before catering outlets close. 

  • Homemade soup – Catering will provide homemade soup each day for 50p. This will be offered in all catering outlets excluding Seaborne Library and Residential Dining Rooms. Served 11.30am-2.30pm 

  • Essential meal pack – Purchase a £1.99 meal pack which includes a cheese or ham sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of water from our catering outlets. 

  • Fruity Fridays: Pick up a free piece of fruit on the last Friday of every month from any of our catering outlets or Chester Students’ Union. 

  • We now stock the Co-Op Honest Value Range in our Costcutter store at Exton Park which gives you access to great items at a low-cost price. 

Chester Students’ Union is also working hard on its own initiatives to support you with the cost-of-living crisis. Keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook feeds for more info.  

We’ll be bringing you news of further initiatives we’re running across the University in Student Shout Out in the coming weeks. 

Top money saving tips

Sell things you no longer need. Selling your old no longer needed items is a good way to earn a bit of extra cash – you can even sell some things that you might otherwise throw away like empty toilet roll tubes!

Set a budget. Keeping to a budget can sometimes feel easier said than done – but it makes such a difference when money is tight. Think about what the minimum amount of money you need is for the week and stick to it – any extra money put away in a savings pot.

Get a heated blanket. Heating can be really expensive at the moment – by using a heated blanket instead of putting the radiators on could save you money over the cold months.

Switch your broadband. It’s important to think about bills you can save money on. Broadband prices are actually more competitive than ever this year – so see if you can get a better deal elsewhere.

Buy own-brand food products. It can be tempting to stick with brands you know when food shopping. By shopping only food from the store’s budget range, you can save a fair amount of money.

Use websites that sell reduced or free food. There are some fab apps that can help you save money on food including Too Good To Go – where you can buy food from businesses that would otherwise go to waste at the end of the day.

Have a no spend day. An example of this could be bringing your own lunch to study with, walk or cycle (if possible) instead of getting the bus and cook tea from food that’s in your fridge already instead of ordering in.

If you’re having money worries, head to the Your Money page on Portal for more tips on tackling student life and information on funding that you may be entitled to.

Free Showers

We’re pleased to announce that we offer free hot showers for students to access across our sites!

  • 7am-10pm
  • Daily
  • Fitness Centre Grosvenor House changing rooms – Exton Park, Chester
  • 9am-6pm
  • Daily
  • Kingsway Campus & Queens Park, Chester
  • 7am-10pm
  • Daily
  • Sarah Parker Remond House, Warrington
  • 8am-8pm
  • Monday – Friday
  • The Gym at University Centre Shrewsbury
  • 8am-5.30pm
  • Monday – Friday
  • Ground Floor, Marriss House, University Centre Birkenhead

Postgraduate Research (PGR) student stipend uplift 

Postgraduate Research student? We’re pleased to announce that the University will be matching the UK Research and Innovation Office’s 10% uplift in funding for Postgraduate Research (PGR) students in receipt of an externally funded stipend as part of our cost-of-living initiative.  

This additional funding will be fully covered by the University. All students who have received an uplift to their stipend will have received a letter from Professor Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation Professor Paul Bissell with further information. 

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