Cost of living support for Kent students

Cost of Living Support

We’re here to support you with managing the cost of living.

Access to food

We are working with Kent Union to ensure no student goes without food. 

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£3 Meal Deals

Microwave in Oasis Lounge

Microwaves and hot water points

  • We have microwaves and hot water points on campus in many of our social spaces.
  • You can bring in your own food to reheat or use the hot water taps to make a hot drink. 

Campus Pantry and food packages

Two students fist bumping at the gym.

New monthly gym membership payment option

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.

Cost of living report

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.

How can we look after our mental health during a time of financial stress?

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.

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Video: Accessing financial support

Discover where you can get financial support and advice at the University of Kent.

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