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Your Students' Union Cost of Living Update

Find out about the work Your Students' Union have been doing to tackle the cost of living crisis and the impact on students.

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We know the cost-of-living crisis is affecting a growing number of people.

This is why we are working hard to advocate on your behalf, bring awareness to the issues you are facing a result of the crisis, and help mitigate some of its impact, wherever possible. To make sure Your Students' Union can do this effectively, we have recruited a member of staff dedicated to the cost-of-living who will be working on initiatives to mitigate the impact for our students.

As part of our cost-of-living work, we will be giving you regular updates about what we are doing about the cost-of-living crisis.

Student Survey

Last term, we completed a survey which revealed that many of you are worred about the cost of living and it revealed you would like more information to help you understnad how it may affect you. We are running another survey this semester to get a better understanding of your worries and find out what support you want to see from the University and Your Students' Union. Our survey is running until 5pm on Friday 3rd February and we want to hear from as many students as possible. You can complete the 2 minute survey here

Discussions with the University

Over the last couple of months, Your Student’s Union have met with the University regularly – we will continue to have frequent talks about the things that matter to our students the most. We have raised the issues of financial hardship, the cost of living, travel, and any extenuating circumstances that might affect our students in completing their studies or supporting themselves whilst at university.

We have asked, and will continue to ask, for more provisions to be provided to our students, to ensure we remain focused on the pressures and difficulties caused by the cost of living.

We have requested that the university grants students access to facilities that would help you save money on things like eating out, socialising, or even making a free hot drink in between your lectures.

As a result, the university have announced the following measures:

  • A £1 breakfast offer is being offered across the various campuses until July 2023. You can find out further details about the breakfast offer via the student portal
  • Following feedback from Your CU Coventry Campus Officer about student parking prices, the University have announced that student parking will be free in their car parks until the end of July 2023. 
  • The Hub at Coventry is open 24/7 so you can access a warm space to socialise at all times. 
  • You can request hot water from the catering outlets if you bring in your own food that needs hot water. 

Whilst we asked for a free breakfast offer, we are happy that the University are taking steps to support students and will keep reviewing the initiatives and your feedback to make sure they meet your needs. 

Free Period Products

Shortly, Your Students' Union will offering free period products that can be ordered through our website. Initially, this will be started at the Coventry campus, however we are working hard to ensure students in London and Scarborough can also access free sanitary products. Keep an eye out on our social media channels, emails and website for further updats. 

Help to manage your money

We know that for many of you, university is the first time you will be managing your own money and finances. We are now offering bi-weekly Talking Money online webinars to help guide you through managing your money, navigating the cost-of-living crisis, learning when to ask for financial support and how to avoid scams. To book your place on one of our webinars, simply visit Your Advice Service's events page

Cost of Living Support Hub

We have also developed a dedicated cost of living support hub, which we will continue to build on, to keep you up to date with advice, information, local support, any new developments in the cost-of-living world and tips and tricks on how to save money as student. You can find Your Cost of Living Hub here

And there’s more...

Building our network and lobbying on your behalf

We know that we can’t tackle the cost-of-living crisis alone – it is a nationwide issue and one that requires collaboration and partnership to bring the public’s attention to how it is affecting you. That is why we have partnered with Coventry City Council, the National Union of Students and are working behind the scenes to develop a working relationship with a regional transport provider – all to save you money, mitigate the impact of the cost of living and find ways to support you through this tricky time.

Cost of Living Action Group

We have set this up as a new initiative, to bring more attention to the cost of living across all the different teams within our union. We will continue to have regular meetings within our own cost of living action group, to help us stay on top of our game and remain proactive in how we can support you with the cost of living, as Your Students’ Union.

Want to join the cost-of-living project?

If you would like to get involved in our cost-of-living project, simply email our designated cost-of-living colleage at COL.SU@coventry.ac.uk.

In the meantime, we promise to:

  • Continue our work with the university and review any of their new initiatives, to assess whether any offer is fit for purpose.
  • Provide you with information and advice about all things cost of living.
  • Bring you tips, tricks and offers to save you money.
  • Continue expanding our network and build meaningful relationships to maximise on the impact of our cost-of-living work.
  • Continue to ask for your feedback, to help inform our work and ensure it is purposeful for our students.

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