Cost of living support for students

From financial support to discounts across campus, plus help and advice, find out about all the support on offer from LJMU and JMSU.

Student Support Fund

Over the past academic year 2022/2023, LJMU has committed over 2 million pounds to students facing financial hardship during the cost of living crisis.

The Money Advice Team can help any LJMU student facing financial hardship, with friendly advice and immediate assistance to cover food costs, bills, and give financial support.

Energy Cost Assistance is available to students who have to pay gas/electric bills.

So far this academic year, we've helped over 3,311 students with support averaging around £700 per application.

Talk to the team and find out how to apply for the student support fund and if you are eligible.

Across campus

Food Vouchers

We have emergency food vouchers available for students.

Speak to Student Advice and Wellbeing online or in person at SLB.

Grocery shelves

We’ll soon have shelves across campus and in halls with food and essentials to take for free.

Keep an eye on LJMU and JMSU social media.

Hygiene product offer

We’ll be giving out free home essentials like detergent, washing up liquid and shower gel.

You can soon find freebies on our grocery shelves across campus and we’ll also have pop up handouts.

Keep an eye on LJMU and JMSU social media.

20% off food at Core Cafes

Use your student ID card to get 20% off at all our Core on Campus Cafes.

Warm and welcome campus

Our libraries have long opening hours and the Student Life Building is open 24/7 with free laptop loans available.

You can also charge your devices for free around campus.

Students can use showers in the Sport Building, even without gym membership.

View opening hours

Free recycled IT kit

Need a new piece of IT kit? LJMU has used and refurbished PC’s and laptops that students can apply for free.

Cook Together

We'll be hosting free lunches plus giving away food vouchers and recipes, to help you create some tasty nutritious food this semester and Cook Together.

Stationery offer

All students can pick up free stationery from the helpdesk in Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts Libraries.

See the free stationery available.

Gym membership for £25 a year

We’ve reduced the cost of an annual student gym membership from £125 a year to just £25, including classes.

Find out more and sign up for a membership.

Additional Support

Part-time work with Unitemps

Part-time work can give you extra cash to help with essentials.

Unitemps has a range of paid opportunities on offer, alongside your studies.

Register for Unitemps

Living in accommodation

Worried about fuel bills, a contract with a landlord or where to live next year?

Our Accommodation team can help.

Managing your money

Managing your money whilst at university can be tricky. Our Money Advice team gives you their tips on budgeting as well as useful resources, such as Blackbullion, to help you manage your finances better.

Council Tax

Remember the majority of full time LJMU students are exempt from paying council tax, it could save you over £1,000 a year.

Find out if you are eligible and how to get an exemption certificate.


John Moores Students’ Union is working with LJMU to support students through the rise in the cost of living, including free lunches across campus, free period products and give it a go sessions.

Find out about what JMSU are doing and what’s next on the JMSU cost of living webpage.

Other support in the city

Liverpool City Council has a range of support for people struggling with the cost of living from food, household costs and mental health support.

Help and support is always available at LJMU

You can speak to a range of different advisors from our Student Advice and Wellbeing team:

Book a 1-2-1 appointment or contact the Money Advice Team for financial help and to see what support you are eligible for.

Book a 1-2-1 appointment with a Wellbeing Advisor to discuss any concerns you might have.

We also offer additional financial support for estranged students, disabled students, international students, care leavers and more.

Listen to our latest episode of the JMSU mini podcast series, jmsYOU. Student journalist Lois discusses the rising cost of living crisis with our student guest Amber and LJMU’s Money Advice Team.