Financial support and money
Financial Support Fund
This fund provides discretionary financial assistance to help students in signficant hardship access and remain in higher education.
A variety of bursaries and funds are available to students experiencing financial difficulties, either directly through the University of Plymouth or our partner organisations (if for partner institution or UPIC students).
The University offers advice on applying for a student loan and other forms of funding. Check how much a course will cost and secure the means to pay the fees.
Advice and guidance on money and budgeting
The Student Funding Team offer practical help with all aspects of money management, including fees and funding, student loans, day-to-day budgeting, debt, income and banking. Students can find out about the support for which they may be eligible and how to apply for it.
Help and advice from the Students' Union
FAQs and support on budgeting, benefits, discounts, shopping and travel.
The University of Plymouth Students' Union offers advice on making the most out of the discounts available to students through rewards and loyalty cards.
Cost of living support in Plymouth
Connect to local services designed to support individuals with the rising cost of living and issues related to it.
50+ tips on how to stretch your student loan
A checklist compiling some of the most effective measures of minimising costs and making use of the offers available to students.
Jobs and work opportunities
The Careers Service offers a wide range of support for students looking to make a strong start in their careers. The Careers team are here to help students secure part-time work that fits around their studies and find routes into full-time work, including self-employment, freelancing, graduate jobs and business ownership.
View vacancies for paid roles that can be arranged around full-time study, apply for a position as a Student Ambassador or enrol on an internship, all through the support of dedicated Careers teams.
Students joining us from overseas are usually free to work to support their studies, although there may be restrictions on the amount and type of work permitted. The International Student Advice team is available to explain the options open to international students and help them secure safe and fairly paid jobs.
Health and wellbeing
Student Wellbeing Services
A multi-disciplinary team comprising Mental Health, Counselling, and Pastoral and Spiritual Support offering one-to-one appointments, drop-in sessions, workshops and groups, and self-help materials.
Student prices and offers at the gym
The SU Gym offers low student pricing, free trials for activities, and a cooling-off period for subscriptions (new members receive a refund if they change their mind). Annual members gain access to over 100 gyms across the country in the BUCS UNIversal Gym network. The University is also partnered with Plymouth Life Centre, where students benefit from free swimming and reduced cost climbing sessions.
Free menstrual products
Organic, sustainable menstrual products are available for all across campus.
Free showering facilities
Students can make use of free showers located across campus.
Food and drink
Water bottle refills
Refill points around campus ensure there is no need to spend money on water.
Order discounted surplus food
Reserve discounted surplus food from the campus cafes and around town using the Good to Go app.
A variety of good value healthy and filling meals and snacks can be purchased at the cafes on campus. Customers who bring a reusable cup receive a discount on drinks.
Bills and utilities
£400 energy bill discount
The UK government has organised an Energy Bills Support Scheme for the winter of 2022–23 to give households a £400 discount on their energy bills. Students who pay bills will be eligible for this and can check how they will receive the discount.
Students can apply for a range of bus discounts for travelling around the city.
Students can apply for a Railcard to save at least 1/3 on train fares throughout Great Britain.
Laptop loans, software and equipment
The University has a range of Halls of Residence to suit different budgets.
Visit the Student Hub
Student Hub, Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Advisers are available Monday to Thursday 8:30–17:00, Friday 9:30–16:30