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Cost of Living Hub

Statement from your Officers

"The increasing cost of living in the country has once again shown us that 'love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries…'. When it has become difficult to afford the very basic needs of life such as food, rent, or even essential period products, we need to come through for each other and form a united voice in demanding support as students.

To the students, we understand how you feel, we are working on a series of action plans to support you. In the coming weeks, we will share information with you on ways you can support yourselves through this difficult time. We are all we have right now.

The government needs to do better. We believe students should be provided with adequate support, including increasing financial help and general student support packages. It is sad that we are having to ask for this even though the government is aware of our difficult experience. An increase in the cost of living without an increase in wages and maintenance is not right, they must do better.

We, the elected Officers of Hallam Students' Union, are raising our voices in solidarity with all Hallam students and UK students to call for an urgent intervention from the government on the cost of living crisis.

We also ask all the private organisations benefiting from students to act compassionately throughout this time, and those profiting from student rent to stand by their original agreement as they are legally required to do so.

We know this is a difficult time and we are better when we stand together!"

Your Students' Union Officer Team

Updates

Campaign Updates - Last Updated 04/11/22

We've been hard at work these past few months coming up with the best cost of living offer for our students as possible. We are currently working across the Union to deliver a whole range of services: We're setting up a swap shop, for students to swap their clothes We're turning Hideout into a warm bank, so you'll be able to hangout, charge your phones, get free coffee & access our wifi! The Officers are working with University of Sheffield Students' Union Officers to lobby key players in housing & transport sectors to lower costs for students across the city. We're close to launching our period product subscription scheme, where 250 students struggling with period poverty will get free menstrual products for a year. We have also just had our grant accepted for Hubbubs Community Fridge initiative, meaning we will have a community fridge available, stocked with sustainably sourced food that is free to the student body. Our Research & Insight team are currently analysing the results from the 2nd round of our cost-of-living survey, so we will be able to act on your feedback. You can also, as always, access our Advice Centre if you're struggling with anything, and they can help you navigate the hardship fund or the international emergency fund if you need it. Also, if there's anything else you think the Students' Union or University should be doing, then contact studentrights@shu.ac.uk.


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Resources

  • Our Advice Service can offer budgeting help and support if you're going through a financial emergency.
     
  • If you are struggling, you can apply to the University's Hardship Fund (home students) or International Emergency Fund (international students).
     
  • Make sure you're not paying council tax as a full-time student.
     
  • As a student you are eligible to access food banks.

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Deck The Halls (2006) - GIAG Movie Mondays
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8th December
Hideout - HUBS
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Jack Frost (1998) - GIAG Movie Mondays
12th December
The stage - Hubs
After singer Jack Frost dies suddenly, his young son, Charlie, is unable to overcome his loss. However, Charlie's life changes when Jack returns as a snowman to be by his son's side.
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GIAG - Zumba
13th December
Sheffield Hallam Sport Hall, Pond St, Sheffield S1 1WB
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13th December
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