Cost of living

We understand that many of you may be worried about the cost of living crisis. This page outlines some of the advice and support available to you.

Video: Cost of Living video for students
Messages from Lucy Evans, Deputy Secretary, Students and Niamh Roberts, EUSA Presdient, for students about what the university is doing, provides to assist with the cost of living.

Financial support 

We’ve significantly increased our hardship funding to provide more support for any of you who are experiencing financial difficulties. There is an application process to access this financial support, and we will guide you through this. If you're struggling, please get in touch as soon as you can to find out what help is available.

Hardship funding for students

Other financial support

Accommodation support 

We aim to help any students who are having difficulties finding accommodation, and we are doing everything we can to support anyone that contacts us for help.

All students who met the requirements of our accommodation guarantee were offered a place in University residences for this academic year. In addition to this, we’ve provided places for a further 2,600 students.  

We continue to offer accommodation advice and support alongside our Students’ Association’s Advice Place.

Help with finding accommodation in Edinburgh

Advice Place accommodation webpages

To protect students from rising bills, we’ve fixed prices for our accommodation since November 2021. Rent for University residences includes all utilities and the University will absorb the rises in energy costs.  

Rent freeze

The Scottish Government has put in place emergency legislation introducing a rent freeze until at least 31 March 2023. This means landlords cannot increase rents on any current tenancies, including Private Rented Tenancies and University Occupancy Agreements. The same legislation has also banned landlords of Private Rented Tenancies from applying for eviction notices, with the exemption of a small number of clauses relating to anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

If you have any concerns about your landlord, you can get further advice and support from the following organisations:

City of Edinburgh Council

Citizens Advice Scotland or call the Scottish Citizens Advice Helpline on 0800 028 1456

Shelter Scotland

Wellbeing support 

Your wellbeing is really important to us and we want you to reach out so we can help you in the way that works best for you. This could be through University or local counselling and support services, through our self-help materials for mental and emotional wellbeing, or even by helping others, for example through volunteering. 

Starting this year, we're also making big improvements to our support for you. Specially trained staff, academics and fellow students will work together to provide help and advice for your studies, your personal wellbeing and practical day-to-day issues. Everyone studying with us will have access to our new Wellbeing Advisers, for support on any issues that affect their health, wellbeing or personal life. No issue is too small, so please reach out for help if you need it.  

Our new student support model

Support in a crisis

Other support 

Below are other ways we can help you manage the cost of living. 

Food and fuel

  • Our café prices are fixed for the full year ahead, and we've introduced cheaper lunch options of soup or a range of filled rolls for £1.50 in all our University-managed cafés and catering outlets.

  • Our buildings provide access to warm indoor spaces and many have hot showers which you can use outside the usual 9-5. 

  • Some of our buildings have areas with microwaves and hot water which you can use to heat and prepare your own food. Check with your school to find out what facilities are available in the spaces you use.

Shower facilities 


  • We provide a free bus service between the Central and King’s Building campuses. In addition, nationwide free bus travel is available for under-22s. 

Travel discounts

IT and tech

  • We loan Mi-Fi units and laptops to students experiencing hardship via EdHelp.  

  • We loan short-term laptops and headsets from all libraries and supply webcams and Ethernet cables from the Main Library. 

  • We loan IT equipment for short, medium and long term periods.  

  • We provide access to a number of software deals at discounted rates.

Laptop loan service 

IT equipment loans via EdHelp

Multimedia equipment loans 

Software discounts 

Library locations 

Period products

  • You can pick up free sanitary towels, tampons and Mooncups at locations across our campuses, or have period products delivered to your home.

Free period products

Childcare support

  • We offer childcare support for eligible students as part of our financial support. 

Childcare fund


Our Careers Service has  information on finding part-time work, which will bring in income as well as building your CV. 

Finding part-time work

Future updates

We will continue to develop the support we provide you with, so please do check back for updates.