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Cost of living – a one-off payment for students

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In November 2022, we announced our one-off payment for students. You should now have received a further email about what you need to do to claim your payment. This includes making sure you update your UK mobile phone number on the student system by 8 January 2023, and opening a UK bank account if you don’t already have one. Find out more here.

The original announcement is below.

We understand that the rising cost of living is impacting all of our community, especially you – our students. Having introduced an initial programme of support, over recent weeks, we’ve been working in close partnership with the Students’ Union to put in extra measures to help you.  

We are really pleased to announce that we will be offering registered students a one-off Cost of Living payment. Full time students will receive £170 and part time students will receive £85, paid into their UK bank account.

It builds on existing financial support previously announced, including increases to the University’s Cost of Living Support Fund, and providing grants of up to £2,000 to students who are struggling, plus raising the minimum stipend for 2022/23 by more than £2000 for all PGRs who are on a studentship funded directly by the University.

The only exceptions are a very small number of professional level post-graduate courses listed here.

The payment will be offered before the Christmas break. We will share the final details of how you can claim the payment by the end of November. 

More details about our current cost of living offer

This sector-leading initiative is a result of ongoing discussions between the University and the Students’ Union, arising directly from student feedback, and builds on previously announced measures which include: 

  • Increases to our Cost of Living Support fund, which provides grants to students who are struggling 
  • An extra £2,000 for postgraduate research students who receive University of Manchester funded stipends 
  • Our ‘cosy campus’ initiative, where we’ve transformed several spaces across the University for you to relax, hang out with friends and spend time in-between lectures and seminars. 

You can see the full package of support so far, which represents a commitment of over £7million, at We are also discussing further targeted support in 2023 for those most in need which will be announced in due course and bring the total of committed student support to £9million.

Sam Bronheim, Union Affairs Officer at the Students’ Union, said: “We have valued collaborating with the University on this project and are glad they have listened to our ideas. With action like this, we hope students feel that through the Students’ Union their needs have not only been heard but met by the University.” 

April McMahon, Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students, said: “The cost of living crisis is a major concern for our students, especially at this time of year. I’m so delighted that, working closely with the Students’ Union, we’ve been able to offer this payment. We also have wider support in place including wellbeing and further financial support through our Cost of Living Support fund, so would encourage any student that needs our help to please reach out.” 

We’ll share more information about how to claim the payment by the end of November. 

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