Cost of Living

We know that students are feeling the pressure from increasing living expenses. This is leading to an impact on mental health, progression with studies, and your daily life. As your Officer team and Students’ Union we believe that we can help by working with the University, supporting national campaigns, and ensuring students have access to further financial support. Our goal at BCUSU is to make sure you get the support you need during your time here. Here's some information on the work currently being undertaken:

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‘Bring and Ping’ spaces

We are currently looking at the provision of microwaves, boiling water taps and food preparation areas across our campuses. Are there enough? Do you know where they are? Let us know via our social media how we can improve the areas.


Free Film Nights

A series of free film nights hosted by your Students’ Union. keep an eye on What’s On and our social media.

Film Night
5th December 5pm - 8pm
C192, Curzon, City Centre
Dinosaurs, adventure and Jeff Goldblum...the perfect evening!
In-Person Event | City Centre Campus | On Campus | Cost of Living

Free Pizza Events

The famous Eagle & Ball pizza for free across campus – make sure you’re checking What’s On and our social media to stay informed.

Cost of Living Regular Meetings

Your Officer team are working with senior staff at the University on joint initiatives and to advocate for the needs of all students in key decisions.


Winter Saver Menu

We supported the idea of low-cost meals for those on campus. Details on how to access free food and £1 meals can be found here.


Financial Assistance Fund

We are working with the University to make changes to the fund to ensure it helps those most in need. The Financial Assistance Fund will open for applications in November, you can find our advice on how to apply here.

Your Officer Team recently signed the National Union of Students’ (NUS) open letter to the government. We feel it’s time for us to do something about this, which is why we are asking you to sign their petition too. One City is a collective of the Students’ Unions in Birmingham. Together we have contacted National Express to ask for cheaper bus fares for students.

What do you want us to focus on?

We want to hear from you. We campaign on your behalf, so please send us your ideas, comments, or suggestions. You can contact your Officers directly or log an idea on our Ideas Board.