Bristol University to offer £1 meals and free period goods to help students weather the cost of living crisis
This option is not available in the Senate market
The University of Bristol will be providing low-cost hot meals and free period goods to students on campus from Monday 7 November in a bid to help students through the cost of living crisis.
An email sent to students explains that soup and a roll will be available for £1 at all Source Cafés and the Balloon Bar in the Richmond Building, Monday to Friday. Vegan options for the soup will also be offered.
This option is not available in the Senate market and students must present a U card to prove their status as a student attending the university.
Cheaper food options are introduced and students can get a Source-on-the-Go £2 hot lunch “Cater pod” located outside the Balloon Bar in the Richmond Building, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cheaper hot meals will also arrive at Stoke Bishop. Students can have a jacket potato and beans for £2 from Source Café at Hiatt Baker bus station, Monday to Saturday.
The University of Bristol has also announced that it will provide “free sustainable menstrual products in University and Bristol Student Union bathrooms at Clifton and Langford campuses”.
Students have previously expressed outrage at the support provided by the university about the cost of living crisis and said ‘that’s not good enough’.
A list of additional measures the university will entail can be found below:
- The budget for the Financial Aid Fund was increased from £600,000 to £1million
- The £100,000 Digital Support Fund continues to help students with the cost of computer equipment and connectivity
- The process for students to access financial support has been simplified and streamlined to ensure that help is available as quickly as possible. Financial aid funding is normally disbursed within 48 hours and all students are eligible to apply. This includes international students
- More than 200 additional affordable rooms have been made available in our residences this year
- We continue to provide warm and free spaces across campus. Study Library of Arts and Social Sciences spaces are available 24 hours a day and study rooms in Senate Chamber are available weekday evenings and weekends
- Microwaves are available in the social areas of the SU – the Bristol SU Lounge (where you can also get free tea and coffee), the SU Loft in the Senate and on the second floor of the Richmond Building
- We are looking at how we can do more works at the university available to students, and you can also visit the SU Job Shop for other opportunities
- Free fitness and activity classes are now offered and discounted sports memberships for students eligible for a scholarship.