Cost of Living Support

At Roehampton, we are committed to supporting our students with the cost of living, including hardship funding, a free bus service, affordable accommodation, as well as bursaries and scholarships. Below, we have listed some of the advice and support available to our students.

Student Hardship Fund

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We know that sometimes things can be difficult financially, and at Roehampton we are committed to providing avenues to help our students in times of need. Our Student Hardship Fund provides financial assistance for to help our students through periods of financial difficulty. As a Roehampton student, you will be able to apply at any point throughout your programme, and funding includes grants or repayable interest-free loans. 

The Hardship Fund is a limited fund at the University of Roehampton and there is no guarantee an award will be made. If a student is awarded, the fund can provide a contribution towards an unexpected financial crisis.

If you are a current Roehampton student and have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via NEST. If you are prospective student, we run regular open days and webinars where you can find more about the support for students we offer

For more information including emergency loans please visit the Student Hardship Fund page.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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We offer a range of scholarships, including those that recognise academic excellence and those that support students with talent in music, sports and esports. We also offer scholarships to high-achieving international students and those referred by a Roehampton alumnus.

Wellbeing Support | Financial guidance


We have a team of Student Welfare Officers, who​ ​can offer students who join us guidance, helping you find useful sources of information for professional financial advice. Our Welfare Officers can also talk to you about personal or other related issues, supporting you through your studies. To find out more about the vast wellbeing support we offer please visit the wellbeing and emotional support page.

Health costs

In conjunction with the Students’ Union, we’re pleased to able to offer free sanitary products to our students, which can be found in toilets across campus.

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Students may also be eligible to apply for the NHS Low Income Scheme to help save money on prescriptions.


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Free Roehampton bus

We’re happy to provide a dedicated free student bus service, exclusively for our students and staff.

This service runs every 20 minutes, between Barnes, the main campus, Asda and fast to Wimbledon Station – connecting to the London tram network and overland trains.

On campus parking and bike facilities

To make commuting into University both easier and more affordable, we have free on-campus student car parking (offered on a first-come first-served basis). We also have bike and scooter hire on campus, secure bike storage units, showers, and lockers.

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When travelling in London, the Hopper fare allows you to make unlimited bus or tram journeys in one hour, for £1.75 using pay as you go.

Students can also save 30% on travel cards and bus and tram passes with an 18+ Student Oyster photocard. There are also 16-24 and 25-30 railcards available.

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There are plenty of opportunities to earn money at Roehampton. We offer a range of temporary staff roles including our popular student ambassador scheme, plus reception and administrative work.

Our Work Experience, Placements Teams and Careers Advisers are also on hand throughout the year to help students with updating CVs and provide guidance when job searching. 

Did you know we are scheduling our teaching across no more than three days each week for the first year of our degrees.

Plus, we’ll confirm which days these are well in advance of the start of term in September, so you can plan ahead.

If you want to have more focused personal study time in our library or at home; a part-time job; need to balance family commitments; or want to reduce the time you spend commuting, we’re the ideal choice for you.

College kitchens

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Whilst we have plenty of affordable canteens and cafes on campus, we provide well-equipped facilities for students who choose to save money by bringing lunch with them. 

Located on each of our four Colleges, our College Kitchens have microwaves, fridges, as well as plenty of seating, charging points and lockers.

Technology support


Access to technology shouldn’t be a barrier to study. We have a supply of laptops readily-available for loan to any student who needs one. Students can choose to hire laptops on a short or long-term basis.

We also aim for all texts for academic study to be made available digitally, so there’s no need for students to spend money on unnecessary printing.

The right software is important. All students have free access via the Cloud to Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook, Access, Publisher and Teams.


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We’re proud to partner with Blackbullion to provide access to online learning that empowers students with better financial decision-making.

Blackbullion provides our students with access to personal finance courses, aiming to develop financial confidence, knowledge, and empower better decision-making.

Students can sign up to Blackbullion for free using your University email address.

On-campus accommodation | Accommodation Guarantee

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Halls of residence

Our on-campus accommodation options are some of the most affordable in London and place students at the heart of the action.

Students living in our halls of residence save money on commuting, and can easily access extra-curricular activities taking place on campus.

Utility bills

We make sure all bills are included in the cost of halls rent, giving our students one less thing to worry about.  

Accommodation Guarantee

We have accommodation for new students. We also guarantee accommodation for all new students who accept a place to study with us by the guarantee deadline of 11  August 2023. Find out more about our accommodation guarantee.

For more information on the range of accommodation we offer please visit our affordable accommodation page.

Gym Roehampton

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All students have access to our exclusive and affordable on-campus gym run by Nuffield Health.

Our inclusive Gym membership covers all gym classes, and use of all equipment.

Membership is £165 a year, with discounts during Welcome Week. 

You can find out more here.

Social life

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We have a magnitude of  student societies, a wide range of events, and affordable sports memberships so students can both socialise and enjoy new hobbies without having to leave campus!

There are also lots of free social spaces to explore, as well as on-campus activities organised by the Students’ Union.

The University of Roehampton changes lives by helping our students to develop the confidence, knowledge and values they need for a successful and fulfilling life. We produce world-class research that helps us understand the world and change it for the better.

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