AccessHE launches cost-of-living guide for sixth form students in London

November 23, 2022

AccessHE has today published a guide on the realities of student finances at university in London for KS5 students. It has been developed in partnership with our members and with London students.

The Cost of Living Guide has been released in response to the cost-of-living crisis, which is having a detrimental effect on student choices around whether to study at university and what course to choose. The guide sheds light on the realities of how much it costs to be a student in London, depending on personal circumstances and lifestyle choices. Featuring testimonies from current students from higher education providers in the AccessHE network, the guide has top tips on saving money, and candid advice for prospective students from young Londoners who are currently studying in the capital. The guide also signposts prospective students towards the support of various kinds they can get from higher education institutions, such as bursaries and hardship grants.  

In addition, the guide features renting advice, a student budget forecast planner, and a downloadable Google Map which recommends cheap places to eat, free cultural things to do and great places to access nature. The guide is freely available to download as a PDF here. 

Dr Richard Boffey, Head of AccessHE, London Higher said: 

“We are really pleased to be publishing this Cost of Living resource today and we hope it will prove useful to school and college-age Londoners who are considering their post-secondary options. Cost pressures are undeniably acute at present and whilst we certainly don’t want to play those down, what this guide shows is that costs don’t have to be a barrier to progressing to higher education. More than that, they don’t have to get in the way of enjoying a valuable and enriching HE experience. As the guide explains, help is on hand within London HE if the costs of living and study are a concern. 

This resource is a product of collaboration with several of our members and, in particular, with current students, who are the true expert guides to getting the most out of London HE. We fully endorse their positive message about studying in London and we hope you will too.”