By using this website, you agree to our use of cookies to enhance your experience.
Graham Awards


£15m in government cash for students struggling to pay rent

The Department for Education has announced that its to make available an additional £15 million in hardship funding to support those students most in need.


These are likely to be those struggling to pay accommodation costs due to the pandemic. 



International and postgraduate students will be eligible for this funding along with domestic undergraduates.


The announced from the DofE comes as the government tells all university students who have not yet returned to campus and in-person teaching, will be able to do so from May 17.


The timing aligns with Step 3 of the government’s roadmap, where restrictions on social contact and indoor mixing will be further eased, and aims to limit potential public health risks associated with student populations moving across the country.

Progression to Step 3 of the roadmap will be dependent on a review of the latest data and the impact of Step 2 on the government’s four key tests.

Creative and practical students started returning from the 8 March, with an estimated 49 per cent of students already eligible to return to in-person teaching, subject to decisions by their institutions, and remaining students have received online provision throughout the term.


Students will also have access to home testing kits throughout the summer term through both the government’s offer of free rapid lateral flow tests tests twice weekly to everyone in England, and ‘University Collect’ services, under which universities will distribute tests from communal locations on campus, such as libraries. This is in addition to the onsite testing already offered.

All tests will be free, and all students and staff who test positive from an LFD test will need to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they receive a negative PCR test within two days.

Want to comment on this story? If so...if any post is considered to victimise, harass, degrade or intimidate an individual or group of individuals on any basis, then the post may be deleted and the individual immediately banned from posting in future.

  • icon

    I would hope that any landlord that accepts students would insist on suitable parents / relations standing guarantors, it would be total madness not to do so.


    Always do. It's what makes student rentals worth doing as it has no other advantages.

  • icon

    WE do.


Please login to comment

MovePal MovePal MovePal
sign up