The Living at Home Project supports students that live off campus, including living at home students and students living in privately rented houses with non-UoM students.

There are many reasons for why living at home is the best choice for a lot of our students, including financial reasons, being a student parent or carer etc. We recognise the different groups within the wider community of living at home students and strive to address their specific needs.

We want to provide more inclusive support which means focusing on these groups. This will be a mixture of support sessions, as well as socials and lunches with other living at home students. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet other students in your position and other living at home students, and for us to listen to you to see what other events and support we can develop together.

As well as putting on events, the programme also campaigns for positive change by asking what support you need, and working with the university to create that change.

The current initiatives we're working on include:

  • Lockers on campus
  • Home away from home - a living at home dedicated space
  • Access to Recreation grant - a grant to cover costs of society involvement

Our Living at Home Project Assistant, Raluca is a living at home student, who puts on these events and campaigns for these changes as a living at home student for living at home students. Raluca is passionate about working with you to provide what you'd like to see as a living at home student.

Want to hear from you and we’re always working to support you better as a Union. If you have any ideas on how we could do more to work with students living at home.  Please contact our Diversity & Inclusion Projects Coordinator, who coordinates our Living at Home Programme: [email protected].

You can join our Facebook group to hear about events and meet other Living at Home Students here:

Access to Recreation Grant

At the Students’ Union we want to reduce the barriers to engaging in the social aspects of University life. The Access to Recreation Grant has been set up to reduce
financial barriers, so you can make the most of your university experience.

  • Students can claim up to £100 (in advance or after spending) towards. Such costs may cover, but are not limited to:
  • Travel costs to social events and activities organised by the University or Students’ Union (SU) that meet the goals of the student group
  • Food costs that may be incurred as a result of unsociable event hours
  • Subsidising end of year balls
  • Joining SU societies and groups which have membership fees
  • Purchasing equipment necessary for joining SU society activities (for example, team kit)
  • Joining RAG (Raise and Give) challenges which have admin fees
  • Trips that meet the goals and purpose of the society
  • Gaining relevant documentation to participate in activities (e.g. overseas criminal records checks that require payment)


You must meet at least one of the following criteria to apply.

Those in receipt of the following financial assistance:

  • Article 26 Scholarship
  • The Manchester Bursary, The Foundation Year Bursary, The Undergraduate Access Scholarship
  • Grundy Educational Trust
  • Leverhulme Scholarships
  • Nursery Subsidy
  • Manchester Master’s Bursary
  • Manchester Living Cost Support Fund
  • Postgraduate students who were in receipt of the Manchester Bursary
  • International students in receipt of Equity and Merit Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Access Bursary
  • Those who fit one or more of the following:
  • Living at home/Commuter students
  • Students with a disability
  • Student who are parents or carers
  • Estranged students
  • International students facing additional costs due to immigration status
  • Care leavers


Applications Open –Monday 16th November 2020

Applications Close – Monday 30th Nov 9am 2020

Confirmation by -  Monday 14th Dec 2020

Grant allocation by - between Monday 18th Jan - Fri 22nd Jan 2021


Please Note

The Access to Recreation Grant has limited financial resources. In the event that application bids exceed this resource, a selection process will take place
and some bids will be unsuccessful. Details on how your data will be stored and used are on the application form.

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