With the rising cost of living, as a student you may be concerned about what this will mean for household bills, food and travel costs.
At King’s, we have a range of support on offer for you to access including funding, discounts and specialist advice services, and we’re making more available to help students in need through this difficult time.
If you are concerned, you may find it helpful to speak to the Money & Housing Advice Service, who can talk you through the options available to you by phone, at drop-in sessions or pre-booked appointments. Find out when you can speak to an adviser at Money & Housing Advice: Accessing our service.

Hardship funds

Our hardship funds are available to students experiencing financial difficulty to help with day-to-day living costs such as rent and energy bills.
There’s no change to the straightforward way in which you apply to access hardship funding or to the eligibility criteria. More information on each scheme and its eligibility can be found through the links below.

  • The King’s Student Fund is open to eligible undergraduate and PGCE students with Home fee status and can award up to £4,000 depending on your circumstances.
  • The King’s Hardship Fund is open to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those in NHS-funded years, with Home fee status and can award up to £4,000 depending on your circumstances.
  • The International Hardship Fund is open to eligible international students, including those from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, and can award up to £6,000 depending on your circumstances.
  • The King’s Medical & Dental Hardship Fund is open to eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students on full-time medical or dental programmes and can award up to £5,000 depending on your circumstances.
  • The Perseverance Trust Hardship Bursary for Nursing & Midwifery Students is open to eligible students on certain programmes in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care and can award £500 or £1,000 depending on your circumstances.
Postgraduate research Financial Aid Scheme

The Centre for Doctoral Studies provides a fund to support PGR students who unexpectedly encounter financial difficulties after commencing study. 

The PGR Financial Aid Scheme is open to all current postgraduate research students from all faculties at King's College London who are able to provide evidence of financial need. 


Additional allowance for recipients of the King’s Living Bursary


If you receive the King’s Living Bursary, we’ll be providing an extra one-off payment equivalent to 10% of your bursary amount to support you; for example, if you receive the maximum bursary of £1,600, you’ll receive an additional one-off payment of £160.

You don’t need to do anything to receive this additional allowance; the extra one-off payment will be paid by the end of November 2022 directly into the same bank account we send your King’s Living Bursary to.



Emergency support


If you are in financial crisis and have no immediate access to funds to cover your day-to-day living costs, please contact the Money & Housing Advice Service to discuss your options and access interim assistance whilst your longer-term options are assessed and applications for financial support are made.