Help with unexpected living costs or one-off expenses
Students are expected to have planned their finances for the year. However, we appreciate that occasionally problems arise.
The BUSS Student Support Fund
may provide small grants to Undergraduates experiencing financial difficulty due to an unavoidable change in their circumstances. You can apply for this by talking to your Tutor first or the Financial Welfare Officer and then complete this application form. All applications will be shared with your Tutor for their approval.
If you are experiencing more significant problems and may need longer term or higher value support than £300, you may be eligible to apply to the
University Financial Assistance Funds
In such cases, complete this Undergraduate application form offline and take it to discuss your needs with your Tutor. Here is a personal budgeting form which may also be helpful for these discussions.
Here is some more information about the support available and the eligibility criteria: Cambridge University Financial Assistance Funds. In all instances, any applications will require your Tutor’s support. Once you have your Tutor's support and have checked that you meet the eligibility criteria, you can complete the online application here.
Realise Financial Assistance Fund
The Special Hardship Fund has been replaced by the Realise Financial Assistance Fund which will provide limited assistance during intermission to home undergraduate students who fall into one of the following groups as identified in the Realise Project only (The Realise Project | Undergraduate Study (cam.ac.uk)):
• Care experienced and estranged students
• Refugee, asylum seeker and forced migrant students
• Young carer students
• Gypsy, Roma, traveller, showman and boater students
Injury related transport issues
If you have an accident and require short term help with transport costs, speak to your Tutor and arrange to meet with the College Nurse. The University U bus now stops twice an hour at Girton Corner - U bus timetable .The Tutor and College Nurse can authorise reimbursement of bus fares, and taxis in certain circumstances. Taxis should be arranged with the Porters and bus fares can be claimed retrospectively. Please send any queries to the Financial Welfare Officer
For longer term health issues, see our Students with Additional Needs pages instead.