Statement on Cost of Living Emergency

The rise in the cost of living is having a profoundly negative effect on students across Northern Ireland.

The rise in the cost of living is having a profoundly negative effect on students across Northern Ireland. The economic crisis is pushing students to the financial brink and forcing them to make tough decisions. Students are deciding whether to prioritise having somewhere to live, staying warm or having a substantial meal. Emergency intervention is critical.  

Our position is clear, and in conversations with Ulster University, government we have indicated that our priorities are:  

  • Cost of Living Payment
  • Free or subsidized Public Transport
  • Hidden Course Costs to be covered
  • Graduations to be made free of charge to students. 

We have continued to engage with Ulster University and NUS-USI and are making progress, but we are keen to hear your views.

If you have any ideas, comments or feedback please get in touch with VP Magee - Dónall Ó hÉigeartaigh - vp.magee@uusu.org