Study Life Award 2018

Award Description

Cardiff Met’s Study Life Award is designed to help with the day to day costs of studying at university. The package provides financial help towards accommodation, travel, food, books and photocopying, and is worth over £1,000 per year for the duration of your course*. Undergraduate students who will be starting at Cardiff Met in September 2018, and live in designated low participation areas including Welsh Communities First, Participation of Local Areas Groups (POLAR) and Mature Participation, can apply. The award is means-tested and an application must be submitted by the 14th May 2018.

​Award Package

The award is tailored to accommodate if you choose to live at home or within rented accommodation. 

1. Study Package (for those living at home), includes:

  • A university and city bus pass for your whole year of study (worth over £200)

  • A free catering package for each day of study (£20 per week during term)

  • A free print and copying budget (£50 per term)

  • A voucher to help with book purchases (£150)


2. Living Package includes:

  • A contribution to accommodation costs for those living in halls/rented accommodation (£500 towards your rent in January, Term 2)

  • A free catering package for each day of study (£20 per week during term)

  • A free print and copying budget (£50 for the year)


This award is open to students living in areas which are identified to have low participation rates in Higher Education by the Higher Education Funding Councils for both Wales (HEFCW) and England (HEFCE). 

You can check your eligibility by using Cardiff Met's Criteria Checker which asks you to enter both your age and postcode. Click through now for instant confirmation.

Terms & Conditions

  • Your completed application form must reach us by the deadline of 14th May 2018 in order to be considered for the award. No applications will be accepted after this date.

  • You must be applying through UCAS as a new Cardiff Met student entering a full time undergraduate course at year one or foundation level starting in 2018. You may also be entering in 2018 from a Cardiff Met franchise course e.g. HND or Foundation degree course.

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University must be your Firm Choice University on your UCAS application by the 7th of June 2018 (students who apply for a course during clearing i.e. after 30th June, may also be considered subject to availability).

  • You must have a household income less than £30,000. You must be registered with Student Finance Wales or England and give 'consent to share' your household income details as part of your Student Finance application. Student Finance Wales can be contacted here. (NHS students can provide proof of their income assessment directly if they are not using Student Finance Wales).  

  • Receipt of the award is dependent on income being verified by the 31st October 2018.

  • Limited numbers of the award are available.

  • Early application is advised as, in the event of the scheme being over-subscribed, awards will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of the date of application and reply being the same, applicants will be required to submit an additional supporting statement.

  • The accommodation element of the package only applies to Cardiff Metropolitan University, Liberty Living Residences, and approved private rented accommodation. For further details please contact For details of Cardiff Met accommodation contact our Accommodation Services

  • You must be enrolled as a full time student at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying at a Cardiff campus and be in possession of your Student ID Card in order for the catering & print elements of the award to be processed.

  • You must return a completed 'Met Rider' application form in order for the bus pass element to be processed.  The application form will be supplied to you on enrolment from September 2018 onwards. Please use 'Study Life' as your payment method in the required payment field. Passport photos may be required.

  • Payment of the award in years 2 and 3 (and 4 for certain subjects) is subject to successful progression onto the next year of study. The award will not be provided to anyone having to re-sit a whole year, unless you have full mitigating circumstances for all re-sit credits. Further information on mitigating circumstances can be found in the Academic Handbook 

  • The Study Life bursary is awarded for the duration of your studies which is normally 3 three years. A fourth year is permitted for those starting on a foundation year or studying a four-year course.

  • You do not need to re-apply each year as allocations will automatically roll over.

  • The award is designed for those studying at undergraduate level only.

  • This award is not available to those studying at franchise colleges. Please contact the college to discuss bursary and scholarship availability.

  • If you withdraw from your course all elements of the award will cease immediately.

How to apply

The deadline to apply for the 2018 award is 14th May 2018.

You will receive automatic notification by email that we have received your application. If you do not receive this notification, contact us on as soon as possible so we can confirm receipt. You will receive confirmation that you are eligible, subject to meeting the terms and conditions, within 2 weeks of you application. Final confirmation of receipt of award will be confirmed once the terms and conditions are met. Please note, payment and provision of the individual award elements can only be activated once you have successfully enrolled onto your full-time degree course.

Please note current students are not eligible to apply. If you are currently studying at Cardiff Met and are experiencing financial difficulties, you can contact our Student Finance team for advice on

Contact us

Please email any enquiries relating to the Study Life Award to:

All correspondence regarding your application will be made by email, using the contact details provided in your application. For general queries try our FAQ page.

*Terms and conditions apply