Study Life Award 2021

The Study Life Award is designed to help with the day-to-day costs of studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 

The package provides financial help towards accommodation, travel, food, photocopying and is worth up to £850 per year for the duration of your course.  


​Award Package      

The award is centred around a generous catering allowance and is further tailored to accommodate your preference for help with travel, accommodation and/or a print/copy allowance.


You will be automatically assessed (not awarded) for the bursary if you meet all the following requirements:

A.      You must be applying through UCAS and receive an offer from us as a new Cardiff Metropolitan University student entering a full-time undergraduate course at year one or foundation level starting in 2021. You may also be eligible if entering into your 2nd or 3rd year from a Cardiff Metropolitan University franchise course (e.g. HND or Foundation degree course), as it represents your first time in attendance at the Cardiff campus.

B.      Cardiff Metropolitan University must be your Firm Choice University on your UCAS application by 30th June 2021. Students who apply for a course during clearing i.e. after 30th June 2021, may also be considered if the budget has not been fully allocated.

C.      Your permanent address must be in an area that has low participation rates in higher education as defined by the Higher Education Funding Councils for either Wales (HEFCW) or England (HEFCE). You can check your address by using the Cardiff Metropolitan University Criteria Checker which asks you to enter both your age and postcode. The address you have used to register with the student loan company will be used in your eligibility assessment.

 D.      Your household income must be less than £30,000:

  1. To allow us to verify your household income, you must be registered with Student Finance Wales or England as a 'Means-Tested' applicant and have a completed assessment with student finance by 31st August 2021.
  2. In addition, you and your sponsor(s) (e.g. your parent(s)) must give 'Consent to Share' household income/financial details as part of your Student Finance application. If the above criteria are not met, you will not be considered for the bursary.
  3. Household income cannot be verified by any other means than those listed above (e.g. not by provision of p60/p45, tax documents etc.).

Limited numbers of this award are available and priority will be given to those on the lowest household incomes.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions for 2021/22 are currently under review and will be published as soon as they are approved. It is important that you read these criteria fully to understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to the Study Life Award.

Offers of award will be issued at the earliest possible opportunity and by 31st October 2021 at the latest. Award correspondence will be sent to the applicant email address registered with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Final confirmation of receipt of the award will be provided 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.


Current awardees, please see Terms and Conditions for 2020/21

Current students are not eligible for the Study Life award. If you are currently studying at Cardiff Met and are experiencing financial difficulties, you can contact our Money Advice team for advice on

How to apply

No specific application is required. As a new student attending Cardiff Metropolitan University, you will be assessed automatically for eligibility if you meet the criteria.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the award, contact us on

Contact us

For any enquiries related to Study Life eligibility you can contact us on

If you have been awarded the Study Life Award and you have any queries about your benefits, contact

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