Study Life Award 2024

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, bills, course materials, food, printing, travel and more, and is worth up to £950 per year.

​Award Package      

The award is centred around a generous catering and print allowance and offers financial help towards meeting your individual needs, whether that be paying energy bills, rent or your mortgage, meeting travel expenses, or buying course materials for example. 


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

A. You must be classed as a Home student for fee paying purposes.

B. You must be a new Cardiff Metropolitan University student, applying through UCAS, and entering a full-time undergraduate course at year one or foundation level starting in 2023.Cardiff Metropolitan University must be your Firm Choice University on your UCAS application by 30th June 2024. You may also be eligible if entering your second or third year from a Cardiff Metropolitan University franchise course (e.g. HND or Foundation degree course at another provider), as it represents your first time in attendance on the Cardiff Metropolitan University campus.

C. Your permanent address must be in an area that has low participation rates in Higher Education.* 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 Loans Company will be used in your eligibility assessment. You must use the same postcode when registering for Student Finance as the postcode you have used to register with UCAS.

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 2024.
  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 each academic year. 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.).

*We are reliant on external agencies in updating this data and this data is subject to change. Postcodes are categorised currently according to the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2019, the POLAR4 Young, and Adult HE 2011 coding systems. Data was provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) in May 2023. 

Your eligibility for the Study Life award will be assessed each academic year against the terms and conditions and you will be emailed each year that you qualify for the scheme.

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

Terms & Conditions

Study Life Terms and Conditions

Offers of award will be issued at the earliest possible opportunity and by 31st October 2023 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.

If you have not received the Study Life award and 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.