We’re here to help with all aspects of life at university, from academic support and representation to promoting your wellbeing. Whether you would simply like a chat or need directing to any of the fantastic support services at the university, your SU is h

Cost of Living

We’re here to help with all aspects of life at university, from academic support and representation to promoting your wellbeing. Whether you would simply like a chat or need directing to any of the fantastic support services at the university, your SU is h

We know that some of you will be worrying about budgeting and finances when you come to university or return to campus after summer. The rising “cost of living” is a real concern for everyone at HASU too. As a “Not for Profit” registered charity we’re committed to spending the money we bring in on activities that support our members in having an outstanding student experience. HASU doesn’t and isn’t allowed to make large profits which is exactly how we want it to be.

But in the wake of the current cost of living crisis we know we can’t operate if we simply make things cheaper. We’re going to make sure that where we can we’re putting activities on that people can enjoy for free. We want to make sure that no matter who you are or where you’re from that you have the opportunity to meet people, make friends and make memories to last a lifetime.

Where it isn’t possible to make things free or cheaper we’re costing out events appropriately and we’re committed to ensuring we deliver value for money to the best of our ability. We’ve made the call this year to not run a Freshers Ball. Because we know that in order to do it properly that tickets will need to be in excess of £35 to cover the costs of putting on an event. Instead, we’ve got an amazing event booked for the 8th of October with fewer frills which helps us to bring down costs. You’ll be able to see a high-quality act that would cost you two or three times more in other venues. Don’t worry, Winter, Paddy’s and Summer Ball are still being planned for 22-23!

As part of our ongoing drive to build student community on campus outside of drink-led activities we are proposing a free weekly social event on a Sunday morning. Currently, there is very little activity taking place on campus. With the aim to deliver another Saturday night event we want to provide balance by adding a regular alcohol-free event designed to create a sense of belonging on campus.

The Breakfast Club is exactly what it says on the tin, a breakfast club that will take place every Sunday from 09:30-11:00am in the Welly and is open to everyone (both on and off campus students). The breakfast will be free and will consist of cereals, Toast, spreads, fruit and tea and coffee. Come for a bowl of cereal, stay for the good company, games and relaxed vibe! This plan is to offer a free, safe, warm, non-judgmental space for our students to come and relax and enjoy a free meal. The sessions will run weekly and will be led by either the Students Union President, Vice-President, or a member of the exec team

Some costs for activities will go up from previous years. We’re unable to absorb the rising costs associated with all of the things we deliver. For instance, the rising cost of petrol has made offering a free service for the bus to and from campus for nightclub events unsustainable. We’ve been left with a choice of making tickets more expensive for everyone or taking a £1 donation for travel. This will help towards the staggering £30,000 we spent last year on bus transportation. Last year we made a conscious effort to hold prices steady and, in some cases, reduce them as we reopened following the pandemic. Our Winter, Paddy’s and Summer Ball prices stayed in line with prices from 2019 despite increased costs and we reduced the standard cost of entry on Wednesdays to £6.50 and unfortunately, that meant HASU had to break into its reserves to cover the costs of the whole year of SU activity. That’s a price we felt was worth it to begin the process of rebuilding campus community and delivering a quality student experience to students who’d spent large parts of their time at Harper under Covid lockdown. We’re still committed to delivering that quality experience and we’ll do everything we can to keep costs as low as possible.

But we need your help too. In order to keep costs low, we need to trim our expenses. An example of this is on a Wednesday night. We often have to estimate how many people are going to attend when we book our security and rota on bars staff. When you buy a ticket late on it makes it harder for us to predict. As we have to hit legal minimums sometimes this means we’re over or understaffed. Next year we’ll be looking to stagger our ticket pricing. The earlier you buy your ticket the cheaper we can make it. As such we’re holding door entry prices (£6.50) on Wednesdays, regardless of rising costs to those students who buy early. We believe that we can negate some of the rising costs associated with running our nightclub events by reducing waste and being efficient with our staff numbers. We also need to reduce the costs associated with repairs for damage and cleaning so we’d ask you to remember that our facilities are something that we all share. We’re bringing back our “Quid’s In” promotion in the Welly every day over the 22-23 year to give you a chance to have a cheap social drink in the early evenings including drink deals on soft and alcohol-free options. We’ve also renegotiated the booking fees to a level where we can absorb them again, so the price you see will be the price you pay.

What we really want to do is to ensure that there is something happening on campus as often as possible. So we’re hoping that our wonderful student volunteer leaders in sports clubs and societies will continue to deliver a wide range of amazing activities to get involved in. Our SU President and Vice President will be delivering events, trips and activities and we’ll be working with our partners at the university to make sure there is a range of other activities taking place.

If at any time you’re worried about money and finance then we’d strongly encourage you to contact Student Services at the university who can talk you through the support available to you.