SAS Cost of Living Week

18 - 22 MARCH 2024 (WEEK 5)

An initiative by UQU Student Advocacy & Support (SAS) to help students like you manage the cost of living crisis.

Happening across St Lucia and Gatton, your student union’s independent support service has a bunch of freebies, tips, and tricks to help you make, stretch, and save your money!

STUDENT ADVOCACY & SUPPORT (SAS)

SAS is a free, independent hub of support for you.

We’re equipped with services and resources to empower every student to feel and do their best – beyond just academics. From welfare and wellbeing support to legal, Visa, and job preparation help, we’re here to ensure you thrive, not just survive University.

SAS also offers bursaries to support you with the costs associated with studying.

FREE RESOURCES

Helping you to make, stretch, and save your money.

Explore our resources below for practical advice on keeping on top of your weekly expenses!

Sticking to a budget can be hard, or even just knowing where to start! Use this template to identify recurring costs (such as fuel or public transport) and plan out your paycheck.

 

Budget template (PDF)

Your food bill is the largest bill outside of fixed expenses and is therefore a great place to start to reduce your spending. From buying generic brands to shopping with cash, here are some tips to help.

 

How to slash your grocery bill (PDF)

We’ve got the life hack recipes for you! Filled with recipes by you, for you from the School of Dietetics, our digital cookbooks teach you easy, quick, cheap, and most importantly tasty meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

 

No Fuss Feeds Vol. 1 (PDF)

No Fuss Feeds Vol. 2 (PDF)

Cost of Living Week Program

From prizes and giveaways to advice and support, we’re supporting you all week long. Check our the program below to see how you can get involved!

Monday 18 March

Giveaway stall, 10am-11am – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win Coles vouchers!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
Tuesday 19 March

Giveaway stall, 11am-12pm – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win fuel vouchers!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
Wednesday 20 March

SAS Struggle Street, 10am-2pm, Great Court

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win free groceries!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
  • community stalls
  • support, advice, tips & tricks
Thursday 21 March

Giveaway stall, 12pm-1pm – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win UQU outlet vouchers!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
Monday 18 March

Giveaway stall, 12pm-1pm – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win Coles vouchers!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
Tuesday 19 March

SAS Struggle Street community event, 11.30am-1.30pm, Central Walkway

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win free groceries!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
  • community stalls
  • support, advice, tips & tricks
Wednesday 20 March

Giveaway stall, 11.30am-12.30pm – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win fuel vouchers!
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.
Thursday 21 March

Giveaway stall, 4pm – mystery location: follow us on socials for clues!

  • the first 25 students to find and visit the stall will win Coles vouchers! 
  • everyone who visits the stall during these hours will get an entry into the grand prize: your rent paid for a month! Learn more below.

Employability workshop, 11.30am-1.30pm, Morrison Hall

  • advice on how to find and apply for casual and part-time work
  • understand your work rights as a student Visa holder
  • free food and giveaways

Thrift and Thrive clothes rummage, 4pm-6pm

  • secondhand clothes and accessories
YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS.

We're paying one student's rent for an entire MONTH!

We get it: the cost of living crisis is greatly affecting students’ wellbeing, not just financially but also mentally and emotionally. That’s why Student Advocacy & Support are giving you a helping hand and peace of mind to help pay one of your biggest expenses, your rent!

Make sure to attend the giveaway stalls listed above at St Lucia & Gatton to get as many entries into the draw as possible – that’s right, you can enter more than once. One student will be drawn at the end of the week and win their rent paid for one whole month, up to the value of $2000 (view competition T&Cs below). 

That’s not all. We’ll be giving out awesome prizes all week long at the stalls, including Coles vouchers, fuel vouchers, and groceries, so don’t miss out!

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