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York St John Student Support Fund

The aim of the fund is to alleviate unexpected financial difficulties.

This fund is there to assist students and postgraduate researchers in alleviating unexpected financial difficulties.

It is not intended to be used as a source of funding, but instead to assist you in regaining control of your financial situation.

You can apply to the Fund at any point throughout the year, providing the allocation has not been depleted. We will process your application as quickly as we can, but it can take up to 21 working days for an assessment to be completed from when we received your application and all supporting evidence.

The Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund and any help awarded is usually non-repayable.

Applying to the York St John Student Support Fund

When you submit an application to the YSJ Student Support Fund you do not initially need to provide evidence.

However, we would advise you to gather the following evidence so that you are ready to upload it to your online application, if requested:

  • Evidence of any income. For example, Student Finance entitlement letter for 2022-23 academic year.
  • Tenancy agreement (full document) or mortgage statement if you own your home.
  • Bank statements for all accounts in your name including any ISAs, savings, overseas, student, current, empty/unused accounts for the past 3 months as of the date you submitted your application.

Please note: it is not possible to offer support for tuition fees through this fund. If you are struggling to pay your tuition fees, please contact the Finance team to discuss your options. They can be contacted on 01904 876 452 or

Apply to the YSJ Student Support Fund

Once you have started an application for financial assistance, it is a requirement to register on Blackbullion.

Blackbullion is an award-winning financial wellbeing resource which offers free online advice to help students with money skills for life. Blackbullion has already benefited many students at York St John providing them with content on preparing for university, student lifestyle, making a budget work, future proofing and so much more.

You can register by using your York St John email on

For more information on Blackbullion, please watch We are Blackbullion: For Students (YouTube).

YSJ Larder

The YSJ Larder in Holgate provides non-perishable foods, supermarket gift cards, toiletries, household products and stationery free of charge to students and postgraduate researchers. 

The University has invested significantly in an increased range and quantity of supplies. All students facing cost-of-living challenges are welcome and encouraged to bring a bag to pick up to 10 items and a supermarket gift card to access fresh produce.

Opening times (term time only):

Monday 12.00pm to 3.00pm

Wednesday 9.00am to 12.00pm

Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm

YSJ Larder is located near the Information Desk in the Holgate building on our Lord Mayor's Walk campus. You will need to provide student ID details upon arrival.

Please contact the Student Funding Advice team at if you have any questions or queries. Find out more about our Cost of Living support.

If you are not living in York you can use a food bank local to you. To find the nearest one to you, please visit the Trussell Trust website.

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