The Student Foodbank is currently closed as we are unable to deliver this service during our closure. If you are facing financial difficulties and need support, please visit our GET SUPPORT page for alternative services you can access or to fill out an enquiry with our NSU Advice Team.


If you are struggling financially, you can contact the University’s Student Life and Wellbeing team through the Student Portal to discuss support, or to apply for financial help.

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Student Foodbank is a scheme that provides short-term support to students facing financial difficulties by providing them with a basic food parcel to last three days.

We believe no student should go hungry, which is why any Northumbria student can use our service. If you have any queries about using the foodbank, donating items, or volunteering for the service, please email

How to use student Foodbank

To use the service for the first time, simply go to the Welcome Desk at City Campus Students’ Union between 9am-7pm (term time only) or the Students’ Union Office at Coach Lane Campus between 10am-4pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) and show us your student ID – no questions asked. You will be given a food parcel tailored to your dietary needs that will provide you with three days-worth of food

Want to pre-arrange a food parcel collection? Fill out a form here

Do I need proof of my financial status to use the Foodbank?

No – the first time you use the service, there will be no questions asked. Just show us your student ID.


Can I use the service more than once?

If you need to use the Foodbank multiple times, a registration process and short interview is required to ensure you are getting the right support. Once registered, you can access the service up to three times per term. Emergency circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


Is the service confidential?

We appreciate that some students may not want others knowing that they use the Foodbank. That is why none of the data we collect is shared with anyone outside of the service without your permission.


The food bank should not be used as a long-term income source and students should seek support from other services within the university or externally if needed.


How to donate to NSU Foodbank

You can donate all year round at donation points across campus. You can also find dedicated donation points at the main entrances of Northumbria Students’ Union and Coach Lane Campus.

Please donate foods that are non-perishable, unopened, not damaged, and in date. This could include:

  • Canned foods (meat, fish, veg, fruit, soup etc.)
  • Sauces (Curry, pasta, stir fry etc.)
  • Nuts/pulses/lentils etc.
  • Dry pasta/rice/noodles/couscous etc.
  • Nut butters and high protein spreads
  • Long-life milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Cereals
  • Biscuits/Crackers
  • Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
  • Sugar
  • Cooking oils

Non-food items are also needed, such as personal hygiene products (toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, sanitary products etc.) and products for babies, toddlers and children (nappies, wet wipes, baby milk powder etc.)


Need further support?

  • Hardship Funding – The Access to Learning Fund is a University fund providing non-repayable grants to home/UK students who are experiencing financial hardship. Apply via your Student Portal or drop-in at an Ask4Help location.
  • University Counselling – The multi-disciplinary practitioners offer a range of support services for students with personal, emotional and mental health issues. Apply via your Student Portal or drop-in at an Ask4Help location.
  • Kooth – A free online support hub where you can receive anonymous, confidential wellbeing and counselling support. Log in with your Northumbria email address at
  • NSU Advice Team – A free, confidential advice service that is independent from the University. They can help with a range of difficulties you may face during your studies. Visit for drop-in times and locations, or email
  • NSU Nightline - A confidential listening service run by students for students. Call 0191 227 3737 or instant message at (8PM-7AM term time).
  • Leadership Reps – If the material costs of your course have affected your finances, get in touch with your Faculty or Department Rep to notify them of the negative impact. Find out who your rep is at