Through latest NUS research we know that students are vulnerable consumers due to a) living in poor quality housing b) lack of experience of the energy market c) low incomes. Through Homes Fit For Study, students’ energy literacy will be improved by targeting action on energy efficiency behaviours, choosing energy efficient properties, improving their home efficiency and thermal comfort, and navigating the energy market. This will support students to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about properties they rent, and how to reduce their energy costs (without decreasing their overall comfort level), and actively help to alleviate fuel poverty. We are working on this project in collaboration with National Energy Action on this GB-wide project. It is funded by the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme until 2023.
Our main aims for this project are to provide:
Through in-person and online activities, we are engaging with thousands of students across the UK sharing energy advice. You can find this on our student-facing website, our YouTube channel and our Instagram profile.
As of February 2022, we are training students to become auditors for them to conduct peer-to-peer audits. This training has been put together by National Energy Action and SOS-UK who have vast experience in auditor training, fuel poverty, and volunteer management. All students will receive a CPD certificate of recognition for the skills they gained, improving their future employability. The audits will cover: number of occupants, insulation, heating systems and controls such as thermostats, no/low cost measures such as draft exclusion and LED light bulbs, with advice provided on choosing energy efficient properties and selecting tariffs.
When we are recruiting for more student auditors, the opportunity will be shared on our website. If you would like to be the first to know when you can share this with interested students, please email email@example.com to register your interest. You can also sign up to our mailing list to hear from us throughout the year.
Our energy advice covers:
We launched in 2021 and build upon previous projects. Read more about our launch.
Organisations can sign up to support Homes Fit For Study by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
August 15, 2023
What an honour it's been to make sure students' Homes are Fit for Study! SOS UK partnered with students across the UK to address the challenging parts of the housing & energy crises!
April 25, 2023
Poor housing should not be a ‘rite of passage’ that anyone has to go through, and we have seen that students’ experience of housing has worsened over the past few years.
December 13, 2022
A cheerful round-up of the Homes fit for study year
July 19, 2022
We are excited to launch our offer for Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) students’ unions for 2022/23.
June 15, 2022
Students supported to reduce home energy costs through peer-to-peer audits.
April 6, 2022
Students are particularly affected by the cost of living crisis as they have lower-incomes, limited experience of renting and often live in poorly maintained, draughty properties.
November 3, 2021
A smart meter could help alleviate worries about energy costs. We have microgrants of up to £50 each available to support your ideas to share the benefits of smart meters with your friends!