We run a range of campaigns and initiatives to engage and empower students on sustainability and wellbeing where they live.
"An inspirational campaign that has greatly helped me and other students to help the movement of sustainability." - Student Switch Off participant 2019-20
Delivered under our Student Switch Off brand, or as part of your university sustainability branding, is our multi award-winning student sustainability engagement programme, providing a campaign within student accommodation to achieve quantifiable energy, waste and water reductions.
The campaign develops students' sustainability knowledge and carbon literacy, focusing on enhancing student experience and empowerment.
To find out if your university is taking part in the programme and how you can get involved, visit our Sustainable Accommodation pages.
Whilst living in residences students can be supported via our wellbeing sprints to take action, increase awareness and be engaged in a range of wellbeing topics to enhance their residential experience.
Across the academic year SOS-UK will run three Wellbeing Sprints focused around different themes:
This work builds upon the years of experience SOS-UK have improving student health and wellbeing as a core part of our vision for a more just and sustainable society. Find out more about our work on Alcohol, Drugs and Student Wellbeing.
Recycling audits in residences provide a visual check of student recycling at key points in the year to both feedback performance to students, and to provide a greater understanding on recycling habits. Students are incentivised and informed on how to improve correct waste segregation to support improvement of recycling efficiency. SOS-UK deliver the audits either in conjunction with the Residence Engagement Campaign or run as an independent stand alone option.
Our research shows that students living in private rented accommodation are likely to experience poor quality housing, feel uncomfortably cold, struggle to pay energy bills and experience impacts on mental health as a result of their accommodation.
SOS-UK's private rented sector engagement campaign raises awareness of energy topics such as saving money, choosing suppliers, house hunting, efficiency measures and heating management to support students who may be vulnerable to energy poverty.
November 12, 2021
SOS-UK in partnership with Smart Energy GB will be running a Smart Meter Action Week on our social media channels between the 15th-19th of November 2021.
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!
April 27, 2021
SOS-UK is excited to launch our new and revamped tertiary education offer for 2021/22.
January 11, 2021
Join us on the 15h January for our final webinar of the Horizon 2020 SAVES 2 project (Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings)
September 1, 2020
Back in 2006 Student Switch Off was launched to reduce the carbon impact of students living in halls of residences. 14 years and 1.3 million engaged students later the campaign continues to influence
July 1, 2020
Student Switch Off ambassadors are key to promoting and embedding sustainable behaviours across their residences, achieving carbon reduction as well as building transferable skills for themselve
January 1, 2020
We asked students participating in Student Switch Off to share a sustainable New Year's resolution with us.