Each participating university runs an annual competition within their halls of residences. Find out if your university is taking part and how the competition is run by visiting our university pages.
Throughout the year students can take part in additional competitions and quizzes, join online webinars and participate in our volunteer opportunities.
Join us in making university living more sustainable!
Universities and halls of residences have a responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, from sourcing renewable energy, to providing and managing waste facilities and more. As individuals, we can also change our behaviours and take actions ,from volunteering and voting, to having climate conversations and reducing unnecessary energy use. We can all do something about the climate crisis, some can do a lot more than others but our choices and individual actions can collectively help to influence systems change.
Within halls of residences, you can take actions such as switching off lights and encouraging friends to change behaviours, as well as lobbying for improved facilities and completing sustainability audits to find areas for improvement.
Take climate action and volunteer with other students to increase the positive environmental impact across your university campus, meet like-minded people and gain transferable skills. Volunteers raise awareness of sustainability and help to increase the chances of your student accommodation being announced as winners of the competition.
We are running 60-90 minute in-person and online volunteer training sessions for the campaign. These sessions will provide details about how volunteers can support the running of the campaign and will cover themes of sustainability in student accommodation; the climate crisis and climate justice; personal sustainability actions and systems change. The sessions are also a great opportunity to meet new people who you can share ideas and collaborate with, and will provide you with some practical actions that you can take to make your campus more sustainable.
You can also earn a digital badge from SOS-UK showing the skills you will use in the role.
Already trained as a volunteer? Find more volunteering information.
Complete our mini-sustainability audit to see how you score!
Take part in our pledge competition! Answer two quick questions to be in with the chance of winning a £50 voucher (remember, you don't have to get them all right to win - just give it a go!)
Take a five minute masterclass to find out about your rights as a tenant in the private rented sector.
Volunteer and become a sustainability leader!
Take climate action and volunteer with other students to increase the positive environmental impact across your university campus. Volunteers raise awareness on sustainability and help to increase the chances of your student accommodation being announced as winners of the competition.
Through the campaign, students are taking personal action on the climate crisis within their halls of residence. This is important because:
Stay updated with the latest information about energy saving, ways to win prizes and how to get more involved in the campaign.
Report issues and share feedback
Sometimes a lack of facilities or faults with them can create barriers to sustainability. If you notice a broken light, dripping tap, missing bins or recycling posters, broken seal to your oven or fridge, then report it to a member of staff in your residence. If you have ideas about how to improve sustainability within your halls then share these too with your residence staff team or university sustainability team.
Switch off lights and appliances
Some communal spaces in your halls may have motion sensor lights but where you have control, remember to switch them off when not needed. If lights sensors are faulty, make sure to report them to a member of staff in your halls. Don’t forget bedside lamps, fairy lights and bathroom lights, too. Switching off your appliances and plugs at the socket is a great way to prevent energy wastage as items use energy in standby or sleep mode.
Don’t overfill the kettle
Don’t use additional energy or waste your time by overfilling the kettle with more water than you need. 200 ml is the ideal amount of water for a single hot drink.
Put a lid on your pan
Putting a lid on your saucepan significantly reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food and cooksyour food quicker. Also try and use the right size hob/stove ring for the size of your pan, otherwise you are just heating the surrounding air.
Put layers on, not the heating
When the temperature feels a little cold, instead of turning up your heating straight away just put on a jumper or an extra layer. A jumper can add 3°C of warmth to your body. If your halls run a little hot, make sure you’ve turned down the radiator or thermostat (if you can) before opening a window.
Put on full loads of washing
Washing machines and tumble dryers use a lot of energy and water. Try to put on fuller loads rather than lots of small loads; coordinate with flatmates if needed and 30°C is generally a good temperature to wash your clothes and will help them to last longer.
26th October, 12pm, Getting to grips with energy bills: This webinar covered the topic of energy bills, including how to choose an energy supplier and/or tariff to meet your needs, how energy bills are charged, and some top tips for reducing your energy bills.
22nd November, 12pm, Warmer homes and managing damp when renting privately: This webinar covered managing damp and mould in rented accommodation, and some top no- and low-cost tips for a warmer home when living in the private rented sector.
8th December, 12pm, House hunting for a warm home: This webinar covered the topic of house hunting in the private rented sector as a student, particularly focusing on how to make sure your next house will be warm, in good condition and free of damp.
Watch our other recorded webinars, covering topics including moving into the private rented sector sustainably, the 2022 energy crisis, and careers in sustainability.
Our masterclasses take 5-10 minutes to complete online and cover a variety of sustainability topics: