Estranged students support

Student support

Choosing to go university can be a huge change. For our estranged students, we want to make the transition to university life as easy as possible.

What support is available for estranged students?

  • £1000 per year bursary
  • Year-round halls accommodation
  • Pathway plan and careers advice
  • £500 graduation bursary
  • Waived advance fees
  • Priority access to support

Already studying with us?

Our Student Hub has more information about the support you can get based on your personal needs and circumstances.

We offer a range of support, financial aid and services to help all students, with specialist support if you're an estranged student.

Who is considered to be an estranged student?

You're considered to be an estranged student if you are a young person studying without the support and approval of a family network.

Individuals in this position often have no contact at all with their parents, or their parents are no longer living.

If don't think this applies to you, we may have support available for you too — it's possible you may be a care leaver.

You can find more support available for your individual needs and circumstances on our support page.

STAR programme

Are you an offer holder with a disability, a care leaver, or estranged? Join us on the STAR programme for a taster of university life. With opportunities to stay in our residential halls, and workshops to explore our facilities.

Discover our STAR events

Contact us

Existing students can visit the Student Hub to find out more about the support we can provide and further contact details.

Dedicated Advisor

Talk to our dedicated estranged students Advisor Hannah Small, she’ll be happy to arrange a one-to-one appointment to talk through the support we can offer you.

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 893020

Email our wellbeing team

Confidential Admissions Advisor

Speak to one of our Admissions Officers, in confidence. They will give you more information if you need financial help to attend one of our taster sessions.

Phone: +44 (0)1772 892444

Email our admissions team

Stand Alone pledge

We have taken the Stand Alone pledge, committing to improving support for estranged students in four key areas. The Stand Alone Pledge aims to change outcomes for estranged students, facilitating the development of better services to support you with your unique struggles.

Find out more about Stand Alone