Advice and guidance throughout the student finance application process, including on how to apply for independent status with Student Finance England/Wales/Scotland/NI. Our Bristol Standalone Bursary offers estranged students £1,500 for each year of study. Estranged students receive priority for our Financial Assistance Fund, and for consideration for Summer Financial Assistance Fund.


365-day access to accommodation and the opportunity to apply for a Unite Foundation Scholarship for free en-suite accommodation for three years of undergraduate study. Prioritised accommodation for those who are homeless. Most of our halls of residence do not require a deposit or for students to have a guarantor. For those planning on living in private rented accommodation, the University has established a relationship with Housing Hand, a company that offer a fully comprehensive guarantor service.

Mental Health

A tailored package of pastoral support to guide estranged students’ development and ensure that they thrive at Bristol and beyond. A range of free support and services available to all students to help them stay well so they can get the most out of their time here. Bristol SU have launched the Care Leavers and Estranged Students Network for students to build communities and create change through collective action. Peer mentors are available for any first year undergraduate.


A named contact from pre-application to graduation. Our Outreach Team run events to help estranged students find out more about university and prioritise estranged students in our outreach projects. Information about the Standalone Bursary and the Unite Foundation Scholarship is provided in relevant school talks and events. We work with local charities to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and will foster links with local charities, foyer and homeless shelters to reach those living without support from their families.

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