The University of Chester has financial support in place for estranged students. This consists of a £1000 cash bursary, paid in three instalments over each academic year. Additionally, if an estranged student finds themselves in financial hardship during their studies, they will be encouraged to apply to our Financial Assistance Fund and will be prioritised throughout this process.


We recognise that a barrier to estranged students accessing higher education is the lack of accommodation options over the summer period. Therefore, we offer 365 days university accommodation for both care experienced and estranged students. Additionally, we offer a 50% discount on residential accommodation for estranged students.

Mental Health

Estranged students have a link member of staff based within our Wellbeing and Mental Health Team to support them with any pre-arrival queries they may have as well as continued support throughout their student journey. The Student Wellbeing Project Officer offers pastoral support as well as acting as a liaison between the student and their academic department, explaining university processes where necessary.


The University currently runs a successful peer mentoring scheme whereby current students in level 5 or level 6 are matched with new students beginning their studies. This scheme helps to reduce isolation for new students and ensures they have a friendly face during those first few weeks. Estranged students are prioritised throughout this process.

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