Estranged students receive a Care Experienced and Estrangement Bursary of £1000 per academic year for each year of study. Estranged students are also prioritised for hardship funds and some specific bursaries, e.g. the Digital Support Fund in response to the Covid pandemic.


We offer 365-day access to accommodation, including over holiday periods. Estranged students who become homeless are prioritised for emergency accommodation.

Mental Health

We have a dedicated member of staff within our Welfare team who provides expert guidance and support and is the first point of contact for estranged students within the University. Peer support groups are set up at the start of term to enable students to meet others in a similar position. The Counselling and Wellbeing Service offers a range of support including one-to-one support either face-to-face, on the phone or over Skype, groups, workshops, online guidance, and onward referrals to other support services.


Care experienced and estranged students have the highest priority when applying to the Reading Scholars’ Programme for Year 12 students and any other outreach activities. We also offer one-to-one support sessions for estranged and care experienced students who are known to our Recruitment and Outreach team.

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Stand Alone
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