Designated staff provide information, advice and support. Those defined as an estranged student by Student Finance England (or equivalent) are eligible to receive the full Durham Grant, currently £2000 per year. The university also operates a hardship fund for cases of urgent financial hardship.


University accommodation is available 365 days a year. At Durham students are not required to provide a guarantor or pay a deposit for University accommodation. Our Student Union are working on a guarantor scheme to support estranged students in private housing.

Mental Health

We recognise the particular needs that estranged students might have, especially around mental health. Our Colleges provide a pastoral support network able to offer support and guidance, as well as signposting students to relevant services.


Estranged students are prioritised for the University’s two Year 12 outreach programmes (Supported Progression and the Sutton Trust). Successful completion of either programme can lead to a guaranteed conditional offer that is typically 2 grades below the standard offer.

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