University of Bath

Additional support and funding for Care Leavers, Foyer residents and Estranged students

If you are leaving care, a Foyer resident, or estranged from your parents, we can provide additional support and financial assistance to help you at University.

Bursaries for care leavers, Foyer residents & estranged students

The University of Bath offers eligible students a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 per academic year plus £1,000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1,000 on graduation – a maximum of £7,000 over a 5-year programme including placement.

To apply for a Care Leaver’s and Foyer Bursary:

  1. Check you are eligible by reading the terms and conditions.
  2. Download and complete the Care Leaver's and Foyer Bursary application form.

To apply for an Estranged Student Bursary

  1. Check you are eligible by reading the terms and conditions.
  2. Download and complete the Estranged Student Bursary application form.

Return the form to:

Ben Goose, Student Retention and Success Adviser
Student Services Centre
4 West
University of Bath
Claverton Down

Key contact

Ben Goose, Student Retention & Success Adviser, is your key contact within Student Services to help you with any queries you may have and, if necessary, direct you to the appropriate services. Ben will be able to provide advice and guidance before you arrive and during your studies, and ensure you are accessing all possible support at the University.


If you are a Care Leaver, former Foyer resident, or estranged student, you are entitled to live in University student accommodation for 365 days a year for the duration of your course. This includes the summer vacations.

You can find out more about arranging this by visiting the West Accommodation centre on campus, or emailing

Government funding

You should be classed as having independent status and therefore be able to claim the maximum funding from Student Finance, if you think this applies to you please arrange to meet a member of Student Money Advice. You can also be classed as an independent student if you have been self-supporting for three years prior to the start of the course and can evidence this.

Find out more about government funding from:

Other University funding

You may be entitled to support via the Undergraduate Bursary scheme or one of the University's Scholarships. There are eligibility criteria you need to meet, please check our bursaries and fees waivers pages for more information. If you encounter financial difficulties whilst at University you can also apply to the University of Bath Hardship Fund.

Further information for care leavers

Local Authority funding

If you started your university course after September 2008 then your Local Authority is required to pay you a Higher Education Bursary worth £2,000. Please contact your Local Authority Leaving Care Services in order to find out more about the funding they have available for you. If you need assistance doing this please contact Student Money Advice.

The Eagle House Education Trust offers financial help for students who have lived in care in Somerset.

University and Leaving Care booklet

Further information for estranged students

UCAS have a hub of resources on their website with information on the process of getting financial assistance, finding suitable accommodation, and understanding the type of support you may be able to access to succeed at university

Buttle UK Support for Young People provide individual grants of up to £2,000 for estranged young people between the ages of 16 and 20. By estranged young people they mean those who are living independently and have no support from their parents, guardians or carers. This package of support will particularly focus on three key areas of need:

  • support in accessing education, employment & training
  • safe and comfortable accommodation
  • maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing

The University of Bath demonstrated its ongoing support for estranged students by signing the Stand Alone Pledge in April 2018. Stand Alone is a national charity supporting adults that are estranged and provides additional resources and guidance for students at University.

National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA) leaflet on estrangement.

University and Estranged Students booklet