Estranged students

The University of Bristol is committed to supporting students who don’t have support from a family network. We want you to feel safe, supported, and able to reach your potential, and we have a comprehensive support package for students who are estranged from their families.

If you’re considering university you can get in contact with Katie Whalley in the Outreach Team who can offer support throughout the application process. We run events to help you find out more about university, and prioritise applications from estranged students in our outreach projects.

If you are an estranged student at the University or would like to find out more information about the support available you can contact Maria Tottle who is available for 1:1 advice, support and coaching throughout your time here. Maria can signpost you to additional support around the University and help you to work through any challenges or concerns you may have. 

Phone: 0117 331 0631
Email: Maria.Tottle@bristol.ac.uk

How do we define an estranged student?

We define an estranged student as a young person, under the age of 25, who is studying without the support or approval of a family network.

Student Finance will classify you as an independent student if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive or only living parents for a significant period (usually 12 months prior to the start of your course) and do not expect this to change.

Have you been in care?

If you have been in local authority care, you may be considered a ‘care leaver’ rather than estranged. Please see our information for care leavers about the support available to you.

Helping you thrive

You can find information about support, financing your studies and accommodation options as an estranged student at the University of Bristol below.

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