Support for our care experienced and estranged students

3 December 2020

UCL has a diverse community of learners, including those who have experienced time in care and those who are estranged from their families. Find out more about the support available to you.

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If you identify as being care experienced or estranged (CEES), UCL has support available to you to support you during your time studying at UCL.

Financial Support

There are a number of financial support opportunities available to CEES students, including UCL bursaries. Students are also encouraged to speak to their local authorities to see if they have any financial support schemes open to students who are care experienced. If you experience financial hardship during your time at UCL you can apply for our Financial Assistance Fund.

For more advice on funding, including budgeting and planning please contact our Funding Advisers via askUCL or email.


UCL accommodation is available to CEES students 365 days a year and available for the duration of your course. You should make sure that you have informed our Accommodation Service that you are a CEES student and require your accommodation for 365 days a year at the point of application. You can email UCL Accommodation to inform them of your accommodation needs.

The Unite Foundation Scholarship provides you accommodation in one of their halls of residences for 365 days a year for up to 3 years. There are a small number of applications available each year and students need to apply early to secure one.

Personal Support

As well as UCL’s personal tutoring scheme, UCL Student Support and Wellbeing can also offer support on matters that might be impacting your wellbeing and our team of advisers are available to support you throughout the year. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are still providing students with our full range of support including regular appointments. This is now being done remotely via telphone or video calls rather than face-to-face drop-in sessions or appointments. To book a telephone or video appointment, please contact us via askUCL or by email.

For more information please visit our support pages.

Natalie Humphrey, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing (Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing)