Uni life

Thinking of applying to university as a care leaver?

Deciding to go to university is a big step for anyone. It can be confusing and a bit overwhelming. The process can be especially difficult if you’re a care leaver, and you might not know where to turn for help. 

That’s why we’ve put together this guide for care leavers who are thinking about applying to university and those who are already students. You’ll find first-hand experiences of what it’s really like to apply to and attend university as a care leaver, and advice and insights directly from care leavers who’ve been through the process themselves. 

We’ve also put together a list of organisations who can help you with lots of different aspects of your journey, from finding accommodation to applying for grants. This guide is a work in progress, so if you’d like to share your story, add a resource, or if you think we’ve missed something, drop us a line at [email protected]

University experiences and advice from care leavers

Support for care leavers

If you’re applying to attend university as a care leaver, below are some organisations and resources you might find useful.

Advice and information

Help with accommodation

Support with finances

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