Independent (Estranged) students

Independent (Estranged) students are people between the ages of 18-24 studying without the support of their parents (biological, step or adoptive parents), due to a breakdown in those relationships. This is likely to be permanent.

Estranged student status is confirmed through Student Finance England (or relevant awarding body) via the University's Student Finance team. Visit the Stand Alone website to find out how estranged student status is assessed by Student Finance England.

Some students might live independently, with friends, or with another family member (kinship care) when applying for university, or they may be homeless. Other terms linked to estrangement are self-reliant, foyer, sofa-surfing and independent.

We understand that there can be particular challenges for Independent (Estranged) students and want to provide support in making your time at university as stress-free and successful as possible.

Contact the Student Success team

If you'd like more information or to have a chat about how we can support you, please email our dedicated inbox

Stand Alone Legacy Pledge Logo

We are proud to have taken the Stand Alone Legacy Pledge which makes public our commitment to supporting estranged (independent) students to access and be successful in Higher Education.