Armed Forces community

The one thing that students talk about the most at the University of Stirling is the sense of community. At Stirling, students from all different backgrounds come together on a beautiful campus and are able to settle in, make new friends and get involved in everything there is to offer.

Students from the armed forces community include the following:

  • Those currently serving in the armed forces.
  • Service leavers/veterans.
  • Spouses/partners of armed forces personnel/service leavers.
  • Children and families of armed forces personnel/service leavers.

Here at the University of Stirling we provide support to anyone from the armed forces community who wishes to study with us at the University of Stirling.

Our support for the Armed Forces community


Students can apply for the Accommodation Enhancement Fund and access a range of support provided by the Accommodation Team for all students.

Mental health and wellbeing

Every student can access our full suite of support from our Student Support Services through the Student Services Hub.

Outreach and transition

There's comprehensive pre-application and transition support including help to choose a course, find the right route into university and how to write a personal statement for your application. For more information email

Contextual Policy

The University will use contextual information alongside the UCAS application to assess the applicant, taking into account their personal and educational circumstances. Armed Forces Community* may be considered for an offer at the minimum entry requirement. For SQA S6 Higher qualifications, the minimum entry requirement is adjusted by two grades.

SQA Higher typical entry requirement SQA Higher minimum entry requirement

*A contextual offer for an applicant of the Armed Forces Community applies to two backgrounds:

  • those who have a parent or carer who currently serves in the UK Armed Forces, or who has done so in the past;
  • those who have served in the UK Armed Forces.

Find out more

How do I find out about university?

Just get in touch - it’s as easy as that!

Our Student Recruitment Team are happy to students from the armed forces community and their supporters. All contact is confidential and impartial and, with your permission, we'll help make the road into university easier. We'll put you in contact with the right people and make sure you get the support you need. 

+44 (0) 1786 467046

Come and see what it’s like

We can arrange individual visits for you and a family member, friend, adviser or supporter to let you see the campus, find out more about what we offer, and answer any questions you have. You might want to find out more about a particular subject, get advice about your qualifications or find out what specific support you could receive. 

You'll meet with one of the Student Recruitment Team, and if you like you can also book onto one of our campus tours which are led by our Student Ambassadors.

All you have to do is get in touch via email and we'll do the rest.

Open Day / Offer Holder Day

Open Days are a great way to find out more about everything to do with university life. A range of information desks are available where you can speak to University staff, academics, and current students. We have a dedicated information stand manned by our widening participation staff who can help you get the most out of the day.

If you've been made an offer then you'll be invited to an Offer Holder Day. These are really useful for you and your supporters even if you live locally or have visited the University campus before. They give you time to ask staff and students about what it is like to study at Stirling and lets you find out all you need to know about the next steps in the application process.

If you're coming on your own to either of these events, or are unsure of what to do on the day, get in touch once you've registered online and we'll make sure you get the most out of your visit.

What support can I get?

Our friendly and welcoming team are your first point of contact for all kinds of support and they would be happy to talk to you at any time - even before you come to university.

We have a named point of contact for estranged students within the Student Support Services Team who will be able to provide you with a range of support when you start studying with us and help you to access other assistance from across the university. If you are a current University of Stirling student you can get in touch with the team by emailing

Once you start studying at Stirling, Student Support Services can offer a range of services, including:

Accommodation – university managed accommodation is available both on and off campus, and there are options for a range of needs and budgets. 

Finance - you should get in touch with our Money Advisers as soon as possible, even before you come to university. They'll help you to budget, manage your money and let you know about any additional sources of finance you could get.

Accessibility and inclusion support - our advisers offer one-to-one information, support and guidance before you arrive and throughout your time at university to assess what you need and help you to access it.

Personal tutor - personal tutors help students feel part of the university community. They're your first point of contact for everything from academic guidance to personal advice throughout your studies.

STEER - our peer mentoring programme in run by The Students' Union and offers one-to-one support from a current student for your first year of study.

Students’ Union - the Union provides support and guidance on issues ranging from academic to housing to finance; provided by trained staff who are on hand to talk through any issues you may face whilst at university.

Where do I get help?

If you'd like to discuss your options, or talk through what it might be like to come to university, contact our Student Recruitment Team who can provide advice online or, if you would prefer, arrange a visit.

We are also happy to work with advisers and other support workers to provide any information, advice and guidance we can to help you.

Get in touch

You probably have loads of questions about coming to university. Just get in touch – we’re here to help.

UK and Europe Student Recruitment
2C3, Cottrell Building, Stirling, FK9 4LA

+44 (0) 1786 467046

Financial support

There’s lots of financial support, scholarship opportunities and specific bursaries through SAAS specifically for widening access students.

Student Support Services

At the University of Stirling, we offer an extensive range of support services to help you fulfil your potential and make the most of your time studying with us. 

After you apply

Our team can support you right the way through to you starting at Stirling, so don’t hesitate to get in touch at any time. This information will help to guide you through the next steps after applying.