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Estranged students

Estranged students are those who have no contact with their family or key family member. Here at the University of Stirling we provide support throughout the student journey for all estranged students.

Students often talk about the great sense of community at the University of Stirling. As one of the smaller sized universities in Scotland, students from different backgrounds come together on our picturesque campus, feel welcome and make new friends.

There is student accommodation on and off campus, guaranteed throughout the year for estranged students. Support and guidance is close at hand whenever you need it. You can talk to our Money Advisers, get support from the disability team or simply go to the Students’ Union and introduce yourself to the non-traditional student adviser.

Stand Alone Pledge

We've partnered with Stand Alone to enhance our support for estranged students. Stand Alone is an organisation which supports adults and students that have no contact with their family. In 2019 we signed the Stand Alone Pledge.

Signing the Stand Alone pledge showcases the University of Stirling’s commitment to helping estranged students overcome disadvantage and to support them through the student journey; from enquiry stage to post-graduation.

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Our support for estranged students

We have set out the following areas of targeted commitment for all estranged students at Stirling:


There's a financial bursary of £500 for estranged students. There's also no graduation fee and assistance for additional graduation costs such as gown hire. View more information about our discretionary and assistance funds


365 days accommodation for students without family who want to stay on campus during vacation periods. Students can also apply for the Accommodation Enhancement Fund.

Mental health and wellbeing

Each estranged student will be given a single point of contact to ensure an individualised package of support is implemented, including mental wellbeing support.

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

How do I find out about university?

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

Our Recruitment Team are happy to advise estranged students who are considering coming to university. 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 friend, supporter or adviser 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 a member of our recruitment team and can also talk to one of our student ambassadors. If we can, we'll also get you to meet with an academic from your subject area so you can find out more about the degree you're interested in.

All you have to do is get in touch 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've a dedicated information stand manned by our widening participation staff who can help you get the most out of the day. You can also talk to some of our student ambassadors to find out more about their experiences.

If you've been made an offer then you'll be invited to an Offer Holder Day. These are really useful, 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?

Pre-application and transition support

Our advisers will provide information, advice and guidance to anyone interested in applying to university. This includes help to choose a course, to find the right route into university or even how to write a personal statement. This might be help throughout the application process, coming to university how to manage your first weeks on campus - or anything else you have questions about.

Open Days and Offer Holder Days

These days can get quite busy, and may seem quite daunting if you've not been to one before, but the atmosphere on campus is warm and friendly and everyone is there to help you get the most out of the day. If you want advice on how to get the best out of the day, or even someone to help guide you, all you have to do is register for the event and then get in touch with our advisers.

Student Support Services

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 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

Student Support Services can offer a range of services, including:

  • Accommodation - estranged students can get guaranteed accommodation on campus throughout their time at university, including during the holidays.
  • 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.
  • Disability support - our disability 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 Widening Participation Team who can provide advice online or, if you would prefer, arrange a face-to-face interview.

We are also happy to work with people close to you to provide any information, advice and guidance we can to help you.

Financial support

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland are looking at ways to better support estranged students. They have some additional grants which you can claim on top of any student loan. You can find more information on their website.

Students from outside of Scotland should talk to their finance provider in the first instance. Alternatively you could contact our own money advisers who would be happy to help - email

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

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