Students who are estranged from their family

Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network. Students in this position often have no contact at all with their family and may have removed themselves from a dysfunctional situation.

At the University of Liverpool, we recognise that as an estranged student starting and studying at university, could be particularly challenging without the support of a family network – there may be concerns around accommodation, financial support and just generally moving to a new place and starting your course. We are committed to supporting estranged students both prior to and during their course. 

We’re aware that not every student who is estranged wants to access additional support and are under no obligation to do so.

To help you we can offer the following:

  • Central point of contact in the University who can liaise with other University departments.
  • Liaising with the University Accommodation Office or Private Landlord over accommodation problems.
  • Financial advice regarding statutory funding, budgeting and the University Hardship Fund.
  • Someone to talk to when you need it.

In addition the University offers a bursary to students who are estranged:

The University of Liverpool offers a bursary of £1,000 per year to students who are identified as estranged by Student Finance England (Wales, Northern Ireland). To apply for this bursary you will need to contact Money Advice and Guidance, email who will establish eligibility with your funding body. This bursary is for UK undergraduate students apply for the bursary in their year of entry.

For details on any of the above please email or telephone 0151 795 1000.