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Estranged students

Who are estranged students?

Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of their parents due to a breakdown in their relationship – this might be their biological, step or adoptive parents, and sometimes their wider family members.

Supporting your move into higher education

At University of Gloucestershire, we recognise that the transition into higher education is an enormous step for all new students. However, for Estranged students, this step can be even more significant.

Our aim is to make this process as simple and supportive as possible. We’ll provide a single point of contact who you are welcome to get in touch with if you have any queries at all.

Student finance

Our money advice team can help with all finance-related queries, including how to apply for funding as an independent student. Get in touch with our money advice team, email

Standalone provides a really useful Student Finance Guide.

Estranged students may also wish to see if they are eligible to apply for the Unite scholarship.


Priority is given to estranged students for entrance into halls of residence in the first year of study. When completing the application for halls of residence, please note your status as an Estranged student on the ‘special requirements’ page after selecting your halls preferences. You can add this detail to the ‘other requirements’ field on this page.

Find out more about our accommodation options.

Support services

The University is committed to the welfare and development of all its students. Support is always on hand from our outstanding student support teams who offer 1-to-1, confidential advice whenever you need it.

More information

The links below to external organisations offer more supporting information for estranged students that you may find useful.

The This Is Us student-led community on Mighty Networks is a dedicated and safe online space for estranged and care-experienced students in the UK to connect, share info, arrange meet-ups and more! It’s free, national and open to all ages & years of study.

Join the community here This is Us

Current students

If you’re a current student and want to find out more, head to MyGlos to find essential info about all aspects of life at the University of Gloucestershire.

Estranged student support

Susana Franklyn and Emma Allchurch are Student Welfare Leads and the University of Gloucestershire’s contacts for Estranged Student support.

Get in touch