Information for care leavers

We understand that making the decision to go to university can be difficult regardless of your circumstances, but if you're leaving care, the process can seem even more daunting. We're committed to supporting young people in care and care leavers to enter and succeed in higher education, and offer a range of support to make your transition to university life easier.

There are a number of external organisations that can provide you with further support, such as the Care Leavers' Association. They provide information about accessing further and higher education. Become also offers a range of information about leaving care.

Unite Foundation Scholarship

Did you know that we've joined the Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme

The Unite Foundation Scholarship offers both financial and practical support to successful students starting at BU. This includes 3 separate years (365 days) of free accommodation in a designated Unite Students' property (Purbeck House).  

The Unite Foundation will open for new applications for anyone looking to join the scholarship in September 2023 on 1 January 2023.

Find out more in our scholarships section. 

See what support we offer

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BU Care Leavers Bursary

If you have been in full-time care, you could receive financial help through our BU Care Leavers Bursary.

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Accommodation guarantee

As a care leaver, we will guarantee you a place in BU accommodation. You can find full terms and conditions here, as well as view the accommodation we offer.
Student support

Student wellbeing

We provide a wide range of support services to all of our students. Find out what is available and how to access it.