Estranged students

The University of Oxford is committed to supporting students who are studying without the support and approval of their families.  We aim to ensure that you receive the help you need in order to have a successful university experience.

What we can offer you

  • Support through your college welfare team, who can respond locally to your individual needs
  • Assistance in securing 365-day accommodation
  • Access to counselling provision via the University Counselling Service
  • Support from the Careers Service to find employment during the vacations
  • Access to a Crankstart Scholarship or an Oxford Bursary depending on your household income.
  • A non-repayable estranged student bursary of up to £3,000 per year to help towards financial shortfalls relating to your circumstances:

Please visit the Oxford students Targeted Support webpages for more details of funding available to estranged students.

The StandAlone Pledge

The University of Oxford has signed the StandAlone Pledge to support students who are studying without the support or approval of a family network.  The University and its colleges aim to offer a supportive and caring environment to all our students, in which they are able to excel at their studies while participating fully in university life. We recognise the particular emotional, financial and practical barriers faced by students who are studying without the support or approval of a family network, and are committed to doing all we can to provide an environment that enables them to thrive at Oxford.

Read more about our Pledge.

Find out more

  • For confidential advice about the support available for estranged students, please contact Kathy Noren. E-mail: [email protected].
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