A hassle-free
home at uni.

So you can focus on your university experience and plan your future.

Tell me more

Having somewhere of your own to call home matters. With the Unite Foundation scholarship, you’ll have accommodation and bills covered for up to 3 years of study. That includes all through the holidays too, so you don’t have to wonder where to go during reading weeks or over Christmas or summer. You can even stay the summer after you graduate to plan your next move. The Unite Foundation team will help you settle in, keep in touch and offer plenty of opportunities for employment and enjoyment. So far, over 600 estranged and care experienced young people have gone to university on the Unite Foundation scholarship, are you next?

Who can apply

You can apply for the scholarship if you’re:

  1. 25 or under
  2. A statutory care leaver, care experienced (Scotland), or estranged from your family
  3. Starting or studying your first undergraduate degree
  4. Eligible for UK home fee status
  5. Applying to one of the Unite Foundation’s partner universities (see ‘Where you can study’)

Where you can study

Robert Gordon University

Bath Spa University

Aston University

Bournemouth University

University of the West of England (UWE)
University of Bristol

Edinburgh Napier University
University of Edinburgh

University of Strathclyde
Glasgow Caledonian University

Leeds Beckett University

De Montfort University

Liverpool John Moores University

Kingston University
Brunel University London
Queen Mary University of London
University of Westminster
King’s College London
London Metropolitan University
University College London (UCL)

University of Salford
Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Portsmouth

Sheffield Hallam University
University of Sheffield

Applicants who are applying for 1st year undergraduate study starting 2023/24 * can apply to all the above and:

Northumbria University (Newcastle)

Oxford Brookes

UEA (Norwich)

University of Nottingham

University of London:




London School of Economics

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


*22/23 Foundation students are also eligible to apply

Apply now

Our next application window opens on 1st January 2023 and you have until 1st June to apply.

We are expanding this year and have some new universities taking part and more scholarships to give out – fantastic! A huge thank you to these new partners and to our wonderful donors for making this possible.

Where you can get a scholarship depends on where you are in your university journey. If you are already doing your degree (not in a foundation year) then check out our guidance for Existing Students. If you’re currently a student on a foundation year, or you’ve applied to start your first year of university in September 2023, then check out our Applicant guidance below.

Download the relevant Information and Guidance document for you and find out:

+ Evidence you will need to provide to apply for the scholarship

+ How and when scholarships were awarded in the last cycle

+ The timetable for applications (deadline is 1st June)

+ The benefits of the scholarship scheme and the responsibilities of students if awarded a scholarship

Make sure you get in touch with your university of choice and speak to your dedicated contact there to let them know your situation. They are a great source of help. If you don’t know who your dedicated university contact is, get in touch with us at info@unitefoundation.org.uk and we’ll put you in touch.  

When you are ready you can find the online application form HERE.

Existing Student guidance


Applicant guidance


New Applicant PDF flyer


Existing Student PDF flyer


Our community

We come from all over the UK and many of us will be studying in the same cities, universities or living in the same student accommodation. The This Is Us community on Mighty Networks is a dedicated and safe online space for estranged and care-experienced students in Higher Education to connect, share info, arrange meet-ups, get freebies and more! It’s free, national and open to all ages & years of study. Join us at thisisusatuni.mn.co

Want to learn more? See our page This is our community

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