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Young People in Care and Care Leavers


The University offers a wide variety of support for care leavers both pastorally, academically and financially.

If you have lived in care, either with foster carers or in a children’s home and you’re applying to the University of Warwick, we hope this information will help you know what additional support you are entitled to, if you wish to take advantage of this.

We have a network of support in place to help you adjust to student life, and to make it as easy as possible to access advice on many different issues.

We don’t just offer support in times of crisis, although we do have services in place to help you in difficult times. Instead, we provide continuous support in a safe, welcoming environment, ensuring that you can make the most of your student experience.

For more information on support for care leavers.

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The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

If you choose to stay in University Managed Accommodation you have the option to apply for accommodation for the whole year, however it may involve you moving to different accommodation at different stages in the year particularly if you choose accommodation with shorter lets. More information on Accommodation here
The Warwick Foyer and Care Leavers Bursary is available to Foyer residents, Care Leavers and students who have been in continuous full-time education and were in receipt of Income Support and Housing Benefit under the age of 19. The bursary is paid termly and is designed to help with extra costs that may be incurred, such as accommodation during vacations. To be eligible you need to be:
    • A home (UK) student Assessed as an independent student by Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency Scotland and in receipt of the full student support package Studying a full-time undergraduate course
    • Able to provide evidence to support your circumstances – a letter from social Services confirming you are or have been in care, evidence that you have been in receipt of Income Support and Housing Benefit during your post-16 education or a letter confirming you are or have been a Foyer resident If you’ve been in local authority care you may also be entitled to a bursary from your local authority More information about the Warwick Foyer and Care Leavers’ Bursary here
    Information Factsheet for students who are Care Leavers during COVID-19 here