Starting university is a very exciting time but it can also be a bit overwhelming. King's College London recognises that it can be particularly daunting if you have come from an estranged background or if you have a challenging home situation so we have a lot of support to help you make the move successfully.
King's offers several bursaries which estranged students from the UK are eligible for:
Care-experienced and Estranged Student Bursary
Worth up to £1,000 per year, is available for students who are under 25 when enrolling and are estranged.
King's Living Bursary
Open to every full-time home first degree student who has been means-tested with a final income assessment of £42,641. The bursary is worth up to £1,600 a year.
King's Student Fund
This support is a limited discretionary fund to assist students on low incomes who may need extra financial support for their course and to stay in higher education. To check if you are eligible to apply, please visit our Student Fund web page.
We appreciate that accommodation is often a concern for many estranged students so we offer 52-week lets (all year round, including summer months) accommodation for all estranged students. You will have to notify residences that you would like to stay for 52 weeks as this is only available in selected halls of residence. For more information on accommodation at King's College London visit the Student Residences homepage.
King's Affordable Accommodation Scheme (KAAS)
Estranged students are also eligible for the King’s Affordable Accommodation Scheme (KAAS) in which accommodation is capped at £169 per week. For more information on KAAS, visit the rents and affordability page
All students are allocated a Personal Tutor from within their Department or School. Estranged students also have access to a Senior Tutor who will act as a consistent tutor throughout their time at King's and give further support with academic work if required.
Our Careers & Employability team can help you with getting a part time job, internship and graduate opportunities, as well as gaining employability skills.
Estranged students are eligible to access Careers+ which can provide you with:
- Longer Careers Guidance appointments including via Skype and phone (30 minutes)
- Advance booking for Careers Guidance appointments (two weeks in advance)
- Exclusive internship opportunities
- Termly newsletters
- Drop in sessions with a Careers Consultant
- Exclusive workshops (including online sessions)
Sign up on King’s Career Connect.
Advice and Guidance Team
The Advice and Guidance team can help with queries about accommodation and finances. Current students can contact them via firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, the wellbeing team offers Counselling and Mental Health Support for all undergraduate students. Counselling offers a safe, confidential, and supportive space, to help you to explore your problems, share and gain insight into your feelings, thoughts and behaviour. The service is free and confidential
Please read this webpages for more information on mental health support from Togetherall.
Care-experienced and Estranged Student Network
The Society for Care Experienced and Estranged Students (KCL CAR_ES) is a network for care experienced and estranged students focused on creating a safe place for all care experienced and students who identify as estranged. This is a community where these students can feel visible and empowered.
First term at King's
We recognise that the first term is particularly important in transitioning to university study. There are a series of bespoke events and programmes to help navigate this period.
Officially King’s - Bespoke Induction
We host a social welcoming event at the beginning of September where you will have the opportunity to hear from different Support Services and connect with people from widening participation backgrounds.
Care-experienced & Estranged Welcome event
We host a welcome event at the start of term where estranged students have the opportunity to meet other estranged students.
If you are verified as estranged by King’s, you will be contacted with your personal invite to these events.
The Buddy Scheme
The Buddy Scheme is organised by the King’s College London Students’ Union to help incoming Widening Participation students form friendships and find communities by matching them up with experienced undergraduates. Buddy Mentors are there to answer their questions and signpost to useful resources. Everyone on the scheme can choose whether or not they’d like to be matched based on shared interests and/or experiences. In built into the scheme are regular virtual events for Buddy Mentors and Mentees to connect with one another and meet others on the scheme.
For more information on the scheme email email@example.com
Or visit this webpage to find out more and to sign up.