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UNITE Foundation Scholarship 2020-21

 Full cost of accommodation at Moonraker Point. 

What is the UNITE Foundation Scholarship?

The UNITE Foundation Scholarship scheme offers students the full cost of accommodation at Moonraker Point, for up to a maximum of three years.

King’s will be offering UNITE Scholarships to those successfully applying for entry in September 2020 as well as to existing King's students who will be continuing on their current course in 2020-21.

Applications are open to Home fee status students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

These scholarships are intended to support access to higher education for students who have previously been in Local Authority care, or residing in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adults, and also to students who are formally estranged from their families. Accommodation will be covered for a full 52 weeks each year.


Am I eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have ‘firmly’ accepted an offer of a place at King’s on an eligible programme, or be continuing on their existing programme in 2020-21;
  • you should be undertaking your first full-time undergraduate degree;
  • you should not be an end-on student continuing from a foundation degree or HND to an honours degree;
  • you should not be repeating a year;
  • you should be a home undergraduate, aged 25 or under and starting or continuing in September 2020;
  • you must intend to stay at Moonraker Point for at least three years;
  • have an assessed household income of £25,000 pa or less each year;
  • have applied for and taken up your maximum entitlement to UK government help each year with tuition fees and loans/grants for living costs support;
  • you must have given Student Finance England ‘consent to share’ your financial information with the College;
  • have previously been in Local Authority care, or residing in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adults, OR be formally estranged from your family.


What accommodation is being offered?

The accommodation offered will be at Moonraker Point, Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BU

There are 147 single studios and 527 single en-suite rooms arranged in cluster flats for four to eleven students, sharing a kitchen/diner. The Residence is located in travel zone 1 and is close to shops and local amenities and within easy travel distance of the College’s main teaching campuses. 

Successful applicants will be offered a single study en suite bedroom in a shared flat with a communal kitchen. The flats will be shared with a mixture of other King’s students. Your accommodation costs for this room will be fully covered for all 52 weeks of the year, up to a maximum of 3 years, subject to continuing eligibility.


What conditions are attached to the scholarship scheme?

Whilst receiving this accommodation scholarship, you will be required to sign the normal rental agreement operating for that property in each financial year, and you will be bound by this agreement in the normal way. You will not require a guarantor. If you choose not to take up the offer of free UNITE accommodation in the 2nd or 3rd eligible year, no alternative or equivalent accommodation benefit will be offered.  

In certain circumstances, you may be permitted to opt out of the scholarship scheme for an academic year, to return to it in the subsequent year. Permissible conditions may include an approved placement or study abroad year, or personal circumstances which may warrant a temporary break in study. However, any permitted break cannot exceed one year.

You must successfully progress to the next academic year of your course – repeat years cannot be included in your accommodation provision. The College will use its discretion regarding the timescale for your vacating your accommodation.

You must continue to meet the student finance loan, grant and household income eligibility criteria listed in the section above.

In accepting the scholarship, you agree to make available to the donor (UNITE) or their representative:

  • your photograph;
  • your first name or a specified alias;
  • a short 100-150 word profile of yourself
  • provide UNITE with an end of year report
  • attend trustee meetings and/or other events when invited by UNITE


How do I apply?

Click here to download an application form and apply

Guidance Notes for applicants.

Complete and return the form to the Student Funding Office at funding@kcl.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on 15 May 2020.


How can King’s support me?

In addition to the UNITE scholarship, King’s offers a range of support for care experienced and estranged students which includes the care experienced and estranged bursary.   

There is also a specialist advisor for students studying at King’s who can offer individual support and guidance. For more information please email advice@kcl.ac.uk or visit our webpages:



The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2020-21 academic year.


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