Care leavers and estranged students
Support available to you
We're committed to supporting students who;
- have been in care at any time before starting university
- are estranged from their immediate family
Please provide details on your accommodation application form. Disclosing if you’re a care leaver allows us to offer advice and support which might include
- helping you find a suitable place to live throughout the whole calendar year
- providing you with a dedicated member of staff to help with various aspects of your student life
- guiding you to relevant support programmes
We know that students with little or no family support could benefit from accessing support within the University and that you often face additional challenges whilst at university.
For more information please visit our student support pages or email the care leave coordinator at email@example.com
Rent Guarantor Scheme
You will be expected to have a guarantor to complete your booking for halls of residence. If this is not an option, you may be required to pay the full annual rent on acceptance of an offer of accommodation. Alternatively, if you are a care leaver or estranged, you may be able to use the optional guarantor cover that Accommodation Services have arranged which can be purchased and used across allocated halls of residence for rooms with a rent of up to £5400 only. Contact Accommodation Services for details.
Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme
Sheffield Hallam University is proud to be working with the Unite Foundation. The Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme provides a free student bedroom in a purpose built Unite Students building for up to three years of undergraduate study to students aged 25 or under who are estranged from family or care leavers. If you are a looked after child, a care leaver, or if you’re estranged from your family, you may be eligible to apply for the Unite Foundation Scholarship.
Please visit the Unite Foundation website for full details on eligibility and application guidance. The application window for September 2023 closes at midnight, 1st June 2023.
Appling for accommodation
If you intend to apply for a Unite Foundation Scholarship, we advise you to select Unite accommodation (Anvil, Exchange Works, Westhill Hall) when you apply for accommodation through the University Accommodation Service. Please ensure that you write “applying to the Unite Scholarship” in the additional notes field of your online accommodation application. This is so that, if you are a successful applicant, you are able to take up the free Unite accommodation offer. Please note that if you apply for and sign a contract with an alternative accommodation provider, you will be liable to meet the terms of that contract.
If you have already applied to live in one of our university allocated halls of residence and are applying for the Unite Foundation Scholarship, we recommend that you contact us so that we can update your application on your behalf.
Our Inclusive Support Team helps students to adjust to university life, and provides dedicated support for students who having caring responsibilities, students who have been in the care of a Local Authority, and students who are estranged from family.