Bournemouth University

Jacquie O'Brien

Student Support & Engagement Officer
01202 965476

The information on this page was last updated on 7 February 2020.

The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.


We guarantee accommodation for care leavers 365 days a year, throughout your studies with us. The guarantee applies to Bournemouth University-managed accommodation, and many of our students choose to use their bursary to pay for this.

Starting at Bournemouth University

Jacquie O'Brien is the university's contact for care leavers, and you can get in touch with her if you have any queries during the application stage.

Once you've enrolled, the student support and engagement coordinator for your faculty will be in touch with you, and is a useful point of contact as you start out at university.

Support we offer

  • A named contact
  • Outreach sessions or activities
  • Pre-application help
  • Guidance for offer holders
  • A web page for care leavers
  • Careers advice and support after graduation

Accommodation we offer

  • A place to live all year round
  • If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year

Funding support we offer

  • Specific funding that's just for care leavers
  • Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
  • Support for students seeking asylum
  • Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
  • Financial advice

We don’t want you to worry about money while you’re studying with us, so our bursaries are here to give you some extra support.

Care leavers' bursary

If you have recently been in full-time care, you could receive financial help through our Care Leavers' bursary. Eligible students will receive up to £9,000 over three years of study to support your learning and living costs, should you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Maintenance bursary

Eligible new students with a household income of £16,000 or below will receive a bursary of up to £2,400 to support their learning and living costs. You'll be awarded £800 in your first year, and, provided you still meet the eligibility criteria, £800 in your second and final years of study. The amount received will be pro-rata for part-time study. If you are studying a Top-up degree lasting one year, you will receive £800.

BU has a range of scholarships including our excellence scholarships, which reward your achievements in academic work, sports and music. We work with the Unite Foundation to offer 365 days of free accommodation in Purbeck House to selected students who apply for the Unite Foundation Care Leaver Bursary.

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