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We are strongly committed to supporting you to join us and to get the most out of your course and university experience.

Thinking about joining us?

On the website you will find lots of useful information and you can  order a prospectus.

Open Days are one of the best ways to find out about us and give you the chance to find out all about the course you are interested in have a look round the campus and have a chat about support available to you.

You will need to apply by the normal UCAS deadlines. More information can be found on the  UCAS website.

It is important you indicate on your UCAS form that you have been in local authority care. This will enable us to make sure you receive the help you need. 

Care leaver applicants will normally be given an offer of a place, provided you are able to meet the general entry requirements. This may be for an alternative course if you do not qualify for your chosen course.

Before and during your application process, please contact us for any information or advice that you might need, from course information through to accommodation and financial issues.

If you have any queries we are very happy to help, you can contact us directly on 020 7240 4247 or email

Support when you join us

Pastoral support

If you have told us that you are a care leaver, once you have accepted an offer of a place with us, a member of the Student Services team will contact you and make sure that you have all the information and advice you need and will remain as your main point of contact for non academic matters throughout your studies with us and liaise with your care leaving team.

Student Support Services can provide all students with information about:

  • Accommodation
  • Counselling
  • Dyslexia and Disability
  • Healthcare contacts
  • Financial advice

Providing you meet the conditions of the offer, you will be invited to join our St Mary’s pre-entry event 'Get Set for Success', where you will be able to meet some other new and current students before the main induction and do some preparation activities to help you settle in quickly. This takes place just before term starts and you can stay overnight and enjoy some social activities if you would like to.


Student care leavers who would like to have a place in halls will be guaranteed a place for the duration of their studies. Most of our campus accommodation is offered on a 37 week contract, however we will help find you suitable accommodation during your summer and Christmas breaks. We have one hall of residence, 16 Strawberry Hill Road, where it is possible to have year round accommodation. If you need this option it is advisable to put this as your first choice when you make your application for accommodation.

If you go into halls you will have a Resident Mentor and the Student Senior Residents, who can assist you in settling in and help you with anything that might crop up.

Financial support - Care leavers’ scholarships

We are able to offer up to 30 scholarships of £1,000 as cash award to care leavers who join full time undergraduate and foundation degrees. There are also other scholarships in the form of fee waivers and cash grants that you may be able to apply for. Please see our  scholarships page for more information.

Academic support

When you arrive, you will be given an academic tutor to assist you directly with your studies and you will also be able to get help from Learning Advisors.