Support with accommodation
Information and support for finding a place to live whilst studying.
Often first-year students get offered a room in accommodation that the university owns. This is often on campus, in halls of residence, where students will have their own room, but share a kitchen and sometimes a bathroom with other students. If you go to an open day, ask to see the types of accommodation that the university has.
Second and third-year students (and some first-year students) often have to find accommodation off-site, with private landlords, in a house or flat share. Some universities help with this, either by having a list of available accommodations or recommended places to go to find accommodation. In this type of accommodation, you will often be responsible for paying bills, like gas, electricity, and water.
Some universities offer care leavers the opportunity to stay in university-owned accommodation all year – have a chat with the named contact at the university you’re thinking of applying to, to find out the support that they offer.
The Unite Foundation offers scholarships in partnership with 28 universities – including 6 in Scotland – which include free university accommodation for the duration of your degree. Find out more, including which universities offer the scholarship, on their website.
If you are living in independent accommodation and are studying locally, you will have the option of staying in your own home. Where you live will be an important factor in your decision-making, so make sure you talk to people you trust to help you make your decision.
Some colleges are able to provide accommodation for students. If they are unable to do so, they may provide support helping you to find accommodation. Get in touch with the named contact at the college to find out more about the accommodation support available.
Some universities offer care leavers the opportunity to stay in university-owned accommodation all year – have a chat with the named contact at the university you’re thinking of applying to find out the support that they offer. Some colleges are able to provide accommodation for students. If they are unable to do so, they may provide support helping you to find accommodation.
Some universities and colleges provide accommodation all year round, although not all do. If they don’t, they might be able to offer support to find accommodation in the holidays. You can also discuss this with your PA or leaving care worker so this can be added to your pathway plan and support can be put in place before the holidays.
Even if their page on this website says that they don’t offer 365-day accommodation, don’t be put off without speaking to them first! They might be able to offer support or contacts to help you find a room for the holidays.
If your term time accommodation isn’t available in the holidays, your local authority has to support you to find alternative accommodation. Contact them to let them know you’ll need this support, and ask for help planning for it. If you are studying a higher education course you can also ask for help with your accommodation costs during the summer holiday by claiming the care experienced accommodation grant from SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland).
They can’t pay the money directly to you, but can pay it to the person providing the accommodation – it could be your halls of residence and you can still apply if you’re living with friends or relatives, or your foster carer. You can find out more information, and if you’re eligible here.
If you are studying at a college, get in touch with your individual college to ask what support they offer.
Even if their page on this website says that they don’t offer 365 day accommodation, don’t be put off without speaking to them first!