Young carers

Young Carers

We appreciate that some students have a responsibility to care for parents, siblings or other relatives who are unwell, disabled or in need of support or supervision.

Caring for a loved one can take a considerable amount of time, effort and commitment. We have put together a package of support to ensure you don’t have to worry that your domestic circumstances will hold you back from getting into and thriving at university.

Is it for you?

This support is designed for:

  • young people who provide care for a friend or family member who could not cope without their support

  • carers who will be aged between 18 and 25 at the start of their undergraduate degree


Pre-entry support

Outreach events to help you explore your options

Visit days for specific student groups 

These visit days are for students in Year 10 to Year 13 who are overcoming challenges while they are at school or college. We specifically welcome care experienced and estranged students, young carers, refugees and asylum seekers to take part.

You will have the opportunity to visit our University Park campus, talk to a member of staff and current students, and find out more about topics such as finance, student support and university-level study.

These visits are free and funding is available to help with travel costs. 

Upcoming events 

Visit days for specific student groups in the current academic year have now finished. Information about visit days in 2022-23 will appear here once the events are finalised.

For enquiries, please email

Support with student finance 

A key factor when making your decision about higher education is finance – this should not be a barrier. There are such a wide range of financial support options available, making it more possible for you than ever before to continue your education and gain independence.  

Starting university in 2021 

  • The Core Bursary provides £1,000 per year to students with a household income below £35,000 as assessed by Student Finance who meet certain criteria. 
  • The Nottingham Potential Bursary provides an additional £1,000 a year to students with a household income figure of up to £35,000 (as assessed by Student Finance) with financially dependent adults - we will require a copy of your 2021/22 Student Finance letter showing you to be in receipt of Adult Dependants Grant.

Please visit the bursaries webpage for more details of eligibility criteria. Information is always subject to change for future years of entry, so we would recommend checking regularly for further updates.

The Funding and Financial Support team at Nottingham provides information and advice on most aspects of student finance to both current and prospective students. The financial support team also provide information and useful advice about managing your money and budgeting

The funding mentioned on this page is for undergraduates. Our funding for postgraduates page explains the finance available for masters or doctorate programmes.

Check your eligibility for a lowered grade offer

Some students are eligible for contextual offers at the university. Although being a young carer is not one of the criteria for this, we would encourage you to  visit this page to check your eligibility. 

A contextual offer is usually one A Level grade lower than the entry requirements on our course pages

If our standard offer includes a specific subject grade, this will generally remain. For example, if the standard offer is AAB with an A in maths, the contextual offer would be ABB with an A in maths. 

Part-time and flexible study

You could balance your study with family or professional commitments by studying part-time and spreading your degree over four to seven years. A large number of our courses are available part-time.

Please note, we only offer part-time study to students from/who reside in the UK.

Outreach programmes

The University of Nottingham has a range of outreach programmes for Year 12 and Year 13 students.

These will help you to explore your options, make informed choices and offer support through the application process. Find out more by clicking the links below:


Accommodation options available at university

Students who also have caring responsibilities may choose to live at home while studying. However, all full-time undergraduates are guaranteed a place in university accommodation during their first year of study, if you decide to live on campus. 

The University of Nottingham has a wide variety of university accommodation available. Factors such as room type and length of contract will affect the overall cost – this webpage shows the differences in fees.


Support once you have enrolled

Help moving into accommodation

Moving into any new home can be a stressful situation. A member of our team will be more than happy to help with the practical side of moving into your first-year accommodation, if you are arriving in the city independently. 

Working in collaboration with your lecturers

We appreciate that there can be a considerable amount of time, effort and commitment involved in caring for a loved one, so we want to support you with your studies or work as much as possible during this time. 

Therefore, we strongly encourage you to advise and work with your lecturers/tutors, who can help manage your studies alongside your caring responsibilities (for example, if you need to join a lecture later or leave earlier due to your responsibilities).


Useful links

There is a collection of external organisations* that support young carers in their journey to higher education:

*The University of Nottingham is not responsible for the content on external websites.

Contact us

We hope the above information is useful to you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.