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LIVE Smart: Students studying with no family support (Estranged students)

Student guide to living and studying in Dundee. Aligned with LEARN Smart

Enquiry Centre

Enquiry Centre

Come into the Enquiry Centre with all queries and questions.

Opening Hours

  • 9am - 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 10am - 5pm, Wednesday
  • Closed for Lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
  • Extended opening hours during welcome in September.

Contact Us

Stand Alone

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Stand Alone provides information and support for students who are estranged from their families.

Stand Alone's helpful guide to student finance for estranged students.

SAAS Information for Estranged Students

Buttle Trust

Chances for Children Buttle Trust

The Buttle Trust provides financial help to young people aged 16-20 years who receive no support from their parents or guardians so that they can further their education or employment. Apply for support here (conditions apply).

EaCES Handbook


The Estranged and Care Experienced

Students Handbook

Created by current Estranged and Care Experienced Students (EaCES) in the UK and the Republic of Irelandto summarise all of the advice and information we know about to support students like us and to share our own lived experiences and stories.



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LEARN Smart points you to information and resources that will help you in preparing for University, during your studies and in thinking about your career.


University Counselling Service

People talking

Offers free counselling to students and staff.

Emergency session for people in crisis  - please contact for available times

To find out more or to make an appointment with the University Counselling Service

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday

Tel: 01382 384164


Where to find us: Support Hub, OTI Building (see campus map)

Disability Services

Support Hub - Disability Services

University of Dundee Disability Services

Peer Connections


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Peer Connections is the University's welcoming, buddying and mentoring scheme to help all students settle in, show you around, meet, mix and share information and experience with other students. Buddy groups are offered to all incoming exchange students by Peer Connections. Individual mentoring for new students is also offered. Find out more and sign up for a buddy/mentor online.

DUSA Student Jobs

DUSA Dundee University Students Association


Work for us. DUSA has a range of

flexible part-time roles

perfect for fitting around your studies.

Coping with Stress

Learning how to cope with stress makes us more resilient.

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Check out our resource ideas for

Coping with Stress.

Student Funding Unit

The Dundee University Student Funding Unit provides financial advice and guidance to all students. To find out more about the services on offer, visit their websiteOr you can book an appointment, pop in, call or email:

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 - 16:00

Tel: +44 (0)1382 384801


Where to find us: Support Hub, OTI Building (see campus map)

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Information for Care Leaver Students

Check out our pages with information for Care Leaver Students.


Student Finance England - Estranged student forms