Student Carers

If you are a carer or know someone who is they can contact the Advice Unit and we can discuss the options and support available.

If you are a carer or know someone who is they can contact the Advice Unit and we can discuss the options and support available.

Student Carers

Some people start caring at a very young age and may not realise that they are actually carers. For some carers, coming to University can present its own challenges and often involves juggling studies alongside travel home and additional caring responsibilities. However, you’re not alone and there is a range of support, information and advice available to help you manage it all.

What is a student carer?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care to a partner, child or relative with a physical or mental illness, disability or addiction. This can sometimes mean providing help and support to siblings, other family members or friends.

We would like to see some documentation that confirms your carers status. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on and we will confirm which documentation we will accept, as this will vary with each caring responsibility.

We are able to offer support with travel back to home to help with your caring responsibilities.

We will deal with any other reasonable financial requests on a case by case basis, so please contact us if you need support, and we will aim to help in the best way we can.

Carers UK

Carers UK provides expert advice, information and support to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone. They also do benefit checks and advise on financial and practical matters related to caring. For more information and to get in touch with them, visit

Bright Futures Devon

Bright Futures offers support to Young Adult Carers (aged 18-24) and their families to help them get the support, skills, confidence and help they need to manage periods of transition and change in order to build their resilience and improve their future life chances. For more information, visit

We’re here to help.

We can also give you confidential and unbiased guidance with any academic/wellbeing issues that may arise.


Get in touch with our Advice Team on or go to for drop-in session times.


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