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The University of Cambridge has established an open day and event travel fund to enable children in (or previously in) care to travel to events organised by the University and Colleges of Cambridge. These include:

  • Department/faculty open days
  • College open days
  • Cambridge Open Days
  • FE or mature open days
  • Insight Taster Day
  • College Taster Days

To be eligible, you must be in Year 11 or above, and have spent at least three months in the care of a UK Local Authority since starting Year 10.

After you've submitted your application to the travel fund, we'll explore what financial support is available from your Local Authority. If they're unable to provide assistance, we will help with your travel arrangements. This is usually in the form of rail tickets or financial support in securing travel by other means of public transport (within the UK).

Please apply as early as possible to allow for your application to be assessed by the Cambridge Admissions Office.

Apply for Travel Fund

Travelling to interview

Care leavers who are invited to attend an interview as part of the application process may be eligible for support with their travel expenses. Please get in touch with the College that has invited you, as soon as possible, for further information and to apply for support.

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Sign up to the Realise mailing list to be kept up-to-date with the latest events and opportunities for current University students who identify as care-experienced or estranged. 

For professionals (foster carers, teachers, social workers etc) and care-experienced students who are not yet in higher education, use the following link to sign up to the Realise mailing list.

Cambridge life as a care leaver/estranged student

Contact Us

Advice and support for care leavers and estranged students:

The Realise Team
T 01223 333315