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UAL Travel Bursary

University of the Arts London (UAL) is committed to widening participation to higher education (HE) and supporting students as they progress to the next stage in their creative education. Each UAL Travel Bursary offers to cover the costs of mainline train and/or airline travel within the UK for applicants meeting eligibility criteria to attend UAL applicant and/or interview days. Bursary funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund has been fully spent.


If you are eligible, all tickets for travel will be booked on your behalf using the details you provide via the apply form.

To be eligible for a UAL Travel Bursary you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applied to study one of the following courses at UAL for the academic year of 2023/24:
    • further education (pre-degree)
    • undergraduate (BA, BSc, or integrated masters)
    • postgraduate (Grad Dip, MArch, MA, MBA, MFA, MRes, MSc, PgCert, PgDip)
  • Have been invited to attend at least one of the following UAL events:
    • college campus tour
    • open day
    • applicant visit day
    • on-site interview associated with your course application to UAL
    • offer-holder day
  • Be a UK resident.

You must also meet at least one of the following criteria. If you:

  • are living in a POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 area using this online postcode checker which indicates if you live in an area where participation in higher education is low.
  • are a student carer.
  • are the first in your immediate family (parents, step-parents or guardians) to attend University in the UK or abroad, or to achieve a higher education qualification such as a degree, diploma or certificate of higher education.
  • are a current or previous participant of our UAL Insights programmes.
  • are a refugee, asylum seeker or have been granted humanitarian protection.
  • a victim of fraud resulting in unexpected hardship.
  • have experienced exceptional unexpected financial circumstances which can be documented.
  • are aged 19 or over and not in receipt of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) adult education budget (AEB) for a Level 3 qualification. (further education only)
  • are estranged from both parents - you must be under 25 years old and won’t have had written or verbal contact with either parent for at least 12 months. (further education and undergraduate only)
  • are a care leaver. (further education and undergraduate only)
  • meet the criteria for our Contextual Admissions. (further education and undergraduate only)
  • have at least one condition, disability or learning difficulty which is in one or more of the following categories:
    • a social/communication impairment such as Asperger's syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder
    • blindness or a serious visual impairment uncorrected by glasses
    • deafness or a serious hearing impairment
    • a long-standing illness or health condition such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, chronic heart disease, or epilepsy
    • a mental health condition, such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety disorder
    • a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or AD(H)D
    • a physical impairment or mobility issue(s), such as difficulty using your arms or using a wheelchair or crutches
    • a disability, impairment or medical condition that is not listed above.

Important information: Where you choose to self-declare your eligibility, we may ask you to provide supporting evidence to confirm your eligible status when we come to review your UAL Travel Bursary application.

Please note: we cannot offer reimbursement for travel tickets which have already been booked.


Do not book your own tickets before applying to the scheme. We will book travel on your behalf using the details you provide via the apply form. We are not able to reimburse travel that has already been booked.

If you’ve made a further education (pre-degree), undergraduate or postgraduate course application for the academic year of 2023/24 you will be contacted by email with an invitation to apply for a UAL Travel Bursary should you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you submit a UAL Travel Bursary application form, we will contact you by email within 72 working hours to let you know if your funding application has been successful. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.

Please read our Terms and Conditions (PDF, 271KB) prior to beginning your application. Please note: this bursary is not for current UAL students travelling to campus.

Before you get started, make sure you’ve got the following information to hand, as you’re unable to save your application form once you start.

  • Travel details including: your outward and return journey destinations and travel times.
  • Railcard (if applicable).
  • Your UAL Applicant ID number.

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