Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, said: "We know there are factors that make it difficult for people from refugee and asylum-seeking communities to apply to university.
“Their previous studies may have been interrupted, they might not have evidence of their previous qualifications or their qualifications are not transferable.
It comes as many working class students are put off the idea of going to university due to the huge debts incurred – with many leaving higher education after taking on more £40,000 of debt.
For six out of 10, cost is the main thing stopping them from going to university or dropping out when they get there, according to new research from NotGoingToUni.co.uk.
It comes as the number of European Union students heading to British universities this summer has surged to its highest level ever as students rush to the UK after Brexit.
Brussels students will make up 11 per cent of undergraduates this autumn – a record 26,800 in total.
It is believed many freshers will confirm their places in UK universities before fees increase when Britain officially cuts ties with Brussels – when EU students will be regarded as overseas applicants.