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Your child has cemented their place at university, so what next? Here's everything you need to know about preparing your child for university, including enrolment, financial considerations, their first week and more.
Whether your child moves away to university or lives at home, there are important steps that need to be taken ahead of the start of their first term.
Here's your pre-university checklist to help reassure you and your child that everything has been taken care of.
If your child is moving away from home, they will most likely stay in rented halls. The major benefit of staying in halls is that they are protected by the university itself and new students are able to mix with other first-years.
Alternatively, privately rented housing or off-campus university accommodation is an option.
Universities offer different types of accommodation to suit a variety of needs. Here are just a few consideration:
It's never too early to start thinking about your child's preferences for accommodation, as often the more desirable spots can be filled up fast.
Learn more: undergraduate accommodation section
Once your child has decided which halls or accommodation they will be staying in, it's worth encouraging them to connect with others who are due to stay there.
Many student halls will have their own Facebook groups where new students can chat to each other prior to arrival. This means that when they rock up, they will already have someone to meet up with. This will serve as a good starting point for making new friends.
While it might not seem like the most exciting task, sorting out your child's finances before they head off to university is an important step.
If you're planning to receive the government-funded loan, you need to make sure you are meeting all the deadlines for applications. This will ensure that your child receives their loans on time and before the start of their first term. It's important to read more information about undergraduate fees and funding and student finance.
Learn more: parents' guide to university finance and funding
Most of the major high street banks will offer these with added incentives, such as a 16-25 Railcard or National Express coach card. While these are useful, it's best to look for a bank with the best overdraft facilities.
Be warned: some banks can make daily charges if your child goes into their overdraft, so it's important to understand the deal in full and ensure your child is aware of the consequences of going overdrawn.
Once these things are in place, your child might also benefit from a bit of budgeting advice too. Once your child knows how much funding they are going to receive, work with them to create a rough breakdown of how much money they will have to spend each week.
Make sure your drilldown considers all amenities, such as food, course materials and luxuries, such as socialising and travelling home.
Having this as a guide will help your child enjoy their downtime, but not so much that it means they are out of pocket and struggling financially later in their term.
When registering with a new doctor, it can sometimes take a few days to add your child to the system. With this in mind, it's a good idea for your child to register at their new local health centre before they arrive at university. This way, if they fall ill shortly after arrival, they can easily book an appointment.
Alongside this, your child will have the support of Ravensbourne's Student Services. This support network is on hand to offer advice on anything from keeping up academically to personal problems. They'll be in good hands.
Learn more: your child's wellbeing and support network
If you have the chance, take the time to visit the local area where your child will be living, before they move. This will give you both an opportunity to familiarise yourselves with things like transport links, local amenities and the route to university. It will also make moving feel less daunting, as they will have an idea of what to expect.
This is especially important for students who have applied via Clearing, who may not have had the chance to see the university or its local area.
Learn more: our local area and exploring London
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Enrolment and inductions are designed to get your child prepped for their first day at university.
Once these steps have been completed, your child is ready to start their first term. If they are living away from home, it's recommended that your child moves in a few days before the start of term. This will give them time to get settled and become familiar with their new surroundings.
Check out the Students' Union to find out what events have been organised for Welcome Week.
Stage 1 – Online enrolment. We will start inviting students to enrol
2 August 2021
Stage 2 – In-person enrolment – you will be invited to a scheduled day and time
23 – 27 August 2021
31 August (Tuesday) – 3 September 2021
6 September 2021
Make sure you spend some quality time together the summer before your child moves away to university. Depending on how far they are moving, you might not see each other for a few months.
While they will be busy having fun and making new friends, homesickness in the first term is common and completely normal. Arranging regular phone calls and sending messages of support will let them know that they are loved and supported as they embark on a new journey.
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