Top tips for parents of university students

Parent FAQs, essential advice and checklist

Parents and child on graduation

We see hundreds of students every year successfully adapt to their new lives in a bid to learn the tools required to launch a dream career. To give you peace of mind and help you to manage the transition together as a family, here are some tips for parents of university students. 

1. Help to prepare them for arrival 

Student preparing for university

It can feel like there is so much to consider even before your child’s departure to university. Working with them to tick things off the list will help them feel fully prepared for the experience ahead.

The tick list will include things like enrolment, accommodation and ensuring they have all the equipment they need to work effectively and live in comfort. It's nice for parents, guardians and carers to be involved in these processes, and it's a great way to ensure that your child doesn't feel like they are embarking on this new journey alone. 

Learn more: preparing your child for university.

2. Be there to offer life advice 

It is natural for your child to feel a little overwhelmed as they prepare for this big life event. It's likely to be the first time your child has lived away from home. They will have to learn how to live independently and all the responsibilities that come with this. Here are some topics where students might need some parental advice: 

3. Supporting your child's studies

When it comes to your child's studies, some of the most important things for them to learn are good time management and self-discipline. Here are some tips that your child can use to keep them on track:

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4. Support your child through their exams

Study skills

University is filled with new and enjoyable experiences, but exams and deadlines can make it a challenging time too. 

Exams can be a stressful time for any young person, especially when they are having to balance this with the pressures of living independently, too.  

Here are a few ways to help your child gain some extra headspace during this time:

  • Encourage them to take regular revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
  • Check in with them regularly and encourage them to eat and drink at regular intervals.
  • Reassure them and let them know that you are proud of them whatever the outcome.
  • Try to ensure they are familiar with what services are available from the university to help manage stress and anxiety