The tips below aim to suggest ways in which you can support your son or daughter, from researching universities right through to preparing for life at Leeds.  

Help with the research: There are thousands of courses available at hundreds of universities and colleges.  If your son or daughter wants to apply to Leeds, encourage them to do plenty of research, starting as early as possible, to familiarise themselves with course content, entry requirements and the application process. Our list of key dates will help them make sure they are keeping to deadlines.

They could also try our free online courses. Offered in a range of subjects, the courses provide a taster of study at Leeds, can help them choose the right degree and provide some subject experience to help boost university applications.

Find out about funding:  Approximately one-in-three students starting an undergraduate course at the University will be eligible for financial help from us. Visit our finance pages to see if your son or daughter qualifies for assistance.

Discover Leeds from your home:  Nothing beats visiting the campus in person, but until that's once again possible, you can find out more about what Leeds has to offer by attending one of our Virtual Open Days.

Preparing for university: With your son or daughter’s place now confirmed at Leeds, you may be wondering where to begin with preparations before they arrive.  To ensure they have covered all the essentials, download our Your Arrival guide which provides a comprehensive checklist for enrolment, induction, moving into accommodation and registering with a doctor along with useful contact details.

Expect some nerves: Starting university will be a hugely exciting time for both you and your son or daughter.  Inevitably it will involve a period of significant adjustment as it may be their first time living away from home.  Feeling homesick is completely normal, be assured that the University provides a wide range of services and support to ensure your child has a smooth transition to university life.

Useful information can also be found on the UCAS website parents’ pages including important dates and advice on student finance.

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