Tips for parents

There are many ways you can get involved to support your child with the big decisions ahead.

We understand there's lots of information and options available which can perhaps feel overwhelming for a parent. 

This page provides a 'one-stop shop' for clear, simple advice with links to further information.

Help with the research

There are thousands of courses available at hundreds of universities and colleges. If your child wants to apply to Leeds, advise them to do plenty of research, starting as early as possible and encourage them to familiarise themselves with Course Search, entry requirements and the application process.

Our list of key application dates provides an overview of important deadlines to help you make sure your child is on schedule.

They could also get a taster of studying at Leeds with our free online courses, offered in a range of subjects. The courses can help your child choose the right degree and provide some subject experience to help boost their university application.

Find out about funding

Approximately one in three students starting an undergraduate course at the University of Leeds will be eligible for financial help from us. Visit our funding pages to see if your child qualifies for assistance.

Discover Leeds 

The University of Leeds offers the option to visit the campus in person on one of our open days. Find out when the next open day dates are or register your interest on the Undergraduate Open Days page. 

As well as open days we also offer a virtual campus tour and access to recorded talks if you’re unable to attend an open day in person.

Preparing for university

If your child has a confirmed place at Leeds, you may be wondering where to begin with preparations before they arrive. 

To ensure they have covered all the essentials, read our welcome 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 child. Inevitably it will involve a period of significant adjustment as it may be their first time living away from home. From arrival and registration through to graduation, we offer a wide range of services to support your child’s journey with us. They will also have access to health and wellbeing support throughout their studies. 

Useful information  

You can also find useful information on the UCAS website including important dates and advice on student finance.

If you have any questions, please  email the Education Outreach team via