Tips for parents

There are many ways you can get involved to support your son or daughter 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 son or daughter wants to apply to Leeds, advise them to do plenty of research, starting as early as possible and encourage them to familiarise themselves with our Coursefinder, entry requirements and the application process.

Our list of key application dates provides an overview of important deadlines to help you make sure your son or daughter 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 son or daughter 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 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 where we also offer talks especially for parents. 

Preparing for university

If your son or daughter 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, download our Your Arrival guide (PDF) 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. From arrival and registration through to graduation, we offer a wide range of services to support your son or daughter'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.

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