Parents, Carers and Families
At the University of Leicester, we know that parents, carers and family members have a key role in providing support for students applying to, and studying at, university. We recognise that when a member of your family goes to university, you want to know that there will be support and advice available, should they need it.
These links will help you find the information you need to help support members of your family during both the application process and the years that they will spend at the University of Leicester. For general advice about Higher Education, visit the DirectGov website.
Come and see the University for yourself
You are very welcome to come along to one of our Open Days where you will be able to look around the campus and ask questions of staff and current students. Booking your place in advance is recommended.
If your family member has already received an offer of a place from Leicester, they will be invited to a UCAS Visit Day, and you can come along too. These events give more detailed information than the standard Open Days, including a presentation about finance and student support which is aimed specifically at parents and carers.
Applying to university can be a daunting experience for students – and for their parents and carers too. Even if you were once a student yourself, the process may have changed in the intervening years. At the University of Leicester, we do all we can to make the application process painless and friendly, providing you with guidance and explanations about what is involved in applying to Leicester.
We offer an extensive range of catered and self-catered residences in the Oadby Student Village and across the city. Our Accommodation Services provide details of individual halls, facilities, pricing structure etc. You can look around the accommodation on an Open Day or a UCAS Visit Day.
Tuition fees, grants, scholarships, bursaries, student loans: the world of student finance can be complex and confusing, especially for school leavers and international students. We can help students – and their families – to understand the options available and to manage their finances.
Safety and security
Providing a safe and secure environment where students can live, study and learn is one of the most important duties of the University. The majority of our students will go through their time at Leicester without incident, thanks to the careful planning and support provided by our Security Office and our Student Support Services. If things do go wrong, however, there are staff here to help.
The University also has an excellent relationship with Leicestershire Police. One of our local beat officers became such a part of the University community that we gave him an Honorary Degree!
Working with external organisations, we have set up several schemes to help our students stay safe, including:
- Drinkaware Crew: night marshalling scheme to support students on nights out in our O2 venue.
- Safe Taxi Scheme: helping students get home safely even if they don’t have any money at the time.
- C-Card Scheme: registration scheme providing free packs of condoms from multiple locations on and off campus.
Family Programme: Keeping you up to date
We recommend that you to sign up to be a member of our Family Programme. The President and Vice-Chancellor hosts a welcome reception at the beginning of the new academic year for the families of new students, and we will also keep in touch with you about news and events at the University.
The University provides a range of services for all our students including academic support, healthy living and career support. Dedicated support programmes are available for those with specific needs such as international students or disabled students. More general support is available for any student who might need help with educational or personal matters.
Students can access all our student support services through the Student Services Centre in the middle of campus. The Students' Union, which is independent of the University, also provides a range of support services.
If your child will be under the age of 18 when they register with the University, it is essential that you complete an Under-18 Consent Form. If you live outside the UK, you must provide details of a guardian who is based in the UK, ideally in or near Leicester. This guardian should be an adult whom the University can contact in case of an emergency and who can act in loco parentis.
Other useful links
- Catering Service – a wide range of places to eat on campus
- Chaplaincy – spiritual support for all faiths and denominations
- Library – state-of-the-art facilities open till late
- Sport and Active Life Service – promotes and supports many different sports at a range of levels
- Students’ Union – the social hub of student life, representation and activities