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.

Top 5 tips for parents from parents

In this video, five parents of graduating University of Leicester students offer their top tips for parents who are about to send their son or daughter to university.

Watch our presentation on how to choose a course and university


Applying to university can be a daunting experience for students – and for their parents and carers too. Our video talks you through the application process.

If you are supporting an international student, we have some specific information for your country.

Student finance


We know you may have a lot of questions about the Student Finance application process so we have created a video that talks you through the ins and outs.

Fees and funding options 

Your accommodation


Supporting students in choosing accommodation can feel overwhelming. The University of Leicester has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preference.

Find out more about our accommodation


We know that you want to ensure we support your students. We are here to help our students from the moment they start at the University of Leicester until they graduate.

Students can access all our student support services through the Student Services Centre. The Students' Union also provides a range of support services.

Student support and wellbeing

Festival of Careers

Get a flavour of what goes on at the Festival.


We want to help students from the moment they arrive at the University. We help develop the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence for whatever they want to go onto next.

More about our careers support

Frequently asked questions

The student I am supporting is under 18, can they still come to the University?

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.

Guidance for students aged under 18 and their families

What support is there for the university application process?

We really recommend that you watch our ‘Applying to University’ video. If you have any questions about any aspect of applying to University, please do get in touch with us.

If you have any questions about studying at the University of Leicester as an international student. We have some additional information on fees and funding, visas and English Language requirements.

Will we hear from the University once our student has started?

We will only contact a student’s emergency contact in two distinct types of circumstance:

  • In extreme circumstances in the student’s vital interests without requiring consent, where we have justifiable concerns for the life of the student
  • In other situations where there are serious concerns about the student’s health, safety or wellbeing and where it may be in the student’s best interests to do so, only if the student has consented to this. We ask for consent through online registration, and students can also review and update their consent at any time by logging into MyStudentRecord. We will not inform the emergency contact in relation to every concern raised about a student, but only after due consideration of the nature of the concern and the severity of the situation.

Further information is available in our Student Emergency Contact Protocol.

What does the University do to keep students safe whilst they are studying?

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.

Our wellbeing pages have more information on how we keep students safe at the University of Leicester.


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