Students in coffee shop

Information for Parents and Guardians

Going to University is an exciting time but with so much information available it can also be confusing, for parents as well as students. We hope the information here will explain how you can support your child through the application process and beyond.

A Life-changing Experience

This will be a life-changing experience for your son and daughter. They will likely find it challenging but extremely rewarding.

Having a degree can boost career potential and is becoming increasingly important in today’s jobs market. For certain professions, including architecture, law and nursing, having a degree is an essential requirement.

Lincoln graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects, 95% of our most recent graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating, and almost three quarters were in graduate level roles according to the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2014/15.

The University of Lincoln has strong links with industry and a number of our courses are accredited by professional bodies. We offer opportunities for work experience placements, mentoring and study visits, allowing your son or daughter the opportunity to gain experience and make contacts in preparation for their future career.

Aside from their academic progress, University also allows students the chance to develop life skills as they live independently, manage their own finances and meet people from all walks of life.

How You Can Help

There are a number of ways for you as a parent or guardian to support your child at this time:

When Applying

  • Encourage them to think about the course they would like to study. They may have a specific career path in mind, but if not, is there a subject that they particularly enjoy? Think about a degree that could be transferable to a range of careers
  • Attend on-campus events with them. There can be a lot to take in on Open Days so it’s good to have someone else there to discuss it all with. Most events offer specific talks for parents
  • Be there to listen and support them throughout the process
  • Ask any questions you may have, no matter how small. You can always contact us on the details at the bottom of this page and we'll be happy to help.

Before They Arrive at University

  • Check what’s included in your son or daughter’s accommodation. Many universities, including Lincoln, offer free WiFi and possessions insurance
  • Encourage them to register with the University Health Centre and a local dentist
  • Help your son or daughter to establish a budget
  • Teach them a few recipes and cooking basics
  • Show them how to use a washing machine.

While at University

  • Ensure they purchase a TV licence if they will have a television in their room. Each room counts as a separate residence in student accommodation, so don’t get caught out
  • Be prepared for homesickness. It will soon ease once your son or daughter settles into student life
  • Don’t worry about them forgetting about you – before too long they’ll be on your doorstep with a month’s worth of laundry!

A Home from Home

We understand that it may be the first time that your son or daughter has lived away from home. Being able to live in a secure and friendly environment whilst at university will help with their transition to independent living.

The University of Lincoln offers a range of safe and comfortable student accommodation options, all within walking distance of the campus. Our dedicated Residential Services team is available to help students to source accommodation and deal with any queries or concerns.

Fees and Funding

There are a range of options available to help students with the cost of their study. Bursaries, scholarships and loans are available, as well as a comprehensive support package for students from lower income families.

Contact Us

We are happy to help if you, or your son or daughter, has any questions about life at Lincoln, our accommodation, funding or the application process.

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 886644
You can find more information for parents and guardians in our parent's guide pages.