Information for Parents: Top Tips

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The How's and When's of University Life

There are a number of important ways that you can support your son or daughter to make the transition from home to the university as smooth as possible. Find answers to some of the most common questions we are asked below. 

If there is anything you would like to discuss that isn’t covered here, please do not hesitate to contact our enquiries team by calling +44 (0)1522 886644 or emailing

Top Tips and Advice for Parents

Advice for Parents

There are a number of factors to consider, such as courses available, standard of teaching, accommodation and where the university is located. One of the best ways to help your son or daughter make their decision is to attend Open Days, where there is the opportunity to meet current students and academics, and learn more about courses and campus life. 

Encourage your son or daughter to think about what career they would like. They may not have a definitive career plan in mind (a lot of prospective students don’t), so encourage them to identify the skills and subjects in which they have a particular interest.

We do recommend that you attend Open Days with your son or daughter. There can be a lot to take in on the day, so it is best to have someone there to talk everything through with afterwards. We aim to make the day as enjoyable as possible for you too, with a free tea or coffee, talks specifically for parents, and the chance to look round the city.

Applications are made through UCAS. Encourage your son or daughter to check on the progress of their application online via UCAS Track, as there may be actions they need to take or offers to respond to. Find out more about the application cycle

There are many options available, including student halls of residence on or off campus, or private rentals in the city. Find out more about accommodation choices at Lincoln.

As Lincoln is a small city, your son or daughter will find everything they need within a short walk from the campus, so a car is not necessary.

It can take time to adjust to your son or daughter being away at university and it is normal to worry. Try to strike a balance between letting them know they have your support while allowing them to enjoy their experience of independent living.

If you have concerns about your son or daughter’s welfare at the University of Lincoln, you can call us on +44 (0)1522 837080. We offer a range of support services for our students and monitor attendance at lectures and seminars.

Most universities run a programme of events for new students during their first weeks on campus. These are designed to help familiarise them with their course, the campus and the services on offer. The University of Lincoln is particularly friendly and we have a close-knit, supportive community.

All of our on-campus accommodation is self-catered and students will need pots, pans, utensils, bedding and towels. It’s a good idea to pack some food, toiletries and cleaning products for the first few days before your son or daughter visits a supermarket. Students need to arrange a TV licence if they wish to watch live TV in their room and if it is not included in their rent. Students will receive a suggested packing list when they receive confirmation of their accommodation. 

Your son or daughter’s academic achievement will culminate in their graduation ceremony. At Lincoln, this is held inside the city’s stunning medieval cathedral. Students are allocated tickets, with additional tickets available to buy, so family and friends can join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. Get a sneak preview at our Graduation site.

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Once we’d been to Lincoln and knew this was where our daughter was coming, there was a network of student support around her and we just knew it was such a safe community for her to be part of.

Linda, parent