Helping Your Child Move to University and Sending your kid off to university isn’t the easiest experience. Chances are, they’ve lived with you their whole life and that this is the first time that they’ve flown the nest. It’s time for them to stand on their own two feet and start doing the things you’ve always done for them themselves. This can be hard, but it’s also so exciting at the same time! They’re taking their first steps on the big adventure that is life and they’re gaining qualifications that are going to give their career and social lives the best jumpstart possible. Now, many parents feel lost when it comes to helping get their kid off to university – especially if you didn’t go to university yourself. But the good news is that we’re here to help provide a guide that can get the ball rolling in the right direction! The following steps should serve as good starting blocks, so take them into consideration and give them a try!
University doesn’t come cheap and, seeing as most students start their higher education studies around the age of 18, chances are your kid isn’t all too clued up about where to get started with funding their studies and managing their money. Now, the first place to start out is their student loan application process. While some people pay for their child’s tuition and living costs themselves, the vast majority of students will use student loans instead. There are plenty of guides out there that will help you to guide your child through the loan application process. Check out the student finance website. This is a great place to start out with understanding the loan yourself and explaining it to your kid.
Next, you need to teach them a little about budgeting. If they haven’t had an income before, or if they haven’t paid bills before, you need to show them how to create a budget to manage their loan instalments and ensure that they can cover everything they need to.
If your kid is living at home while they study, great. But more students tend to study a little further afield from home and want to have the full student experience with student halls and student accommodation. You should show your child how to book private student accommodation. Give them tips and tricks on how to view a property properly and further advice on how to choose ideal housemates. Sure, the party flats might be fun. But why live in them when they can visit them and then go back to a nice quiet flat when they actually want to study?
General Life Lessons
Some people know how to handle themselves when they head to university. If you’ve done a lot for your kid and are still cooking, cleaning and doing their washing and ironing for them, it’s time for a crash course in life skills. Show them a few simple dishes to cook. Make sure they know how to operate a washing machine. These skills will be essential.
So, there you have it. Sure, there are other areas you can help them out with. But those listed above are likely to prove to be some of the most useful!