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A parents guide to kids going to university
Parents we understand that now’s a strange time as your kids head off to uni. – It can feel quite chaotic. But to support you. Here’s our top five things that parents should be thinking about before UCAS Results day – Just so you can find that transition a little easier.
What happens after Results day?
This year, results day falls on Thursday 18th August. This is when you’ll know for certain where they’ll be studying and living at for the next three or so years. If you want some information about results day, then check out our guide.
Once they’ve confirmed their place at university, the next step is enrolment. The university will send an email around three weeks before the start date of the course. Enrolment will normally take place over a specific period, so make sure they don’t miss it. It will take approximately 15 minutes.
After enrolling, the university will provide the student ID card. This will generally need to be collected. Access to university facilities is then granted and the student loan can go through. It’s important that the university course details, and tuition fee are correct on the entitlement letter.
Starting university can be daunting, which is why university halls like Host are a great choice. We provide supportive communities to make the transition easier and ensure safe and secure living. If you don’t know where your kids will be staying, then check out our amazing locations across the UK. Host prioritise the well-being of their residence and provide all inclusive rent so there’s more time to enjoy university life.
We have an excellent blog that will talk you through all the steps of securing your accommodation.
Location. Location. Location.
Before you head off for the first time, it’s a good idea to research the location where they’ll be staying. The more aware they aware about their area, the smoother their experience will be. When helping move in, knowing where to park will make everyone’s life easier too!
Your accommodation may also provide virtual tours of the building. This will let everyone get familiar with where they’re staying before you arrive. Host offer 360 virtual tours so you can sit back and relax.
Safe and Secure.
Ensuring your kids are safe is going to be at the top of the list. Staying in student accommodation is a good first step for this. At Host, we are proud to say we’re National Code Assured Accommodation. This certifies that we care deeply about providing a safe and secure place for our tenants.
Feeling safe and secure is part and parcel of making student accommodation feel like a home, somewhere students can come back to and just relax and feel safe. That’s why all our locations have security and caretaker cover and assisted CCTV in place. We install secure key card or key fob access to the property with almost all our properties using these to access the flats and bedroom spaces.
Top Tip: If you dial #06# you can find the mobile’s unique mobile registration (IMEI) number. When police recover stolen property, this is the first thing they’ll check. Get your child to register their mobiles IMEI and the serial numbers of any electronic equipment on Immobilise. This is a free UK property register, supported by police forces and used by them, insurers and the second-hand trade. If anything ever gets stolen, then register this on the immobilise website.
What about a student bank account?
A student bank account is a great way to provide your kids with a little financial security. They will also be able to get a decent freebie such a free railcard, cash, vouchers, and that all important interest-free overdraft. Take a look at our latest blog all about student bank accounts.
Getting serious about the environment we live in.
To become more ‘environmentally friendly’, Host is launching the #HostEnvironmentalPledge campaign to encourage responsible behaviour and drive sustainability across our sites throughout the UK and Ireland.
It’s a simple campaign! If we can reduce our overall utilities (electric, water and gas) consumption by 1% then we will donate £10,000, 2% reduction means £20,000, 3% is £30,000 and so on, to 3 charities; BulliesOut, Planet Patrol and World Land Trust.Show me all news
Moving in weekends have started across all our Host properties in the UK and Ireland. And we get it can be an anxious time so to help you settle in here are our top tips
Move in day can feel stressful, but the main thing is that once it’s over and you’re in your new room – the fun can begin. We have a look at what the day will be like for thousands of students across the UK and Ireland.