Skip Navigation LinksUniversity of Gloucestershire / Study with us / Information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers

​​​​​Choosing which course, university and where in the country to study can be a daunting task for you, as well as your child. Check out our three essential steps to helping you both make the right choices.

Do your research

Research is absolutely essential to make sure university is the right choice for your son or daughter, and that they pick the right university and course. To help with this critical phase:

Attend an open day

Our open days run from June to November and show what it's really like on campus. You and your child will get the chance to find out all about your course, university life, and meet current students to ask what being a student is all about.

 If you can't make one of our open day dates, there are other ways to see what it's like:

  • Book a campus visit – although you won't have access to talks and presentations, on a campus visit you'll still get to meet our student ambassadors, and they'll show you and your child around the campus. 
  • Take a virtual tour – it's not as good as seeing it first hand, but it's the next best thing. 

Find the right course

Check our full prospectus to make sure you and your child know about our full range of courses on offer and what each one entails.

Then if you or they have any questions get in touch on 03330 141414 and we'd be happy to help you find out more.             

Care and support

Think about support

We take the pastoral care of our students very seriously. To help make the move to university as easy as possible, and to help your child get the most out of their student experience, we offer a range of services, information and support, such as:

Both Cheltenham and Gloucester have been awarded Purple Flag status, and we work closely with local police to help your child stay safe - offering advice on personal safety, taking care of their belongings, and how to ensure their accommodation is safe and secure.

Settling In

During the first few weeks, we'll host a range of events to help your child settle in to student life, including the Students' Union organised 'Welcome Week' where they can join a range of societies and find out more about the local community, volunteering, and much more.

Most students settle in very quickly, but some find the transition more challenging, so parent support and talking through their concerns is really important. Encourage them to speak to a more senior resident, personal tutor, or to the Student Union, who are all experienced in dealing with initial concerns or worries.

Making an application

Details of how to apply for our courses are available on each course page – just click the 'Apply now' link.

Most of our courses start in September and for full-time courses your child will have to apply via UCAS. There's lots of information on their website about how to apply.

To allow us to discuss your child's application with you, make sure they add you as a 'Nominated Access' contact on their application form. This ensures we're compliant with UK Data Protection legislation. If they don't do this, we can only share general advice and not information that's specific to their application.

Got a question about applying?

Contact our Admissions team on +44 (0) 3330 14 14 14 or and we'll be happy to help.

Make arrangements to study

If your child chooses the University of Gloucestershire we'll send details of how to enrol before they start. In addition, there are a couple of other essential things they'll need to do:

  • ​Book their accommodation – luckily this is one less thing to worry about at the University of Gloucestershire as we have a broad range of accommodation offerings across Cheltenham and Gloucester. Options include halls of residence like our new Blackfriars development in the heart of Gloucester, and Pittville Student Village in Cheltenham, which opened in September 2017 following a £38 million investment. There are also University approved housing and University registered lodgings so there's plenty to choose from. Check out our accommodation guide for more details. 
  • Apply for student finance – the support they're eligible to receive, and the funding body they need to apply to will depend on where they live currently, and where they plan to study. Here's a good place to get started
  • Bursaries – additional funding based on your child's circumstances. They don't need to be repaid and recipients can choose between halls of residence rent discount and book vouchers to support study. Check to see if your child would be eligible for additional funding.
  • Register with a GP – so they've got access to a doctors surgery should they need one. We have a doctors surgery on our Park campus – but students can register with any in the county. 
  • Essentials checklist – these are a few last things to consider: 
    • Insurance - are possessions insured, such as laptops and bikes?
    • TV license - do they need one? Remember, you need a TV licence if you watch or record any live TV online, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer (including live, catch up or on demand)
    • Accessibility - is the university aware of any special needs your child has?

Questions about getting ready?
Our student services team are on hand to make the move to university as easy as possible.