Parents’ Guide: Helping Your Child Apply to Uni

We appreciate that as a parent you want the best for your child, especially when it comes to their education. For many students, university is the first proper taste of independence – and helping your child with their application is one of the last things you can do for them before they go it alone. It’s important to guide them through this process, ensuring that they make the best choices for both their education and wellbeing.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can help out with their uni application, from helping to choose their course to taking them to open days – you’ll be fully equipped to aid your child’s transition into higher education.

Choosing the Right Course

This isn’t a decision that you can make for them, in fact, you should probably take a step back when it comes to this because only your child will know the topic that they really want to study. There’s no point trying to convince them to sign up for a degree that isn’t suited to them, as this can lead to unhappiness in other areas of their life.

What you can do is help them choose the right course in their chosen area by researching what’s on offer. Remember, the aim is choosing the right path for your child to follow, so finding a course that satisfies their educational needs is the best way for you to help at this stage. Every student is different, and various courses cater for this. Some students perform better in coursework than exams, and others would benefit from a course with good industry links – it’s completely subjective, so find out what your child needs and base your research around this.

As a parent, you can offer guidance to your child if they aren’t too sure on the topic that they want to study. Taking a realistic attitude when approaching this is important; you can take a look at your child’s A-level choices and work out potential courses that are relevant to the subjects that they currently find interesting.

It is also important to assess your child’s skills. If they excel in a particular area, it may be wise for them to develop this at university level. If your child doesn’t know what they want their future career to be, think about their strengths, weaknesses and interests so that you can suggest potential career options that will suit them best, and from here you can put a plan in place to help them reach this goal.

Choosing the Right University

So you’ve found a few courses that meet your child’s educational needs, match their skills and give them some good career opportunities. The next step is finding which of these are ideal for them, and the best way to do this is by jumping in the car and going to see what it’s all about. Open days are a great way to get a feel for a city or town as well as the university and are a really important factor in deciding where your child will continue their education.

As your child is committing the next three years of their life to university (maybe more), the location of where they choose to study is ultimately their decision. As a parent, you should give them everything that they need to make that choice. Taking them to meet university tutors will help them to find out what they can expect from the course, and to see if it’s right for them. Look around the city or town, find out about the student areas, and generally soak in the atmosphere – all of this will help your child to decide if that university is right for them.

This is also a good time to take a look at accommodation options, to find out the type of housing where your child will feel most comfortable, and to explore what the city has to offer. The first year at university is often a transitionary period, and students need to have everything to hand as they are learning the ropes and finding out how to look after themselves. The best accommodation gives parents peace of mind, and it ensures you that your child is living somewhere that looks after the needs of the students.

Consider your child’s wellbeing when advising them on university choices – this is probably their first opportunity to leave home and take care of themselves, so it’s important that they can cope with university life. The ideal university is far away enough from home for your child to develop and become independent, while being close enough for you to help them if the pressures of university get too much.

The Application Process

There are a few elements that universities consider when looking at applications for their courses, but one of the most important is the personal statement. This is an opportunity for your child to really express their personality and persuade the university why they are right for that degree. UCAS recommends that there are two main areas to address: why you’re applying and what makes you suitable.

If your child’s personal statement covers these points, the next step is making sure it reads properly, as errors in spelling and grammar can be damaging to university applications. Read over their writing to make sure it flows, and ask others to take a look at it for them. After giving them feedback, your child will then be able to redraft their personal statement (UCAS recommends doing this a few times), in order to give themselves the best chance at gaining a place on that course.

It’s Ultimately Their Decision

University is the first step towards independence. It’s a time when your child will have to start making serious decisions for themselves. They have a lot to weigh up when deciding how they want to spend the next few years of their life, and as a parent your job is, of course, to give them the guidance that they need to make the choice that’s best for them.



Sophie’s work experience at The Student Housing Company

During the week commencing 26th June, I was lucky enough to be invited for work experience at The Student Housing Company HQ in London. This is how I spent it…

I had never considered that there would be so many jobs in student accommodation before this experience. Who knew that it could be such a big industry with so many roles involved? Each aspect of the business is thought out so carefully, ensuring the best for all the students who do stay in this type of accommodation.

I have spent 3 days seeing what people do and what student accommodation is all about. I haven’t seen all the jobs involved in the business, yet still, I am thinking how much challenging work is involved and the thoughts behind every decision that is made, even the smallest ones.

Getting stuck in with all things digital…

On the Monday, which was the first day I visited the company, I started my adventure finding out about social media and how having a social presence has such a big role in helping to develop the company. I worked with Sarah, the digital marketing executive, writing content for the social media channels. So much thought has to go into each individual post – I think it’s amazing how someone can get paid for being on Facebook all day (pretty cool job if I must say so myself!). I scheduled a few posts and did some video editing, which made the experience even better. It’s so important that social media is used, because it’s where us teenagers spend all our time – it’s the best place to capture our attention!

Getting the creative juices flowing…

The next day, I got to spend time with Hadria, the graphic designer. Design is something that interests me a lot – I love editing photos and being creative. Hadria taught me how to use design programmes to create marketing material for events that are happening around the different accommodations. It’s amazing how jobs like these have such a big part of the company. If there was no graphic designer then who would create the look for the brand and create the physical adverts to promote them?

Sophie and Hadria

Checking it out for myself…

To top the week off, I got to visit the accommodation. Everyone in the office was so friendly there and welcoming towards me, even though I felt a bit shy! I had a tour of the buildings and all I could think was – wow! This must be luxury to students. They had lovely rooms with everything that you could need and so much communal space for the students to hang out in. There was a massive TV room – the TV was almost as big as the cinema – and I heard they run events there all year, like pizza nights. They also had a common room which had a lot of space for the students to work or hang out in, and a laundry room too.

I was taken by surprise when I went upstairs to the top floor and I saw what was probably the biggest kitchen I have ever seen, with anything and everything a student could need in it. The layout of the place was so well thought out, it’s difficult to put into words how amazing the accommodation was, I would be here for hours.  I would definitely stay there if I went to university and I highly recommend that you do as well.

Sophie at Depot Point

Preparing for take-off…

On my last day, I was asked to research all the company’s competitors who operate in Cambridge. I begun by looking at their websites and analysing the different room types and the different prices that are already available in that city, to prepare to launch Cambridge onto our website. I then did research into the local area and all of the exciting places the students will be able to visit when they live there with The Student Housing Company.

What have I learnt?

Before my week with The Student Housing Company, I didn’t know that you could live in private halls. With the help of my work experience, I now know I wouldn’t consider anything else and would, of course, book with The Student Housing Company. This work experience has taught me so many skills and shown me a whole load of jobs that are available.  I, myself am very interested in business, so to have spent the week here was amazing and I will now definitely consider it as a career choice.

What do I like about The Student Housing Company?

I think what makes The Student Housing Company amazing is that they provide global accommodation for students, they are the first and only company at this time to do this and I think this shows people what a dedicated and ambitious company they really are. This experience will stick with me and I’m so grateful for how amazing they have been to me. From the moment I stepped foot in the office I felt so welcome. The team were interested in my opinion, because I’m close to the age of their target audience. I felt like they listened to me and valued my opinions. This company tick all the boxes for student accommodation, and in my eyes, I don’t think you can get much better.

If anyone is thinking about going to university, please consider staying at one of their accommodations. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Do you think you could make a valuable addition to The Student Housing Company team? Find out how you can join us for work experience or an internship!

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