A Guide To Helping Your Teenager Start Uni
- Mums Tips
- Published on Friday, 01 November 2019 13:20
- Last Updated on 01 November 2019
- Monica Costa
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When your child starts university it’s an exciting chapter of both their life and yours. There’s so much to consider, from where they live to what hobbies they take up and what they take with them. Each choice can feel endless but making sensible selections and supporting your child from the beginning will help them to have a great time. Here’s how you can help them to prepare for this life-changing event and set them up so they make happy memories they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
Find Out What Equipment They’ll Need For Their Course
Each subject, university and course require different specialist equipment, as well as basics such as pens, notebooks and household items like kitchenware and bedding. As a result, it is important that you research what your child will need and buy them quality items from trusted suppliers so you get the best price and choice.
Get Them Secure And Comfortable Accommodation
Many universities don’t guarantee on-campus accommodation, even to first-year students, so make sure that you know all the options well in advance so that you don’t have to worry and will have a great place to live. Visit properties run by experienced student accommodation specialists like Collegiate so that you know that they’ll be in safe hands.
Help Them Learn About The Nightlife
University doesn’t have to be all about studying; teenagers want to be able to go out and have fun as well. Check out the local nightlife and any clubs or societies that the university has so that you can help your child to make the choice that’s best for them.
Stay In Touch
If your child is moving far away from home, then make sure that you stay in contact with them at the beginning so that they feel connected to you and don’t get too homesick. Many phone providers have student deals so that your child can save money on their phone bill and still stay in touch with everyone they miss.
Set Up A Budget And Help Them Stick To It
Kids who’ve never had to manage their own money before can quickly burn through their student loan and end up struggling for cash between payments. To help them, make a budget and teach them about money management so that they know what they need to invest in and what they can save on. There are many student discount providers that they can sign up with who will offer them discounts across a variety of brands and businesses, so that they can have fun and save money at the same time.
Whatever happens, make sure that you support your child and remain there for them throughout the process of moving to University. Leaving home for the first time can be scary, so make sure that you do everything you can to make your teenager feel safe in their new space so they can enjoy their time at university and make new friends and memories.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums