Calendar of key dates
Keep a note of important deadlines for UCAS applications, Student finance and University accommodation.
Teach them how to budget and manage their money
You could set your child the task of doing the weekly family shop with a budget. This is a great way for your child to experience shopping in a supermarket on their own for the first time and having to look at the price tags.
Help them find the best student bank account
There are a wide range of student bank accounts available for students and it is worthwhile exploring the options as they can offer a range of overdrafts and free perks such as Amazon vouchers and rail cards etc. Overdrafts are a good option to have in times of emergencies such as an unexpected bill or rent instalments being due before student finance is paid.
Offer them cooking lessons
Even if you are not the best chef in the world – you can still share some useful tips on cooking. Find out what meals they would like to learn to cook themselves.
Teach them how to use a washing machine
Unless you are prepared to collect, wash and return their clothes every week, it is time to teach them how to use the washing machine.
Go Shopping – to get those essentials
Stationery: A suitable bag or backpack to carry essentials such as laptop/iPad, diary, notepads, pens, pencils and highlighters, a pencil case, folders, plastic wallets, calculator (if necessary) and a water bottle.
Bedroom: A duvet, pillows, bed sheets, a lamp, a laundry basket, hangers,
Kitchen: Pots and pans, plates and bowls, utensils, cutlery, chopping board, tea towel, oven glove and oven tray, a microwavable jug - unless they are staying in University accommodation - Elms BT1, BT2 or BT9). Essential foods such as rice, pasta and tinned foods.
Bathroom: Towels, bathmat, face cloth, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush holder.
Talk to them
Ask your child if they have any worries or concerns. It is very common that students that are planning to live away from home will be excited but will have some worries about the change. It could just be small things such as cooking or doing their own laundry that they are worried about, but you can help with those. In terms of money worries and adapting to their course etc, these are all normal concerns and all you can do is support and be there for them.