University of Hull Open Day

A parent’s guide to Hull

Parent's guide to Uni

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So your young person is considering coming to Hull as their next step.

It’s exciting but also a little nerve-wracking, for them and for you.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide for parents – so that you support their journey to university while also finding out the information you need to feel comfortable with their choice.So read on to get answers to all of your questions about safety, affordability, career prospects, student finance and more.

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A home away from home

There’s nothing more important than knowing your young adult is safe and happy when they move away from home.

At Hull, everything they need to live, study and socialise is on one safe and leafy campus, rather than being scattered around the city.

This includes our accommodation and we guarantee a room as a new undergraduate student1 if they sign up by 1 October of the year they wish to start their studies.

So even if they arrive at Hull via Clearing, they’ll still have plenty of time to look around our accommodation and apply before the deadline.

How Hull can boost their career

All of our courses are focused on providing the real-life, hands-on experience that employers look for.

Field trips to far-flung places. Placements with the police. A year in industry with the likes of Microsoft. At Hull, they’ll be career-focused from the start.

It’s one of the reasons more than nine in 10 of our students are in work or further study within 15 months of graduating.3 That’s the national measurement and we’re at 95%.

But to give you a taste of what’s available, we spoke to the people who really matter, our students. And we put all of their stories and experiences into a YouTube playlist for you to enjoy.

Busting those university myths

  • Is university worth it?

    Many students describe university as a vital part of their life. Personally, it’s a chance to meet new people, develop vital social skills and often become more independent.

    And professionally, it’s an opportunity to access a wider range of careers and increase your earning potential.

  • Will they leave with lots of debt?

    It’s true that most students take out Student Loans to pay for their tuition and living costs, but these loans aren’t the same as other types of debt. They are designed to be manageable.

    Your young person will only begin to pay them back once their salary meets a certain threshold and any outstanding debt is written off after a certain period of time.

    You can find out more about student finance here.

  • My young adult won’t fit in at university.

    Whatever their personality, there will be like-minded people here. Because this is a place where everyone matters. A place for all ages, all backgrounds, all walks of life, with many of our students being the first in their family to go to university.

  • Will there be somebody to help if they need it?

    We all need a little help sometimes. And at Hull, we have a support network if they’re ever struggling. It could be academic, health, financial or something else. Whatever it is, we have specialist teams on campus or trained student volunteers if they’d rather speak to one of them. We call them Wellbeing Champions. Find out more at our Student Support hub.

    Plus, our campus is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by our security team, and our accommodation is staffed around the clock, so there will always be somebody on-hand if they need it.

  • Clearing is only for students who have failed their exams.

    Clearing is an opportunity. It’s how your young adult can get a place at university if they don’t have one already – for whatever reason.

    Lots of students use Clearing every year – some have done better or worse in their exams than they thought, but lots have only just considered university as an option or have changed their mind about where they would like to study.

    Clearing runs from July to October each year and you can find out more via our dedicated Clearing guide for parents and carers.

Student arrivals

We’re here to help…

Whether you’ve been to university yourself or your young person will be the first in your family to go, we’ll help make the whole process go as smoothly as possible. Tips, advice, a chat: whatever you need, we’re here to support you both.