Helping Your Child Make The Move To University



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So, in the past on this blog, we’ve helped you to cope with moving home and making the transition smoother for your children. But what if it is one of your children who is moving home – to university – what then?! Personally, I can’t quite believe that it’s only a year or two before Caitlin will be off. If you’re in the same boat, don’t panic! We’ve got you covered. Check out some of these top tips below!


Get Organised

You’re going to need to draw up a big, long check-list! Organisation is key to a successful move to university. Hopefully, accommodation is already in place and your son or daughter knows where they will be studying come the new term. If not, then you’re going to need to wait until Results Day for the nightmare that is securing student accommodation! Hopefully, your child will be able to find a place in halls, else you face the nightmare of finding them somewhere to live. Whatever the situation, just make sure that you are ready for every eventuality.


Know The Essentials

Secondly, knowing the essentials of what your child should be taking to university is a must. What sort of parent would let their child head off on their studies without a pair of nail clippers, a toothbrush and a tea towel? These little things can’t be forgotten about! Pots, pans, cutlery, etc. will all need to be accounted for. Additional bedding, including a mattress protector will also be a necessity! Sending your child off to university is a big expenditure, so expect a serious outlay before Student Finance covers the rest!


Use A Student Shipping Company

If that all sounds like too much stuff to transport in your small, family car, then there is a solution to your troubles. Make life easier by getting a student shipping company to transport your child’s possessions. There are tons out there to choose from! This might be even more ideal if your son or daughter is planning on studying abroad. Send your child’s luggage the smart way – it’s great value for money too – most services cost under £20 within the United Kingdom.

Don’t Overwhelm Them When It’s Time To Say Goodbye

Finally, once you’ve arrived and helped your son or daughter to unpack, be sure not to overwhelm them. This is a big moment in their lives and they’ll be grateful for some space. Plus, don’t be too devastated when it’s time to say goodbye – the chances are that they’ll be back in two weeks with some dirty washing for you! Letting go of your children slowly is all part of helping them gain independence – but nobody said it was going to be easy!


Hopefully, with our advice, your child will be able to make a smooth transition into university life.




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