If you're a student and a parent, UCL can provide support and facilities to help you manage your studies alongside family life, including nursery care and family accommodation.
UCL is committed to supporting to supporting all our students who are parents.
On this page:
- Specific support for student parents
- General support services
- Support for pregnant students
- Further reading
UCL has no specific financial support available for parents. However, if you do experience financial difficulty during the course of the academic year, you are encouraged to apply to the Financial Assistance Fund – an emergency fund to help students in unexpected financial hardship, for which student parents are a priority group.
If you are experiencing more sensitive or complex funding issues or would like advice on budgeting your money, you can contact the Student Funding Adviser
UCL has limited family accommodation which you may be eligible to apply for, offered subject to availability.
The UCL Day Nursery is open to staff and students. Where possible, it is recommended that you apply for a place as early as you can as there may be a waiting list for places, especially baby places.
The Family and Childcare Trust also has a tool that allows you to search for childcare facilities close to where you live by entering your postcode.
Breastfeeding and baby-changing facilities
If you wish to express breast milk or breastfeed your child, you can use the dedicated rest rooms which are also used by UCL staff members.
If you are planning to bring your family to the UK there are several things you may need to consider, including accommodation, immigration and finances.
If you have found yourself with new or increased caring responsibilities that have impacted your ability to focus on your studies, there are a number of options available to you.
You can temporarily interrupt your studies if you need to and return when you are able to continue. If you would like to consider this option, please speak to staff in your department first, who will be able to discuss how this will affect your studies, and spend some time reading through the guidance on interruptions online.
You can apply for Extenuating Circumstances if you are affected by any sudden and unexpected disruption to your studies. Depending on your circumstances, Extenuating Circumstances might allow you to have an extension on assignments, deferral of assessment or other adjustments.
Student parents have full access to the same support services as any other student. We offer a range of support at UCL, but some services that student parents may be particularly interested in engaging with include:
Seeing an adviser
If you are experiencing difficulties with your health or wellbeing, contact a member of our team to discuss your situation. To speak to an adviser about your options or to make an appointment, you can get in touch through askUCL.
At UCL, every student is provided with a Personal Tutor (or a supervisor for research students), who takes an interest in them as an individual and who offers guidance on their overall academic progress as well as their personal and professional development.
When you become a student at UCL, you will be allocated a Personal Tutor, who will normally be a member of teaching staff but not necessarily teaching courses on your programme.
If and when needed, the Personal Tutor provides a safety net for the students' physical, mental and emotional welfare, acting as a point of referral to avert crisis. However, the normal tutoring role provides facilitation and guidance on a more everyday basis, so that the student can independently integrate the academic and extracurricular elements of their learning and development.
Evening and weekend support provided by Care First
UCL Student Support and Wellbeing works in partnership with Care First to provide students with out-of-hours support and information over the phone and online.
The Care First information specialists are trained by Citizens Advice, and can provide comprehensive answers and assistance on a wide range of issues which affect your daily life. These include, but are not limited to, the following: debt, employment, housing, education, legal enquiries, health, taxes, immigration and citizenship, consumer rights.
Care First also has a team of professionally qualified counsellors, accredited by the BACP, who are able to help students deal with a wide range of issues, such as homesickness, exam stess, relationship problems, family issues, traumatic incidents, bereavement, bullying and harassment, as well as many other emotional and psychological difficulties you may be experiencing.
Students' Union UCL
Student parents at UCL are represented in the Students' Union by the Officer for Students with Caring Responsibilities. They’re in place to represent the interests and concerns of student carers to both the Union and UCL. All student carers are welcome to get in touch with the Officer for advice and to raise any issues.
A Facebook community has been established to bring together student parents and carers across the university and to provide you with a network of peers who you can share your experience with.
Students' Union UCL also offers a list of resources for parents alongside information about child-friendly spaces at the university, libraries and how to join the Parents and Carers Network on their website.
We are also committed to supporting pregnant students throughout the course of their studies with us.
'Studying as a Parent: A Handbook for Success'
Author: Helen Owton
Description: "Offers practical information and motivational support to help parents in higher education successfully deal with the challenges they face, and make juggling their parent and student commitments less arduous. Written by a recent student parent graduate, it covers issues from funding and childcare, to managing insecurities and future directions."