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.
We are also committed to supporting pregnant students throughout the course of their studies with us.
Support from UCL
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
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.
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.
General support services
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:
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.
Out-of-hours support provided by Care First
UCL Student Support and Wellbeing is working in partnership with Care First to provide students with an out-of-hours support and information helpline.
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: 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
Students' Union UCL also offers a list of resources for parents and information on child-friendly spaces at the university, libraries and how to join the Parents and Carers Network on their website.