Students with parenting responsibilities

We recognise how hard it is for parents and guardians to balance everything, and studying alongside parenting is demanding. We would like to extend a welcome to you and your family. The University offers support to help you with your studies, manage your commitments and support your wellbeing.

UCAS applications

For students applying to start their course in 2023, UCAS has introduced a section in the application so you can share more information about your circumstances with the university or college, including whether you have parenting responsibilities. This information means the university or college will be able to connect you to the right support for your needs quickly and easily and ensure you have all the information you need.

Financial support


If you’re deciding or you’ve made the decision to come to university, you can see what options are available for undergraduate students should you need any financial support. 

Cost of living

We know that students will be facing increased costs, which is why we’ve outlined the ways that the University is helping out on a dedicated page of our website.

Extra financial support

If you’re a full-time higher education student with dependent children, you may be able to get extra financial support to help with childcare costs and costs related to your course.

Academic support

Our support services and extensive resources are designed to help you succeed during your studies. Find out more about the support availabale for undergraduate students in our library and with IT services.

Personal wellbeing support

Student Services 

If you find yourself struggling with something whilst you're at University, you can contact our Student Services team. They can support you with any information about child minding or childcare too.   

Student support 

We offer a range of support services so that you can enjoy the best university experience that Loughborough has to offer. Find out more on our undergraduate support page.

Connecting to other parents

Societies and sports teams

The Students’ Union at Loughborough University offers over 100 societies and a variety of sports clubs that cater to a wide range of interests. These are great for meeting new people and may be a good way for you to develop a network for peer support.   

If you are a mature student, you may want to take a look at our Mature Students’ Association. 

Student ambassadors 

Another way to get involved in university life is to become a Student Ambassador. Our ambassadors are integral to the University. Find out more about what Student Ambassadors do and how you can apply to be one when the application process starts.   


You can visit our accommodation website for more information about accommodation at Loughborough. You can also contact our Student Acommodation Team to discuss any questions about what accommodation is provided for families.

On-campus nursery

There is a registered day nursery on campus which is consistently rated by Ofsted as 'Good'.

Places at the on-campus nursery are highly sought after, so early enquiries are recommended. You can apply for a nursery place before your course has been confirmed and you are under no obligation to take up a place if your plans change (one month’s notice of cancellation is required). Other local nurseries are also available.