Going to university is a big change – not just for you, but for your parents!

This is probably the first time you've lived away from home and they may be more worried about it than they seem. Set their minds at rest by sharing your plans and information with them.

Fill them in on the UCAS process

As you now know, the process of going to uni is by no means straightforward and it is not surprising that parents ask a lot of questions about how it all works. Even if they went to university themselves things have changed over the years. The UCAS website has a lot of useful information written for parents and guardians – there's even a newsletter that they can subscribe to make sure they are keeping up to date with developments UCAS website.

Show them where you are going

Taking a parent along to an Open Day is a good way to make them feel involved in your decision process. Seeing the facilities and accommodation first hand will make them worry less about where you will be living and what you will be doing.

And don't forget to give them a call

Once you're settledat uni, don't forget about home. Your parents may seem to be enjoying their empty nest but they still worry, so keep in contact. Don't just text them, give them a call every now and then, it doesn't have to be a long or expensive conversation. This can be a mood-booster for you too if you're feeling slightly stressed. Make sure your family has your contact details including your address. You may be an adult and ready for independence – but they still want to know you are OK.

At the University of Greenwich, you'll have all the support you need to stand on your own two feet. Change starts here.