Clearing day advice for parents

We know it can be challenging for parents to offer support on Clearing day. Get quick answers to common Clearing questions here.

I am a parent/guardian. How can I help?

If you want to support your child/dependant in their decision making, you could engage with them when they are researching their options. Come and visit with them to experience our campuses and get a taste for what life at Greenwich will be like.

On A-level results day (15 August), your child can submit their final decision with UCAS from 3pm. Once this is done, it's important that they apply promptly for accommodation and/or a student loan if they need them.

How does my child apply for a student loan?

Applications for a student loan should be made through Student Finance England (or the regional equivalent in Scotland, Wales, etc.). New students should apply as soon as possible to avoid delays to their first payment.

If your child/dependant has already applied for a student loan but has changed universities during Clearing, they must notify the loan provider about the new arrangements.

We offer a range of support on budgeting and avoiding debt. We also have hardship funds and a new Commuter Bursary if students encounter financial difficulties during their studies.

How does my child apply for accommodation?

The university's halls of residence provide a supportive environment for students living away from home, with 24/7 advice and assistance available from on-site staff and residential assistants who live in the halls. It helps our students make friends and establish networks that enhance their experience.

We offer an accommodation guarantee to all first-year students and can normally provide housing in halls for the years that follow.

How do we keep our students safe?

As well as on-site security teams on our campuses, we offer 24/7 advice and assistance available from on-site staff and residential assistants in our halls of residence.

Why should my child/dependant choose Greenwich?

There are many reasons why Greenwich is the ideal place to come and study.

  • History: we were established in 1890 as Woolwich Polytechnic. We have a long and successful history of education.
  • Campuses: our campuses are very special places to study. They include the iconic Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
  • Facilities: since 2013 we've invested over £150 million in high-end labs, teaching spaces and student facilities.
  • Careers: we place a big emphasis on work placements to provide vital experience and contacts.
  • Students recommend us: 96% of our current and former students would recommend us (2017).

Does Clearing affect my child's career opportunities?

Not at all. Clearing is a pragmatic way of applying for courses given the change in circumstances that can take place throughout the year - not least on results day.

Many of our former students who entered through Clearing have gone on to successful careers.