Information for parents or guardians

Information and advice to support your son or daughter through the transition to independent living. 

Parent guide

UWE Bristol students have the opportunity to experience independent living within a supportive environment. For many it will be their first chance to live away from home. We have many support services and resources available to help them settle into a new way of living.

We strongly recommend that students visit us prior to making their accommodation application. At an Open Day they can find out about our courses, facilities, finance and they will have the opportunity to visit some of our accommodation.

What can we offer for your peace of mind?

Wellbeing Service staff are available for students who may need further support and they have detailed information for parents, guardians and friends and self-help resources.

Student checklist - has your son or daughter done the following?

  1. Step 1

    Your son/daughter will need somewhere to live when they study with us during their first year - help them explore their UWE Bristol accommodation options.

  2. Step 2

    Attending a UWE Bristol Open Day is an important step in the preparation process for starting university.

  3. Step 3

  4. Step 4

    Our accommodation team in on hand to support you and your son/daughter through the accommodation application process, including our accommodation guarantee

  5. Step 5

  6. Step 6

    Ensure your son/daughter has read and understands the terms and conditions of their chosen accommodation.

  7. Step 7

  8. Step 8

    The Residents' guide includes useful information to help your son/daughter prepare for the transition to living in their new accommodation.

  9. Step 9

How to support your son or daughter


  • Encourage your son or daughter to become more independent as September approaches.
  • Suggest they call us directly if they have any questions.
  • Make sure you son or daughter can use a washing machine, budget for a weekly shop and cook a few simple dishes.
  • Advise them to take a look at the University's guide to managing your money.
  • Be patient - you may not hear from them as often as you would like.


Our relationship with parents, guardians and other third parties

We are unable to give any information about a student either applying for a place at university or a student currently studying at the University, to a third party, without that student’s express permission. This includes parents, guardians, spouses, siblings and guarantors. This is because UK law (the 2018 Data Protection Act) and Accommodation Services policy prohibit the disclosure of an individual’s information.

If a student would like us to discuss details of their accommodation, including finances and adherence to terms and conditions, they we will need to complete a third party sharing form. Please ask them to email to set up a data-sharing agreement.

In exceptional circumstances, when we are concerned that there is a serious risk to self or others, University staff will contact an emergency contact or next of kin (without the student's permission) only if medical or wellbeing personnel advise that it is required.