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Parent and Carer Guide

Support Your Child to Succeed at Cumbria

With so many opportunities available, choosing the best path can be daunting for a young person. And, watching your child take their first steps towards the biggest decision in their life so far – where to go to university – is equally as scary as it is exciting. You may feel confused, out of the loop, and unsure of how to support them. 

We are here to help you prepare your child for university, by providing useful information about how to apply, secure financial support, how settle in, manage homesickness, and prepare for their future post-study. Prepare for the next step in their life together. 

Why Choose the University of Cumbria

No matter your child's ambition, we offer a massive catalogue of degree courses, including health, sports, social work, teaching, business, science, conservation, outdoor studies, art, tourism and policing, and much more.

Our campuses are safe places full of possibility, where amazing journeys happen. With 5 campuses across the North West and London, there's a place for everyone at Cumbria.

At Cumbria, we know that knowledge changes lives, communities, and businesses. That's why we have partnered with local and global businesses to offer work experience opportunities, boost student's skills and employability.

97% of our graduates are in employment or further education within 15 months of graduating. (HESA, 2023.)

Why Choose the University of Cumbria
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Money Advice Service

Our Money Advice Service is here to help students keep track of their money, including managing loan and bursary funding, and budget for university life. We offer free, expert advice to applicants and students exploring funding eligibility, bursaries, and loans. 

If you are worried about how your child will manage their money at university, read our guide to university funding or contact our team for a one-to one telephone appointment. You can also find us at Open Days and Applicant Visit Days where we offer on-the-day advice. 

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Visit Our Campuses

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to find out more about our campuses and courses. Whether your child plans to study in Lancaster, Carlisle, Ambleside, or London you can visit our campuses before starting the application process.

Book a place at our next open day event and discover what makes each campus unique, explore our top-quality facilities, speak to current students, and ask our academics all your burning questions. 

Cannot attend an open day or want answers sooner? Get in touch with our Course Enquiry Team at

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Talk to Our Team

Have more questions? Contact our course enquiry centre and ask all your burning questions.