Information for parents or guardians

Starting university is a significant life event for your student, but also for you. As the parent or supporter of a young person leaving home to attend university, it’s normal to feel a mix of excitement and anxiety.

A new student’s nervousness should start to subside as they get involved in Orientation Week activities and as their studies get underway. The University’s Advice and Support Centre, Halls Life, Wellbeing, and Disability teams will be on hand for additional support if needed, and of course you're only a call away.

This page offers insight into student life in St Andrews and includes a glossary of terms, key dates, and helpful information about preparing for university, as well as details on Orientation Week and beyond. It also outlines the University’s range of support services.

Development runs the very popular Family Programme for the parents and guardians of current undergraduate students. This enables our families to be part of the St Andrews community, keeps them up to date with developments at the University and provides ways they can contribute to and share in its achievements. When you join the programme you will be invited to attend a welcome event in St Andrews on the first Sunday of orientation week.

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