Information for parents and guardians

As a parent you want to make sure your daughter or son has all the information they need to make the right choice for their future. You also want peace of mind that they are safe, happy and have everything they need to manage independently.

To help you feel assured that your daughter or son will be best prepared for this exciting new chapter, we provide the answers to some of the questions that might be on your mind.

Faq Items

Why should my daughter/son go to university?

There are a number of good reasons to study at university and these vary depending on an individual’s needs, aspirations and interests. Take a look at our feature which discusses some of the main benefits to obtaining a degree: 'It's life changing' – reasons why students study for a degree.

My daughter/son isn't sure what to study, do you have any advice?

Going to university is an investment of time, hard work and finances, so choosing a subject that your son or daughter will not only enjoy, but also has the greatest potential to lead them towards a successful career is key.

We've created a short guide as a starting point to help them consider their options.

How will they finance their education?

From what scholarships are available to how to live on a budget, we have plenty of information to help you understand student finance. Check out our fees and funding section to find out all you need to know.

How do they apply?

Applications for all full-time undergraduate programmes must be submitted via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applicants can search courses on the UCAS website and find detailed information on how to apply to university.

Search courses at LJMU and find out more about the application process.

What support do LJMU offer to their students?

We have a dedicated Student Advice and Wellbeing Services team on hand to help students through university. Whether it’s help with studying, money concerns, or health and wellbeing – you’ll find all you need to know from our student support section.

My daughter/son will be living in student accommodation. What sort of accommodation is on offer?

At LJMU your daughter/son will have a choice of accommodation all based in the heart of the city so they can easily access our campuses and experience the vibrant, culture-rich centre. Find out more about what type of accommodation is on offer at LJMU.

How can I be sure my daughter/son is safe and secure while at university?

Liverpool is one of the safest student cities in the UK and LJMU is a very safe environment. To alleviate any concerns you might have about your daughter/son being away at university, take a look at our health and wellbeing section.

Are they likely to get a career at the end of their degree?

LJMU places a great deal of importance on employability. A strong emphasis on active learning and practical training is embedded into our programmes. Not only will students have the opportunity to take part in work experience to further their professional development and prepare them for the world of work, but they will have extensive hands-on experience within our state-of-the-art facilities. Students will gain insight from expert lecturers, guest speakers, field trips and much more. 

Our careers service offers in-depth advice and guidance, opportunities to meet and engage with employers and an extensive programme of careers and employability workshops.

To find out more about career prospects for each course, search our course information pages.

Why should they study in Liverpool?

As one of the safest cities in the UK, Liverpool attracts students from far and wide. In terms of culture, it boasts more museums and galleries than any other city outside of London and is host to a range of exciting events throughout the year. Our students get to experience the creative atmosphere of the city thanks to our partnerships with the big names in arts and culture; they can discover and appreciate music, art and theatre for free or at discounted prices. 

Liverpool is a great city for eating out with a huge range of restaurants and cafés to suit every taste and budget. With shopping, theatres, parks, attractions and activities all within easy reach, the city is a fantastic student destination, not to mention an excellent place to visit when you drop by to see your son or daughter.

No matter where you live in the UK, Liverpool is very easy to get to whether you're travelling by train, car or plane (it's just over two hours by train to London and only 30 minutes by plane from Northern Ireland).

Discover more about what Liverpool has to offer in our feature: 7 reasons to study in Liverpool.

What are the facilities like at LJMU?

We continually invest in our facilities across all our campuses to ensure that students are working in well-equipped, modern environments that simulate real-world settings. They’ll have access to the latest equipment, a wealth of resources and great study and social zones. Find out more about some of the facilities within our Faculties.

What is the student experience at LJMU like?

We understand that learning is only half of the experience of going to uni. That’s why we make sure our students have access to some amazing opportunities while at LJMU. From joining sports teams, clubs and societies to visiting the theatre, watching live music or travelling abroad – there’s something to suit everyone. Find out more about the student experience.

My daughter/son is keen to study abroad. What sort of travel opportunities are there?

All LJMU students are encouraged to study, work or volunteer abroad. There are a range of opportunities available to suit different aspirations, interests and destination choices – find out more about our go abroad programme.

Is it possible to visit LJMU with my daughter/son?

Absolutely, we encourage family members to attend our Open Days to make sure LJMU is the right choice. Find out more about what happens on an Open Day and when the next one is taking place.

Where can I get more information?

If we haven't answered your question above, then here's a list of our key contacts to help you further.

For example, if you have a course enquiry, please call: 0151 231 5090 or email


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