Many people head to university to extend their educational journey. A lot of people look at university as a way to gain degrees and different qualifications to progress their career options for the future. Becoming a student can actually be a great element of your life and when you have a child considering this big decision, you want them to feel confident and fully informed. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But, encouraging your child into further education can be extremely overwhelming for them. Not just for the education side of things, but also the new chapter they are about to embark on. With that in mind, here are some of the encouraging things you can discuss with them to help them feel happy about taking the next step.

Staying close to the university and moving out of home

One of the first things they could be considering doing when heading to university is actually moving out of the parental home and living close to the university or on campus. These days you can find student accommodation very easily online. Some are specific to being student accommodation where they will possibly be sharing with other students attending the same campus and university. Or they could privately rent where it may be a little more expensive as well as not living with other people who are in similar circumstances to you. Part of the fun could come from living in student accommodation and it will certainly help them to experience the move fully.

Learning new responsibility

They learn a lot of things becoming a student at university and moving away from home, but one of the biggest will be the added responsibility they start to have. They learn all about the bills and paying things on time. Of course, it is important to help them along the way with the financial responsibility and this is when an education planner could come in handy. They also potentially learn to cook, they learn to be accountable for their education, their home work and the way they spend their time. It can be a learning curve not just with knowledge and one for them to embrace.

Enjoying the social events that you can attend

Part of being a student means that they can enjoy the social events on offer. The night outs, the chances to meet people and have some fun. It is all part of embracing the whole student life. Many universities have dedicated student bars which are designed to appeal to that age group. Right now, this side of things may look a little different, but it won’t last forever. Part of the fun is enjoying the nightlife and social aspect of university life.

Embracing the friendships you can make

Finally, many would say that the friendships that they make at university are the ones that last a lifetime. Some even meet their future husbands and wives at university. This is because you are all experiencing this new chapter in your life together. Learning for your future careers, taking on new responsibilities and enjoying this new life with them.

Let’s hope this has given you some confidence when talking to your children and encouraging them when it comes to higher education.


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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