Advice for parents and carers

Going to university can be a big step for students and their families – but it’s also an exciting time.

From the application process onwards, we regard all students as adults. All correspondence is sent directly to the individual applicant or student. Our services are always happy to speak to parents or guardians. We’ll provide all the support and advice needed to make the most of university life.

Applying to university

Most students will apply via UCAS. Find out all abut the application process so that you can support your student successfully through it. 

All the important dates and deadlines for applications can be found on the UCAS website.

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Safety, support and wellbeing

See more about our safety on campus and how we support students throughout their university journey.  

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Visit us

Parents, carers, and supporters are welcome to attend our Open Days with their student. These include campus tours, presentations and talks, and the chance to speak to University staff and current students. See more about Open Days and other ways to visit us.

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Student finance

Find out more about fees, funding, budgeting and student finances.

Registration to graduation

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Our range of secure and affordable accommodation includes over 2,000 rooms right on our beautiful campus, providing students with a home away from home.

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Campus life

Our 330-acre campus is a wonderful place to call home. With an Olympic-sized swimming pool, on-site cinema, restaurants, and bars, it’s easy to see why we’ve earned a five-star rating for our facilities in the QS World Rankings.

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Careers and employability

Our graduates leave with well-rounded skills and experience, and are highly-sought by employers. Our Careers and Employability Service gives students the support and advice they need for planning their career.

The Family Programme

Our focus on you doesn’t stop when your student joins us. Our Family Programme offers parents and families of existing students the opportunity to get involved and become part of our wider community. Membership is free and includes:

  • receiving the University of Stirling magazine 'Stirling Minds'
  • regular e-newsletters
  • invitations to events

We’ll also keep you up-to-date on University news, events and developments.

For more information please email