As a parent, guardian or someone with caring responsibilities, you will find yourself as one of the most important and trusted sources of information and advice for your child. Deciding to go to University is a big step in their journey toward independence and although this is an exciting time we understand that it can also be challenging. 

The following information will help you understand the process better so that you can plan ahead and support your child in making the right decision.

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Why go to University?

Going to university is a big decision and can be a life-changing experience. With so many options available you may be questioning whether higher education is the right choice. Here are five reasons why going to university may be the right option for your child. 

1. Improve career prospects

Competition in the job market is fierce and a degree will give your child the best possible start to their career. Not only are options open once they graduate, but they are likely to progress much quicker in their chosen career than a non-graduate. There are also opportunities to undertake work placements and internships. At Swansea we are proud to say that we are the UK top 10 for graduate prospects (DLHE 2018).

2. Increase Earning potential

A degree from Swansea University will give your child the edge when it comes to competing for jobs. On average, graduates earn £12,000 per year more than non-graduates.

3. Develop key skills

Our interdisciplinary degree schemes allow students to develop skills such as communication, organisation, time management, team-work, leadership, presentation and problem-solving alongside their studies.

4. Gain independence

Going to university and living away from home is a time for your child to gain independence and develop self-confidence. It is not only in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject they will enjoy but all the other aspects of student life as well. Joining clubs and societies and being part of the Students’ Union all adds to the experience.

5. Make friends for life

Living in halls of residence or shared housing is a first time experience for many students and your child will find that it is a great way to establish friendships that will last a lifetime. Swansea is proud of its multicultural campus and your child will be part of a community of students from around the globe.


Where to live at Swansea University


Parents trip to Swansea University


Student Life at Swansea University


How much does it cost to go to university?

We know one of the biggest concerns can be the cost of going to university. Take a look at our tuition fees page for information on:

  • how much it will cost to study at Swansea University
  • how and when graduates pay back their loans
  • maintenance loans, which help towards living expenses while at university.

The amount your child is eligible to borrow depends on factors including where they will be studying and your household income. It is worth noting, you do not pay fees upfront and students can apply for tuition fee loans to cover all or part of their fees.

At Swansea University, we also have a number of scholarships and bursaries available.

Key information

The support doesn’t stop there…

Swansea Employability Academy

During their studies and after graduation, Swansea University students have access to a dedicated Employability Academy. During their time at Swansea they will have the opportunity to engage with industry, take on placement opportunities and work experience so they are fully equipped for the world of work once they graduate.

The Academy  provides a wide range of support including:

  • Placements
  • Careers fairs
  • CV writing workshops.

We have a number of Careers Advisors available during and outside term time, so you can be assured that they will receive all the support they need.

Calling all entrepreneurs 

Our award-winning Enterprise team are always on hand to encourage budding entrepreneurs, by developing their skills and helping them gain valuable experience through a unique support programme. Take a look at some of our student stories and the businesses they have set up whilst studying at Swansea.


Next steps...

If you haven’t done so already, attending an Open Day with your child is a great way to get answers to all your questions and to see what it’s really like to be a student at Swansea. Take a look at our undergraduate open day pages, for further information and to book your place.

Alternatively, you can contact our admissions team on Email or call 01792 295111

We look forward to welcoming you to Swansea!