Health and Wellbeing

Student families

Although the University campus can seem dominated by students with few responsibilities outside of their studies, it is not uncommon for students to also be, or to become, parents or carers during their studies.

Students with dependants

This section will help you to balance the responsibilities of parenting or caring alongside studying. For information on pregnancy and the support on offer see the section on Sexual Health.

Balancing a family with your studies

Having children or dependants needn’t be an obstacle to you completing your course of study, though it is not without its challenges. If you are finding balancing the requirements of your course with having a family difficult, you might want to make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss whether there are any ways of making your course seem more manageable. If you are considering part-time options or taking time out from your course, you may want to speak to a Student Advisor to discuss your situation.

Financial concerns

Facilities for student parents

  • Library Family Room: The Library Family Room is a space where you can study while your little ones play. It is equipped with toys and books for a range of ages, safety-gated play area, bean bags, a quiet/feeding corner with a privacy screen, and comfy chairs.
  • Sunflower Room (previously the Family Room. Located in Norwich House): contains kitchen and bathroom facilities (including a changing table), as well as a pleasant seating area and a garden. This room is managed by the Students Union. Read more about the Sunflower Room.
  • Baby changing facilities can currently be found in the following locations:
    • Essex House – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Falmer House – first floor disabled toilet
    • Bramber House – ground floor disabled toilet and second floor office area
    • Pevensey 2 – Level 4b, ladies’ toilets and level 5b, men’s toilets
    • Falmer Sports Complex – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Sport Centre – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Silverstone – ground floor (café level), ladies’ toilets
  • Play area: located behind Lancaster House just as you go into Park Village.

Childcare

  • The University has childcare services available for children aged between 4 months and 5 years, with a discount available for students. For information on these services, fees and contact details for enquiries, visit Children's facilities

Family accommodation

  • There are family flats on campus and in the city which are currently fully occupied. Due to ongoing development works on campus, the housing team are currently unable to take applications for family accommodation. You can check here for updates.
  • Contact Housing Services if you’re an international student with questions about bringing your family to the UK.

Connecting with other student parents

  • The Students’ Union runs various events both for student parents and their children, as well as events which are inclusive and accessible for children to attend so you might want to keep an eye on their event listings.
  • The International Office also arranges occasional trips for student parents and their children which are a great way to get in touch with other parents while visiting places of interest that your children will enjoy.

Child health

  • Check the section titled “Staying well” for general health advice for your children – including vaccinations.
  • Notices are put on the student pages of the university website with regards to any outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough etc.

More

  • Information for international students with families can be found on the Student Hub.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council's Family Information Service (FIS) contains useful Information and advice about childcare and local support for families.
  • Other advice includes:
    • Children’s Services – various locations in Sussex offering a range of parenting support and advice
    • Gingerbread – A national organisation providing advice and practical support to single parents
    • Young Minds – Young Minds focuses on the mental health issues of children, recognising that many children have troublesome worries and fears. They publish a huge range of information to help parents, carers or other professionals who are worried about a child
    • Family Lives – A service offering support, information and guidance on all issues of concern related to caring of children
    • Parent Lifeline – A helpline which offers emotional support and understanding for parents under stress. This helpline can also put parents in touch with further help if they wish.