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What you need to know as a parent, carer or guardian about university application

Helping your child apply to uni

Applying to university can be overwhelming, for both a child and their parents or carers.

We’ve put together some helpful info below to help both you and your child feel more confident.

Choosing a uni and course

Your child can apply for up to 5 courses, so start researching as early as possible to help narrow them down. Help them to prioritise what's important, it could be: course content, uni location, student community, facilities or employability.

Things to consider:

  • Your child’s career goals and what courses will help to achieve them
  • Course content and structure and what fits with your child’s interests
  • Flexible study options such as part-time
  • Employability support for your child to build job-specific skills including placements.

Student finance

How to pay for uni

From February onwards, your child can start to apply for student finance. There are two types of loans: Tuition Loans to cover the tuition fees, and Maintenance Loans to cover living costs. These are calculated based on your household income.

You can help your child find out how much they’d get on gov.uk and if they’re eligible for finance grants such as Student Disability Allowance. There are also scholarships, and bursaries awarded to certain students, visit the uni website to see what funds might be available.

At Middlesex, we try to make studying with us affordable for as many people as possible. Ask our Student Welfare team about what help might be available for your child.


Another important decision for your child to make is if they want to live at home, stay in university halls of residence or rented accommodation.

At Middlesex, we have student halls close to our campus in Hendon and in north west London. We guarantee accommodation in halls for all full-time first year undergraduate students.

Your child can also search for private accommodation using Middlesexstudentpad to find local rooms, flats and houses for rent.

Get to know MDX better

Join your son or daughter for a visit to our campus and find out if we’re the right match for them.

Look around our facilities, meet staff and speak to current students about their experience as students.

Book for our next Open Day

If your child has chosen Middlesex University, that's great news! For all our advice, tips and info, and to find out what happens in the first weeks of university, visit our page for parents and carers of MDX students.

You can also sign up to our parents and carers newsletter and become a student supporter.

Download March 2021 newsletter

Applying to Middlesex University?

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Data protection means that we may not always be able to discuss the details of your child's application with you.

  • How to apply

Applying through UCAS

Your child will need to apply through UCAS (the University and Colleges Admissions Service), the organisation responsible for processing applications to UK universities for all undergraduate courses and students.

To help your son or daughter apply to university, it's important to understand how the UCAS application process works. Head to ucas.com for their fantastic range of how-to guides for both parent and child.

Once they’ve applied, they can track their applications online, and respond to offers they get.

When to apply

  • 15 October - apply for Oxford and Cambridge universities and all medicine and dentistry courses elsewhere
  • 25 January - first deadline for all other applications. If your child applies by this date then they will receive a decision by the beginning of May.

At Middlesex we also consider applications made after January. So if you miss the first deadline it’s worth getting in touch to find out your child’s options

Understanding and responding to offers

A conditional offer means your child needs to achieve certain exam grades.

An unconditional offer means your child has met all entry requirements. Some courses might also ask for an interview, portfolio or audition.

Making a firm or insurance choice

If your child applies in January then they should choose their first choice or firm option and their back-up or insurance option in beginning to mid-May. Then they will decline all other offers.

It's a good idea to make an insurance choice that has lower entry requirements or conditions than their firm choice. Your child can also defer their entry to university for a year.

How we teach at Middlesex

Our distinctive approach to teaching and learning prepares your child for their career after graduation. Your child will be taught by practising professionals in industry-standard facilities with opportunities to try out their new skills on real world situations.

For more information on how we are teaching during Coronavirus please visit our page on how students are learning during this time.

What makes Middlesex special
  • Enrolment at Middlesex

    • When will my child start at Middlesex?
      • Most students' first week is Welcome Week (18-22 September 2023)
      • International students start with an Orientation Week (11-15 September 2023).

      Welcome Week and Orientation Week help your child to settle in, meet new people and get to know their course and our support services to prepare them for their first term.

    • How can I support my child at Middlesex?

      It’s great to hear your child has chosen Middlesex University! For all our advice, tips and info, and to find out what happens in the first weeks of university, visit our page for parents and carers of MDX students.

      To keep you in the loop with what support we're offering students, we've set up a quarterly newsletter specially designed to ensure you know what's going on and how we can help your student. Sign up to our newsletter and become a student supporter.

      Parents of new students

    • Middlesex University regulations

      Before they start with us, your child must read the University's regulations and policies so they know their rights and responsibilities as a Middlesex student.

      Now they're on their way to Middlesex!

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