Students with families

Information for students with families

We advise students to think carefully before deciding to bring their partner and children to the UK. Students who plan ahead and make preparations for their family to join them at a later stage in the academic year will often find it easier to adapt to life in the UK and are likely to experience fewer difficulties.

The basic living costs for 12 months for a couple with one child would be approximately £17,000. If you have more than one child accompanying you, you should add a further £1,800 per child.

The following pages include information on a range of topics specific to students with families:


If you and your family are non-EEA nationals, they will need to obtain dependant visas to come to the UK with you. Find out more in the separate Immigration section of our website.

Family Accommodation

Information about both university-owned family accommodation and private accommodation.

Childcare (0-5)

Does the university offer childcare services? Where are the closest nurseries? This section will help you get started.

Education (5-16)

Find out about the UK's educational structure and how to enrol your children in local schools.

Language Classes For Partners

INTO University of Exeter offers free English language classes for spouses and partners of international students.

Student Parent Support Group

The  Students’ Guild Student Parent Support Group  is for students with children or those who are pregnant, the Student Parent Support Group acts as a first point of contact within the Advice Unit for any problems that they are facing or information they need. The group holds events on campus throughout the year to support students with children to meet others in a similar situation to themselves. Being a student parent can be isolating and it can be difficult to access the opportunities that many students have to meet others and create their own support networks. The group also supports students to learn about what options they have from the moment a pregnancy is confirmed until their children are no longer dependent. We can help students to make informed choices about combining studies with raising a family. By establishing the Student Parent Support Group, we hope to improve the student experience for student parents. By creating a better support network we hope to reduce the number of student parents who feel they have to withdraw from their studies.

The Student Parent Liaison Officer is Emma Wilson and she can be contacted by email or telephone 01392 723523. You will also find lots of information on the Guild website at

Further information for student parents at the Cornwall campuses can be found here: