Parents and carers

We understand that going to university is a big step for students and their parents/carers.  You will need to know that your son or daughter is safe, secure, happy and on the right path to fulfil their aspirations.

The information on this website has been designed for parents and carers, but may also be useful to other family members and partners of students who are about to start at university.

It contains suggestions and advice covering a wide range of issues from applications to student loans and is designed to help you support your son or daughter as they prepare to enter university and throughout their time with us here at Surrey.

Data Protection Statement

Updated September 2017

Student data is collected to help us monitor the targeting and take up of activities and to track students who apply to Higher Education Institutions in the future. The data will be stored on a database (in accordance with the Data Protection Act) used to administer participation in the project. For research and monitoring processes we will undertake long-term tracking of participants’ education journeys, to monitor their participation in our activities and progression to Higher Education.

This data may be shared with the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE), the Department for Education, the Office for Students, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) subscribers, Connexions, Brightside Trust, National Data Service and our partners in the Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON) based at the University of Surrey to help evaluate the effectiveness of our activities and the broader government policy to widen participation in Higher Education and to develop future policy.

The project and its partners will not use your record in a way that would affect you individually. We will not release data to anyone who is unauthorised. You have the right to opt out of sharing your data at any time, please contact Katherine Sela ( or 01483 689878) to do this.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have the right to a copy of the data held about you by us. If you have any concerns about the use of data for these purposes or would like a copy of the data you have supplied directly to us, requests should be made in writing using the contact information at:

Finance and bursaries

For further information about finance and bursaries, please visit the fees and funding website.


For details about living on campus please visit the accommodation website.


For more information on the range of support services that the University of Surrey has in place, please visit the student life website.

Careers and employment 

For more information on careers and employability, please visit the employability and careers website.

Sports facilities

For further information about sports facilities at the University of Surrey, please visit the Surrey Sports Park website.