Accessibility statement

Students with children

New undergraduates

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We understand that juggling university with parenting responsibilities can be challenging. As a university we will support you to manage your studies alongside your family life.

Dedicated support

The Student Hub has a dedicated contact, Nicola Browne, who can provide advice and guidance. You can contact Nicola by emailing

There is also a Family Network run by families for families. The Network exists to enable students with children to meet, socialise, share information and have fun! All members of the University community who have children - undergraduates, postgraduates and members of staff are welcome.

If you are a prospective student with a child or children, there are things that are important to consider before you start studying at York. 

Facilities on campus

There are baby changing facilities available on campus which can be found on the campus map by searching for baby changing. If you would like a dedicated quiet place to breastfeed or to express milk - just search the map for breastfeeding.

Childcare, schools and accommodation

The York Campus Nursery caters for children aged 3 months to school age (5 years). There are also several private nurseries close to the University. You should contact nurseries as soon as possible as they tend to get booked up early.

Financial support

Students with children (particularly lone parents) are a priority group for the University's Student Support Fund. These funds help students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty due to an unforeseen change in their circumstances.

If you have children, regardless of whether you are over 25, you will be assessed as an independent student for financial support. Students with children are sometimes eligible for extra financial support so it is also important you look into this.

Details of typical costs for family accommodation and the on campus nursery can be found on the living costs webpage.

Exceptional Circumstances

When you have children, things can happen that seriously impair your performance or prevent you undertaking the assessment at the scheduled time. Should the unexpected happen, you may be able to defer an assessment or take it again. Please see Exceptional circumstances affecting assessment for more detail.

Change of Plan

If you need to change your plan during your time at university, there are always options available, including transferring to another course, taking a leave of absence (time out) or switching from full-time to part-time status. Your Academic Supervisor and/ or an Adviser in the Student Hub will be able to help you explore your options. 

Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy

The University's Student Pregnancy, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Policy covers any applicant who is pregnant, registered students who become pregnant during their studies and registered students whose partners are pregnant. Any registered student who becomes a parent, for example, through adoption is also covered by this policy.

The guidance relating to the above policy includes sources of support for student parents within the University as well as details of external sources of information and help.