Although most students are over the age of 18, we welcome younger applicants with the aptitude to thrive at the University. We treat all our students as independent, mature adults, regardless of age.

Under-18s living in England are considered by law to be children, which means we have additional responsibilities towards younger students. To fulfil this duty of care, we have made special arrangements for younger students.

Pastoral care for students

When you arrive at University, you are assigned a personal tutor, who will guide you through your years at the University. You will receive appropriate pastoral care, and you can access a range of specialist services for additional support.

Parental declaration form

Parents or guardians are asked to complete and sign the parent declaration form (PDF, 134kB)‌ and return it to the central admissions office. The form covers certain conditions, some of which are listed below.

Parental responsibility

Offers are made on the condition that parents or guardians accept that the University cannot assume parental responsibility for students under the age of 18.

Emergency contact

Parents who live overseas should nominate a UK-based guardian for any under-18 student attending the University in case of an emergency.


Students aged under 18 who firmly accept an offer from the University can apply for accommodation under the terms of the accommodation guarantee. We will consider which type of accommodation is most appropriate for under-18s and let you know the accommodation options.


We take reasonable steps to ensure that the law is observed on licensed premises on the University campus, but ultimate responsibility lies with parents or guardians. Younger students therefore need to be aware that it is illegal for under-18s to buy or be sold alcohol.

Holding positions of responsibility

Students aged under 18 are not permitted to hold positions of responsibility, whether in external organisations or in University clubs or associations.

Staff responsibilities

If a student under the age of 18 accepts an offer from the University, we will inform all the relevant departmental staff of their responsibilities under the University’s child protection policy. This includes special measures in relation to field trips or potentially hazardous activities.

Advice for parents and carers

Our factsheet for parents and carers (PDF, 294kB) offers advice on how you can support someone with the decision to go to university.

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