Mature students

We appreciate that there are particular challenges for mature students, who are often balancing family or job commitments alongside their studies.

Support for Mature Students

Who can I ask for help?

There are plenty of places to turn for help and advice during your studies.  Here are just a few of the many people and services at Worcester who can help you make informed decisions:

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If you have questions, get in touch with us on 01905 85511 or

Caring for others

Making time for your studies

A large number of mature students, and particularly part-time students, are parents. Some others care for another family member or friend who, because of age, illness, or disability, cannot manage on their own. Parents and other carers may need to arrange help to allow time for their studies.

Childcare at Worcester

The University of Worcester has an excellent Ofsted-registered nursery on campus. It provides care and education for children aged from 3 months to 5 years.  If you visit us at an Open Day, you can take a look around the facilities.

Students with children may be entitled to Child Tax Credit, a Childcare Grant and Housing Benefit. For more information, you can visit

The Worcestershire Early Help Hub provides free and impartial advice to families with children aged 0 to 19 years of age. You can contact them on 01905 822666 or by emailing 

Caring for other family members or friends

If you care for an adult family member or friend, you may wish to talk to your local authority Social Services department. They are required by Law to carry out a ‘carer assessment’, which looks at your needs as a carer, as well as the needs of the person you care for.

If your needs change as a result of becoming a student (full-time or part-time), they will take this into account. Services such as respite care (a break from caring, for example around exam times) may be possible.


Fees and funding for mature students

Help with fees and funding

Financing your studies may seem complicated at first, but we’ve put together some information to help make things clear.

A degree from Worcester is a great investment in your future. It’s important to take the time to find out about the cost of living and studying here, so you know what to expect. There is plenty of help available and changes to the student loan system means that part-time students can more easily access funds.

Costs and grants

Making a decision to enter Higher Education is a huge step for any student, but is an even greater leap for those adult learners who have dependants and additional commitments outside their studies.

There are generally three main costs to consider when thinking about going to University: tuition fees; day-to-day living costs; and costs associated with study, such as course books, photocopying and travel to and from University.

For most students, there are government loans available to pay your fees and to help with your living costs, which are repayable once you have graduated and are earning over a minimum amount.

For complete details, visit our Figure out Finances section.

You can also contact the Money Advice team via

Accommodation for mature students

On campus accommodation

Many students choose to live at home while they study in order to save money, or to be with their families. Some mature students do choose to live in university accommodation and the University of Worcester has a great variety of halls, including specially designated postgraduate houses.

The University guarantees accommodation for all new, first-year undergraduates, provided they have firmly accepted their place by the UCAS deadline. For further information, visit our accommodation pages.

Private rented accommodation

If you’re a mature student and wish to live in private accommodation, the Accommodation Office can help you with information and advice. The University is located in a pleasant and friendly Worcester suburb, not far from the city centre, with plenty of private options available.