Frequently asked questions by parents and guardians
Where will my son/daughter live?
During the first year it is common for students to live in halls of residence and DMU has a wide range of accommodation available for undergraduate students who have enrolled onto a full-time course. When a student nominates DMU as their first (firm) choice they will receive information about booking accommodation during May and early booking is advised to secure this accommodation. In the second and third year students usually move on to student housing, which can be found through our in-house team SULETS.
What is Leicester like as a city?
To get a better idea of Leicester and what the city is like to live in take a look at our Leicester guide where you will find a round-up of the best that Leicester has to offer, along with links to major attractions.
Does the university monitor the private rented accommodation it advertises to its students?
We operate an accreditation scheme in partnership with Leicester City Council which means that all properties advertised on the Private Housing Database have been inspected and approved by the council and comply with the Code of Standards.
Is Leicester a safe place for students?
DMU has its own Campus Police Constable as well as a dedicated team of security staff who aim to ensure that all students and staff are able to study and work in a safe environment all year round. Read more about our Be Smart Be Safe initiative.
What are student living costs?
This will vary for each student depending upon the nature of the course being studied and the lifestyle of the student. For example, an art and design student may find that there are costs associated to the degree course due to necessary materials and equipment. A good estimate to use is £115 per week plus accommodation costs, which generally tends to range from £80-£120 a week. This overall estimated figure includes utility bills, insurance, socialising, laundry and travel. For expert budgeting advice students can make an appointment to see a member of the Money and Welfare team in Student Services. It’s a good idea to know how many weeks the course being studied lasts and how long the contract for the accommodation is so that a weekly budget can be accurately calculated.
What support is there available for disabled students?
Disability Advice and Support is a part of our student services and they work with students, faculties, study support staff and external agencies in order to help students with a disability fulfil their potential at the university.
The Disability Advice and Support team can help students to apply for Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA). These allowances are provided in order to help pay for any necessary support required while the student is studying at the university. To ensure this support package is in place at the start of the university year, students need to disclose their disability on their UCAS application.
What support will you provide to help my son/daughter find work?
At DMU employability is embedded into our wide range of degree courses with a dedicated careers team in each faculty. We also have a large careers team on campus that provides support with job applications, work preparation and careers advice. These services, combined with our ground-breaking employment schemes such as Frontrunners, #DMUglobal and Graduate Plus, provide our students with all that they require to enter the world of work.
What is Clearing?
Clearing allows students who didn't receive offers, declined their offers, didn't get the grades they needed, or have not previously applied, to apply for courses at universities that still have places available.