Helping your child prepare for university

As you prepare for your child to leave home for the first time and embark on their university experience, the chances are that you’ve been pondering how to make sure they settle in as quickly and as seamlessly as possible. While it’s natural to be worried about your son or daughter, particularly if it’s their first time studying abroad, we can assure you that at Collegiate Milan North they’ll be an environment where they can thrive.

Although it’s important to let your son or daughter embrace this period independently, there are some little things you can do which may help them during periods where they face academic and financial challenges.

Our top tips

Student accommodation in Milan

For many people, moving away to university is often the first time they’ll be living away from home. As parents, you’ll no doubt want to make sure that your son or daughter’s accommodation has everything they’ll need to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.

When it comes to helping your child choose their student home, gather all the information you can to make an informed decision and feel comfortable with your choice of student accommodation to ensure your child has the very best university experience and enjoys a memorable and comfortable stay.

Healthcare items

One of your main concerns is likely to be your child’s wellbeing whilst they are away from home. Until now, any illnesses they may have encountered will have been dealt with quickly and efficiently by you or your partner, but this will no longer be the case.

Make sure your son or daughter has a basic supply of healthcare items with them when moving away to university, from remedies to fight the common cold or headaches, to vitamins to support their immune system.

If there are particular ailments you know they will struggle with then be sure to include these, otherwise, just stock up your child with the essentials so they can combat common illnesses on their own.


Many students head off to university with limited to no cooking skills. You can easily prepare your child for independent living, by teaching them how to cook their favourite meals to maintain a balanced diet – both for themselves and their new university friends. You can also find plenty of simple recipes online and in cook books specifically aimed at students!

We all know that healthy eating is a key ingredient to academic success, which is why most purpose-built university accommodation buildings provide modern kitchens – giving students the ability to cook to their heart’s content. During the first few months, cooking workshops will be organised as part of the social and event calendar to help new residents settle in to student life and to give them the chance to develop practical life skills. You can be sure that your child will be well equipped to cook for themselves at Collegiate Milan North.

Care packages

Student care packages have become more and more popular in recent years. It’s an easy way for parents to support their children from afar by providing student essentials, such as household items, comfort food, mementos, and more.

When preparing a care package, keep in mind your son or daughter’s preferences – as their parent, you are the best person to put this together!

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