For Parents and Guardians of First Years

Congratulations! Your son or daughter is entering University. All that effort they put in, as well as all those years of encouraging and nurturing and guiding that you put in, as a parent or guardian, has paid off.

For most parents, the pride and joy that is experienced when their son or daughter heads off to university is often coupled with twinges of worry.  Every family is unique as is each individual within it, with their own particular challenges, joys, expectations, and concerns.

Parents talk Sunday, 1st September, 2019

We invite all parents and guardians to attend the following talks on Sunday, 1st September- Each talk is repeated for your convenience.

Title of Talks



The Emotional Journey of Students and Parents 4pm, 5.30pm or 7pm The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn
Money - What to expect and how to make it stretch 4pm, 5.30pm or 7pm The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn
Learning, Wellbeing and University Supports 4pm, 5.30pm or 7pm The View, Áras na Mac Léinn

If you have any questions you can contact our designated first year student hotline on 091 493999.  The hotline will be available from 12 August until the 30 September - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday 16 August, 10am to 1pm.

Changes in your Relationship

When students go to university for the first time, their maturity and independence evolve at a rapid pace. They develop support systems outside the family unit and start to fine-tune their own interests and problem-solving abilities. This transitional period can be filled with a mixture of emotions for both parent and student. We hope that the joys will far outweigh any concerns.

The transition into third level education is complex – exciting and scary all at the same time for both students and parents.  It is a transition for you as well as for your student.  How can you find the balance between being involved as a parent, and encouraging independence?

For more information go to the Changes in your Relationship page.

Student Finance

Information on course fees, funding options, and the cost of living in Galway and financial supports for University study.

For more information go to

How will the University support them?

There are a range of facilities and supports available to undergraduate students.

For more information go to