Combining being a parent and studying can be challenging but there are a range of resources available to you.

The Student Advice Service

If you would like independent advice and information you can contact an Advisor for free confidential support.

Childcare in College

There are nurseries at St Anne's, Wolfson, Balliol, and Somerville colleges. There are long waiting lists for these places and so it’s advisable to apply for a place as soon as you can. All four college nurseries prioritise place allocation to their own students but also accept applicants from other colleges. Fees also vary between college and non-college members.

University Resources

The University childcare services department provide childcare facilities for matriculated students. There are four nurseries as well as places in private nurseries throughout the city. Each nursery caters for children from four months to five years of age (or school admission age). There are long waiting lists for these places and so it’s advisable to apply for a place as soon as you can.

Local Resources

For free information on Childcare Provisions in Oxford city, including private nurseries, approved child-minders, or schools and after-school childcare provision, contact the Oxfordshire Family Information Service. For student parents finding childcare in school holidays can be challenging. There are a number of local Holiday Playschemes suitable for school age children.

Financial Support

Student Parents can also gain financial support through the University and government for meeting the costs of childcare.


The University and some colleges also provides accommodation for couples and family accommodation.

Social Networks

OUSU run a social network for student parents to share information and resources. If you would like to become involved contact an Advisor.

University Newcomers' Club

University Newcomers Club welcomes spouses and partners of students. The Club provides social opportunities holds an informal coffee morning every Wednesday, and there are also groups that meet weekly, such as Newcomers with children (0-4).

Local Resources

There are also parenting Organisations in Oxford who offer a range of social events and networking opportunities new parents or parents of special needs children: details can be found on the University Childcare Services website.