Bringing your Family

If you are considering studying in the UK and you have a spouse and/or children that you would like to join you, it may be possible for them to stay during your studies in the UK, provided your children are under the age of 18 when they first enter the UK and you meet the requirements as set out by the Home Office.

If you are applying to bring your spouse or children with you as dependents, and their application is successful, the immigration authorities will normally give them permission to remain in the UK in line with your leave entitlement. Please visit the UKCISA website for further information on bringing your family to the UK.

You should think carefully before deciding to bring your family with you to the UK. There are factors you will want to discuss such as immigration, employment, childcare, schooling, finance and accommodation.

As a Tier 4 student, you will not be able to claim public funds for help towards childcare costs. The UK immigration rules for students state that you must meet the full costs of your course and accommodation and maintain yourself and any family members in the UK without having recourse to public funds. You should therefore make sure you have enough money to cover living costs, course costs and childcare costs. Coventry University cannot provide any assistance for international students’ childcare costs and students are expected to have made adequate provision for the cost of childcare when accepting a place on a course.

Visit our Nursery's website for information about childcare opportunities at Coventry University.
The Coventry Family Information Service is a free service that provides information on local childcare in Coventry, leisure activities for children, local school information and more.

Students under the age of 18


The University is an adult learning and social environment and treats all students as independent, mature individuals. Although, usual personal and academic support arrangements will apply to all students, in England, anyone under the age of 18 is legally a child. The University is not able to take on rights, responsibilities and authority that parents have in relation to a child. 

All students under the age of 18 will meet with an International Student Advisor before they enrol on their course and will be monitored once per month until they turn 18 years old. 

If you are under 18 and are applying for University accommodation, please make sure that you apply as soon as possible to be guaranteed University managed accommodation. 

If you are under the age of 18 and you require further assistance, please contact

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