Family at the Garden Party 2018, mum, dad and toddler

Support for Families

Wolfson is a mature-student community, and many of our students are parents.

Family at the Garden Party 2018, mum, dad and toddler

Support for families

Obtaining a Cambridge degree is challenging for everyone. We offer extra support for students with family responsibilities.


Residential partners of members of the College are encouraged to take part in College life.

All social and sporting facilities are available to residential partners who register as an Associate Member of WCSA. They should obtain a Catering Card from the Porters' Lodge, which will also give access to the back gate of College. Users of the College Gym must register personal access to the gym annually, and because residential partners don't have a personal University Card, they may obtain access to the gym by borrowing a guest card from the Porter's Lodge when they wish to use the gym.

The College Library is reserved for students, but other than that residential partners are regarded as full participants in College life. All social and sports events that are free to Wolfson members are also free to residential partners who are Associate Members of WCSA.



For couples with no children, we have several options — the larger rooms in some of the houses on site, or double studio flats and large double flats in the accommodation blocks. These rooms all have double, king-size, beds.

If both residents are Wolfson students, shared sets in some of the accommodation blocks can combined to create a flat. The College can move the two single beds into one bedroom to create a double bed, leaving the other bedroom as a separate study.


There are five two-bedroom Family Flats which are suitable for an individual or couple plus one or two children. Only one partner needs to be a current Wolfson student. The price in 2018-19 is £297.15 per week. As the Family Flats are self-contained accommodation, the College does not provide cleaning.

Financial assistance for parents

Parents’ Learning Allowance

The Parents’ Learning Allowance is worth up to £1,617 a year (non-payable), depending on household income. It helps with course-related costs for students with dependent children.

Adult Dependents' Grant

If you have a husband, wife or partner, or another adult family member who depends on you financially, you may be eligible for an Adult Dependents' Grant of up to £2,834 a year (non-repayable). The amount depends on household income.

Childcare Grant

The Childcare Grant is for full-time students with dependent children in registered or approved childcare. The amount payable depends on household income and actual childcare costs. The maximum available is 85% of weekly childcare costs up to a maximum of £159.59 a week for one child, or £273.60 a week for two or more children. This grant is non-repayable.

Students may apply to the University's Central Childcare Bursary Scheme.

Useful Links for parents

Childcare Office University of Cambridge Facebook Page

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars.

Childcare Information Service

Cambridge University-Childcare for Children of University staff and student

Cambridge University-Guide for Student Parents 

University Childcare Office