Congratulations. We believe you’ve made an excellent decision in supporting your son or daughter’s choice to consider living with us at Flinders Living. And, it’s not just us. Research shows that students who live in residence tend to be more successful in their academic studies, have increased self-confidence and develop stronger life skills, when compared to students who live off campus.
A university residence is more than just place to sleep. Living on-campus is a natural opportunity for your son or daughter to become connected to the rich community at Flinders University. Year after year residents tell us that living on campus helped them to be more successful students, feel a part of university life more quickly and build exciting new friendships with other students from Australia and around the world. Our staff are committed to creating a vibrant community that supports your son or daughter in achieving their academic goals, while also offering a welcoming, enriching home away from home.
How you can help your son or daughter
We want you to know that should they move on-campus you will continue to play an important supporting role in the success of your son or daughter in their university experience. While you won’t be able to support them in all the same, direct ways that you’ve done for the past 18 or so years, there are many things that you can do as a satellite support.
Residents whose parents ask all the questions tend to not really know what is going on. Since they are the ones who will be living here it is so important for them to be collecting all this information themselves.
Many residents have become very used to their parents sorting everything out for them. Many of them are not comfortable calling and enquiring on their own. They really need to become comfortable doing things for themselves. The time is coming very quickly where they are going to need to talk to academic staff, university staff, and potential employers, and this will be hard for them if they have never had to do this on their own before.
Be aware of all the steps that need to be taken as we move towards Move-In Day – but allow your son/daughter to follow the process themselves. They are entering a whole new world of independence and responsibility and the best way to help them transition is by letting them make these decisions for themselves. You should be there to guide them, and make sure they are on the right track, but allow them to do the work themselves.
The information within this section is based on the most frequent questions that parents/guardians have asked us over the years. It’s designed to give you an insight into the environment your son or daughter will be living in, what administrative tasks they will have to complete and to help set your mind at ease that they will be in good hands.