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How to be popular parents on a visit to your teen’s university

Family Traveller
24th May 2022

Lexus has put together a brilliant guide to visiting your kids at university right now. Take a look at their top tips on how to be the most popular parent. And don’t miss their run down of what to do and see in the UK’s great university cities.


Lexus NX 450+ plug-in hybrid SUV, Alexandra Park viewpoint, Bath

As the summer months approach, many parents are making plans to visit their children at university. Whether this is for a weekend or a just a flying visit, Lexus has put together some tips about what to do and what to avoid when visiting. Including some first-hand advice from students themselves!

What advice students gave Lexus for visiting parents

Meet the housemates

Joshua, from Durham University, says students love meeting their friends’ parents. He also added this advice. “What better way to introduce yourself than bringing treats for your child’s flatmates too.”  Just remember not outstay your welcome. Settling in for an evening of drinking and embarrassing childhood stories is a no-no!

Bring food and treats

Parents will be especially welcome if they’ve done a big food shop and brought extra supplies a student budget doesn’t always cover. So bring basics but add in favourite treats, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Libby, from Leeds Beckett, says, “Cutlery is always going missing from university kitchens, so new cookware and crockery is always appreciated.”

Take along reminders of home

Claire from Loughborough University, advised, “It’s always comforting when parents bring something that reminds you of home”. Even something as a simple as a familiar cushion or picture is welcome if your kids are missing home comforts.

A car with lots of boot space, like the Lexus NX 450h+ plug in hybrid SUV with its roomy boot, will be really useful for all this ‘essential’ cargo.

Bring the family and the family dog

Harriet, from Durham University, points out that visits from her parents are always more exciting when brothers, sisters and pets come too. If there’s space, why not fill all the seats in the car and make it a real family event.

No surprise visits, please

Plan your visit ahead and make sure your son or daughter isn’t going to be tied up with work or social activities when you’re in town. They’ll also appreciate time to make sure their accommodation is clean and tidy before you arrive. Students Lexus spoke to recommend visiting for one or two days at a weekend, mid-term. By that time students have settled in but aren’t under pressure with project deadlines and exams.

A little extra advice from Lexus

Always check your vehicle follows the area’s environmental rules. More and more urban centres are becoming clean air zones, including university locations like Bath, Bristol and Manchester. Make sure your vehicle’s emissions meet the regulations so you don’t have to pay extra charges, Lexus’s line-up of electrified SUVs, including the new NX  450h+, should keep you on the right side of the rules, being able to run on all-electric power in city traffic.

A guide to visiting great university cities in the UK


Weir on the River Avon, Bath city centre

University of Bath

Bristol University


Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

Liverpool University

Durham University

Coventry University


The historic Victorian pleasure pier, Brighton

University of Sussex

University of Swansea


Punting on the River Stour in Canterbury

University of Kent

Leeds Beckett University

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