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Under 18s FAQ

The University of Salford is an adult environment with relatively few students or visitors who are under 18. Although we make some additional provision for students who are under 18, we generally expect students to be self-sufficient and to live and study independently. If you experience difficulties, it is your responsibility to ask for help and assistance from the wide range of support available.

We would like to make you aware that as a student who is under 18 you will not be more closely monitored than other students, and it is up to you to ensure that you attend your classes, complete your work and that you take care of your day to day activities - such as cooking and laundry.

The University of Salford is an adult environment with relatively few students or visitors who are under 18. Although we make some additional provision for students who are under 18, we generally expect students to be self-sufficient and to live and study independently. If you experience difficulties, it is your responsibility to ask for help and assistance from the wide range of support available.

We would like to make you aware that as a student who is under 18 you will not be more closely monitored than other students, and it is up to you to ensure that you attend your classes, complete your work and that you take care of your day to day activities - such as cooking and laundry.

If you are aged 17 or over at the beginning of your course, Accommodation Services will allocate accommodation to you provided that you fulfill the criteria for accommodation; where possible you will be given preference for University owned accommodation and accommodate students in a property that has 24 hour security cover.

If you are under the age of 17, you can contact our young students support officer, to arrange accommodation support here: StudentLife-U18@salford.ac.uk.

Guidance is provided for students on keeping safe at http://www.campuswatch.salford.ac.uk/ and we encourage all students to familiarise themselves with security and emergency information once they arrive. The university's safeguarding policy is also available to view online.

The Wellbeing Service provides practical and emotional support for any difficulties you may be struggling with at your time at University; this can be provided at a same day session or wellbeing appointment. The university is also legally required to offer mandatory pastoral care to students under the age of 18. To discuss this, you can contact our student support officer here:a.pile@salford.ac.uk

If you are a UK student under the age of 18, you are still able to claim a Student Loan. You must apply as normal via www.gov.uk/student-finance. The only condition is that your parents/legal guardians must sign your form to enable you to receive loans before your 18th birthday. Once you reach the age of 18, the responsibility of the loan becomes your own.

Should you have money worries during your course, seek guidance from an askUS finance adviser. There may be additional support available to you to top up existing loans and grants you receive.

Should you experience delays in receiving your Student Loan, you should speak to askUS as soon as possible so that we can help you with a ‘bridging loan’.

Contact us on 0161 295 0023 if you have any questions around your student loan.

Most banks in the UK will not open student bank accounts for students under 17 years old, and some the rule is 18 years old.

Santander, the university partner bank, will not open a student bank account for under 18 students, but will, if you are under 18 open a basic account which has limited functionality which they will convert to a student account when you reach 18.

Santander, the university partner bank, will not open a student bank account for under 18 students, but will, if you are under 18 open a basic account which has limited functionality which they will convert to a student account when you reach 18.

For home students this will generally mean it may be best to keep your current banking arrangements until you are 18. For international students, you will not have a pre-existing bank account so will need to make arrangements. Remember not all student accounts will be open to any international students no matter what your age so you will have to check.

Please have a look at comparison websites – the Which? one is good http://www.which.co.uk/money/bank-accounts/reviews-ns/bank-accounts/childrens-bank-accounts/

This student specific site is also good: http://www.savethestudent.org/money/student-banking/student-bank-accounts.html

There is also helpful advice for international students from UKCISA’s website on opening accounts if you are an international students: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/content/2506/Opening-a-bank-account

Please remember it is your decision what type of bank account you open and the university cannot be responsible for this, so it is important to think carefully before opening an account.

If you are an international students under 16 you may have trouble opening any type of bank account in the UK. In this case please contact Student Life at advice@salford.ac.uk or 0161 295 0023 or Arron Pile (a.pile@salford.ac.uk) for advice

Please remember that until your 18th birthday, there are certain facilities both on and off campus that are ‘off limits’ to you. We have listed some of these below:

  • Alcohol – if you are under 18 it is illegal for you to buy alcohol or for anyone else to sell it to you. A court of law could fine both you and the seller. This means you must not drink alcohol in the bars on campus or elsewhere. The Students Union bar, Atmosphere, does not allow Under 18s to remain in or enter the bar after 8pm.
  • Tobacco – it is illegal to sell tobacco or cigarettes to anyone who is under 18. The Students’ Union shops on campus will not sell tobacco or cigarettes to anyone under 18.
  • Gambling – Under 18s are not allowed to gamble or work in betting shops or clubs. Over 18s are not allowed to place bets for underage people.
  • Cinema/Videos and DVDs – There are restrictions on what you can watch in the cinema or on video/DVD.
  • Student Union Clubs and Societies - There may be age restrictions in applications to certain societies and clubs, for example the Poker Society (due to gambling laws) and Sports societies (due to insurance cover or eligibility to compete).

The university encourages active participation in activities, groups and societies, as they can form an integral part of your time here at Salford. It is a great opportunity to gain new experiences and friendships, however there may be some restrictions on what societies you can join, due to legal and safety requirements. If there is a particular activity, group or society that you wish to join, then it is recommended to contact the activity/group organiser. You can view all of Salford's student societies here.