The stresses of starting university are undeniable. If your child has not attended boarding school, they are likely leaving home and living on their own for the first time in their lives. While it is nearly unavoidable that there will be some measure of stress, there are many things that you can do to facilitate the transition. Preparation for university starts early - not just in the year (or two) leading up to it. Beginning from a student’s primary school years, parents and educators should work together to make sure that the student is confident, self-motivated, and encouraged to work independently.