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Supporting young people to better prepare for independent living.

Making the leap

In response to research among students showing that 61% of young people are apprehensive or nervous about making the leap to independent living, Unite Students has created interactive workshop, endorsed by the Department for Education, for use with schools. It helps to prepare 17- and 18-year-olds for this important transition and has already been used by more than 3,000 young people.

Through the workshop, young people discover what it is like living with new people, making new friends, balancing work with fun and managing their money. Those who use Leapskills say they feel better prepared at the end of the session and report levels of confidence in their move away from home.

Hear what our students have to say

Overwhelmingly, young people report feeling better prepared for moving away from home after completing the workshop.


“Going to university and living independently for the first time can be daunting – Leapskills workshops help year 12 and 13 pupils prepare for this jump and build the skills they need to thrive at university.”

Michelle Donelan MP – Minister of State for Universities


“The Leapskills toolkit provides an additional but essential digital option for those who need specific inspiration for building their teen’s life skills for successful communal living.”

Dr Dominique Thomson – GP and young persons’ mental health expert