OFF to UNIVERSITY - Recognising the signs


The Warning Signs

You are feeling proud that your son/daughter has been accepted at University and there has never been any indication that they would be interested in gambling.  For many this may be the first time they have been away from home, they may have been advanced a relatively large sum of money in the form of a student loan which will never cover the cost of the lifestyle they want to achieve once they have spent a big proportion in the first month or so.

As the money runs out they are forced to spend more time not going out and inevitably will spend an increased amount of time online.  The attraction of gambling may be a way for them to finance their desired lifestyle but as we all know this is just the start of a very slippery slope

10 things to look for - Off to University

  • Frequent class absences 
  • Unexplained debt
  • Asking to be sent money
  • Borrowing money/taking out loans with no intention of paying back
  • Increased levels of post delivered to the home
  • Selling possessions
  • A change in behaviour - aggressive and moody
  • Limited conversation time on telephone
  • Reduced visits home
  • Noticeable decline in health

10 things to do - Off to University

So the alarm bells have started to ring.  You know there is a problem but with your son/daughter being away from home its difficult to know what to do for the best.


  • Visit the useful links page and do some research - become an expert
  • Phone the University - speak to the welfare officer and be honest.  Ask about attendance to lectures
  • Have the student loan money paid in to your account and transfer money  as required
  • Put some barriers in place - register with Gamstop and install Gamban on all devices as a precaution
  • Take over managing their money if possible - transfer to a Monzo bank account and block payments to gambling sites
  • Request your son/daughter self exclude from all betting shops and casino shops in the area they are in
  • Make an effort to visit on a more regular basis 
  • Find counselling or support in their area 
  • Monitor letters that arrive at the home address - banks, loan companies etc