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Five reasons you need to go to an HE fair

Wondering whether to attend a UCAS HE Fair this year? Here are five reasons you should definitely go along:

1. Compare the options

UCAS Fairs are a unique opportunity to meet all the unis you’re interested in, together in one room. This means it’s an invaluable chance to compare what’s on offer in different places.

Top tip: If you already know what course you’re interested in, why not make a list of the best unis for that subject so you can find their stalls on the day?

If you find a university you really like, it might be worth arranging to go to an Open Day so you can see the facilities for yourself. Staff at the uni’s stall will be able to give you all the information you need.

2. Ask your questions

Fairs are a great chance to speak with staff and students from the unis you’re interested in face-to-face. It might be a good idea to prepare some questions in advance. Think about what you really want to know about – whether it is course details, graduate career opportunities, financial support schemes or clubs and societies – and get grilling! If you’re not sure where to start, our handy guide should offer some inspiration.

Newcastle Graduate Recruitment Fair

3. Hear from the experts

Most UCAS Fairs include a range of seminars that run throughout the day. They’ll give you great advice on everything from writing your personal statement to applying for student finance. Some also cover specific courses, so you’re bound to find something that’s useful.

Top tip: Even you’re not sure you want to go to uni, a fair can give you the information you need to make the right decision. There will also be colleges, gap year companies and employers with stands at the exhibition, and some fairs include a dedicated CareerZone.

4. Go on a goodie grab

UCAS Fairs are the perfect chance to pick up some freebies. Whether you’re interested in the helpful prospectus and pen combo, are on the lookout for a new mug or tote bag, or are just in it for the free sweets, get ready to stock up. Just try not to get too distracted…

Humanities and social sciences fair

5. Get a day off school!

If your school has arrange for you to attend the fair, rest assure that doesn’t mean it will be boring! Fairs are a fun day out that you can enjoy with your friends (or parents) and by the end of the day you’re bound to feel inspired about your future. There are plenty of freebies on offer, as we’ve mentioned, and competitions to enter, plus you get a day off school – ’nuff said.

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