You’ve finally made the decision to go to university and you might even already have a course in mind, but the question that still remains is which one and most importantly, is it the right one for you? So here are some tips that will help you make the right decision for yourself!
There are literally hundreds of universities in the UK alone that you can choose from but you don’t want to search through every single one of them, do you? The great thing about the UCAS website is that it allows you to easily search for universities that offer the course that you specifically want. It’s always a good thing to keep in mind that you will be studying the course of your choice for the next three or more years. So, make sure that it’s something that you’re absolutely passionate about studying and don’t settle for anything else.
One of the most frequently thought about criteria when it first comes to choosing which university you want to go to is university rankings. There’s no doubt that every student on this planet wants to go to the ‘best’ university there is but the truth of the matter is that it’s not always the ‘best’ university that delivers the best course content. So, while you’re looking at League Table rankings, make a point to cross-check it with Subject Table rankings.
Ask yourself these questions before you commit to choosing a university: Do you want to study in a city or town environment? Far away or close to home? How often will you or do you want to visit home? All of these questions are crucial and you should be as honest as you can with your answers. If you aren’t happy with your surroundings, there’s a high chance that your university experience won’t be smooth sailing either.
If you’re still unsure of which university best fits you or you just want to get a feel of the university before you take the plunge, attending university open days are your best bet! It’s here where you’ll be able to experience what it’s like to be a student there and also where you’ll be able to interact with current students and get their opinions on student life at said university. Remember to ask as many questions as you’d like because this is where you might start the next chapter in your life!