It’s that time of year where people are making those last, vital decisions as to which university to spend the next 3 (or more) years of their life, and where they’ll be wearing that swanky gown and hat.
Choosing a uni that’s right for you can be difficult. After all, there are thousands to choose from in the UK alone, so how do you make the right choice for you? We’ve put together a list of the main things you should take into consideration when making the choice.
Think about the course
Seems like a bit of an obvious one, but the main reason you’re applying is because of the course, so if the course you’re interested in, at a specific uni doesn’t sound ideal, you’re best off moving on and looking elsewhere. Remember that the course is at least a 3-year commitment, so choose wisely. If you fancy working abroad or trying something a little different, such as doing a year on a work placement, look at universities that offer this type of degree, too.
Look at the location
Many graduates you speak to that had a really great time at university always say that they knew exactly where they wanted to be as soon as they visited the university and city/country, as you may instantly get a feeling of whether a place is right for you or not. The option of staying at home or taking the plunge and leaving is also a big decision. Halls like urbanest supply amazing student accommodation so you’ll have all of your own comforts but will have the experience of leaving, too. Take a look at the location of the uni you’re looking at during the day and night if possible to see what it’s like at each point, as this should give you a good idea of what it’s like and if it’s for you or not.
Research the reputation
Look at the reputation of the uni, the student accommodation and the location, not just in terms of official things like success and grades, but from actual human experience. See if there is anyone you know who has studied at the uni before and can give you an honest opinion about it, or see if you know anyone who has lived in that city/country before who can give you a good insight. Official stats are important but they’re not as important as actual experiences.
Think about the university as a whole
All of the aspects above are important and it may not be possible that the entire above are met to the fullest. However, you should aim to choose a uni that does tick as many of your boxes as possible. You could write a list of things that are important to you when choosing a university and you could take it with you to each viewing and see how many you tick off at each one.
What university are you applying for? Why did you choose to go there? Please share your story in the comments below!