Choosing the right university!

Its the time of year that many of you will be receiving offers from universities. You might have a few interviews in the next couple weeks, or you might have already accepted a place on a course. Congratulations if so. But unfortunately, this blog post has arrived a little too late to help you. You should give it a read anyway, you might just learn something.

Why is it important to make the right choice?

Because the alternative is making the wrong choice. And nobody likes making the wrong choice, right? Well, we guess you could argue that we learn from our mistakes, but still, we’d all rather be right than wrong. But what is the wrong choice? What is the wrong university? And for that matter, what is the right university? There is no simple answer to these questions. As the right university for you isn’t the right university for everyone. You might have your heart set on a red-brick university, or maybe a modern university suits you better? That is for you to decide, and we can’t help you with these decisions i’m afraid.

But still, choosing the right university is undoubtedly important. The idea is that you will spend at least the next three years of your life there, so you don’t really want to make a mistake.

Our first piece of advice therefore, is to research the uni. Make sure you know everything about your choices. Attend an open day. Heck, attend four open days, for each of your choices. Go to as many open days as you can! Visit the uni at another time during the year too. Maybe take a tent and camp out on campus. Shadow a lecturer for a day, no a week! Sit in on at least ten lectures. Meet some current students. Demand a sit down meeting with the dean. We are, of course, exaggerating here. But really, research the UNi, the only way to know if it is the right university for you, is if you know all about it. This is probably the best piece of advice we can give you. But there are other things to consider of course.

The location

Now this is something you really need to consider. It might be the case that you want to move a million miles away from where you are now. Or maybe you want to stay at home and commute to uni. Whatever your preference, you need to consider location. As we already said, this depends on you, but here are some things to bear in mind.

  • Do you want to be so close to home that your parents can pop and visit you in the evening?

  • Do you want to be so far from home that when your parents visit they will really need to book a hotel for the night?

  • Do you want to be somewhere in the middle. So that your parents visit infrequently, but only ever for one day?

The City

This is important. Very important. Do you want to live in a big city? Or go to a more rural uni? Are you looking for parties every weekend, or nice country side strolls?

Now we say this is important, and it is. But if you’re considering the social aspect when thinking about the city. Don’t worry too much. We all went to a lot of different uni’s here. From big cities like London or Birmingham, or smaller university towns like Lancaster and Loughborough. And everything in between. And as a general rule, wherever you go you’re going to meet some great people, and have an amazing time. But still, it’s something to think about.

The Local Takeaway

There is little more important than this. Imagine the scenario if you will, that you complete freshers week, everything is going swimmingly. But then, a mere couple of days down the line, and you decide you fancy a take-away. Whether that be Indian, Chinese, or Fish and Chips, if you were at home you would know exactly where to order from to ensure great food and value for money. BUt this city is alien, you need to find a new take-away. Sure reviews online are great. But the people on there just don’t have the same high standards as you. It may well be the case that your uni house is right next door to a fantastic eatery, but it may not.

If you take anything away from reading this blog, let it be this: you need to know before you go. Do your research. Try out different places. You have to make sure that your university is in a location from which you can safely order quality take aways.

The Course

We suppose that the course is important too. You probably know what subject you want to study, but that isn’t nearly enough. Look into whether it is modular or if you get the opportunity to delve deep into a subject. You are there to learn after all. So choosing the right course is vital. But not the end of the world. If you decide quickly that it’s not the course for you, most places will let you change.

So if you are reading this and are soon off to uni. good luck and have fun. If you are starting to consider your choices for which uni to go to. I hope we have helped you make your decision.

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