How to choose a UK university

How do you choose a UK university? One that is right for you? One that fits with not only your academic ambitions but also your lifestyle? This will probably be the most difficult choice you have had to make to date! With over 100 different UK universities to choose from, the decision of where to study can seem daunting. Here are some tips to consider to help you make the right choice for you.

What course or subject area do you want to study?

A bit of a no brainer to start with. Select the type of course or subject you want to study, then you can narrow down your options. Do this, and how to choose a UK university becomes a bit easier.

Consider what type of learner you are

There is little point in applying to Oxbridge or a Russell Group uni if you are not that academically minded. Perhaps a more vocational course offered by a new university is going to be better for you?

What type of lifestyle do you enjoy?

If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of big city life you are probably best to opt for a campus environment away from the city centre. If however, the thought of wide-open green space brings you out in the sweats you are probably better opting for a city-centre location.

Is living at home an option?

Over 20% of students live at home whilst studying for their degree. Having the support of your family and the financial benefits to living at home all add up. (Not to mention some proper home-cooked meals!) If you live within easy commute of lots of institutions this could be an option for you.

UK Universities and league tables

Although league tables aren’t necessarily everything they do give you an indication about how the university has been ranked by independent organisations. The National Student Survey carried out annually also gives really good insight on what students that have completed the course thought of their course and the university.

Do your homework! The proverb says a decision taken in haste will be repented at leisure. Always attend the open days of any universities that you shortlist to get a feel for not just the campus but the town or city in which they are located. More than 1 in 5 students drop out of university in the first year alone and for students paying full fees a wrong decision now can be an extremely costly mistake to make.

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