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Choosing the right University and course

Where to study?

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Deciding which university to go to is a difficult task, as there are so many to choose from.

To help you decide which university is right for you, you should do as much research as possible.

Things to think about when choosing a university may include:

  • Where the institution is
  • Whether you want to be close to home or not
  • What facilities the university offers
  • What the leisure and nightlife is like
  • Whether you want to be in a rural or urban campus
  • What kind of accommodation you want to live in and how close you want to be to the university
  • How much the accommodation costs
  • How much does it cost to travel there?

Order a prospectus

Each university has a prospectus that provides information about the institution, its location and the courses available, so these are always worth looking through as a starting point.

Visit the university at an Open Day

Attending an Open Day is another great way to discover the good and bad points of a university.

You can find out about the courses on offer, what financial support is available, what the accommodation is like, and what student support is on offer - in fact there are few things you won't be able to find out about at an Open Day.

You can also check out the university's facilities, as well as getting the latest on the social scene, and you can even take campus tours, led by current students, giving you the perfect opportunity to ask questions and find out what living at studying at university is really like.

Open days provide the perfect opportunity to do some detective work and get a real feel for the place.

What to study

You may be lucky enough to know which subject you would like to study, but if you haven’t made up your mind yet, don’t worry. There are thousands of students who are unsure about what to study.

Here are some things to consider when making that all-important decision:

  • What subjects interest me
  • What are my talents?
  • What job would I like to do after attending university?


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