1. Don’t rush
Universities won’t penalise you for responding to their offer straight away or just before the deadline, it makes no difference. Make sure you take the time to think about what you really want and which offer works best for you. A lot of students panic on Results Day and decide that they made the wrong choice accepting certain offers. These tips are here to help you take your time and choose the offer that is right for you.
2. Go to Open Days
You will never get a true feel for the university if you don’t attend an Open Day. It’s also a great way to speak to lecturers on the course you wish to study! You’ll gain some valuable insight of the course and whether it is something that suits your future goals. You’ll also get to speak to the students and receive their views on the university and all its aspects.
3. Think about your future
How will going to this university benefit your future? Is there a chance to take a placement year? Will the course you want to study open up employability options after graduating? Think about what you want to achieve in your life and how this will help you to get there. If you’re unsure about what you want to do in the future, make sure the course you want to study provides you with a wide range of employment possibilities, just so you’re not limiting yourself!
Commuting or living on campus? Check how far the university is and see which option works out better. If you are able to commute, weigh up the expense of commuting. Another aspect to look out for is where the university accommodation is. Is it on campus or further? If it is further away you may still have to spend a little to get to your lectures on time.
5. Student life
Find information about the university’s Student Union and see what kind of events they put on. Whether you drink alcohol or not, the Student Union should provide events for everyone so you can socialise with other students. Also, have a look at the city the university is in and see what there is to do and how this matches your personality. Features such as shops, cinemas, bars, clubs and restaurants are aspects you should look out for so you know what there is to explore.
6. Pros & cons list
Create a table listing all the pros and cons of going to each university and see which one features more pros. Everything from where the university is, its reputation, employment options and student life should all be considered and placed under the title you deem appropriate.
7. How do YOU feel?
The most important thing is how you feel about the university. When you visited on an Open Day, could you visualise yourself there? Did you get good vibes? Does the course excite you? If you’re not excited about attending the university then it’s definitely not the right choice for you. Don’t listen to what others around you say, this is YOUR choice that will have an impact on YOUR life. You need to be enthusiastic about your chosen university and really believe that it’ll help you to reach your career goals.