Thinking of going on to University but not sure where to apply. Here are some things to consider when choosing the university that is right for you.


  • The course, and especially the units you’ll be studying – these can usually be found under ‘Structure’ within individual courses, and can be very different at each university, even for the same course title!


  • Go to as many open days as possible so you get a feel for the university. If you are struggling financially to attend open days, you can take an online tour (where available) or ask your school for support.


  • The location:

– Big city vs town

– ‘Campus’ v. ‘City’ university

– Close to home or further away


  • Living costs
      • Is there affordable accommodation?
      • Are living costs higher in the town/city you’re considering? Remember though, for London universities the maintenance loan is higher to account for this.


  • Grants and bursaries
    • Consider what the university can offer. UCAS offer a useful guide here.


  • Your interests and hobbies
    • Does the university have any clubs or societies that you are interested in joining?


  • Do you have any additional support needs?


  • What do other students think?
    • This website allows you to compare courses and provides information from the National Student Survey here.
    • Many universities have an ‘Ask a Student’ function.
    • What are the entry requirements?