How to choose a University

How to choose a universty

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Here's an easy guide to how to start your search for a university.

Choosing a place to study for the next three or four years should not be taken lightly - you wouldn’t want to find yourself stuck at a university you don’t like and with the huge financial investment required of you, finding the right university is especially important. There are lots of things to consider about what you are looking for when finding a university, you need to first work out what you are looking for and then try and find it.

Firstly you need to think about what type of university you are looking for. Some older universities use a collegiate system (such as Oxford, Durham, London or Cambridge Universities) which means that they are split into smaller colleges. Some people like this because whilst belonging to a large, well established university, it feels like a small community within a college.

In contrast, campus universities are situated on one large site often found on the edge of cities, such as the University of Bath which is just outside the city of Bath, the University of Sussex which is a few miles from the city of Brighton and the University of Essexwhich is near Colchester. Some universities are even split up into individual buildings spread throughout a town such as Edinburgh University.

Deciding upon which type of university is the first step, the best way to decide is to visit as many as possible. Book on open days, go and have a look round and get a feel for the types of university.

Next you need to think about where you would like to study. Do you want to live at home or go somewhere new? Distance from home is a key factor - do you want

to be close enough to home to visit regularly? Do you want a buzzing city centre or somewhere quiet and rural? Do you want a traditional university in beautiful old buildings or a really new university with shiny new buildings?

Again, visiting is the only way to get a feel for this so go and visit as many different types of university as possible. Remember - location is a key factor in living costs so factor this into your decision.

Finally you will need to look at what level of universities you are looking for. You need to make sure that you find universities that you can get into with your predicted/expected grades. Most students look for the best universities they can get into with their grades. University league tables are published annually by The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times and The Times. This is the most common method for applicants to compare universities at a university and course level.

Now you have decided upon the criteria for your search you will need to start finding universities that match it. This is where UniFinder comes in. UniFinder matches your A-Level grades to universities you could get into, that provide your course and shows you the best matches on our interactive map (cutting out all the ones that are not of interest to you). From here you can see where they are in relation to home, useful details about each university and you can use the comparison tools to compare them. Try University Finder.

A full list of UK universities can be found on the UCAS website.

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