Gabbitas Education has worked with hundreds of students across the years when choosing a University and securing a place at the best Universities in the UK. Here are the top ten factors to consider when looking for a University.
1. The Course
Pick a course that you think you will enjoy, if the course doesn’t interest you then by the time your final year rolls around you will be struggling to maintain your motivation.
2. The Course (Pt. 2)
Bear in mind that it is also important to pick a course that you can see a future in. Your degree is vital in getting you a job once you finish, for most employers a good degree from a well recognised University is enough to get you through the door but some careers require a more vocational path so make sure you have done your research.
3. The Department
Courses vary from university to University, depending on the Faculty and the research programmes. Make sure the courses you pick are going to give you the degree specialisation you want.
4. The Campus
Does the University look and feel like a place you’d like to be? Do you want bright lights and a city life or would you rather have a tightly knit campus feel? Work out what would suit you best and take this into account when you are planning.
5. The Location
Each University has a different feel depending on where it is located. As an international student it is worth bearing in mind travel connections, whether you want to experience life in a well known city, or perhaps to have a mixture of a smaller town in a more rural area.
6. The Union
A strong Student Union is important, as they are the voice of the students and they can be a big part of your University experience. It is worth finding out how they are organised and how they are regarded by current students.
7. The Halls
Most students live in University Halls in their first year, again do your research! Do you want self catering or fully catered? Which Halls have the best reputation amongst current students? How close is the accommodation to the lecture halls? Bear in mind you will probably end up sharing in year 2 with students you meet in your first term, so it is important to get it right at the beginning.
8. The Students
What are current students saying about the University? It is easy to find out these days by checking out online student posts or find a friend who knows someone there. If you have a chance to go on an Open Day ask the students the good and bad things about their experiences.
9. The Overall Package
Having considered all of the factors above, you need to weigh up which is the best course for you and which University is going to be your best fit. This can be a tricky process of elimination to get down to your 5 UCAS choices.
Our best advice is to do what you want to do. University is often your first step into the adult world and you have to make the choice yourself. Don’t let your parents or this list influence you too much!