Picking The University That Is Right For You

So the topic today is how to pick the university that you want to go to. This is a hard topic to cover as no one will know what you want to do other then YOU! You will get so many people’s regarding this decision but at the end of the day you are the one that is going to be attending it and therefore it has to be right for YOU!
*Disclaimer: I am not saying not to listen to the opinions of your family, friends, school etc but just remember to not make a decision that you aren’t 100% okay with*
By this time you will have applied for and probably received offers from the universities. Now comes the hard part, how do you turn those offers into a firm and insurance choice?  You applied to the universities you did because you felt they were right for you but how do you now pick your top two? Below are my top tips for picking a university that is right for you! Remember these are my top tips and although these worked for me they may not work for you! I have said it once and I will say it again, DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
Go and spend a day, couple of days in that place
A big part of going away to university is living in a new place. You want to be sure that you are going to be comfortable living there. You may think you want to live in a big city but actually it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. By going and spending some time in that place, it gives you a bit of time to explore and get a feeling for the place. Important things to look for:
·         Train/ bus stations- how easy is it for you to get home?
·         Where is the nearest supermarket?
·         How far are you from the nearest shops?
·         Can you take part in any sports or activities you currently take part in?

Attend an applicant day at the university
Most universities will invite you to attend an applicant day. This gives you the chance to see the university again, attend lectures, speak to current student and try the food.  You can experience what it will be like to attend the university.

Make a list of pro’s and con’s for each university
Write down what you like and dislike about each university. Although this may take some time, it is a great way to directly compare each university. There is always going to be things that you prefer about one and things you dislike about another but the pro’s balance it out!

Do your research
Everyone is different and different things may matter to different people. You may be concerned about where the universities are placed on league tables, whereas someone else may be more interested in the percentage of graduates who get a job. Researching online can help to answer any questions you may have regarding your university.

Don’t be afraid to ask
The best people to answer any questions you have are the university or people who attend that university. You can always email to university to ask any questions. Also ask your school if anyone has attended that university in previous years. Getting in contact with someone who has been in your position and has spent extended periods of time there, would give you a great basis to make your decision on.

So those are my top tips for picking a university. These apply both to originally picking one and deciding which two are our final choices. I hope you found these useful and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions. Make sure you follow to read the next few posts in this series!



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