Three factors to consider when picking a university

Julia Marolton 7 January 2022
Three factors to consider when picking a university

Pick a degree that's perfect for you with this excellent guide to choosing a university.

Picking the right degree is stressful enough. Having to choose the right university is even more so. These big decisions will determine how your future university life pans out, so here are a few factors to consider when choosing the right university for you:

Course content

Two courses with similar names can be very different, depending on the institutions offering them.  It’s a good idea to read up on the course content and modules for each degree, before narrowing down on the courses that interest you most. Make sure you read the course reviews and, if you’re at an Open Day, ask the tutors if you need any more information.

When you’ve found a course you like, check the entry requirements. If you think you stand a good chance of getting in, apply away!

Location

Going to as many Open Days as possible - whether online or in person – is extremely beneficial, as it gives you a deeper insight into what your chosen universities have to offer on campus.

It will also help you decide whether moving away or staying closer to home is what’s right for you. Whilst moving away can be scary, it can also provide your first true taste of independence and a chance to meet new people; however it can also be more costly than staying local.

Social life

When picking a university, it isn’t just the course you need to consider. You need to make sure it’s a place where you’ll lead a happy social life too. To ensure you’re making the right choice, look at the clubs and societies on offer at your university and research things to do in the university town or city during your spare time, such as the restaurants and nightlife.

Talk to as many people as possible: most university websites allow you to talk to current students and alumni, which can be really useful when looking for an institution that offers you a good balance between academic experience and social life.

If you’re still unsure where to apply, be sure to download Coursematch. This wonderful app can suggest universities and courses to you, based on your personal interests.

Julia Marolton 7 January 2022