The best days of your life are fast approaching but it doesn’t feel so bliss when you’re under pressure to decide exactly where you should go to have the experience you’ve been dreaming about. We’ve pulled together some top tips to make that painful decision refreshingly easy...
1. Read reviews on your course
Reviews are hugely important and they’re a gift from the gods when it comes to the tough decision of which university you should go to. Unlike the sugar-coated content that universities present to you, student reviews are entirely unbiased and give you insight into what studying your course would really be like, from the perspective of a student. You can find reviews for universities here.
2. Read reviews on, well, everything else related to uni…
University is about so much more than just the course. It’s a huge life experience and there are other factors which you may consider equally important. Luckily, there are reviews on pretty much every aspect of university life. You can find reviews on location, halls of residence, Freshers’ Week, nightlife and clubs & societies here. Spend some time reading these reviews and consider what's most important to you. If you’re struggling to decide between two universities and you think choosing the right location is essential, then why don’t you compare reviews on location and let that aid your decision? It really does simplify things!
3. Go to open days
Go to as many open days as you can and prioritise the ones you think you’ll like the most. To try and get a feel for the ones you’ll like the best, have a look through the university prospectuses. These days, a lot of university websites have virtual reality and you can get a 360-degree tour of the campus - check out this one here. This will give you a feel for the university before you visit (and it’s also mega fun to play on).
4. Check out league tables
There are loads of league tables including ones that are specific to your course which you might find useful. Also, check out this student-ranked league table here of every university. If you don’t even know where to start then this might be a good place. It gives you a feel for which universities are the best for student satisfaction.
5. Consider the duration of the course
It will be compulsory for you to have a year abroad if you study a language course, meaning your course will be 4 years long. Other courses, such as IT, business and engineering, will require a placement year. Take this into consideration. There are loads of pros and cons to doing a year abroad or a placement year. Think about what will work for you.
6. Do a 'pick a degree' quiz
If all else fails, why not let the slightly less magical version of a sorting hat decide for you? Try out this useful ‘Pick a degree quiz’. It asks you questions about what you’re looking for and it will come up with a university and course that’s most suited to you.
Other useful tips to help you decide which university to go to:
Talk to friends and family.
Speak to people who have been to university.
Write down the pros and cons of each university.
Think about what you’re passionate about.
Consider which career you want to go into.
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