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How to Choose the Perfect University

Choosing a uni is hard. So here’s a formula to help you find the perfect uni for you!

by Luka Ball

Looking for the right uni can be a nerve-wracking and tedious process. It’s a lot of pressure. So here’s a few sure-fire ways to help you on your way to finding the course you want, at a uni suited to you.

  1. Ignore other people

Saying goodbye to your family and friends to immerse yourself in an environment full of new people is an incredible opportunity to explore and push yourself.

Make sure to do things your own way and try not to take notice of what the people around you are doing or might expect you to do.

It’s also definitely worth asking yourself if the people influencing your decisions will even be in your life a year from now. If the answer might be no, then trust your gut and go with what interests YOU.

  1. Don’t Panic

A lot of people panic, rush into the process and end up coasting through a degree they don’t even like. So, take your time, mull over the choices, do your research and trust your own judgement.

  1. Make a Spreadsheet

We’ve taken the liberty to make a spreadsheet template for you to fill out HERE, so it’ll be easy-peasy. A lot of the information you’ll be looking at will be from uni websites and might be pretty biased.

If you have all the UCAS points, entry requirements, and pros and cons etc. in one list, you only have to navigate the data you need to know, which will make it much easier to manage.

  1. Prestige isn’t everything

The teaching style at each uni can vary, so it’s important to ask yourself what you want to get out of your degree. Try to find the employment rate for your course and reviews from current students.

It’s important to know that your degree is worth just as much from any other uni as it is from Oxford or Cambridge. While top unis can provide an amazing, rich educational experience, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get any less from somewhere else.

  1. Research the course

I know a few people who have attended prestigious unis for the reputation alone, before quickly realising the learning style was not suited to them.

Each course will have a different format. Use the course info page to get an idea of your workload and what your modules will be like. If you think you might suit a more relaxed and flexible learning environment, look for courses that can offer that.

  1. Look up the area

Have a quick google of the area and campus you’re going to be studying in. Some useful things to know are nightlife & club scene, popular activities, and see if you can find any potentially dangerous areas to avoid.

What Do I Do Now?

This is your life and your choice. People may try to rush you through this process, but take it bit by bit and give yourself permission to take things slow.

Uni is an excellent opportunity to expand your comfort zone and try new things, but don’t overextend yourself. You don’t have to make the decision straight away, or attend the uni with the highest grade requirements. Do what YOU want, that’s how you’ll get the most out of it!

Good luck 🙂

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