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Choosing the right university

Choosing the right university

Heading to university can be a life-changing experience, so choosing where to spend the next three years of your life can be an extremely difficult choice.    If you’re struggling to decide which universities to put down as your choices then take a look at our useful tips below:

What do you want to study?

If you have a clear idea of what you would like to study then this may narrow down the location element for you, as not all universities offer the same choice of courses.  Even if the name is the same, the content can vary hugely so make sure you research what each course involves carefully to make sure that it matches up with your expectations.

Working backwards is a very effective way of choosing your course, and therefore your university.  What is your ideal career?  What qualifications and/or experience are necessary to enter this field?  Once you have an idea, then find out which universities are offering the course that most closely matches your requirements.

Narrowing it down

If you’ve chosen a very specialist course, you may be limited to where you can study, however if your course has a much wider appeal then you could still have the problem of too many universities to choose from.

You can find out which universities offer your preferred subject by using the search tools on UCAS. 

Once you have found all the universities that offer your course, compare them in more detail by requesting a prospectus or viewing the individual course pages on the university website.

Make a wish list of what you want from your course – do any of the university courses match these expectations?  If so, add it to your shortlist.   

Location, location, location

Although it’s essential to choose the right course, it’s just as important to choose a location that you like.  After all this is likely to be the first time you've lived away from home so you'll want to find somewhere that you'll be comfortable and happy.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I want to live at home or move further away?
  • Would I like to live in a city or somewhere more rural?
  • Would I prefer to live on campus with everything in the one place?
  • Can the university cater for my special interests/hobbies?
  • What kind of social life am I looking for?

Universities are all completely different - as are the applicants - so your answers will impact on where you choose to study.  If you've narrowed down your preferred universities to two or three because of the courses, then start widening your research to what the campus has to offer.  Do they have accommodation on-site, what sort of facilities are on offer, what are transport links like? 

Making your decision

It’s easy to feel daunted when you have to make such a huge decision.  Researching online is a big help, but nothing is as effective as getting out there and visiting some of the universities on your shortlist.   Seeing somewhere in person is completely different to viewing an image gallery online!

Most universities offer open days, and if these dates aren’t convenient then you can usually arrange to visit them at a time to suit you.  You’ll get a chance to look around the campus, speak to course lecturers and other students and ask whatever questions you have.  You’ll get a taster of what university life will be like which will hopefully help you to make that all important choice. 

 

If you’d like more information about studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University then why not come and visit us?  Find out more now.


 

About the author

Nia Williams

Nia Williams

Nia graduated in Hotel and Catering Management before completing a MA in Public Relations. She has worked in marketing and fundraising for a number of years before joining Wrexham Glyndwr University as Alumni and Fundraising Executive.

To get in touch with Nia email nia.williams@glyndwr.ac.uk

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