Choosing a university

There are many things to consider when choosing a university; you’ll have to think about accommodation, the city that you’ll be living in, and the overall happiness of the current students. Don’t take this decision lightly, as this will be your home for at least the next three years, so you’ll want to make sure you get it right.

It’s highly important to compare the content of your chosen course and the style of learning offered at each institution, because degrees and courses with the same name may be very different at each university.

We strongly recommend you visit a range of universities, either on an official open day, or by booking your own separate visit to look around. When you’re there, leave no stone unturned, and ask plenty of questions. Current students will be happy to share their experiences with you, which will help you make a decision on which university to choose.

University guides

There are numerous different university guides out there, all professing to be the best available. The truth is, however, that there is no definitive university guide.

There will always be positive and negative aspects, and it comes down to how you feel when you look around each university.

Our advice would be for you to use more than one guide, have a thorough look around, and compare what each university says, to get a more rounded opinion. Many students describe “having a gut feeling” when they visited universities, and they chose the one which simply felt right to them.

University league tables

As well as there being numerous university guides available, there are multiple university ranking tables for you to use. University league tables rank the UK’s universities by a number of factors – number of rooms, staff-to-student ratio, average grades, employment rate, student happiness and more, to help prospective students make informed decisions.

The most popular one is the Times Higher Education table, and we think it is exceedingly helpful, while the table from the Guardian is also very useful for prospective university students.

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