If you’re looking to go to university, then you might already know where you’re going to go, and what you’re going to study. Ig you’re not sure, here’s what you need to think about.
1. You’ll want to pick a university that does a course that interests you, so that you can study the subject you really want to. Some universities specialise in particular subjects, or are known as sports or teacher training universities.
2. You’ll want to make sure that the university you’re considering does the course you want to do. If you’ve decided what subject you want to do, then all you need to do is decide where to study.
3. You might be torn between the best university for what you want to study, and somewhere where you want to live. You might want to live in a big city, or to be closer, or further away to friends and relatives. You might want to make sure that you study at the best university for your subject.
4. Once you’ve determined which university is right for you, you’ll need to think about accommodation. Perhaps you’ll be living in halls of residence for the first year, or maybe you’ll be renting a shared house. It’s also an idea to make sure that you secure you accommodation as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss out.
5. You’ll want to make sure that your university is easy to get to from where’s you’re living, so that you can get to lectures and tutorials on time. You won’t want to have to get several buses, or need a car, in order to get to university.
6. You might be interested in the many clubs and facilities that modern universities have to offer. Perhaps you’ll choose where you study on their football team, or links to local businesses.
7. It’s important that the amenities in town are what you need. it’s no good living right next door to the university, if you have to trek for miles for a night out, or to get your weekly shopping. You’ll want to make sure that your university and accommodation have what you need nearby.
8. You might also need to think about getting a job whilst you’re studying, to supplement your finances. Depending on which university you go to, you might have more, or less, chance of securing term time employment.
9. You might be concerned about finding a job after you’ve graduated from university. Depending on your course, and whereabouts in the country you studied, you might have an excellent prospect of getting a job in your chosen field, locally, back in your hometown, or elsewhere. You’ll want to pick a university that offers good job prospects for graduates on your course.
10. It’s important that you like the look and feel of the university. Whilst it will seem strange, and new to you, you’ll need to feel at home immediately, and know that you can look forward to studying there for several years. An attractive campus, or friendly tutors can make all the difference to your enjoyment and how you do at university.
Now you know what sort of things to look for, you’ll be able to choose the right university for you.