If you’re heading off to university then it’s a massive decision as to which university and part of the country to choose. After all, it’s likely to hugely affect at least the next few years of your life. If you’re a parent and have a child soon going to university in the future then it’s something you’ll need to discuss as there are many factors to take into account.
With that in mind, here are some things to consider if you or your child is thinking about which university is the right one…
- Distance from home: This is very much a personal choice. Some students like the opportunity to be as far away from home as possible to gain some independence, whilst other students like to be closer to home to be near friends and family (and to probably get their washing done). Some student even prefer to stay at home if they can, whether that’s to save money or they just don’t feel ready to leave home yet.
- What course do you want? This is arguably the most important factor in determining which university to go to. The main reason you’re going to university is to study and earn a degree, so the course is of paramount importance. For example, if you want to study psychology then look for the universities that rank high for that subject and then whittle them down from there. There’s no point in going to a university close to home if it doesn’t have a course you want to do. Check out UCAS for more information on this, and, of course, the university websites.
- What’s the city like?: You’re going to be spending a few years in this place so it’s also important that you like the surrounding area. If you don’t, then there’s a good chance you won’t enjoy your time there, no matter how good the course is. Are you looking for good nightlife, good culture, somewhere quiet? These are all things to take into account.
- What’s the accommodation like?: Similar to the previous point, it’s important that the accommodation where you’ll be living is at least half decent. Everywhere has their horror stories, but obviously choosing something like this accommodation for students at Urbanest in London is going to appeal more than some rundown digs.
- Transport: This might be a smaller issue, but is probably still worthwhile considering. If you drive or there are good rail links, then it doesn’t really matter which uni you choose, but if you don’t drive and you choose somewhere that’s difficult to get to and you plan on going home a lot then it could prove tricky.
- Is it culturally diverse? If a good mix of cultures is important to you then head to one of the bigger cities. London, of course, is the most culturally diverse place in the UK, so if you’re an overseas student then you’re bound to find groups of similar culture to yourself, which can really help enhance your time there.