Picking the right University for you can be challenging when there are so many to choose from. Here's a checklist on things to take into account when choosing!
Some may choose that they want to stay in the city to study their degree, other may want to branch out into other parts of the UK. Or maybe even travel to a completely different country
and experience Uni life there. If you have an idea of where you want to study, you can narrow down which Universities are available in that area.
2. Your grades
The main thing that will determine which University to go for will be your predicted grades. It's not a good idea to apply to schools which ask for grades above your predicted, as they're likely to decline your application which would waste your 1 of your 5 choices. Instead explore different Universities who ask for grades which are on or below your predicted, increasing your chance of being accepted.
3. The courses
Not all Universities offer the course that you want to do, so it's best to search different school's websites and see whether they offer that specific course. For instance, if you want to stay in London and study Dentistry, you're limited to just two Uni's: Queen Mary University of London and Kings' College London. Where you would have a lot more options if you applied to other cities in the UK. It's always best to do your research before deciding!
4. What's most important?
If you're unsure of where you want to study, try and think about what is most important to you during your Uni experience. If you were to attend a campus Uni which is in a more secluded location, chances are you'll have less to do in your down time. For some, that may be exactly what they're looking for! It's good to have a list of things that you expect out of your time in Uni and use that to help you narrow your search.
5. Open days
The best way to get a good feeling of a Uni is by visiting it and seeing it in person. Of course, it can be difficult to go to every school that you apply for, but where you can it's definitely worth taking advantage. There may be a Uni that you have in mind that you want to go to but upon seeing it, there's a chance that your opinion of it changes. That's perfectly fine! And best to realise before committing the next 3+ years of your life there.
Choosing the right Uni for your is not an easy task, but if you take these steps into account you'll definitely find some ease in your search. Happy hunting!