How to choose the right University for you

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Choosing the right University is a big step, so how can you tell which one is right for you? There are a number of factors to look at when making the all important decision. What course you wish to study, whether you'll be on campus or off site, the duration of your study, distance from home, the requirements to even get into the University and then there's the financial side to it - student loans, how much and how to repay? and budgeting. 

I'm currently in year 12 (17 years old) and already looking at which Universities to apply for. I've been advised by my sixth form to write my personal statement now (which my mentor will guide me on) this puts less pressure on me for when I'm in year 13. There is a big leap from GCSE's to A Level, so to be already thinking about universities and the course I want to study is rather overwhelming. Also for me, actually deciding on the course was a struggle until I decided to just do what I enjoy. How can you expect to get through University if you don't even enjoy the course? 

Choosing the right course and university requires lots of research! The more you put into it the more certain and happy you'll feel. It's probably not the most exciting process for some, but it will pay off. Doing this early will give you time to focus on studying and getting the grades you need. It's also worth looking at league tables based on which universities are best for your chosen course rather than what University is the top in the UK. Open day's are worth attending, I doubt it'll be any fun turning up to the University you chose and not enjoying it when you're there. It's also easier to compare the Universities, I've been to a gig on a University campus, the place looked amazing I just wanted to look around. I even preferred it to a University that I'd attended to sit through lectures. 

Kiss FM presenter AJ went to the University of Greenwich to show potential students what you can get from their faculties which helps the student get an idea of what the University has to offer.

Your research starts here! Visit their site to find out more about the University and for the chance to win a bundle of amazing start of term prizes, including an iPad mini! 

Leave a comment if you have any tips or questions. 


  1. Very helpful advice for college leavers. Great blog too.

  2. Great advice :) I love your blog and if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!.

    Camille xo

  3. I hated writing my personal statements. Good luck with everything! Love your blog.

  4. Choosing the right college for you is really important to remember. Most don't choose the right one and end up transferring which is exactly what you should do when you realize the school has nothing to offer. I'm in my last year of college and I learned the hard way. Great post!

    Brittany x


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