Why go to University?
University will be very different from anything you’ve experienced before, so how can you know if it’s right for you? The answer is simple: do your research.
Going to university is a big decision and one that you can’t make overnight. There are lots of things to consider before you submit an application – like degree courses, student finances, university location and accommodation.
So take time to think about your future, and what you really want it to be. Don’t rush, and don’t stress. To help you decide, we’ve put together our top reasons why you should consider living and studying at university next year.
The University Study Experience
Hello freedom 👋
Studying at university is a step up from school or college, but don’t let that put you off. At school, you’re taught everything that you need to know but at university, you’re given the basics, and the rest is up to you. It’s more independent and requires a good deal of self-discipline, and this is a good thing. It means that you get the freedom to study what interests you the most. So if you’re motivated and passionate about your subject, your hard work will definitely pay off.
Knowledge is power ✊
At university, you’ll gain access to expert knowledge. From conducting your own research in the library to chatting with academics that are highly regarded in their field, you’ll never be short of things to learn. Your lecturers and tutors will have academic knowledge, years of experience, and industry contacts to share. So if you’re excited to take your subject further and you feel ready to take opportunities as they come, you’re ready to go to university.
The world is a classroom 🤝
At university, your classroom will be filled with students from all over the world, so you’ll meet a wide range of interesting people. It’s a rare opportunity to get involved in new discussions and understand other people’s points of view. With a mixture of face-to-face learning, independent study and practical work experience, you’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills you need to launch your career.
The University Living Experience
Independence, at last 🙌
With so many universities to choose from, deciding where to go isn’t easy. Remember that university isn’t all about studying, so think about where you’d like to live for the next three years. In a city? In the countryside? By the sea? At home, or abroad? Moving away from home might be scary, but you’ll gain a new sense of independence that will be SO worth it. After all, exploring a new city with your new friends is what university is all about. No rules, at last (sorry mum).
A home from home 👍
Most universities offer accommodation to first-year students to make their transition to university life a little easier. This will allow you to meet new people without having to worry about your living arrangements. If you’re not into cooking some universities will have catered halls of residence, so it will feel like a new home from home. You can also (of course) opt for private accommodation or choose to live with a host family. This is very popular with international students.
Start something new 💪
At university, you’ll get the opportunity to learn something new. With a wide range of clubs, sports teams and societies to choose from, you’ll be able to enhance your non-academic skills and interests while you study. Joining a team or society is also a great way to make new friends and it can also look good on your CV. So if you’ve always wanted to go bouldering, play ultimate frisbee or try cheerleading, you’ll feel at home at university.
Remember: If you’re applying to a UK university, you need to apply through UCAS, so check out our Essential UCAS Application Guide. You must apply before the application deadline, but don’t worry if you miss it. Plenty of universities will accept late applications and have places available through Clearing.
If you’re looking to study somewhere other than the UK, you’ll need to apply directly to your chosen university. Application dates will vary depending on your chosen country, so make sure to check this early as well as any student visa requirements.