Applying to university:
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Need a hand with your university application?

Getting your university application just right can be a daunting process. How do you know which universities to apply to? What should you include to give yourself the best chance of getting the place you want?

Help is at hand – take a look at our helpful advice below, much of which has come from our current students that have already been through the process.


Our top tips for completing your UCAS application

There are a number of things you can do to make the process of filling in your application as stress-free as possible.

We’ve put together a few handy hints, including what you should consider when you’re researching which course you want to do, and what universities will usually be looking for when they’re assessing your application.

With our helpful advice, you’ll be on your way to getting your application sorted in no time.

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Time to make that all important choice…

Okay, so you’ve been to the Open Days, you’ve done the Virtual Tours, and you’ve read the prospectuses. Now comes the crucial bit: choosing which university you want to spend the next three years of your life (or maybe even longer). It can feel daunting trying to make such a big decision, but here are some ways you can make it easier and narrow it down.


Pros and cons

The best place to start is by writing a big list of all of the things that are important to you in a university, and seeing how your choices compare. For example, you could look at how the courses are assessed. Or how far the university is from home. Or if the accommodation you want is en-suite or not.

If you’ve got lots of choices to whittle down, you might find it useful to create some ‘red lines’ to cut things down more quickly - for example, you might decided that you don’t want to travel for more than four hours away from home, so you can discount any that are further away than that.


Location, location…

It’s just as important to think about the place you’ll be studying in as the course that you’ll be taking. Remember, you’ll probably be spending at least three years at University – it’ll help if you actually like the city or town that you’ll be staying in!

What is there to do? Are there plenty of shops, bars, restaurants, or other activities? How easy is it to get to them from the accommodation you’d be staying at?

And you’ll probably want to think about how much it will cost to do all of that. The cost of living can vary massively from city to city, so consider doing some research into how far your student loan will go.


Take another look

Hopefully you went to a few Open Days to take a look at the universities you’re interested in. But for some of your choices, that could have been months ago, so if you have the time, don’t be afraid to go back and take another look!

There are other ways to remember what a university is like, if that’s not practical. Lots of universities now offer a virtual tour (you can take a look at ours here), which can be a great way to rediscover a university campus, or take a look at it for the first time if you weren’t able to get to an Open Day.

And don’t be afraid to get in touch! Most universities will be very happy to answer any questions you haven’t already asked.


Does it feel right?

This is one of the most important things for you to think about, though admittedly, it can be one of the most difficult to put your finger on!

It’s all well and good looking at all of the stats and facts and figures, but at the end of the day: does it feel right? When you went to the Open Day, how did it make you feel? When you walked around, did you think, “I can really see myself being happy here”?

Because university is a big investment of time and money. It’s where you’ll spend some of your most formative years. So it’s really crucial that above all else, you’re happy while you’re here.


Join us at a Virtual Open Day

Have you ever had that feeling? That twinge in the pit of your stomach telling you: “This is it.”

Join us at a Virtual Open Event, and you might just find this is that place. Watch live subject talks and get your questions answered by our lecturers. Hear from current students about what Hull is really like, and find out everything you need to know about accommodation, finance, support and more.

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