Choosing a university – checklist

Like we've said before, choosing a university is a big decision, and picking the right one is a mammoth challenge, especially because there's so much to choose from.

How to choose a uni

To help you make the right decision for you, we've compiled a quick checklist of things to look for and think about, something to help you boil the spectrum of choice down to something resembling a manageable shortlist. 

  • Does the university offer your course?
  • Does the course itself have appealing options?
  • Is it campus or city based?
  • Is it close enough to/far away from home?
  • Do you know how expensive the local area is?
  • Is it close to a town or city?
  • Is the campus easy to get to?
  • Is it safe?
  • Have you collected prospectuses?
  • Have you visited?
  • Does the university provide for your extra-curricular interests?
  • Are there placement years or opportunities to study abroad?
  • Are the entry requirements realistic?
  • What are student satisfaction rates and graduate prospects like?
  • What’s the location like? Think about accommodation and travel costs. 

Tick all those off your list and you might well wind up with a useable shortlist; a handful of universities that really meet your demands as a student and, from there, close to the final five universities you’ll eventually submit to UCAS.