Choosing the right university: How to decide which university to study at

04 October, 2016Natalie Peters

Deciding where to study next September is a huge decision. With fees at their highest, you are making a big investment for your future. But how do you know what university is best for you? And how can you get a real feel for what student life will be like?

Do your research

They are so many ways to find out about universities and what they can offer you. UCAS should always be your first stop. They list every single degree course in the country and have some great tools for helping you search through them all.

Once you have a few places in mind, the university’s website should be the most up-to-date resource for you to find out more about the programmes, what they can offer you for support and what life outside of study will be like. Take a look at their social media accounts and follow the university hashtags to see what they have going on throughout the year and what current students have to say.

Attend an open day

Attending an open day is probably the most valuable thing you can do. Not only will you be able to get a feel for the campus, but you can explore the local area. You will be able to talk with current students and university staff, getting a better understanding of their student experience and what you can expect from their facilities.

Make sure you ask all the questions you can think of and start to get an idea of what you like and dislike about each place. If you think they are missing something that would mean the difference to you, ask them, they may already have plans in place for what you want.

You might want to ask things like:

  • What kind of clubs and societies do you have?
  • What careers do graduates go into?
  • How much does accommodation cost?
  • Are there options for placement years?

Have a taster

A lot of universities run taster days like our Autumn University. They are usually over a few days and allow you to truly experience life as a student including attending lectures, meeting with your potential future classmates and exploring the social life on offer.

Our Autumn University takes place over three days in late October. Learn more and find out how to apply here.

Talk to those in the know

It's important to talk to current students who can give you a real insight into what it's like to study at your ideal university. Do you have a sibling, friend or family member who went to the university? Or maybe someone from your school?

Once you find the right person, you could ask them:

  • How did you decide on your university choice?
  • What aspects are you loving the most?
  • Do you have anything you'd change about your decision?

What’s important to you?

Finally, make a decision that suits you. Don’t follow your friends or your parents– what do you want to get out of the three years? It needs to be the right fit for you. And make sure you take everything into account – it’s not just about finding the right course, you want to make sure you enjoy every part of the university experience.

Is The London Institute of Banking & Finance right for you? Attend one of our open days or find out more about our Autumn University