Once you’ve made up your mind about what course you want to study, it’s time to start thinking about where you are going to study it. With so many universities to choose from, how do you decide which one is right for you? From learning, to lifestyle there are lots of things to consider. Take a look through this blog for some useful tips on making that all-important decision.
Location, Location, Location!
Universities are scattered all over the UK. From quaint towns to lively cities, each offers their own unique experience, so it’s important you find the right one for you. Not only will you want to consider distance from home, but also what the location has to offer to keep you entertained outside of lectures.
Campus Based v City Based
From the sociable and secure feel of a campus based university, to the bright lights and culture of a city, a campus and a city based university can offer very different lifestyles. Living and studying on campus offers a great sense of community, the convenience of having all facilities on your doorstep, as well as a shorter distance to travel to get to university; so no excuses for missing those 9am lectures! On the other hand, city living places you right in the heart of your new location, where you can gain a real sense of belonging, whilst giving you bountiful options when it comes to eating out and going out.
What you do outside of lectures, can be just as important as what you do in them when it comes to your overall university experience. Having a good Students’ Union is essential. Not only will it support you throughout your university journey, but it’ll also provide you with lots of fun social activities where you can meet new people, discover new interests, and make life long memories. Make sure to research all the different sports clubs and societies on offer for you to get involved in; at the University of Chester we have over 100, so you’re bound to find something that interests you.
It’s also important to find out what academic and leisure facilities are on offer. Whether it’s industry standard production studios, or a a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the availability of these facilities can significantly impact your student experience. Ask questions at Open Days to make sure you know what’s involved; how much access will you have to specialised labs? And how much will your gym membership cost?
Just as important as what you will be taught, is who will be teaching you. But don’t be blinded by research. Whilst an academic’s research portfolio demonstrates their expertise, having a lecturer who was or still is active in the industry that interests you, makes them an excellent source of advice and guidance. Equally important is staff availability; how much access will you have outside of lectures? Will you receive your own personal academic tutor? Turning up to lectures and seminars is all well and good; but it’s often the support outside of these hours that can really help you reach your potential.
When applying for university, you’ve no doubt got employment on your mind. With the job market at its most competitive, it now takes a lot more than a degree to get you noticed by employers. Take the time to research what each university has to offer to help you reach your employability goal. At the University of Chester, our excellent Careers and Employability team offers training programmes, networking opportunities and employability workshops, to help you prepare for life after graduation. You’ll also be encouraged to take part in work-based learning and our volunteering programme; both great opportunities to gain invaluable experience that will look fantastic on your CV.
Want to find out more?
There really is no better way to find out what a university has to offer than by attending an Open Day. To discover whether the University of Chester is the right university for you, why not visit us?