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Finding a University or College

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Whether you have your heart set on a particular university or college or haven't yet decided where to pursue your chosen course, there are a few points you should consider.
Where you study can be almost as important as what you study. You should sure to consider the extra-curricular aspects of your institution as well as the academic ones.
Wherever you go, you'll want to feel happy and settled. For example, would you prefer somewhere rural or somewhere urban? Do you plan to live at home or move away?
Your university or college induction pack will probably include a list of suggested items to bring along. Think carefully about what you are likely to need, what you can buy when you get there and how much you really need to pack.
If you’re planning to take equipment to watch or record TV programmes as they're being shown - whether it’s a television set, computer or other device - you’ll need to be covered by a valid TV licence.
Living at home while studying has been the norm in countries such as France and Australia for a long time.
By staying put, you can often save money on rent and keep in touch with home life - while still making new friends and having new experiences.
For some people it offers ‘the best of both worlds’, and it is becoming more popular as more institutions, such as further education colleges, offer higher education qualifications.

Moving away
Moving away to study is still a popular option. It may make sense to move if you want to study a particular course at a specific university or college.
Some students also value the experience of living in halls of residence, or in shared accommodation, as an important part of university life. Others want the opportunity to experience living in a different part of the country.
Although course and location are crucial when you're choosing a place to study, it's also worth thinking about:
  • size of the institution: is it one campus, or are the buildings scattered?
  • social facilities: what are the pubs, clubs, live music venues, cinemas and sports facilities like?
  • accommodation: what are the halls of residence like, and how much does university and private accommodation cost?
  • cost of living: how high are the costs of food and entertainment?
  • How much University will cost
It’s worth researching the help and support that would be available to you at different universities and colleges.
This will vary widely depending on the type of institution you attend and the type of help and support you need. For instance, many universities and colleges have study skill centres to help students adjust to academic life.
All universities and colleges will have support staff to help you with the kinds of problems you might encounter, whether it is the purely practical - a problem with housing, for example - or the very personal.
  

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