Why join Into University?

 

Into University logoThere is a centre in North Kensington which will help you with your studies - whether that’s revision for exams, coursework or university entrance.

Our friendly staff, university mentors and professionals are here to inspire you! Our aim is to help you succeed in whatever you want to do – whether it’s university or another chosen field. 

 

I come to homework club if I want to study but am unable to do so at home. I know I’ll find a quiet place where I can do my homework. I know I’ll see everyone there. It’s like a home from home.
Khadija (15, London W11)

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Starting university

The thought of going to university can seem daunting to many people.  What are the first things to consider when choosing a university? What are the first steps to take?  You will find tips and useful advice from choosing a university to starting your first year.

Choosing a university

Each university offers many different courses, choosing the right one for you can be a challenge.  There are different things to consider when choosing a university and you need to think about what is most important to you, is it the quality of the course? Is it the location of the university?  Below are some points to think about.

  • choosing a course that you want to study will help to narrow down your choices of university
  • if location is a priority to you, find the universities closer to where you want to be and select the ones that offer the course you want to study. Remember to factor in the reason for the location, cost of living and whether you can afford travel fees for visits back home.
  • the type of university may influence your decision, for example, do you want an old or new university? Do you prefer the university to be in the middle of town or have its own campus?
  • does the quality and reputation matter to you? You can use The Guardians league table to see which are the top universities overall and by subject.
  • the cost is also a deciding factor on which university to attend.  Universities can now charge up to £9,000 for tuition fees.  Many universities offer scholarships and bursaries; therefore it is worth research to see what finance options are available.

 

Websites to help with choosing a university

Unistats

Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The items that students thought were most useful have been included in a Key Information Set (KIS), which can be found on the Overview tab for each course.

UCAS

UCAS are responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. They process your application, provide online tools for researching the universities in the UK and also help students find the right course

The Guardian University Guide

You can access university league tables and more information on the courses from The Guardian's website.

Application process

UCAS gives guidance on the process, from completing the form to decision-making and clearance.  Your college will inform you of the application deadline and you can also check this on the UCAS website.  Be aware that applications received by the above deadlines are guaranteed to be considered by the universities and colleges. Applications received after the deadlines will only be considered by the universities and colleges if they still have vacancies for the course(s) you have selected.

What happens next?

Once you have sent your application, UCAS will:

  • process your application
  • send you a welcome letter by post confirming your personal details and choices, You will receive a username where you can track your application.
  • your chosen universities and colleges can view your application
  • the universities and colleges decide whether to make you an offer or not.

 

Results

Our results will confirm whether we will get a place at university.  Many universities have conditional offers such as a place will be given if you get the results A, B, B in any of your subjects.  If you fail to meet the condition, you will go through to clearing. http://www.ucas.com/students/results/

Clearing

Clearing can help people without a university or college place to find suitable vacancies on higher education courses. More information on clearing is available on UCAS.

If you have a place and got the desired results, your next steps is to move and begin university life.

Preparing for university

Before moving to university, there are few things to prepare for such as, accommodation, finances, travel arrangements and course materials.

Finances

Below are a few things you may have to pay for when settling into university:

  • tuition fees - when and how to pay them,
  • insurance and TV Licence - you will need to buy a TV licence, which can be paid monthly or in one lump sum; it is also recommended that you insure your belongings in your student accommodation;
  • bear in mind that when looking for accommodation, you will also need to factor in bills and whether they are included into the price;

 

Before leaving for university it is worth making a list of things you will need. Depending on your type of accommodation, you may need to bring your own bedding and cooking utensils as well as your own stationery, clothes and daily essentials.

Check if you have any preliminary reading.  Your course tutors will send out any reading lists and tasks to you.

Life at university

Student Unions

Once you have joined university, you should look at joining the Student Union.  It is responsible for social events, discounts and representing the students.  You can also apply for the NUS card for student discounts.

Societies

During your first couple of weeks at university, there will be Freshers Fairs where you can join many different societies and clubs.  There are societies ranging from food and sports to languages or cultures.  You can start new hobbies, get discounts or go on trips with these societies.

Student experiences

Do you want to know what it is like being at university? Click on the links below to see videos of what existing university students think of being in university.

  • UCAStv
  • read about Sarah and Daryl's experiences of university through their interview on thesite.org.