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STUDENT LIFE / APR. 30, 2015
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5 Superb Websites to Help You Choose a University

Apparently, there is only one university in the UK where you can study Burmese. So if you’re planning to study Burmese in the UK, you probably won’t need to do an awful lot of research.  For the rest of you who are not signing up for Burmese, but who are planning to begin a degree course later on this year, now is a good time to begin your research. It will help you to know the best sources of information to guide your choice of university. Below are five websites that will assist you in your research; all are dedicated to helping you make the right decision for your future.

See also: Student Recruitment Increasingly Goes Digital

1. Which? University

Benefits of using Which? University

  • Which? is an established and highly respected organisation, a champion of the consumer
  • Offers practical advice and guidance on matters such as how to write a personal statement and what to do if you miss the Ucas deadline
  • Well set-out information about courses, including aspects such as the percentage of graduates receiving offers, the level of student satisfaction and the average graduate salary for each course
  • University profiles includes student views on matters such as “everyday expenses”, “ academic experience” and “creative scene” amongst others. Here’s an example of the LSE university page.

 

2. The Student Hut

The Student Hut describes itself as “an online resource designed to help students all the way through the student lifecycle”, and comes with the following benefits:

  • Students can rate their experiences at various universities
  • There’s a “Pick a degree” feature that allows you to set filters for various aspects of university life such as student satisfaction and location
  • There’s a Jobs Board for students who need to find ways of earning extra cash while they are at university
  • Interesting, fun content, e.g. “10 things that annoy everybody in the library”.
  • It was set up by a student, for students

 

3. Unistats

As you can probably tell from the name, this government-owned website is big on stats. That said, the stats are presented in a very accessible format so you can easily find what you need.

Benefits of Unistats

  • Stats on virtually every aspect of university life.
  • There’s a good video guide to help you navigate the site
  • It’s the official website for comparing university data
  • You can compare universities using filters for a variety of variables
  • There are quirky, but useful analysis such as the time spent in a library compared with the time spent in lectures
  • Users of the website report a high satisfaction score: at the time of writing, 94% of users were satisfied with the website

 

4. The Student Room

Benefits of The Student Room

  • Community is key in The Student Room: there are many student forums (mini communities) that allow you to chat to current and future students of various universities, and which are conveniently grouped by region.
  • There’s a pretty good “A-Z of Universities”page  which features guides to UK universities. Each guide contains information on matters such as course fees, facilities, accommodation, league table rankings and information on open days.

5. The Complete University Guide

Benefits of The Complete University Guide

  • Comprehensive information on choosing a university – no stone is left unturned
  • Excellent content such as the “top graduate employers” by region and by industry, and career profiles by course subject
  • You can calculate the invariably nightmare cost of your investment in higher education using CUG’s loan repayment calculator

See also: Student Recruitment Increasingly Goes Digital

For some people, the availability of a specific course is sufficient to narrow down the choice of university to just a few. But university is also a three or four-year life experience; therefore, the choice of university will require a careful examination of those factors that make for a satisfying life experience. These websites are useful resources to help you with that process of examination, so that you can make a choice that is perfect for you.

 

 

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