What, where, how to study

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Choosing a place to study

Most adults choose to study near their home. However, the higher education level course you want to do may not be available locally or you might just like the idea of relocating.


Some of the key questions you will need to consider if you are planning to move away from home to study will be:

  • What type of student accommodation is available? 
  • What is the cost of living like in the area?
  • What other expenses will there be? E.g. Council Tax, utility bills, broadband…
  • How easy is it to get to the university or college and how much is public transport in the area?
  • What facilities are available at the college or university and within the local area? 

Where can I find out more? 

  • Ask student services at the college or university you are interested in for advice on accommodation and costs. 
  • The Unistats site allows you to compare courses at different institutions and can give you all sorts of information including the cost of accommodation.
  • Each college and university produces a prospectus and has a website that will help answer your questions. 
  • For those institutions that interest, attend an open day. This is an excellent opportunity to meet students and lecturers, view the facilities and get a general feel for the institution and town or city.

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