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Five questions to ask yourself before applying to university


So, you’re poised and ready to submit your university application. You’ve flicked through prospectuses, searched through university websites and given it plenty of thought.

It sounds like you’re almost there (and, if you're not, check out our courses). 

Before you go pressing that submit button, we have one final checklist which we think you should go through. 

Student at desk - Calculating UCAS tariff points

Have I calculated my UCAS points correctly?

Each year, we receive a lot of questions from students about how to calculate UCAS tariff points. To help, we have created this handy UCAS tariff points calculator. Simply put in your actual and predicted grades, and we’ll let you know how your qualifications match up to our courses.


 

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Have I thought about my finances?

Our research has shown that money is something that worries a lot of people, but it really doesn’t have to. We’ve broken it all down for you here.


Funding your course:

We’ve created this video where we have summarised everything that you need to know about finance and funding your course. You can also always call our Student Money Team on 0113 812 6701 and they will be more than happy to help you if you have any queries.

Other costs:

The cost of living in Leeds is relatively low compared with some areas of the country, to get an idea of what you might need to budget for your living expenses check our cost of living guide.

We also have a blog from our second year Journalism student, Molly. She’s shared her top tips for saving money as a student, and we think you’ll find some of them super useful.

Money saving tips for students by Molly
 
Leeds Beckett Headingley campus - Have I visited every university on my shortlist?

Try  to visit in person (or at least virtually)

This one is very important. You should have a clear picture of any university that you plan to apply to and the best way to do that is to visit. Here at Leeds Beckett, if you’re unable to do that for whatever reason, we also provide a Virtual Open Day and 360 Virtual Tours that you can access at any time.

Get a feel for what the teaching is like, what’s special about the facilities, and find out if the study spaces suit you. You’ll be spending a large chunk of your time studying, so you need to know that the environment works for you.

We are providing one last opportunity to visit us at Leeds Beckett before the January 15 UCAS application deadline. Join us for our Campus Visit Day on Wednesday 8 January to explore our campus, talk to students and take a tour of our accommodation. 

If you have visited Leeds Beckett already, or are unable to attend, look at our Virtual Open Day to refresh your memory or see what we’re all about.


 
Leeds Dock sign - Is the location right for me?

Is the location right for me?

Picking the right course and university is hugely important. Where that university is, should also be something you spend time thinking about.

Let’s say you’re looking for a lively social experience – a great nightlife, music venues, bars and a large variety of food outlets. A university in a small town or in the countryside probably isn’t for you.

Thankfully for our university, we’re based in Leeds – a popular student city with everything on your doorstep. Leeds provides a good balance between big city living and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself when you are weighing up which university location is right for you:


 
Plus Icon Is it student friendly?

It’s natural that you will want to feel welcome and you should try to visit your university location before applying if you can. Make sure you get the right vibe about where you’ll be living.

Leeds is a popular destination for UCAS applicants – there are more than 60,000 students in the city and that’s why you’ll find that so many shopping, nightlife and dining promotions are tailored (and usually discounted) for you.

Plus Icon What if I decide staying at home is better for me?

Here at Leeds Beckett we have many students who choose to stay at home during their studies. It’s a great option to help reduce costs and, alongside meeting people through your course, our societies, Students’ Union events or our sports teams, you will feel very much part of the student community.

However you plan to travel, both our Headingley and City campus are well connected when it comes to transport, and are easy to get to.

Plus Icon What’s it like for getting back home?

Lots of students see university as a great opportunity to develop their independence, move out and live in halls. That said, you might want to go back home during holidays or for a family birthday, so transport links are worth looking at. Fortunately for our students, Leeds is well connected with the rest of the country thanks to great rail, road and air travel links. And, if you get a student rail card, you’ll also get a discount on tickets.

Plus Icon Can I keep up with my hobbies and interests?

Going to university is a chance to embrace what you love, not leave it behind. Do your research on the universities you are interested in, and the areas they are based in, to make sure you can continue with your interests.

At Leeds Beckett we have many sports teams and societies to get involved in, while the city itself is packed with opportunities, whether you have a love for music, film, food, culture or theatre, to name a few. Check out our Why Leeds If section to see some of the great reasons to be a student in our city.

Plus Icon Is it affordable?

While university tuition fees often grab the headlines, it’s important to get an idea of living costs and look ahead as to whether your choice of location is the right option for you financially.

Leeds is regarded as one of the most affordable student cities and a weekly spend that would include accommodation, food, travel, course costs, entertainment, clothes, and your mobile phone is expected to come in at around £196-£290.

Plus Icon What’s the nightlife like?

If you’re looking for a good night out as part of your university experience, make sure the location you’re looking at can provide you with exactly that.

Leeds is well-known for being one of the UK’s best cities for nightlife, and the sheer number of nightclubs and bars means that there is something for everyone.

Plus Icon What about when I want some peace and quiet?

Sure, Leeds has a reputation as being a social hot spot, but there are plenty of opportunities to unwind and enjoy some quieter attractions. There’s a range of free parks, museums and galleries dotted around the city, and you’re also within touching distance of some of the country’s most breathtaking countryside.

Whichever location you are considering, make sure it provides the experience you are looking for.

Students in halls laughing - Can I imagine myself part of the community?

Can I imagine myself as part of the community?

Finally, do you have an idea of what the student community is like at each of your shortlisted universities? This can be quite difficult to figure out.

Here at Leeds Beckett, we’ve made it easier for you. Our vibrant community of over 28,000 students come from almost 100 different countries.  You can find out exactly what it is that our students love about Leeds Beckett life, directly from them. Either ask them a question using our ‘Chat to a student’ feature, read one of our many student blogs or watch one of our vlogs.


 
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