You've Just Handed in Your University Application: What Next?
You've Just Handed in Your University Application: What Next?
By Simon Thompson
Description: Once you’ve submitted your application to UCAS, what comes next? You can start the next phase and look into your student accommodation for the next year.
The hours spent perfecting your personal statement are behind you, UCAS has your final choices and your A levels are still four whole months away, so what’s next?
Well, as well as studying like you’ve never studied before to get those top notch grades you know you deserve, you can start making plans for the year ahead, including the key decisions ahead of starting university in September.
For some people, the better organised you are, the less nervous you feel about the unknown that lies ahead. Granted, at the moment you might not know which university you will be attending in which city, but no one can stop you from visiting the student accommodation and the city you may be spending the next three years in.
To prepare yourself, find out when your top two or three universities are hosting open days and pay them a visit. This will give you the opportunity to explore your prospective campus and student accommodation, allowing you to familiarise yourself with a new city’s surroundings and perhaps even meet new people on your course.
Visiting your student accommodation could be particularly useful if you are keen to organise what storage you will need, and what your personal and communal areas are like. Is there space under the bed for storage boxes? Does your room have space for a clothes horse? Are you sharing a bathroom? Do you have a communal living area and is your accommodation catered?
Simply by taking the time to visit your top university choices, you can set your mind at rest and get organising. Your union should feature highly on this list, and not only to see how well the bar is stocked, but to find out about a university’s societies and get a real grasp of the campus atmosphere.
As the social network generation, you’re probably completely comfortable communicating with new people via Twitter and Facebook. Start joining groups and sending tweets relevant to your course and about your university - this is an excellent way to start meeting people with similar interests, or who may even be living in the same accommodation as you.
Preparing yourself for the next phase in your life is a big deal, which for some will feel as natural as breathing, while others are less at ease when it comes to heading into the unknown. Either way, some level of organisation is a must. Particularly when it comes to choosing your student accommodation, the main thing is to find somewhere you’d absolutely love to live for a year.
The Student Housing Company has a range of premier student residences throughout the UK, with brand new accommodation for September 2014 opening in Edinburgh and Huddersfield. All come with ample storage, an en-suite bathroom, 24 hour CCTV and an on-site management team. If your student halls aren’t exactly what you’d hoped and your university is in one of our cities, speak to our team for more information.
Written by Sophie from The Student Housing Company
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