• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer-than-average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful River Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes Street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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Clearing: Everything you need to know

Nobody plans to enter university via the Clearing route, but things don’t always go to plan. That’s why Clearing is there: to give you a safety net.

 

You’ve hopefully been optimistic in the run-up to your exam results, in which case Clearing might not have occupied your thoughts too much. Nonetheless, you should be prepared for any eventuality. Life is full of surprises, many of them much bigger and more unpleasant than disappointing exam results.

 

So, first things first...

 

It’s Not Such a Disaster - Honestly

 

Not getting the grades you need to clinch your first choice, or changing your mind on your chosen subject last-minute, can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing, but it is by no means the end of the world. It may seem like it at the time, but trust us: you’ll be fine.

 

Thousands of students end up having to go through Clearing each year. You’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last. The important thing to focus on (or remain focused on) is that you’re going to enjoy your degree - whatever it turns out to be - and then you’re going to enjoy a successful career afterwards. 

 

If you’re not a believer in fate, at least try to adopt a positive mindset about it all. You don’t have a time machine (do you?!), so you can’t go back and change things.

 

There’s No Immediate Rush

 

If things haven’t gone to plan for you, the first instinct is to scramble for whatever you can get - to accept a place on the first course that will take you.

 

But try to chill. 

 

You have until Wednesday 23rd October to apply for any course that still has places, so you don’t need to dive head-first into the first decent-looking option. Obviously, you shouldn’t wait too long, but take a day or two to think your options through, and contact several different unis.

 

Maybe use it as an opportunity to reassess whether your chosen subject area is what you actually want to do. Many students choose certain courses because they seem like safe choices or smart moves, but that can sometimes lead to dissatisfaction later down the line. Unless you have a specific vocation or career path already planned out, you might want to listen to your heart as well as your head.

 

Also, you might want to contest your results if you missed out by just a few marks. If that is the case, and your revised results come back higher, you may be able to get into your first choice after all. So don’t make any hasty decisions.

 

Important Info for Clearing 2019

 

When does Clearing open?

 

It already is open - has been since July.

 

When does it close?

 

As already mentioned, Clearing 2019 is open until Wednesday 23rd October.

 

How do I go about finding a course through Clearing?

 

Log into your UCAS account and search for courses as usual, using the search tool. Any course listed there is available through Clearing.

 

How do I apply for a Clearing course?

 

You add Clearing courses just the same way as the courses you’ve already chosen - but you have to contact the uni in question first.

 

For full advice and guidance on how to navigate through Clearing, consult the Clearing FAQs on the UCAS website, or give the UCAS team a call. They’re your best bets.

 

What About Uni Accommodation?

 

If you do end up going through Clearing, you should still be able to secure some high-quality accommodation. If you’re picturing Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs at #4 Privet Drive, don’t worry: you’ll have plenty of great room options to choose from.

 

The best accommodation providers are prepared for Clearing and will be able to help you.  

 

Sort your course out first, and then worry about accommodation.

 

Good Luck for Results Day

 

We wish you the very best of luck for results day and beyond, and remember: everything will work out fine in the end.


For more advice and reassurance to help you prepare for student life, take a look at our blog and soak up the wisdom!

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