It’s coming to that time of year where college students have just applied for university and I imagine are either:
a) waiting for their offers to come through or
b) have received their offers and trying to decide which university to choose
If you’re in that position, well done on receiving your offers but also I feel for you – it is so hard trying to decide which offer to accept and essentially which city you are going to move to for the next three years!
When I was applying, I applied to Birmingham, Southampton, London, Manchester and Leicester. I was rejected from London and I didn’t ever really want to go to Southampton so that left me with Manchester, Leicester and Birmingham. In all honesty, I didn’t ever have much difficulty making my decision to come to Birmingham because the courses at Manchester and Leicester were foundation degrees and therefore if I wanted to top up to the full degree, at that time, I would have had to come to Birmingham to do the top-up course anyway. Therefore, I thought it would be better for me if I just completed my course from start to finish here.
If I was to choose again, I think I would still come to Birmingham for a number of reasons and, hopefully, they will help you make your decision that bit easier. Firstly, I am a complete home bird; I am extremely close to my family, I love my hometown and I love my home comforts so I knew I never wanted to go too far. However, I am so glad that I moved out and had the experience of living independently because I learnt so much, from how to iron a shirt, to how to appreciate going home to a family member wanting to know about your day. I think this is really important in order for you to grow and become the person you want to be.
Furthermore, I had researched my course in detail. I had looked at all the courses that I had applied for, thoroughly looked into the modules, went to open days and I looked on pages such as thestudentroom.co.uk which helped to come to the decision I finally made. I strongly advise attending open days if you haven’t already because it just gives you a better impression of where you are going to be for the next three years and it gives you a chance to look around the city too.
If I were you, I wouldn’t make the decision based on the money and the debt. If you really feel that moving away is too expensive and not for you, that is completely your prerogative but I don’t personally think you should let it put you off as this is an opportunity that you probably will never get again and you will remember the experience a lot longer than the price tag. Also, by the time you start paying it back, you pay back so little every month you’ll never even notice!
Lastly, just remember that nothing is permanent! If you move somewhere that isn’t right for you it is easy to change course, change unis or even leave uni completely and there is nothing wrong with that at all – I actually think it more commendable to be honest and brave in making a decision that is best for you.
If you have any further questions about moving away to uni, feel free to email me at emiliaatucb@or you can contact our twitter page at @UCBloggers 🙂
Hope this helps, good luck!