Applying for university

If you're thinking about higher education, learn how to search for courses, see key dates and deadlines and get tips on how to write a personal statement.

What to do when you apply for university

If you are thinking about applying for university there are several things to think about.

When you want to go

You can apply for the next academic year if you've submitted applications through UCAS before January.

For Oxford University, Cambridge University and most Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry degrees you need to submit your application in October the previous year.

You also have the option of making a deferred entry application. This means you apply for a place to start the following year. This is a good option if you want to have a year off, which is known as a gap year. You can secure your place in advance, and don’t have to worry about it.

View key dates for applications on the UCAS website.

Where to study

The cost of living can vary from place to place. You may want to consider whether you would prefer to live on campus or in private accommodation off campus. Think about what the town or city has to offer and what future career prospectus are like in the area.

Get tips on how to choose where to study on the UCAS website.

The right course for you

Even if you've chosen the subject you want to study, there are other options to narrow down your choices more. Some courses are three years, others are four years, some offer a placement year or specialism, whilst some even offer a year abroad. Take all this into account when making your decisions.

Read more about how to choose the right course on the UCAS website.

Visit the university

Go to open days to get a feel for each university and the city they're in. Imagine what it would be like to live and study there.

Find University Open Day information on the Opendays website.

How to get help with your finances

You can apply for student finance the year that you're due to go to university. You apply online and make sure your application is submitted before the deadline in April.

Find out more about student finance and funding.