Five reasons to apply early to Clearing

Most people associate Clearing with A Level Results Day and the hotline you might call if your grades weren't quite what you were expecting. However it's much more than that. Did you know Clearing actually opens in early July and remains open for most of the Summer? That means if you've already got your results, you don’t have to wait til 15 August to get your place.

Maybe you’re a BTEC student, maybe you’ve taken a year or two out of education and recently decided uni is for you, or maybe you’re a mature student who missed the original UCAS deadline. Either way, there’s no time like the present. Here are five reasons why you should get cracking and apply for Clearing early.

1. Miss the rush

This seems like an obvious one but is worth pointing out. If a shop opens at nine but you know it’s going to be packed with visitors at 11, then you would go earlier. This is exactly how early Clearing should be treated if you have your results. Missing the rush will give you more time on the phone to speak to admissions and course tutors. It’ll mean you miss the Thursday morning rush and won’t be spending time waiting to speak to someone. This in turn should then give you…

 2. More time to make up your mind

The decision to go to university is huge. You have lots to consider; the course, the location, where you’ll live and of course which university is for you. Therefore it seems wise to give this as much thought as you can. You may feel you need to get a place as soon as you can to satisfy your family, friends, teachers and yourself. Applying ahead of results day will mean you won’t have this added pressure and will have the time to mull an offer over for a few days. You will also have more time before applying to…

 3. Research

Applying early gives you time to fully research the university and course you’re planning on joining. No matter what stage you come into Clearing we recommend doing at least a bit of basic research before confirming your decision. However, applying early allows you to fully research universities so you can make sure you are totally happy with how you’re spending all that money, and in many cases where you’ll be living…

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 4. Accommodation

Accommodation and where you will be living is a big part of the decision making process. Knowing you’ll be staying in nice secure accommodation should be a high priority on your list. As well as being able to fully research your accommodation, applying early can also help guarantee you a place in halls. Many universities will have a first come first served policy when it comes to allocating rooms during Clearing. Therefore getting in early should allow you to snap up one of those rooms. All this should give you…

5. Peace of mind

Getting your place at uni sorted and out of the way means you can get on with the rest of your Summer without having it on your mind. You won’t be counting down to 15 August, you won’t be worried about the rush and there won’t be any stress over busy Clearing hotlines.

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