Researching universities and courses

Making decisions about your future is never easy. Between deciding whether university is right for you, which course to study and where to live it's hard not to be stressed and confused by the situation. 

That's why we've asked our experts and current students about everything applying to university entails. From making that first decision about your future career, all the way through to your living situation.

Is university for me?

The differences between school and university

University is very different to school and college, in so many ways! Discover all the changes you have to look forward to.

School vs university

Should I go to university or get a job?

There are pros and cons to both work and study, here are some things to consider when weighing up your options.

Work vs university

How to decide to go to university

Going to university is a big decision, and it might not be for everyone, figure out if it's the right path for you.

Is university right for me?

Researching your options

How do I pick which uni to go to?

Take a look through our advice on how to pick the right university.

Choosing a uni

How do I pick which course to do?

We've thought of some ways to figure out what you want to study.

Choosing a course

How do I choose where to live?

We can help you figure out the best halls of residence for you.

Choosing accommodation

Find your course


Thinking about commuting?

Moving away from home isn’t for everyone and commuting can be a cheaper alternative to living in student accommodation. Check out our reasons why staying at home can be a great choice!

Commuting tips


January 31

Apply now 2024 entry UCAS application deadline

February 28

UCAS Extra UCAS Extra opens for applications

June 30

Application deadline Final deadline for main cycle applications

July 5

Clearing You can now apply through Clearing

August 9

SQA results day Students receive their SQA results

August 15

A Level results day Students receive their A Level results

August 15

Hotlines open Clearing/Adjustment hotlines open