Open Days: What to look for in a university town or city

If you have decided to visit a college / university in a city that you are not familiar with, we strongly advise you to do the following:

  • Make sure that you visit the city - if you decide to study here, you will probably spend a lot of time outside of the campus, so make sure you like the place! The best way to do this is to stay the night - you can check out the nightlife, meet fellow students and get a better feel for the city. Many colleges offer accommodation for visiting students, and if they don't offers local hotel information.

  • Go with a friend - they can give you a valuable second opinion, as well as provide company and boost your confidence

  • Find out what the cost of living is - living in London requires a lot more money than living in Blackpool. Another way to do this besides beer price is to compare accommodation costs - also find out if the university / college offers a student accommodation finding programme.

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