Does the prestige of a uni matter that much?Watch
I have offers to study biochemistry at UCL, Liverpool and Bristol which I am choosing between. Obviously UCL is considered the best university by many, but how much does that actually matter when choosing? Only because I don’t see myself living in London and think I would prefer one of the other 2 options. I really like Liverpool uni and the city, does it matter the uni isn’t considered so highly?
Uni rankings can be very subjective and often vary quite widely.
Uni research groups are regularly misconstrued as indicative of high calibre teaching standards or student satisfaction.
Some unis have centuries of history or higher advertising/pr budgets, so are more well known than others.
Your chosen uni will receive almost £30,000 in tuition fees whilst you are studying there for three years, there are so many other relevant factors to consider.
The atmosphere on campus, nature of the area, course quality, links with industry, average contact hours, feedback from existing students, potential for nightlife/social amenities and costs of living.
Visit the open days, get a sense of the atmosphere and culture- talk to as many current and former students as you can.
It's very important to trust your instincts, if something feels uncomfortable or wrong but you can't explain why- go with your gut instinct.