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Hi I am having a hard time deciding where to go for university. I have offers from Huddersfield, Salford, UCLAN and York St John and I will be studying occupational therapy. I currently live not too far from Salford so that would be the most convenient choice however both UCLAN and Huddersfield have pretty good facilities and reviews. York St John is far from where I live so that may not be an option. But I really don’t know what one to choose…
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Consider things like environment, sports (if you're into that), societies, student life in general etc. There normally isn't any one best place to go to, you've just got to choose based on you. I'll be the first to tell you that you'll probably regret not choosing another uni but then again you'll feel like that regardless of the choice made. Go with your gut and the things/interests you value which could benefit from being in a certain uni. There aren't any right or wrong answers in your case if considering both academic and non-academic factors.
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I would suggest writing out what each university offers in bullet points, such as; societies, student support, local life, course specifics, accommodation and anything else that is important for you. This can help you see which uni would be more suitable for you and how you can get the support you need throughout your academic career and life in general at university. (I did this when I was trying to narrow down my choices when applying, and it really helped)

If you can, I would also suggest going to decision days and getting a feel for the campus and course subject. This can help you feel more confident in your choice 🙂
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi I am having a hard time deciding where to go for university. I have offers from Huddersfield, Salford, UCLAN and York St John and I will be studying occupational therapy. I currently live not too far from Salford so that would be the most convenient choice however both UCLAN and Huddersfield have pretty good facilities and reviews. York St John is far from where I live so that may not be an option. But I really don’t know what one to choose…

Hi there,

We are so glad to hear that you are considering to study with us! I would suggest looking at the occupational course for each university and weighing up the pros and cons of each as well as looking at how much placement time you will have and where you could be placed for placement as this can really make the difference especially if you have to travel far for placement each day. It sounds like you have looked into the different facilities that each of the universities have to offer as well which is good.
I have a friend here at YSJ who is doing occupational therapy and is really enjoying the course and has had of opportunities of varying placements throughout his degree.

In terms of going to a university far away from where you live, I came to YSJ from Essex which is quite far but I have loved it and York has good transport links with so many cities that it is easy to get back home again. We have great accommodation for students to stay in whilst studying with varying prices and types. We also provide commuters accommodation for up to 3 nights per week for a fairly cheap price if you would rather commute than live in student accommodation.

I hope this helps 😊
Katie - Student Ambassador
Original post by Anonymous
Hi I am having a hard time deciding where to go for university. I have offers from Huddersfield, Salford, UCLAN and York St John and I will be studying occupational therapy. I currently live not too far from Salford so that would be the most convenient choice however both UCLAN and Huddersfield have pretty good facilities and reviews. York St John is far from where I live so that may not be an option. But I really don’t know what one to choose…

Hey there,

First off, congratulations on receiving offers to study at University– that's quite an achievement! I understand that choosing the right University can be a tough decision, especially when weighing factors like convenience, facilities, and reviews.

Let me shed some light on what makes studying occupational therapy at the University of Salford an excellent choice.

As you mentioned, living not too far from Salford already gives you a head start in terms of convenience. Our University is incredibly commuter-friendly, with excellent transport links, including buses and the nearby Salford Crescent train station. So, getting to and from campus couldn't be easier.

Moreover, we understand the importance of creating a supportive and immersive learning environment for our occupational therapy students. That's why we have unique facilities like the Rehabilitation Flat, where you can simulate real-world situations and practice vital occupational therapy skills in a safe and realistic setting. From using adapted equipment to mastering new techniques, our facilities are designed to give you hands-on experience and prepare you for your future career.

But that's not all at Salford, we also provide access to cutting-edge simulation suites and software to enhance your learning experience even further. These resources allow you to engage with realistic scenarios and develop your skills dynamically and interactively.

Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose the University that is the best fit for you. Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions or need further assistance in making your decision. Wishing you all the best as you embark on this exciting journey!

Best Regards,
Arslan University of Salford Student Representative
Original post by Anonymous
Hi I am having a hard time deciding where to go for university. I have offers from Huddersfield, Salford, UCLAN and York St John and I will be studying occupational therapy. I currently live not too far from Salford so that would be the most convenient choice however both UCLAN and Huddersfield have pretty good facilities and reviews. York St John is far from where I live so that may not be an option. But I really don’t know what one to choose…

Hi there!

Congratulations on your offer to study at so many different universities, this is a massive achievement in itself! Choosing where to study can be a huge decision so it's important that you make the right one for you.

For a course like Occupational Therapy, I would definitely recommend coming to one of our offer holder days as these are a great way to meet the staff that will be teaching on your course, as well as learning more about how it is taught. It is also a great way to see the city you might be moving to and get to know the area!
When I chose my university, I had a list of things I wanted from them (such as facilities and placement time) and found this a good way to narrow down which university to choose!

I hope this helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

-Rebecca, UCLan
Original post by Anonymous
Hi I am having a hard time deciding where to go for university. I have offers from Huddersfield, Salford, UCLAN and York St John and I will be studying occupational therapy. I currently live not too far from Salford so that would be the most convenient choice however both UCLAN and Huddersfield have pretty good facilities and reviews. York St John is far from where I live so that may not be an option. But I really don’t know what one to choose…
I have been to York St John’s for an open day it’s a very small campus but I liked it myself just depends what you like. I went for physiotherapy and the university itself was very pretty and the city of york is beautiful and has a lot going on. I can’t remember much about the facilities but I decided against applying due to the placements being very far away and having to lodge away. Obviously this might not be the case for your course.

Overall is a very pretty city and has lots of markets and good food.

I also am thinking about putting salford as either my firm or insurance as I really like it there, the atmosphere and the campus is great.

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