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Unsure about university/ university process

I've gotten into two of my top choices for uni, but I'm yet to make a firm choice, apply for student finance or accomodation etc. I'm currently in a state where I don't know whether university is the right option for me, but there is a chance I would want to do it.

Do I follow the finance/accomodation/choice process as if I am just going, or do I approach it in a different way? It's quite overwhelming since I don't know much about the process, so hopefully someone can help.
If you do not know, then do not go. Being hesitant at this stage is a red flag, perhaps you should find employment for a year.
Reply 2
Are you just unsure which Uni to Firm, or are you confused about the rest of the process (Student Finance etc)?
Reply 3
You can always defer and do a gap year . I wasn’t sure on uni and I took some time off and went back when I actually wanted to go and motivated to study a subject I wanted to do (ended up being different to the one I chose in 6 form). In 6 form I applied for student finance (you should do it before 17th of May otherwise you may not get it in time) but I changed my mind around June and in September when I didn’t attend it automatically cancelled my student finance. I didn’t defer so I had to reapply but if you do then they’ll save your spot for the next year you just have to ask and get it approved
Original post by snwlvr
I've gotten into two of my top choices for uni, but I'm yet to make a firm choice, apply for student finance or accomodation etc. I'm currently in a state where I don't know whether university is the right option for me, but there is a chance I would want to do it.
Do I follow the finance/accomodation/choice process as if I am just going, or do I approach it in a different way? It's quite overwhelming since I don't know much about the process, so hopefully someone can help.

Hey! Congratulations on getting in to your top choices 🙂

Deciding upon which university to study at is difficult and overwhelming at times, I know this first hand! My advice would be, if you are feeling unsure and doubtful about going to university at this time, please do take time to sit down and consider what would be best for you. There is no harm in deciding to take a gap year to think about what you want to do, get some work experience or save some money before moving. Perhaps you could look into other further education options like apprenticeships etc if you are unsure if Uni is right for you.

However, if you decide to go this is totally fine too. I decided to leave my first University at the end of my first term and this was no issue, you just have to make the decision to leave before the end of the Christmas term if I am correct or you may be charged the entire year's tuition fee and not get any back. To apply for your loan I am sure the deadline is approaching so do research it and make sure you apply on time if you are going forward with it as you don't want to be left with no choice in the matter!
As for accommodation, I would consider getting in touch with the accommodation teams at the University you decide to chose as they will be able to assist you with finding a suitable place and offer support regarding your feelings of uncertainty. The accommodation support details will usually be found on their websites 🙂
You could get in touch with the student support services that either Universities have to offer in regards to your uncertainty of attending as they will understand your situation and will be able to offer advice before your arrival and keep in touch with you then over the course of your first few months to ensure you are settling or to give support regarding taking time out/ deferring etc. There is plenty of support available and please do utilise it!

Though it is a big decision that needs to be made sooner rather than later, you can always apply, see how you feel and hopefully you love it-but it is fine if you don't! Always do what is best for you.

Good luck with your decision, and do remember to speak to your family, friends and peers for support and guidance.
Ria
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