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Five questions to ask yourself before applying to university

So, you’re poised and ready to submit your university application. You’ve flicked through prospectuses, searched through university websites and given it plenty of thought.

It sounds like you’re almost there. 

Before you go pressing that submit button, we have one final checklist which we think you should go through. 

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Have I calculated my UCAS points correctly?

Each year, we receive a lot of questions from students about how to calculate UCAS tariff points. To help, we have created this handy UCAS tariff points calculator. Simply put in your actual and predicted grades, and we’ll let you know how your qualifications match up to our courses.




Calculating finances

Have I thought about my finances?

Our research has shown that money is something that worries a lot of people, but it really doesn’t have to. We’ve broken it all down for you here.

Funding your course:

We’ve created this video where we have summarised everything that you need to know about finance and funding your course. You can also always call our Student Money Team on 0113 812 6701 and they will be more than happy to help you if you have any queries.

Other costs:

The cost of living in Leeds is relatively low compared with some areas of the country, to get an idea of what you might need to budget for your living expenses check our cost of living guide.

We also have a blog from our second year Journalism student, Molly. She’s shared her top tips for saving money as a student, and we think you’ll find some of them super useful.

Money saving tips for students by Molly
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Have I visited every university on my shortlist?

Now, this one is very important. Have you visited every university that you plan to apply to? Do you have a feel for what the teaching is like, what’s special about the facilities, and do the study spaces suit you?  You’ll be spending a large chunk of your time studying, so you need to know that the environment works for you.

Open Days are the best way for you to experience Leeds Beckett. They give you the opportunity to explore the campus you could be studying at, talk to staff and students and find out everything you need to know about student life here. You can also book onto one of our regular campus tours on a day which suits you. 

If you have visited Leeds Beckett already, why not take a look at our Virtual Open Day and refresh your memory? You may spot something which you didn’t notice before.

Leeds Dock sign - Is the location right for me?

Is the location right for me?

There are so many factors to consider when it comes to the location of your chosen university.

Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Is it easy to travel home?
  • Is it busy/quiet enough for you?
  • Is the area suited to students? Are there deals, discounts, activities?
  • Could you continue with your hobbies here?

We may be a little biased, but we think that Leeds is a city which has it all. It is compact enough to feel homely, yet large enough that you could never get bored. No matter what it is that you love you will find it in abundance in Leeds – from shopping to art, nature to nightlife, sport to relaxation and everything in between. Explore the ‘Life in Leeds’ pages of our website to find out about Leeds for yourself.  

Students in halls laughing - Can I imagine myself part of the community?

Can I imagine myself as part of the community?

Finally, do you have an idea of what the student community is like at each of your shortlisted universities? This can be quite difficult to figure out.

Here at Leeds Beckett, we’ve made it easier for you. Our vibrant community of over 28,000 students come from almost 100 different countries.  You can find out exactly what it is that our students love about Leeds Beckett life, directly from them. Either ask them a question using our ‘Chat to a student’ feature, read one of our many student blogs or watch one of our vlogs.

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