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Application Advice

We understand that applying to university can be a stressful time, that's why we're here to help you through the process. Take a look at our tips and advice below to find out how to apply. 

Don't forget to check out our FAQ's section below for more information including when you can apply through Clearing, what to do if you didn't get your first choice and what to do if you've changed your mind. 

Our excellent admissions team are on hand to answer any of your questions, so if you need some more advice, please call 01473 338352, or start a live chat with us.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is how universities recruit students between July and September each year. In Clearing, you can apply directly to a university rather than via UCAS. You can apply in Clearing if you:

  • Decided to apply for a course after 30 June
  • Applied before July but didn't accept or receive any offers
  • Didn’t meet the conditions of your offers
  • Changed your mind about where you would like to go to university (after declining your place on UCAS and releasing yourself into Clearing).
How do I apply?

You can call our Application Hotline on +44 (0)1473 338352 to speak to one of our Admissions Advisers. Lines are open 9.00am - 5.00pm (Mon-Thu) and 9.00am - 4.45pm (Fri)

We’ll take a few basic details from you, such as your contact information and your qualifications. We'll then advise if we can consider you for the course you’re interested in.

Sometimes, we’ll even be able to make you an informal offer during the call.

For some courses we may need further information from you such as a portfolio or you may be required to attend an interview.

Before you call, have the following ready:

  • Your UCAS ID and clearing number
  • Your qualifications and results
  • Up-to-date contact details 
What courses do you have available?

Course vacancies will be listed in the UCAS course search tool or on our course vacancies page.

If you're not sure, feel free to call our Application Hotline on +44 (0)1473 338352 to speak to one of our Admissions Advisers.

What about accommodation?

If you are considering accommodation, we would recommend you start researching your options as soon as possible once you have applied for your preferred course. Information about accommodation we know and trust can be found on our accommodation pages.

It is likely that accommodation will still be available through Clearing, though the options may become more limited as we approach the start of the academic year.

Use the links in the How to Book section of the on-campus and off-campus accommodation pages to see general availability.  For up to the minute availability, please contact the landlord/s of the property or properties you are interested in.

We recommend viewing the accommodation wherever possible, but if you are not able to view in person, we recommend requesting any information you require including photos of the property and asking as many questions as necessary to enable you to make an informed decision. 

Check your budget or your finance entitlement from Student Finance England to make sure you can afford the accommodation before you book a room.  Don’t spend all your money on accommodation; remember to budget for other essentials such as food, transport, materials for your course and leisure.

Our website will advise how to book a room once you have made your choice.  The process can vary depending on when you choose to live on-campus or off-campus.

What do I need to know about student finance?

You can find all the information on fees and financial support available to you over on our student finance pages

There are student loans available, both tuition fee loans to pay for your studies and maintenance loans to pay for your living costs. Take a look at our undergraduate finance section to see if you're eligible, what the costs include and how to apply for student finance. 

We also offer a range of bursaries. Bursaries, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid after your course. 

Students who live, or have lived, in local authority care could be eligible to apply for a bursary of £500 for each year of undergraduate study at the University of Suffolk.

The Bursary 2019 Entry is open to full-time University of Suffolk students starting an undergraduate degree programme in 2019-20. Successful applicants will receive a £500 bursary in each of their three years of study.

Take a look at our bursaries section for more information, criteria and how to apply. 

For further information, we have our money advice section and our Student Services team. Both are on hand to help with any queries you may have about student finance and budgeting.


What happens after I’m made an offer through Clearing?

We'll send you an email confirming the offer with instructions on what to do next to accept the offer.

If you submitted an application for other courses through UCAS this year, we’ll ask you to add us as a Clearing choice through UCAS.

If you haven’t applied through UCAS this year and we've made you an offer for full time study, we’ll send you a brief form to complete so that we can register your place with UCAS for you.

We may also ask for you to provide evidence of your qualifications, such as a certificate or statement of results.

You’ll then be progressed to enrolment where you officially become one of our students.


I don't quite meet your entry requirements, can I still apply?

We recommend that you call our Application Hotine on +44 (0)1473 338352 to speak to one of our Admissions Advisers, we may still have a course space available to you.


When does Clearing start?

We'll be accepting Clearing applications from 1st July 2019.


I have a place confirmed at another university but would prefer to study at University of Suffolk. Can I do this?

We'd be happy to consider an application from you. Please contact us on +44 (0)1473 338352 and a member of our team will be able to help.


I’ve received my results but my offer is still conditional, what should I do?

There are a number of reasons why this might be the case. Please contact our team on +44 (0)1473 338352 so we can advise you further.


I have a place at University of Suffolk, can I change to a different programme?

This may be possible. Please contact us on +44 (0)1473 338352 to discuss your options with us.


Do you have any portfolio guidance?

Yes, please see our dedicated information about submitting online portfolios and e-portfolios

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