As we get closer to Results Day, it’s becoming more likely that it will be a little different to previous years. A-Level and GCSE students haven’t sat physical exams this year and many open days have been moved online, but this doesn’t have to stop you going to university in September! There are plenty of ways for you to prepare for Clearing and for you to have a great start to your university life in September.
Do your research
At the moment, many of us have plenty of time on our hands. Check out virtual open days, watch videos about your chosen university, see if they have virtual tours and use forums to chat to current students. Virtual Open Days will give you the chance to watch live talks and ask questions and many universities have gone to great lengths to make these as realistic as possible.
Follow some universities on social media too. Many of them will be posting about Clearing, providing helpful tips, hosting Q&As, giving you a taste of what student life is like and they will be happy to answer any questions you have so drop them a DM or private message.
Look at the Students' Union
Lots of Students' Unions will be keeping in touch with students over social media, running competitions and classes, and planning Freshers' Week. Have a look at them, get involved and get a taste of how much support is available from the Students' Union and what you can get involved in from September, including sports, societies and events (virtual and/or in person).
UniBuddy wasn’t available when I applied to university (that makes me sound old!) but it’s a great resource to use. Run by UCAS, it gives you a platform to ask current students about their experiences on the course you are studying, what they enjoy and anything else about student life. Students are the best people to ask about this sort of thing as they are experiencing it, so make sure you use UniBuddy to get an idea of what’s available at your chosen university.