I didn't get my first choice...

So you didn't get your first choice, don't worry! That's okay, you're not alone. Take a look at the stories below from our students to see what happened when they didn't get in to university, how they applied through Clearing and why they love studying at Suffolk.

Check out our tips and advice sections below to find out more about how Clearing works and how you can secure a place with us. 

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Phoebe's story

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Phoebe shares her story about going through clearing and moving miles away from her home in South London.

Charlotte's story


Charlotte shares her story and her experience of going through clearing after not receiving the grades she wanted.

Sarah's story

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Sarah shares her story of not getting into her chosen university, and relocating from Newark to Suffolk.

What if you don’t get into your first choice

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Read Lily's blog post about what do you do when you don’t get into your first choice university.

Perks of Studying at Suffolk

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It can be disappointing when you don’t get into your first choice university but maybe Suffolk is the best place for you all along! 

What is Clearing?


Take a look at our advice section for more information on Clearing and how to apply. 

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Inspiring stories

I moved to England two years ago to gain experience and to improve my English. I chose to study at the University of Suffolk because it offers great opportunities for the future, and after visiting the University during an open day, I realised that here you are recognised as an indi...

I came to an open day when I was first looking at universities. I remember having a really long conversation with a lecturer about what I was doing for my A Levels and what I wanted to do in the future. That interest in me as an individual showed me that I would be supported, and a ...

I chose to study at the University of Suffolk because it is small and innovative. I’m not just a number, I’m a person. The integration of theory and practice, and the fact the assessments are all based on coursework, is why I chose the Fine Art in particular. It’s not about wh...