Top Tips for UCLan University Applications

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 Top Tips for Applying to University

We have put together this handy guide for anyone completing UCLan university applications. Once you have applied and are looking for university accommodation in Preston then we are always happy to help.

Get Started Early

One of the best things you can do to improve your chances of success when applying to university is to start early. This means giving yourself plenty of time to research your options, choose the right course and university, and write a strong personal statement.

A good rule of thumb is to start thinking about your university application at least a year in advance. This will give you plenty of time to:

  • Research different courses and universities
  • Visit open days and talk to current students and staff
  • Get work experience or volunteer in your field of interest
  • Gather your references
  • Write a draft of your personal statement

Choose the right course and university

Choosing the right course and university is a big decision, so it’s important to do your research. Consider the following factors:

  • What subjects are you passionate about?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What kind of learning environment are you looking for?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want?
  • What can you afford?

Once you have a good understanding of what you’re looking for, you can start to narrow down your options. Visit open days to get a feel for different universities and talk to current students and staff to get their insights.

Write a Strong Personal Statement

Your personal statement is your chance to tell universities about yourself and why you’re interested in their course. It’s important to be honest and authentic, and to focus on your own unique experiences and qualities.

Here are some tips for writing a strong personal statement:

  • Be specific. Don’t just say that you’re interested in the course because you enjoy the subject. Explain what specifically about the course interests you and how it relates to your career goals and wider interests.
  • Be honest and authentic. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Universities want to get to know the real you.
  • Be proofread carefully. Make sure there are no errors in grammar or spelling.

Meet all Deadlines

It’s important to meet all deadlines for university applications. This shows universities that you’re organized and that you’re serious about your studies.

Most universities have a deadline for submitting your application, as well as deadlines for submitting any supporting documents, such as transcripts, references, and portfolios. Be sure to check the deadlines carefully and make sure you submit everything on time.

Tips for Interviews

If you’re invited for an interview, it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips:

  • Do your research. Learn as much as you can about the university, the course, and the interviewer.
  • Practice answering common interview questions.
  • Dress professionally and arrive on time.
  • Be confident and enthusiastic.
  • Be prepared to ask questions of your own.

Additional Tips for UCLan University Applications

  • Get feedback on your application from your teachers, parents, or friends.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are many resources available to help you with your university application, such as careers advisors and online guides.

Applying to university can be a daunting task, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. There are many people who can help you along the way. By following the tips above, you can improve your chances of success and get one step closer to your dream university.  Good luck with your UCLan university applications.

Finally, don’t forget to start looking for your student accommodation early. Here at Friargate Court we always have our lettings team on hand to answer any queries and offer advice on living here. If you would like to find out more you can contact us by completing an online form, emailing us at or calling us on 01772 754260