New to Which? University? How we can help you
Our free, impartial advice and tools are here to help you throughout your Higher Education journey, whether you’re a student, parent or teacher. Let's help you find what you need most right now...
- Year 9 and 10
- Year 11
- Year 12
- Year 13
- First year at uni
- Second and third year at uni
Year 11 and below
Students and parents
Year 9 and 10
- GCSE choices advice including why GCSE choices matter (and how to make smart ones)
- Revision help including making a revision timetable that actually works
- Our career prospects advice can help you make the most of work experience and get you thinking about potential jobs
- A-level choices advice including six things you need to know before making them.
- A-Level Explorer: before you confirm your A-level subjects for next year, use our tool to see what degrees they could lead to in two years’ time
- Career prospects advice including one student’s story of getting her dream work experience and career inspiration in unexpected places
GCSE results day: everything you need to know, including what to do if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for
- A-level Explorer: if you’re starting to think ahead to university, see the full range of degree subjects you can study with your A-levels. Some might surprise you...
- Alternative pathways: not sure traditional university is for you? Find out about studying abroad, foundation years and apprenticeships
- Course search: got a subject in mind? See what degrees are out there, and what universities teach them with some early research
- Early applicants: personal statement advice for medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry applicants, as well as our five step plan for getting into Oxbridge
- Personal statement builder: make an early start on your personal statement and fill those gaps in experience so you have enough to talk about
- Student finance advice including the basics of student finance and what extra funding is available
- Student Budget Calculator: get an early peek at what your living costs will look like at different universities, with our quick and easy calculator
- Subject guides: not sure what to study? Start with our 70+ subject guides and see what a particular subject is like to study at degree-level
ParentsAll of the above, plus:
- Student finance advice including what parents need to know specifically
The parent guide to university 2019 – download it here (for free)
Make the right university decision
- Year 13 calendar: what happens (and when) so you can plan ahead
- A-level Explorer: still deciding what degree subject to study? Enter your current A-level subjects and see what your options are. If you can’t decide between two, perhaps you can do a joint course...
- Course search: turn thousands of Ucas courses and 300+ universities and colleges into just five choices. Filter by predicted grades, sort, shortlist and compare easily.
- City guides: Begin your tour of 15 popular uni cities, including nightlife options and local information.
- Student survey results: which unis were ranked top for their extracurricular scenes including nightlife, student union and sports scene?
- Accommodation: your options including what to do if you don’t get a place in halls and whether you should consider living at home
- Clearing and results day: what to expect on A-level results day and your clearing survival guide
Student finance and money tips
- Student finance advice including the basics, tips from students who scored extra funding and how to get money-ready for uni
- Student Budget Calculator: once you know your finance entitlement, how far will it stretch at your chosen university?
Revision and exam season
Revision help: A* students share their revision secrets, making a study schedule that works and revision no-nos to drop right now
ParentsAll of the above, plus:
- Results day 2019: how parents can support their children in Clearing
Student finance: Q&A on supporting your child’s student finance
- Preparing to leave: 10 essentials to pack, six things you DON’T need to pack and tweet-sized tips to get you ready for uni
- Budgeting: five start-of-term expenses you weren't expecting and student banking tips. Plus, find out what those pre-lecture lattes add up to with our Student Budget Calculator
First year uni student
- Freshers’ week: freshers’ fair survival guide, student banking guide and 10 things every fresher should know
- The best student discounts: how to get them
- Mental health: looking after yourself while at uni
- Life skills: cook and do laundry like a pro
- Housemates and halls-life: choosing the right ones for second year
ParentsAll the above, plus:
- Student finance: Five student bills you need to know about
Second and third year uni students
- Career prospects: how to boost them while at uni
- Dropping out or changing university course: the impact on your student finance
- Getting a part-time job: how it can pay off later
- Homesick? Five ways to stay connected
- Travel: should you go interrailing?
- Career prospects: how to write a CV, cover letter and ace that job interview
Don't forget about the rest of Which? – we can be useful in lots more ways: get cheap train tickets, join one of our campaigns, know your renting rights, or get compensation from flight and train delays
Year 11 and below
- Careers planners for 14–16s (KS4)
- GCSE choices: practical ways to advise Year 9s
- Higher Education options: a short guide to understanding different types of qualifications
- Oxford and Cambridge: The Complete Guide to Oxbridge Applications
- Apprenticeships advice: encourage students to start researching what might be on offer for next year
- Events and summer schools: tried and tested ideas to help students make smart choices
Download our free guides to alternative Higher Education options: The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships guide and The Complete Guide to Studying Abroad
- Apprenticeships advice: remember, students can apply at the same time as university. Here are the industries offering apprenticeships
- The Complete Guide to Student Finance - grab it here for free
UCAS reference writing: a beginner’s guide, common challenges and writing a positive and tailored reference