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Post-Ucas deadline: five things to do next

So you've submitted your Ucas application and the 15 January deadline has passed… But what comes next? Stay one step ahead as your Ucas journey continues.

Missed the Ucas deadline? Don't panic. See what your options are.


1. Respond to offers

When you'll hear back from the universities will vary as they all have different resources and methods of dealing with incoming applications, while some courses will receive more applications than others.  

Either way, start thinking about how you'll pick your first and insurance choices based on both the offers you have received so far, and the ones you're hoping for.

2. Prepare for interviews

You might be asked to attend an interview as part of your application to a university; if so, start your prep as soon as possible. You'll find that certain universities and subjects are more likely to require interviews than others. 

Most art and design applicants still have about two months until their application deadline (end of March). If this is you, you'll likely have to provide a portfolio of your work and present this during an interview.

3. Visit again to be sure

Hopefully you've had a chance to head to a few open days before making your five course choices. A second visit can help to confirm your feelings about a particular university, ask some new questions or refresh your memory.

You don't necessarily have to wait for an official open day. Feel free to make your own trip, though if you want to see certain areas on campus, the university may need some notice so they can accommodate you.

4. Sort out student finance

There's actually no need to wait to hear back from universities to apply for student finance, so get this out the way to ensure your first payment hits your bank account in time for the start of term. Our guides to student finance in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland outline when and how to apply.

Also start putting together a rough budget plan, thinking about your likely income and outgoings once you're at uni. Doing this now will help with planning things like whether you'll need to take on part-time work before and/or during university, extra funding you should seek out etc.

5. Think about student accommodation

Get your priorities straight when it comes to student accommodation. Is there a maximum number of students you want to live with? Are you after catered or self-catered accommodation? Is an en-suite bathroom an essential or something you can live without?

Keep your expectations realistic, in line with your budget and what your preferred universities have to offer. Most unis allocate accommodation on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early. Ideally you'll have seen (or can plan to see) accommodation at open days to get a proper feel of different living options.

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