Why choosing the right place is important

When thinking about university, one key consideration is the kind of place where you might like to study and live. Around 50% of students go to university in the region they grew up in. If that's the case, you may already be familiar with the area. However, if you are moving to a new region – or even a new town or city within your home region – you should get to know the place first.

Whether near to home or far away, this will be the place where you work, rest and play for the next three years. The UK has over 130 universities, so there is a huge range of options. For example, you might choose to go to university in a major city or a smaller town; somewhere where it is mostly students or with a wider cross-section of society.

You may already have a clear idea of the kind of place you would like to live and study in. However, since many people like to take their time and research before coming to a conclusion, we have included some suggestions to help you find out more about places.


How to find out more about places

One helpful way of finding out more is to speak to teachers, siblings, friends or family contacts who may have lived in the place you are interested in. However, bear in mind that, depending on when they were there, they might not be the most up-to-date.

Another helpful way of finding out more is to look at publicly available data on places and regions. This might include specific websites that focus on regional issues; or articles or features by newspapers and websites. If you want to go into depth, you could also explore government data from the Office for National Statistics.

You can get started with some effective independent research just using Google or YouTube. So, to find out more about a place, you might want to think about:

  • Environment - e.g. population density, green space
  • People - e.g. size of student population, diversity
  • Politics - e.g. local issues, voting patterns
  • Transport – e.g. distance from home, bus or rail links

Building on the above data, we have created a detailed profile of two regions, which you can access via the links below. We will be adding more regional profiles over the coming months.

East Midlands

North West