3 years ago
So much talking is going on about choosing a college or university, but, unfortunately, very little attention is paid to choosing a campus. Students must remember: no two campuses are alike! All of them differ in many ways. If you plan spending the majority of time on campus, making an informed choice will help you pick the best option there is. The Typical Student team has put together a list of factors to help you feel comfortable on campus.
So, what should a student be looking for on campus? Think about the below factors:
Having a campus located not far from the university is, of course, the best way to save your time and money. Ah, if only life was that easy! In some countries, campuses can be located in the inner city, suburbs, or even in the rural area. Every academic center has its own peculiarities in terms of lifestyle, cost of living, transportation, and people. Crunch the numbers to see if you can afford to live in a rural campus without hurting your budget.
This is when size does matter, no pun intended! The atmosphere on campus, social opportunities. and facilities gravely depend on the campus size. Just imagine, the largest campuses can accommodate more than 30,000 students! Smaller ones have the room for a few dozen students only. Would you choose to reside in a big, buzzing campus? Or maybe, you’d like a smaller and quieter place?
How accessible is your campus of choice? In other words, is it hard to get into? Typically, the campuses in big cities are harder to get in compared to those in rural areas. It might happen so that larger institutions offer the same course at multiple campuses, but the entry requirements differ greatly for each. To ensure you meet the entry requirements of a particular course, apply to a few places.
Choosing big campuses is beneficial in terms of facilities. Typically, big campuses have everything one can think about from a barber shop to a sports center within reach. And, there are multiple social activities and student services. Smaller campuses, on the other hand, can be more tailored to your field of study.
Feeling safe on campus is of vital importance, so it might be worth investigating the security services provided to students. Are there night escorts, emergency telephones, and shuttle services? What’s the proximity of the campus to public transport? Is there a sufficient amount of lighting? It’s worth checking the campus demographics for security purposes. Are there many mature age students? What about school leavers, part-timers, or international students? How diverse is the campus?
If you’re planning to study away from home, check then the price and availability of both on- and off-campus accommodation. Some institutions might offer a vast range of accommodation options for any taste and budget, others don’t offer any at all. See the average prices near each institution for accommodation rental.
And finally, the best way to choose the campus of your dream is by paying a courtesy visit or attending an open day. This way, you will see the location, transportation, services and facilities available on campus with your own two eyes. Pay attention to the quality of faculty buildings, investigate the transportation options, and feel the atmosphere. Make sure to opt for the campus that fits your preferences and will provide the experience you want.
Here’s a checklist of questions to make choosing easier:
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