From studying something you love and improving your career prospects, to meeting new people and exploring a new city, there are many reasons why students choose to go to university.
But what will you gain from the experience? We’ve listed some of the benefits of going to university to help you decide whether it’s the right option for you.
Improve your career prospects
Having a degree is proven to make you more employable, with 87.7% of graduates in employment compared with 71.6% of non-graduates.
University provides you with more than just the opportunity to study your chosen subject in more depth than at school or college. For example, at Westminster, we have a growing network of more than 7,500 recruiters and organisations meaning students have the opportunity to undertake work placements, internships and network with industry professionals.
Increase your earning potential
As well as increasing your employability, a degree will have a significant impact on your earning potential. Recent reports from the Department of Education show that graduates earn £10,000 more per year than those who don’t go to university.
Study something you love
University is your chance to study what you love, whether that be a subject you’ve studied before or something you didn’t even think could be a degree. Whatever you choose, a degree will help you to develop a range of transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication, time-management, presenting and teamwork.
Access world-class specialist facilities
At university, you’ll have access to a range of facilities that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to take advantage of. For example, at Westminster, our students have access to XR Labs, Fabrication Labs, Design Studios, 3D Printers and Science Labs.
Make friends and meet new people
Inside and outside the classroom you will be exposed to an entirely new network of people, through seminar groups, societies and sports teams. This will undoubtedly broaden your horizons and is a great way to meet other students with similar interests.
Become truly independent
Going to university is a great opportunity to become more independent. Not only is it a chance to live away from home, you’ll learn how to budget and pay bills, cook for yourself and manage your own time.
All of this will help you grow as a person and build self-confidence, meaning you’ll be ready for the next step in your career after you graduate.
Experience the student lifestyle
You’ll be exposed to a lively social scene while at university. Student Union’s will likely host events throughout the year including club night’s, pub quizzes, freshers events and a whole host of nights out that don’t involve alcohol. You will never be short of something to do after a day of studying.