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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsBefore you choose a university, what you need to do is to choose a course, as I said before. You need to choose a course that is - that ties in with your interest, that fits into your career. And then after that, you start thinking of the right university. There are different things you look into when you choose a university. One of the things is you need to choose a university that excels in the subject that you want to pursue your study in. There are plenty of websites online that tells you which departments work better or best in the UK, and it tells you the ranking for these websites - for these departments as well.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsThe location of the university plays a role. And if you want to choose a university which is close to London, then that's a privilege, because you can travel to London for - in an hour, and you come back on the same day and come to classes the following day. If you want to have a university, which is in a big city like Manchester, for example, then you need to go to Manchester. If you want to live in the countryside like Colchester, I like that. That's why I came here, and that's one of the reasons, actually, why I came to Essex, because I like the countryside. Close to London as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsThere are things, like, do you want to live in accommodation on campus, or do you want to live in the city and mix with the community? So these factors play a role in your decision as well.

How should you choose a university?

Watch Zak from Essex University speaking about the things he thinks are most important to think about when choosing a university.

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