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Someone please explain British uni to me? - August 25th 2011, 11:34 PM

I'm just one of those nosey people who like to know things, and I have this sudden urge to know about university.

Like, how do you apply, what is ucas, what's freshers week, why are people stressing about accommodation, stuff like that

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Re: Someone please explain British uni to me? - August 25th 2011, 11:45 PM

UCAS is the University and College Admissions Service. Instead of applying to a university directly, you apply through UCAS. Basically you have a big long form to fill in, including a 'personal statement' which you write explaining why you want to study that course etc. This then gets sent, along with your exam results so far, to up to 5 universities (4 for some subjects). Some of them will then want to interview you, others will reject you or offer you a place purely based on your personal statement and results.

A 'fresher' is just a name for someone in first year at university. So Freshers week is the first week, where lots of universities organise events and parties so you can get to know new people.

People stress about accomodation because they need somewhere to live? :P Most universities offer first years accomodation in student halls, which means you get to meet lots of people. Some halls are self catered so will have kitchens, others will have dining rooms and be catered.
   
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