Finance and support
Uni is a big investment, so you may need a student loan from one of the regional student finance organisations – they advise you to apply by around May/June before the start of your course. You might be eligible for extra funding from other organisations too.
Universities and colleges have different ways they can support you in higher education.
- If so, you’ll need to prove your English language skills, and make an application through UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
- Your university or college will help you to apply, and you can enter your passport details here on ucas.com when you fill in your application or after you have submitted it.
- Make a schedule and arrange any childcare you need.
- Ask for help if there are any skills you need to update.
- Take time to settle in and talk to other students and support staff.
Here’s a checklist for you to make sure you’re ready for the start of your course.
Apart from waiting for exam results, check whether you need to do anything else to get your place.
Your university or college might have given you further requirements, like health or financial requirements, DBS checks or proof of your qualifications.
If you have a student loan or funding, check that all the details are sorted.
Go to our money management area for advice on banking, budgeting, debts and part-time employment that your conservatoire may be able to help with.
If you’re going somewhere new make sure you’ve got somewhere to live, and think ahead to insurance, bills, supplies and a TV licence.
Contact your uni or college if you need to arrange accommodation. Even if you’re waiting for exam results, it’s best to check where you could live if you do get the place.
For more information on student accommodation, visit Living at Uni.
If you’re moving away you’ll need to plan your moving day and how you’re getting there, as well as what transport routes you might need to get to your campus.
Do you need to get any course materials or do any preparatory reading or research over the holidays?