Taking the decision to go to university is big but exciting one. The information below is designed to give you a better understanding about the application process, applying for finance, things to think about when looking for student accommodation and the things to think about financially. The application process The application process for higher education is managed by UCAS. You can find out more about the application process on the UCAS website. Many courses will require you to achieve certain grades or levels. Find out more about grades and levels for post-16 qualifications. Writing a personal statement Prospective employers and universities may ask for a personal statement that details your qualifications for a position or degree program. Writing a compelling personal statement is an excellent way to highlight your skills and goals to an employer or university. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Deciding where to live You will need to consider if you will go to a university where you can stay at home or the type of accommodation available to meet your needs if you want to study away from home. Use the UCAS accommodation website to find out more about university accommodation. Things to think about financially Depending on your educational plan you may want to look ahead financially too and find out what support is available to you. Find out more about funding for education and training. If you are planning on going to university you will also need to consider: Accommodation funding(will you need to move?) If so, you will need to consider the cost of rent, food, gas, water and electricity bills etc. Course fees. You can find more information about student finance on the Student Finance website. Eventually you may want to start your own business then you will want to look into funding and support available to you.