The 10 best things about going to college in the UK

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So you might not have gotten your first choice on your CAO, or perhaps you are dying for a change of scenery. Whatever your reasoning, here are some of the more…. unexpected benefits of studying in the UK.

1) Throw your own Pity Party

Elicit sympathy from your friends and relatives by wrapping yourself in a shawl and crying that you have no choice but to go “across the water”.

2) Make new friends

Discover the joys of living in digs with an 83-year-old lady from Birmingham who lays out your clothes every morning and calls you Fluffy, the name of her dead Pekinese lap dog.


3) Be your best self

Alternatively, live with your fellow students, name-label individual Coco Pops, and lie on the couch watching the previously unattainable Channel 5


4) Get creative with your wardrobe

Keep your clothing budget to a minimum with the help of the rad clothes at the UK charity shops. If you make a fashion faux pas, at least your mates from home aren’t around to hold it over you until you hit your fifties.


5) Run your own hostel

…And reap the rewards, you can either become more popular by offering your Irish friends a free place to stay when they come to visit, or supplement your income by subletting your room out on Air B&B to a soon-to-be disappointed German couple.


6) Actually pass your classes

Get that qualification and diminish your chances of having to ask “Do you want to go large?” in your future career.

7) Get thrifty

And while you’re at it, have fun with your local shopkeeper/lounge girl/postman/charity worker by whipping out your student card at every opportunity and asking them for the leprechaun discount.

8) Work out those brain muscles

Learn big words and new accent and fool everyone into thinking you’re a certified genius.

9) Chance your arm

This is the one time in your life when no one knows you. Why not get creative with the truth and have people believe you’re the VIP you always knew you were?

10) Only really appreciate it after you’ve left

And annoy your parents who have slaved over a hot railroad track to get you an education by responding to their “How’s Newcastle?” questions with a pitying look and then, “You can never understand, you never had to emigrate…” is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as providing information about career paths and directions.
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