If doing well in your course is one of your top priorities at university, it is a good idea to consider this when deciding which university to choose. Having a good library or specialist facilities for your course can make your life a whole lot easier. There are four main things to look at in terms of academic facilities.
If you are doing a humanities or social science course, having a well-stocked library with a good catalogue and a flexible loan policy will be hugely important. You don’t want to have all of your essays dictated by which books you can and can’t get your hands on. For this reason, it is a good idea to take a stroll around the library if you go for an open day or visit day.
You will probably have your own laptop by the time you go to university but it is still a good idea to see how many computers the university has around campus because you don’t want to have to lug your laptop in everyday. You should also check that have good wifi, printing facilities and enough plugs to make it easy to work on your laptop. If they have got a good selection of e-resources and some kind of online learning portal, this will be helpful to your studies too.
If you are not a big fan of working from home, having nice, bright areas to do your work in uni will be really important. Have a look at how much space they have on offer and whether it seems to be full or not. You could also check whether they have different learning zones such as some for silent study and others for group work because this will make working on your assignments much easier.
If you are studying something like law, media, design, art, the sciences or allied medicines, you should see what the university's facilities for your course are like. Many offer specialist facilities to help you gain real life experience and where they do, it can really help you boost your grades and employability.