A 7-step guide to the 2018 UCAS Clearing process

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Feeling confused about how to get into uni through Clearing or what your next steps are? Our easy step-by-step guide to UCAS Clearing will walk you through the process, from start to finish…

Step 1: Check your UCAS status

If you think you might need to apply for Clearing, but you're not sure, you can check your UCAS Track Status on the UCAS website. Use the personal ID provided to you in the UCAS welcome email you received after applying to university online. When you check your status, it will say ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’, once UCAS Clearing has begun. If your status doesn’t say either of these, it could just be a delay in the results update. It could also mean that you are still being considered by your chosen university even if your grades didn’t make the cut, so it’s worth getting in touch with the university directly to find out what's happening.

Step 2: Use the UCAS search tool

Once you're ready, you can use the UCAS online search tool to find a suitable course. When Clearing opens, there’s a search filter to help you find the courses that are available. Remember that vacancies are updated regularly by universities and colleges, so don’t be disappointed if nothing sparks your interest during your first search. Keep checking the site every day to see what’s on offer, and you might just find your dream course!

Step 3: Decide on a course

Once you’ve secured some phone offers, it’s wise to spend some time researching the university, the campus, the city and more. If you have time, it could even be a good idea to go and visit the universities to see which one you like best. But remember that Clearing courses have deadlines, so be sure to stick to them so you don't miss out.

Step 4: Speak to universities

Before going ahead with the application, speak to universities directly and ask if they would accept you based on your UCAS points. Provide them with your UCAS Clearing number and your Personal ID number, so they can access your details online. By getting informal offers over the phone first, you can have the luxury of deciding between a few different places before finally accepting an offer.

Question - How do I find my UCAS Clearing number? This should be available on the UCAS Track system, located on the welcome page.

Step 5: Add a Clearing choice

After phone offers are in place and you have been granted permission to add a university Clearing choice online, you can make your preference official. Go to the online UCAS portal and click on ‘Add Clearing choice’, then fill in the course details provided to you by the university or college. This is to confirm you accept the university’s Clearing offer via UCAS, and by doing this, you are agreeing to the terms of their offer. Remember that nothing is finalised until the university confirms they accept.

Question - How do I add another Clearing choice? Remember you can only select one choice at a time, but if the university doesn't confirm your place, you'll be able to add another.

Step 6: Receive a letter

The fun starts when you receive an acceptance letter, and you’re ready to start preparing for your new course. At this point, you'll need to work out where you'd like to live during your first year. You can also start planning for the excitement of Fresher’s Week - not long to go now!

Step 7: Find your accommodation

After securing your place at university or college, you should organise your student accommodation without delay, because availability may be limited. If you've missed out on halls (or you'd prefer to stay in private accommodation), head to the Liberty Living website to check out the rooms we have available. All bills, Wi-Fi, 24/7 security, maintenance services and a number of extra features are included in the rent price!

Have you got any questions about Clearing? Get in touch on social media!