A 7-step guide to UCAS Clearing 2019


Last year, a record number of students secured places at university through Clearing.

Set up for those who miss out on initial uni offers, this process offers a second chance to grab a spot elsewhere.

And if you're reading this BEFORE A-level results day, well done you. Although you may well get the marks you need, it’s always smart to prepare a Plan B.

So without further ado, read on for a 7-step guide to UCAS Clearing 2019.




Step 1: Check your UCAS status

The very first thing to do is confirm that you’ve been entered into Clearing. You need to check your UCAS Track Status on the UCAS website to do this.

If you have, it will say ‘You are in Clearing’ or ‘Clearing has started’.

If your status doesn’t say either of these, it could be a delay in the results update.

However, it’s worth calling the admissions department at your chosen university to check the status of your application. They will let you know if your application has been declined.


Step 2: Use the UCAS search tool to look for Clearing courses

The UCAS search tool will help you to find an alternative course.

When Clearing opens on Friday 5th July, there’s a search filter to help you find courses that are available.

Don’t be too disheartened if you can’t find something suitable in your first search. Universities update their vacancies regularly so keep checking the site every day to see what’s been added.


Step 3: Call the universities to get informal offers

Once you’ve found suitable courses, you (and only you!) need to call the universities directly before going ahead with your application.

Have this information to hand so they can look up your details:

  • UCAS Clearing number (This should be available on the UCAS Track system, located on the welcome page.)
  • Personal ID number

On the call, you need to sell yourself and explain clearly why you’d like a place at that university for that course.

You then need to ask if they’d accept you in order to receive an informal offer.

By securing informal offers over the phone first, you have the luxury of deciding between a few different places before finally accepting an offer.

TIP: Ask them for written confirmation of their offer in an email.


Step 4: Add a Clearing choice

After phone offers are in place and you’ve made your decision, you need to make things 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.

This is to confirm that 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. 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

You can start to relax (and celebrate!) when you receive an acceptance letter.

You’re officially going to uni - time to start preparing for the next exciting chapter of your life…


Step 7: Book student accommodation

So you’ve sorted your course and uni out; now you need to organise where you’re going to live in your first year at university.

Do this as soon as you can because availability may be limited.

If you've missed out on university-owned halls, or you’d just prefer to live in private accommodation, Liberty Living has rooms available in 11 UK cities that are close to campus. You can check availability here.


Keep reading: How and when to apply for student accommodation