Applying to University: Comparing Locations

When choosing a university it is helpful to consider the old saying, “Location, Location, Location.” Remember, you will be spending multiple years in your university environment and it is important to think about what type of environment will be the best fit. Consider the following questions to brainstorm about what type of environment will help you excel…

What type of climate do you prefer to live in?
How far from home or family members do you want to be?
Do you want to live within walking distance of your campus and classes?
Do you prefer a campus that is more spread out or compact?
Do you want to be in a large city?
What type of public transportation does the city offer?
What is the local cost of living?

Still unsure about whether or not a specific university’s setting is the right fit for you? Take a trip! Talk to students and walk around the campus. Really try to imagine whether or not you could happily live at that university.
The university environment and location is important and should be considered. However, remember that location is merely one aspect of your university choice criteria and there are many other factors in the decision-making process!