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Don't panic

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Considering university? Clearing is the best way to arrange a place for this September if you:

  • have changed your mind since making your UCAS choices,
  • did not receive the grades you were expecting,
  • or applied after the main UCAS deadline.

Our list of courses is a great place to get started. If you have any questions about courses or the Clearing process, you can get in touch with us on 023 8001 1722.

Get in touch

Found a course? The next step is to have a chat with our clearing advice team. Student ambassadors, academics and admissions experts are on hand to help guide you through every aspect of the Clearing process.

Not feeling chatty? No problem. The team will also be answering questions via web chat, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp.

To hear the latest news first, add us as a WhatsApp contact (07712 402951) and send us your full name.

What is clearing...

... and how does it work?

Clearing is a process which helps those who have not yet confirmed a place at University.

Every university in the UK will be running some kind of Clearing service.

Your application may end up in Clearing if your results are different from your predicted grades; you've changed your mind since making your initial choices; or you’ve started your application later than 30 June 2017.

Clearing sounds more complicated than it is. In reality, it can be broken down into three simple stages:

  • Researching courses.
  • Contacting universities.
  • Confirming your offer on UCAS Track.

If you still don’t know where you’ll be studying in September, it's a good idea to start contacting universities as soon as you receive your results.

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Top-tips

There are some simple things you can do to make sure your Clearing experience is as straightforward as possible:

  • Don’t panic.
  • Do your research.
  • Be flexible.
  • Visit universities.
  • Ask questions.
  • Don’t rush.

Getting started

Remember, doing your own research and seeking a range of advice is the best way to ensure that you leave university with a degree to be proud of.

Watch the video below to see Naomi take a step-by-step look at the entire Clearing process. She also shares her top tips for landing a place on a course you’ll love. 

What next?

Once you have received an offer and entered it into UCAS Track, your next priority should be to notify the Student Loans Company. Tell them about your new university place by logging into your account or ringing them directly.

In this video, Naomi takes a look at all the things you will need to do to prepare for the start of your course.

Key dates

Clearing opens

Solent's Clearing Hotline opens

BTEC results

A-level results day

Clearing deadline

Clearing opens
Solent's Clearing Hotline opens
BTEC results
A-level results day
Clearing deadline

Clearing events

Welcome home

Think Solent might be for you? Get a taste of life here on campus at one of our tailored Clearing events. Plan your accommodation, visit our campuses and get acquainted with the city before you arrive to start your course in September.

  • Campus visit days are perfect for students who are hoping to start a degree in September 2017.
  • Tour our facilities and find out more about student life here in Southampton.
  • Find out exactly what Solent has to offer by attending informative university presentations.
  • Catch up with the Clearing team, who will be on hand to provide one-to-one advice on any aspect of your application.

Other events around the Clearing period include drop-in sessions, campus tours, ad-hoc visits and online seminars. Please visit our open days section to book your place or contact us for more details.

Accommodation

More than just a roof over your head

Choose from more than 2,000 rooms spread across six student residences. Rooms are designed to suit a range of budgets and requirements, from simple study bedrooms to en-suite rooms and studio flats.

Once you've been accepted on to a course, you will receive an email with a link to our online accommodation system.

This email, which you will receive within two working days of acceptance, will allow you to apply for accommodation in the University’s residences.

Can't wait to get settled in? Our 360 tours can give you an interactive sneak-peek inside two of our most popular buildings.

Rather rent in the private sector? No problem - our close links with local landlords and Southampton’s many private student accommodation providers will make the process as safe and easy as possible. The SASSH (Southampton Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing) scheme is just one of the ways we are improving the standard of private accommodation for our students.

Finance

Funding your studies

Many students are eligible for financial support of some kind. Common sources of financial support include:

  • maintenance loans,
  • tuition fee loans,
  • special support grants (£3,387 maximum),
  • scholarships,
  • and bursaries.

Some sources of finance are totally non-repayable. Others will need to be paid back once you are earning over £21,000.

Bursaries and special support grants are sources of non-repayable finance – this means that you will never have to pay them back. Find out more about extra financial support for students at GOV.UK.

Regardless of your individual situation, you will have easy access to a range of financial support services throughout your studies. Our team of dedicated advisers are here to help with all aspects of student finance.

If you have a disability or other people are dependent on your income, you may be eligible for additional grants and benefits.