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Now that you’ve received your exam results, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do next. If you are considering university then Clearing can help you to to secure a last-minute place on courses starting this September.

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.

Ask us anything

Clearing at Southampton Solent University is handled by our dedicated Clearing advice team. These student ambassadors, academics and admissions experts will be manning the phones to answer any questions you may have about finding a university place through Clearing.

The team will also be contactable via email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, live web chat and WhatsApp.

To receive updates via WhatsApp, add us as a contact (07764 654668) and send us your full name.

What is clearing?

How does clearing work?

Clearing is a process which helps students who have not yet secured a university place to find and apply for a course.

You might need to use Clearing if you've changed your mind since first setting firm and insurance choices on UCAS; your results are different from your predicted grades; or you’ve started the university application process later than the 30th of June 2017.

Clearing will involve contacting universities and using the UCAS Track website to confirm any new offers you receive.

If you still don’t know where you’ll be studying in September, you will need to start contacting universities as soon as possible after receiving your results.



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

How do I enter Clearing?

You will need to research courses online, ring universities that interest you and then enter the details of the offer you’d like to accept into the UCAS Track website.

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

Clearing stories

Applying for university through Clearing can be a little overwhelming - it might seem like you are at a disadvantage or that you won’t achieve the outcome you’ve been hoping for.

In this video, Southampton Solent Students Jodie, Daniel and Joe discuss their experiences of Clearing and shed light on these common Clearing myths.

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

Visit the campus

Our Clearing open day is specifically tailored to answer common Clearing questions and give prospective students a taste of life here at Solent.

As well as planning your accommodation, visiting our campuses and getting acquainted with the city, you’ll also be able to get up-close and personal with some of the facilities used on your course.

  • Campus visit days are perfect for students hoping to start their degree in September 2017.
  • Guests will be able to see our facilities on a tour around East Park Terrace, our main campus.
  • Guests will have the chance to find out more about the student experience in our 'Solent Experience' presentation.
  • The Clearing team will be able to help with general questions and application advice.

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


Apply for accommodation

We are able to offer students a choice of more than 2,000 rooms spread across our six separate halls of residence. These rooms are designed to suit a range of budgets and requirements, from simple single study bedrooms to ensuite rooms and studio flats.

Once you have been accepted on to a course at Southampton Solent University, 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.

If you would rather rent in the private sector, you can benefit from the University’s close links with local landlords and Southampton’s many private accommodation providers.

In partnership with the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council, we have compiled an accredited directory of private student accommodation in Southampton and the surrounding area. The scheme is called SASSH (Southampton Accreditation Scheme for Student Housing).


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 grant (£3,387 maximum),
  • scholarships,
  • and bursaries.

Some sources of finance are totally non-repayable, while 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 on GOV.UK.

Regardless of your individual situation, you will have unlimited access to a range of financial support services throughout your studies. Our team of dedicated advisers can help you with all aspects of student money management.

If you have a disability or other people are dependent on your income (such as children or a partner), you may be eligible for additional grants and benefits.