Clearing: how to apply

University student

Applying to university through Clearing is quick and easy. From July 1 you can apply online: just choose your course, visit the course page and select ‘Clearing places – apply online’.

If July seems a long way off and you're keen to start hashing out a plan of attack, there are a few things you can be doing now.

1. Check if Clearing is for you

Our students apply through Clearing for lots of different reasons. Maybe they're returning to study, didn't quite the grades they expected, or have changed their mind about where they want to study.

Chances are that Clearing will be a great opportunity for you to join ARU, too.

Both UK and EU students can apply through Clearing. Visit our Clearing FAQs page to check your eligibility, or give us a call on 01245 686868.

2. Do your research

From 15 August most universities, including ARU, will publish a list of courses that are available in Clearing. Not every course will go into Clearing, but now's still a good time to do some research.

Think about the subject you're interested in, and see which universities offer courses that feel like a good fit.

Take a moment to check out other things that are important to you, too – like location, facilities, university accommodation or study support.

Once you've shortlisted a couple of universities, it could be time to take a look for yourself...

3. Go exploring

There's nothing like being on campus to get a feel for a university.

Our undergraduate Open Day on 6 July is the perfect opportunity to explore our campuses and facilities, meet our tutors and chat to us about applying through Clearing. Interested? Book your Open Day place.

We also run drop-in campus tours every Wednesday afternoon in Cambridge and Chelmsford. There's no need to book: just drop by and say hello. One of our Student Ambassadors will be on hand to show you around.

While you're here, take the chance to explore our fantastic cities. Let our Insta-friendly guide to Cambridge and Chelmsford lead the way.

4. Apply early

You don't have to wait until results day to apply for Clearing. We accept online applications from 1 July, and you'll find an application link on all our course pages from that date.

Once you've applied, we'll review your application and contact you before results day.

Applying early is a great way to beat the rush, and take the pressure off on results day.

5. Relax

We know that waiting for your results can be stressful, but you've worked hard and you've got the whole summer ahead of you – so it's definitely time for a bit of fun and relaxation.

Check out our six stress-busting Clearing tips for simple ways to beat the results day nerves.

Thousands of students get places through Clearing every year and do brilliantly at university. And of course, we're here to help you through the whole process. So relax: you've got this.

Questions about Clearing?

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