Clearing: how to apply

Anglia Ruskin University student Cristiano

Applying to university through Clearing is quick and easy. Simply choose your course and apply online or by phone from 1 July. You'll find application details on all our course pages.

Here are a few things to consider if you're thinking about making an application.

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 get 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 1 July most universities, including ARU, publish a list of courses that are available in Clearing.

Have a 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

Our campuses may be closed at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find out more about us.

Our student ambassadors are on hand to tell you more about their courses and life at ARU. We can even match you with an ambassador. Chat to our students online.

We’re also running a Virtual Open Day on 15 July, where you can find out more about undergraduate degree courses and speak to our tutors.

And you can find out more about the place you’ll be studying with our city guides to Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough.

4. Apply early

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

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.

Watch our video guide to applying for Clearing

Help and support

If you have any questions about Clearing or course vacancies, we're here to help.