Accepting your Clearing Place
So you’ve got your exam results, called our Clearing call centre and got an offer for your dream course. Now what should you do?
Step 1: Make it official
Once we’ve offered you a place on a course, you need to make it official by accepting it. It’s your way of letting us know you’re completely happy with everything and are ready to make that final step into studenthood. You only have 24 hours to do this, so be quick!
Accepting your place is really simple. How you do it depends on whether or not you applied through UCAS.
Registered with UCAS
If you’re registered with UCAS, you can accept your place using UCAS Track.
- Log on to UCAS Track
- Go to ‘Add Clearing Choice’ and input the details for your course.
This information is in the offer email you received from admissions. If you didn’t get one, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you a new one!
That’s it! Once you’re done, UCAS will send you a confirmation email with any next steps.
Not registered with UCAS
If you have not registered with UCAS, you can accept your place through email.
- Look out for an email entitled “University of Cumbria Offer” from our admissions team (make sure email@example.com is on your safe list!)
- Reply to the email, confirming that you are accepting your place. It doesn’t need to be fancy – a simple one-liner will do. For example:
I accept my place. I’ll send my documents shortly.
Meeting the conditions of your offer
The offer email contains details about the conditions of your offer. It may be a request for certificates or an academic reference. Don’t worry if you don’t have these ready yet. We know that it takes some time to get these documents together – the important thing is to let us know that you are accepting your place as soon as possible.
Top tip: If you're not a teacher training student, you can scan and email your certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Sort out your student finance
If you have already applied for student finance, but have changed your course through Clearing, remember to let them know as this may affect your funding.
If you haven’t applied for student finance yet, do so quickly! It can take up to 6 weeks for your student loan to be processed, so it’s essential that you apply as soon as possible so you can receive your funding on time. But, don’t worry if you apply a little late - Student Finance England will always try to give you a portion of your money to tide you over for the first few weeks.
Our money advisers are also on hand to help you – whether you need budgeting advice or emergency funds.
Step 3: Choose your accommodation
First year students in Ambleside, Carlisle and Lancaster are guaranteed university accommodation. Once you’ve accepted your offer, we’ll email you an application form with instructions about how to apply for your accommodation.
Take a look at our accommodation pages and think about which halls you would like to stay in. Although your place is guaranteed, the rooms are first come, first served, so get your application in quickly!
Step 4: Celebrate!
Call all your friends, get some cake and have a little dance because you’ve earned it. With all the boring official bits out of the way, you’re free to enjoy the rest of your summer holiday.
Relax in the sun (or rain!), familiarise yourself with your course and start packing – your uni life awaits!