It is important that you feel safe wherever you go.
First check whether the city’s university is located. Check whether it is safe, what the crime rate is and what time public transport runs in that area.
Then you can check the university’s web pages to see if they have their own security services on campus and in student housing. Your safety should be one of your university’s top priorities.
University facilities and support services
Besides feeling safe, it feels good to know you have someone to talk to.
I don’t mean your friends here, but professional staff who know how to deal with all kinds of student problems. That includes financial issues and advice, health and welfare services, generic student services, student associations, or even library services.
I am lucky enough to study at one of the most supportive universities in the world, the University of Nottingham, and although I am home due to the COVID-19 epidemic, I feel that I am supported and that I have someone I can rely on send an email at any time. That means a lot.
For more information, visit the university’s website and see what kind of services they offer.
Financing options and reasonable tuition fees
Since your studies are going to take a few years, it’s smart to make a financial plan.
If you move out, that includes living expenses, travel expenses, tuition fees, study materials… The list goes on.
Therefore, you should explore all options regarding funding and scholarships to see if your desired university offers any kind of financial support.
Some universities offer paid tuition, some one-time allowances, some both, and some none. That can be the deciding factor if you are unable to decide which university to send your application to.