You Could Easily Gain Admission
Universities are often keen to encourage students to stay on at postgraduate level, so you might also find that entry requirements are lower than they would be at another university. While this shouldn’t stop you from applying to other universities as well, you’ll find the application process is much more straight-forward at your current university. Your current university already have easy access to your academic record, and it less likely you will be required to interview for a place as you’ll already be well-known to tutors and lecturers. But that is not the only thing universities do to make staying put more attractive…as
It is less expensive too
True, universities might seem like money-grabbing institutions at the best of times, but many universities offer alumni discounts on postgraduate tuition. One other financial advantage of staying at the same university is you’ll already be well-acquainted with the town or city, and therefore have a good idea of the best cheap shops, bars and restaurants. This level of local knowledge can take months, if not years, to build up in a new university.
You probably won’t be living with strangers
Moving to study a postgraduate degree somewhere else means you’re just reliving all the social anxiety of the start of university all over again. New town, new university, new people. Staying where you currently, are means you can either carry on living in your current flat/house, or team up with other friends who are staying after graduation to live together.
You Will be Comfortable and Familiar with the academic environment
You also will not need to worry about settling into a new academic routine. While doing your undergraduate degree, you might have been familiar with every lecturer and tutor has their own method of teaching and their own idiosyncrasy when it comes to marking work and giving feedback. If you’re staying at the same university, you’ll probably already know the academic staff who’ll be teaching you and so you won’t have to adjust your own working style. The level of familiarity will also mean you feel more confident asking for help or advice, should you need it.
Nevertheless, there are some reasons why you might want to move to another university that might over-rule the cheaper course costs and existing relationships with tutors. If your current university doesn’t have a particularly strong academic reputation for your chosen subject area, you’ll probably want to apply to somewhere which can give you a better quality education. Similarly, if you weren’t able to get into a top university for your undergraduate (probably because of poor grades at school) but you’re now graduating with a first-class degree, you might find it’s possible to upgrade to a more reputable university.