Have a quick read through these questions - from "What is Clearing?" to "What do I need to have with me when I call?", they'll help you understand the Clearing process and are based on what other students ask us.
You can also see our page on How to apply through Clearing for more practical preparation tips.
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Clearing is part of the UCAS application process. It allows you to find a place at university if you don't yet hold an offer.
UCAS Clearing opens officially on Thursday 5 July, but if you are waiting for exam results you will have to wait to receive them before you can apply. From that point you can seek out Clearing places by phone and refer yourself via UCAS track.
You can use our course finder to find out what courses are available.
Many students aiming to secure a place at university for September 2018 are eligible to apply through Clearing. There are several different reasons for doing so. You are eligible to use Clearing if:
Clearing is now open and continues until mid-September. If you are eligible, you must have received your exam results in order to obtain an offer of a place in Clearing.
You can receive multiple verbal offers in Clearing. However, you can only confirm one university course as your final choice. When you receive a verbal offer, that university will usually give you a deadline by which to confirm your choice.
If you have already applied
If you have already applied for student finance, but will be going to a different university or studying a different course, you will need to contact the Student Loans Company to advise them of the changes as soon as you have confirmed your final Clearing choice, and register with Student Finance England.
If you have not yet applied
If you have not yet applied for student finance, you will need to apply as soon as possible for a student loan to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. Even though the initial deadline for finance applications has already passed, the Student Loans Company will still process your application.
Remember, there could be a delay in receiving your funding for the first week of term so you should budget for this.
Yes there is lots of help. Our team have lots of experience of supporting students and their families who are starting their search for accommodation at this time of year. As well as providing personalised advice on the phone and in person we use a dedicated Facebook group to run an online housemates service for students coming to us through Clearing.
Our team are online to provide tips, advice and answer your questions. You can use also this service to get updates on what rooms and property we have available, meet potential flatmates and hear about the properties on offer from letting agents we invite to take part in the service.
If you and your family want to come down to Brighton to view properties and explore our campuses we can help there too. Discounted accommodation is available in central Brighton from mid-August to mid-September, giving you the opportunity to plan your search around other commitments and to take a little more time to get things sorted before you start your course with us.
Read more about finding a home.
Some of our creative media, arts and architecture courses require you to prepare an online portfolio of your work. You can find out if your course needs a portfolio, and get advice on what to include and how to present your work on our online portolio advice page.
For some courses you will need to attend an interview as part of the Clearing process. The interview helps us assess your suitability for the course and the profession you are interested in. Read our tips on preparing for a Clearing interview.
Yes, if your exam results are better than expected, you can use UCAS Adjustment to apply to us. Adjustment opens on 16 August 2018 and closes at the end of August.