Clearing 2024 Guide

We can't wait to welcome all of our new students this September. To help you secure your place through Clearing, follow our step-by-step guide to navigating the process.


Find Your Course

You can view which of our courses have spaces through UCAS and the course pages on our website. Take note of important information such as entry requirements and course content.


Visit Us

Visiting us in person is the best way to find out what the University of Lincoln is really like. We have plenty of opportunities for you to visit us this summer.


Organise Your Student Finance

You don't need a confirmed place to apply for student finance. If you are intending to apply to us then simply put us down as your preferred university choice. It is important to have funding in place to help cover expenses such as accommodation, tuition fees, and living costs.



There’s no need to wait until Results Day in August to apply to us in Clearing and secure your place at Lincoln for 2024. If you have your results already, you can now apply. If you’re waiting for your exam results, we may be able to make you a provisional Clearing offer based on your predicted grades. Call our Admissions team on 01522 886097 for advice.

You will need to contact us yourself to find out if we can make you an offer, and by calling us directly you can often get a decision while you are on the phone.

When you call us, it's helpful to have your UCAS account, Clearing number, Personal ID, the name of your chosen course, and your grades to hand.


Add Your Choice

Once you've received an offer from us, simply add us as a choice on UCAS. Remember, spaces at Clearing are given on a first-come, first-served basis.


Choose Your Accommodation

If you aren't commuting to us, you'll want to choose somewhere to live. We guarantee all new undergraduate students who apply for accommodation by 31 August 2024 a room in a University-managed residence. Our range of modern residences place you in the heart of the city, and only a short walk from your lectures and the high street.

The quality of our accommodation is something our students recognise too. We were named as winners of the Halls and Student Accommodation category at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2024, the largest annual university awards in the UK voted for exclusively by students.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve changed my mind about my firm choice university and now want to apply to Lincoln. What can I do?

If you’ve accepted a firm choice university already via UCAS you can “self release” into Clearing after you’ve got your results and your firm choice confirms your place. You’ll need to talk to the university where you’ve accepted an offer to ask them to “release” you. We recommend you talk to us first - we may be able to make a provisional Clearing offer based on predicted grades prior to Results Day.

I haven’t applied to any universities yet but now want to start a course in September. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply to us in Clearing even if you didn’t apply to universities during the main UCAS cycle. If you’ve got your qualifications already, we can help you complete the application now. If you’re waiting for exam results, we can make provisional offers based on predicted grades.

Will I find it harder to connect with potential coursemates or housemates if I apply in Clearing?

Not at all. Our Unibuddy community is a great way to make friends before you arrive at university. You can join communities based on your chosen course, accommodation, or interests like sports, music, or hobbies.

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Will I still be able to find good student accommodation if I apply in Clearing?

Absolutely! We’re very proud of our award-winning student accommodation at the University of Lincoln. We’ve extended our Accommodation Guarantee so all Clearing applicants who apply for accommodation with us by 31 August are guaranteed a room in a University-managed student residence.

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Are students who join in Clearing treated differently?

No. About one in seven students enrol through clearing and it has no bearing on your experience as a student. It’s simply another admissions route beyond the “main cycle” UCAS process.

I don’t think I’ll meet the course entry requirements. Is it still worthwhile applying in Clearing?

Yes, we can be more flexible on entry requirements during Clearing so it’s well worth calling our Clearing Hotline on 0808 1644444 to see if we can make you an offer. It’s a good idea to act quickly since course vacancies can fill up fast. Our advisors can also discuss alternative entry routes available, such as our foundation year programmes, which provide more opportunities for students who might not otherwise meet standard entry requirements.

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