ALMOST one in every three university applicants will miss out on securing a place to study, it has been revealed.
According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services, an extra 68,000 people applied to study at university this autumn compared to last year, bringing the total number to around 660,000 vying for places.
But, a record 225,000 students will be turned away and The Ealing Gazette wanted to find out your views on this.
Hugo Denby-Mann, 24, of West Ealing, who works in TV, said: "Surely the more students going to university would mean more money being generated? If I applied for university again and was turned away, I would be shocked - I think we take it for granted that we will secure a place at university especially as you put down five or six places of study on your UCAS form and hope you'll be accepted to at least one.
"There is always the questions of whether going to university overrides the experience you would have gained in three years working, but for me, I feel it helped me get my job and is a good talking point in interviews.
"I think students will now be forced to excel further in their A-Levels to get to university, but I don't think it is for everyone. For instance, some people may find that they're more suitable for apprenticeships rather than studying at university and perhaps it may be time to get rid of Mickey Mouse courses to make room for other educational courses."
Jaggy Slawek, 19, Acton, said: "I've just left Richmond Upon Thames College but didn't feel that I needed to go to university. I feel it does depend heavily on the results you achieve at A-Level and maybe the requirments for university places are getting harder which is why many are being turned away.
"Those who apply should be able to get in as they want to continue their education but I'm not sure what needs to be done to improve their chances."
Dominika Szymonska, 20, Ealing, studies journalism at Nottingham University and said: "I think some people go to university as a life experience but I wanted to go to get a degree as I feel I need it for the job I want in the future.
"I was lucky as I got into my first choice and feel sorry for those who didn't get their chosen place. Perhaps the entry requirements are getting harder or there is more focus on outside activities to secure a place at university and for now, it seems that people will be forced to find a job before having to try again."
Matthew Waldren, 22, Ealing, graduate in animation production from arts college of Bournemouth said: "It's terrible that people aren't getting places at university and may be forced to change their courses just to get in.
"I'm looking for work at the moment and I've just graduated, and I can imagine it being much harder for people without degrees getting some jobs. Foreign students can pay up to double or triple what English students pay for fees and perhaps more places are being offered to foreign students as more money can be made. I can imagine some students being forced to study abroad for their education if they can't get it at home."
Zara Ahmed, 19, of Kingston who was in Ealing visiting friends and is currently studying maths and computing said: "I'm in the process of clearing as I want to study primary teaching and I'm looking at local universities in London.
"I have to re-apply for a whole new degree as I thought about changing courses a bit too late. I don't really fancy my chances as when you go through clearing, you're competing against many others and waiting for place to come up.
"It's 50/50 whether I'm accepted. With the recession, I feel this puts more pressure on people to go to university to get a good degree and a better job and think there will be more pressure to do well in your A-Levels.
"If I'm not accepted on the course, I will be forced to look for something else, maybe an assistant teacher's role but this lowers your expectations of yourself and forces you to take a lower option. I think having a degree separates you from your peers and it's sad that many won't get to study at university."