THOUSANDS of students called Sheffield universities for advice after receiving their A-level results - with just a few course places still available today.
Sheffield Hallam University said it had 8,000 calls to its dedicated hotline in the first two hours following the release of results last Thursday.
It had about 400 places available through the clearing process.
A university spokesman told The Star: “There were 8,000 calls in the first two hours of our helpline being open on Thursday morning.
“Our helpline will remain open this week, but most places have now been filled.
“The message we would send to students is if they are looking for a place they should call us, rather than using the website.
“There are still a few places available across a range of courses.”
At Sheffield University, a small number of places remain after its helpline received 5,000 calls in just a few hours.
A spokeswoman said: “The confirmation, adjustment and clearing helpline received more than 5,000 calls within the first hours of Thursday morning.
“We are delighted to say our maximum waiting time was less than 15 minutes.
“We have a small number of places still available for highly-qualified students.”
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