For anyone debating whether going to university is a good idea or not, the decision can perhaps be aided by considering what else university offers outside of the course, and aside from the specifics of the course. University life is a lot larger than simply the course you are enrolled in, and I will go on to talk more about this. During your time at university you have the chance to participate in many different activities that perhaps you would not have been exposed to otherwise.
Join the societies
The other significant part of university life is the number of societies that are set up by and run by students. These societies can be either fun or for academic reasons and hugely varied.
These societies allow you to participate in outdoor sporting activities such as caving, kayaking, climbing and other sports which organize trips, sometimes abroad, to do them. These are very exciting sports, and doing them outside of university can be expensive or just difficult to find.
There are other academic societies which allow you to expand your knowledge of a profession which you are considering going into but that is not part of your course. For instance, a law society is worth joining if you are considering a career in law but are not doing a law degree.
Other societies are plain stupid. They can descend to banalities such as just dressing up as pirates. These can be fun too, but it just illustrates the range of things to do while at university.
One of the older reasons for going to university is simply to create networks of people which can be of use later in life. This is not completely redundant today, and is still found in some universities; however, this only demonstrates how university is a social thing as much as academic, which is shown differently today.
The amount of people that you will be living in fairly close proximity with is in the thousands. All these people will be studying different courses, and are more or less all in the same position; just wanting to make the most of their time at university. The amount of different things this exposes you to is nearly unlimited, and not just what they are studying but also their interests and the rest. It is a very good chance to make some good friends.