STAFFORDSHIRE University bosses say they are expecting empty places following a national drop in university applications.
But bosses say the university’s strong financial position will ensure it will not pose a major problem.
There are set to be 30,000 fewer students going to university this year because they have been put off by the £9,000 a year tuition fees being charged.
It has left universities across the country struggling to fill undergraduate places.
Staffordshire has already seen less demand for places in the clearing system than in recent years and students are still being recruited to courses where places are available.
A Staffordshire University spokesman said: “We have found that students are taking their time and making informed choices.
“We’d like to reassure people who have not yet secured a place that it is still not too late and we will continue to help students and their families discuss their options over the next few weeks.
“This weekend has been intake weekend and we have enrolled 2,500 students compared to 2,220 students at the same time last year.
“Although we anticipate falling short of our overall target we will plan and think through all decisions very carefully as we are in a strong financial position which allows us some budget flexibility.”