(Original post by georget1)
Still undecided between Bristol and Durham...my concern with Durham is the grades are A*AA which I am not sure I will definitely reach, whereas Bristol is AAA - on this practical front, Bristol is better. I am uncertain as to why Durham think they merit asking for A*AA though this year - is it that they are looking for a higher calibre of student which will in turn increase their reputation and quality in the future?
If I put Durham as my firm choice, I would most probably put Bristol as my second, insurance choice - and if there is a likelihood I don't achieve the A*, I will have missed out on picking my top choice of accommodation etc. for Bristol.
The college system at Durham appeals to me in terms of getting to know people/all accommodation is sorted as are all meals. But Bristol's location wins for me.
Also, for some reason people on here seem to perceive Bristol quite negatively saying the law department/departments in general are not as good as they once were, and that Durham is on the up whilst Bristol maybe declined somewhat - perhaps based on the fact it is lower down in the ratings for law currently? But overall, the general consensus by teachers/general people's opinions and employers all point to Bristol being considered on an equal footing with Durham? Should I take this view of Bristol rather than the largely negative one portrayed by some people here/what the league tables show about Bristol being much lower?
And of course, I suppose it would be better to get a first at Bristol than a 2:1 from Durham i.e. the quality of your degree is more important than the university itself, seeing as they are both traditional good universities.
I think, putting aside academics and reputation/league tables, my decision boils down to how much I value the collegiate system and small feel of Durham over it's far northern location/higher entrance grades? And whether Bristol's lower grade and pleasant city outweighs accommodation further from the university itself and less cohesion with everything more dispersed/on a larger scale.
Nice to have the choice of such good unis and I think essentially, whatever the decision, you live by it and will be happy at whichever. But, any other thoughts?