(Original post by sundogs)
I feel I can comment as I go to UCL and my boyfriend is at durham.
We're both very suited to our universities, I feel. I couldn't go to durham and he'd hate to be at UCL.
-it's in central london and has lots of important and interesting landmarks on its doorstep. Camden Market, Oxford Street, the British Museum, Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden are within walking distance
-it's a very well equipped university whilst still being quite traditional. There are 16 libraries and then an extra arts and humanities one at Senate House.
-We kind of get 'double facilities' as we've got our own union and then ULU (the university of London union)
-Lots of opportunities to work part time at the university or in nearby cafes, pubs and shops.
-Most programmes are very well taught and we're highly regarded
-If you're after networking or getting a job in law, media, finance and business then you're in the centre of it all.
-It's expensive to live in London and you have to balance your time very well to have time for a part time job to offset some of this cost
-There may be too much to do and it may mean you get distracted
-Some may say it's more difficult to make friends (although I've never experienced this, nor do I know anybody with no friends) as we're not forced together in a collegiate setting.
-It's busy. There are 25000 students and it makes it a pain getting a computer at lunch time or queuing up to get food or whatever. Have fun trying to get a seat in the library during exam time unless you arrive before 8am.
-From my experience, it can be a bit lefty and overly political. Not everybody is like this (by any stretch) but our union has a history of strong political activism and they can be really annoying (have a look at my blogpost in my sig for more info)
I absolutely love it at UCL and I've really enjoyed my time here.
Here are some pros and cons about durham I can think of:
-Cheaper to live
-More of a community feel as you have the college system
-If you like the 'bubble' feel then you'll durham as it is very small and you'll probably regularly bump into somebody you know
-parts of it are very pretty
-Quite a big drinking culture (though this may be a pro for you) and a lot of people don't do anything in their spare time apart from go to Klute or get pissed.
-It's tiny (this is a big con for me), for me it's very claustrophobic - you can't escape the university as most of the town is the university.
-some departments aren't as strong
-less opportunities to work part time as it is so small.
-The closest big city is newcastle, you're cut off from a lot of the UK when you compare it to london.