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    Hey guys :ciao:

    I've posted this in another forum, but didn't get much of a response (so apologies for the repetition).

    I've managed to narrow down my uni options to the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter. I've visited both, and they both seem like great uni's with a great social side to them, but I'm a little stuck, and am rapidly running out of time!

    UOB is known for great graduate prospects, Birmingham is a big city so good on the social life side of things, and my boyfriend is actually studying IR there atm so I can nag him for help with the degree if I go ahead with it! The city is a little rough though, and the course is quite heavily seminar focused (which I don't love, although I realise all IR courses are probably like that).

    Exeter is a lovely town, and is ranking highly in the league tables atm. I really liked the campus, and just had a really good feel for it when I visited. Accommodation seems super nice too. I'm not sure if its graduate prospects are as good as Birmingham's though, and I can't really pin point why I like it, I just do (which may be a bad thing).

    So yeah, it would be awesome to hear some advice. Which social science department is better too (Exeter or Birmingham)? My other options are Sheffield and Loughborough, which according to Which are actually better for future earnings(?), but I'm fairly sure I won't go for those. Thanks!

    I went to Exeter. It's a nice University to spend 3 years at. Generally I'd say it has quite a good reputation. The social mix was slightly weighted towards the upper classes, it is popular with private school pupils, this is just an observation, it may have changed since I was there.

    Generally I'd say it's reputation is good and courses are good. Where it might not be as strong a choice as Birmingham is if you need a career-related job whilst studying, as obviously Exeter is a much smaller city than Birmingham and it does have a small city feel. That can be a good thing though and you may feel more "at home".
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