Sussex, Essex or Westminster ? Which one is the best uni for IR

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Hi,I want to study international relations and I am not sure which uni I should decide. Apparently Essex Uni is 29th best in the world to study international relations but I heard that Colchester is not a nice place at all ... I also read many bad reviews from Sussex Uni and that it is only good for American studies or Development studies. And Westminster is somehow known as a bad uni in the uk ... But the location is great, though. The campus at Essex looks nice and it is also not far from London, Sussex too. Can someone please help me out ?
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Hi,I want to study international relations and I am not sure which uni I should decide. Apparently Essex Uni is 29th best in the world to study international relations but I heard that Colchester is not a nice place at all ... I also read many bad reifies form Sussex Uni and that it is only good for American studies or Development studies. And Westminster is somehow known as a bad uni in the uk ... But the location is great, though The campus at Essex looks nice and it is also not far from London, Sussex too. Can someone please help me out ?
I'd seriously advise you to disregard a university's perceived reputation.

all of these universities have their pros and cons - make a table of them.

Colchester isn't the greatest of places to be honest (in that it's a touch on the small side and it's not exactly "bustling" with stuff a student might be interested in) - but I've been to plenty of worse towns. Winchester I've also been to (lunch was not cheap!) and that was pleasant enough. Not visited Sussex uni but I know of folks who've studied there and they've turned out alright too.

Go and visit the unis when you can, and don't listen to anybody else's opinion about the quality of education aside from the students who go there. Other people speculating are probably making it up.
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I'd seriously advise you to disregard a university's perceived reputation.

all of these universities have their pros and cons - make a table of them.

Colchester isn't the greatest of places to be honest (in that it's a touch on the small side and it's not exactly "bustling" with stuff a student might be interested in) - but I've been to plenty of worse towns. Winchester I've also been to (lunch was not cheap!) and that was pleasant enough. Not visited Sussex uni but I know of folks who've studied there and they've turned out alright too.

Go and visit the unis when you can, and don't listen to anybody else's opinion about the quality of education aside from the students who go there. Other people speculating are probably making it up.
thx. So is Colchester dangerous ? Is the town really ugly? I am not living in the uk so I cannot visit any of those universities ...
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Probably the major difference among these Uni is that Essex is a campus university, the others are not.
Essex campus is really nice and green. All students live in campus (15,000 students), you got clubs, restaurants, shops, sport centre, student union, etc.

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I'd seriously advise you to disregard a university's perceived reputation.

all of these universities have their pros and cons - make a table of them.

Colchester isn't the greatest of places to be honest (in that it's a touch on the small side and it's not exactly "bustling" with stuff a student might be interested in) - but I've been to plenty of worse towns. Winchester I've also been to (lunch was not cheap!) and that was pleasant enough. Not visited Sussex uni but I know of folks who've studied there and they've turned out alright too.

Go and visit the unis when you can, and don't listen to anybody else's opinion about the quality of education aside from the students who go there. Other people speculating are probably making it up.
I agree, if you can go and visit the Uni and get a feel if you will like living there for the next 3/4 years of your life.
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thx. So is Colchester dangerous ? Is the town really ugly? I am not living in the uk so I cannot visit any of those universities ...
Colchester is equally as dangerous as any other place of the same size.
The town is not especially ugly, but this shouldn't be your first priority when choosing a university, focus on the course content and what modules will be available to you.
I'd say Winchester is prettier than Colchester, even though they're both incredibly old place (Roman, I believe).
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Lots of universities are offering virtual open days at the moment - look at their websites and sign up to them!
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Sussex university is a campus university, much more of a campus than Essex and of a far better reputation.
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Colchester is equally as dangerous as any other place of the same size.
The town is not especially ugly, but this shouldn't be your first priority when choosing a university, focus on the course content and what modules will be available to you.
I'd say Winchester is prettier than Colchester, even though they're both incredibly old place (Roman, I believe).
OP said Westminster university not Winchester.
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OP said Westminster university not Winchester.
Oops, well spotted.
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Probably the major difference among these Uni is that Essex is a campus university, the others are not.
Essex campus is really nice and green. All students live in campus (15,000 students), you got clubs, restaurants, shops, sport centre, student union, etc.



I agree, if you can go and visit the Uni and get a feel if you will like living there for the next 3/4 years of your life.
thx. Are you a student there ?
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thx. So is Colchester dangerous ? Is the town really ugly? I am not living in the uk so I cannot visit any of those universities ...
No no. I think 04MR17 was speaking about size...Colchester is big for Essex, but it's half the size of Brighton and tiny compared to London. You got an old Roman castle, nice parks. Technically Colchester is the oldest recorded town in England.
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thx. But I cannot visit those universities at all ( not living in the uk )
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thx. But I cannot visit those universities at all ( not living in the uk )
No problem, most Universities have online virtual tours:
https://www.essex.ac.uk/visit-us/campus-tours
https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/visit...tour/list.html
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Colchester is equally as dangerous as any other place of the same size.
The town is not especially ugly, but this shouldn't be your first priority when choosing a university, focus on the course content and what modules will be available to you.
I'd say Winchester is prettier than Colchester, even though they're both incredibly old place (Roman, I believe).
You're right. I really do like the modules at Essex
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Okay so ignore what I said about Winchester.
Westminster university is (shockingly) a pretty urban one, given that it's slap bang in the middle of London. This makes it a lot more expensive to live there and is quite different o the more rural/suburban setting of the Sussex campus.

I'd say have a think about what type of university you want to live in, campus (Sussex), city (Westminster) or somewhere in between (Essex).

However, the priority should always be the course and the modules therein, not the place itself.
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Okay so ignore what I said about Winchester.
Westminster university is (shockingly) a pretty urban one, given that it's slap bang in the middle of London. This makes it a lot more expensive to live there and is quite different o the more rural/suburban setting of the Sussex campus.

I'd say have a think about what type of university you want to live in, campus (Sussex), city (Westminster) or somewhere in between (Essex).

However, the priority should always be the course and the modules therein, not the place itself.
thx a lot!! Bu I am still struggling. I do not know anything about their internship opportunities. Everyone is telling me that I should study in London in order to get the best internships as most companies are in London. But I really love the idea about living in a campus university and believe that there are also many internship opportunities in Sussex or Essex. I love big cities but I am afraid that I will not find any friends there( big city, no campus...) Someone also told me that employers do care about the uni you attended and that it would be bad to study at Westminster as it is considered as one of the most bad uni in the uk.
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thx a lot!! Bu I am still struggling. I do not know anything about their internship opportunities. Everyone is telling me that I should study in London in order to get the best internships as most companies are in London. But I really love the idea about living in a campus university and believe that there are also many internship opportunities in Sussex or Essex. I love big cities but I am afraid that I will not find any friends there( big city, no campus...) Someone also told me that employers do care about the uni you attended and that it would be bad to study at Westminster as it is considered as one of the most bad uni in the uk.
This is actually not correct, the fact that the University is in London does not mean you get the best internships. Considering the subject, i'm guessing internships will be in London even if you study in Sussex or Essex, and studying in London will not give you an advantage.
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:ditto:

Also both Sussex and Colchester are a stone's throw from London and easily accessible by train.

(When compared with the rest of England)
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This is actually not correct, the fact that the University is in London does not mean you get the best internships. Considering the subject, i'm guessing internships will be in London even if you study in Sussex or Essex, and studying in London will not give you an advantage.
Oh ok. I was not sure about it
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Sussex university is a campus university, much more of a campus than Essex and of a far better reputation.
Really ? I heard that Sussex has a lot of strikes...
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