(Original post by Niki_girl)
Sorry for stalking you via your spoliers, but I was wondering (yes, I did read both your spoilers) how you found the universities of Exeter, KCL (as opposed to UCL, which many people seem to think has the better reputation/ facilities), Nottingham (isn't the campus 40 mins from the town itself?) and Southampton?
I know you probably have a lot to say about all of them, but I'm having trouble narrowing down my UCAS choices (except for Oxford, which is stupid because it's the one I'm least likely to get into, in fact after results day I might not be able to even appear on this thread again!) and you have the same short listed universities as me, I've just left it late to book open days, so I'm also asking people who have visited - although I'm definitely going to see Bristol and possibly Exeter, and I live close enough to London to visit UCL/ KCL easily, it's just the cost that puts me off - and I haven't completely decided whether I could actually live in London yet
, or whether I'd hate it
So really, any advice or opinions or anything you think about any of those universities that you think might be useful, or that helped make up your mind (although I'd be applying for History btw) let me know!
P.S, and do read L'etranger
, I read it in English and then in French last summer, really liked it
I read L'etranger too and also loved it
(perhaps I should cross off the ones I've read from my list, it's a bit ambiguous!) I feel the same about Oxford, though hopefully all my reading and practice interviews will help!
Anyway, I'm more than happy to give you my thoughts on the Unis you mentioned
Ok, so Bristol. It's such a nice place, the only downside about the location is that it's at the top of a verrryyy steep hill! But I think it's worth it. It's in a leafy, quiet environment, and the buildings are very pretty. I only saw the main campus and the languages department (which was very cosy, with its own language cinema
), but it all seemed really nice. Great sports facilities, if you're into sports. It also isn't far from the shops, which is useful
The city itself is really nice- not too busy, but busy enough, if that makes sense!
Exeter- I went yesterday
I absolutely LOVE the campus. Basically, it's surrounded by rolling fields, so when you're at the Uni, there are beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. The whole campus is very green, lots of trees (the student who did my tour said their gardens had more species of tree than Kew gardens!) and flowers everywhere
It's only a fifteen minute walk from the shopping centre, but you could never tell because it's so quiet there, all I heard were birds and running water from the fountains
Lots of societies, as with Bristol, and handy on-site Doctors etc. also a nightline service run by students which you can ring if you're walking home in the dark or something, I liked that idea
The only problem I have with Exeter is to do with my course; it is the perfect place to go to Uni.
KCL- to be perfectly honest (this is only my opinion), it was a bit of a disappointment. It all seemed very close together within the main building. The hallways are lovely though, marble-like floors
They also have their own nightclub. The location is the other thing which put me off a bit- It's quite near central London, and not living in a big city myself, I found the pollution from the busy traffic a bit too much, just the smell- not to say it's a 'smelly' place, I'm just not used to it
The best part, hands down about KCL is the library. Oh. my. It is incredible. If you can book a tour, I would recommend you make sure you go visit it. A huge circular room with shelves of books reaching to the ceiling. I love it
The building is very old and grand and lovely.
UCL- Love love love UCL. It's in a quieter area of London, not a lot of traffic. The place itself is beautiful, and suprisingly green. Across from the main entrance is the biggest Waterstone's I've ever seen- 3/4 storeys tall and very wide. It has a Costa cafe and sections for almost any subject (Even an Ancient Greek section). They had a huge history section which might interest you
Also there's a secondhand section with lots of old dusty books- including foreign ones which made me happy. I like the area a lot- it's part of the city which is quiet and peaceful, near to a Tube station when you want to be more central.
Nottingham- Right, well the campus is breathtaking, I kid you not. So many acres of green fields surrounding the main campus buildings with pretty lakes and such. Nice areas to sit outside in the sun and contemplate life
They have some useful shops on site including a Boots, banks etc. The library is great, with a cafe in it. The thing which sold it for me was the campus and the course combined. I didn't (I confess) make it into the city centre, but I was told it wasn't far?...
Southampton- Is a more modern-looking Uni
well, I went to the Humanities campus. I can say, I had a cooked breakfast and it was yummy and at a reasonable price fyi
It was very green, people very friendly, and they had a nice languages library
I have a feeling there was a history one too. Their course isn't quite right for me, but it ticks the boxes in every other way. A really nice place. I'd imagined it in the city, but it's 15 minutes away on the outskirts, so you can easily go into West Quay.
If there are any others you want to know about, or if there are any specific questions about any of these, just let me know