Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Ok. :confused:

    PS - I don't care who you repped, but I made a very in-depth post about the relative merits of each university, explaining my reasons for choosing Exeter, then for withdrawing and eventually choosing Bristol. I did my research, so I think I can claim to know more about Exeter than you do about Bristol. You were the one making stupid comments like "concrete jungle", so I hardly think you're one to talk about this argument being "ridiculous".

    PPS - chill. This can't be good for your blood pressure.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Apricot Fairy, you're not exactly putting across a positive view of Bristol English students with petty arguing and technical point scoring.

    Anywayzz....

    Bristol, I think, is a very pretty city around the Uni buildings, Downs etc, but some of the suburbs are, obviously, very ugly - the same can be said for Oxford, though, which featured in 100 Crap Towns!

    To the OP - I would look at course structure and assessment as the two main features to decide upon
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I can confirm that Angelil does certainly attend Exeter since I've both met her and seen her on several occasions. I think the solution to the OP's dilemma is to decide whether they prefer a big or small city atmosphere, a greater array of clubs & bars or a more relaxed rural setting close to beaches and the Devon countryside.

    Also consider the course, although I agree with Angelil that the intricacies of this aren't really that important at undergrad level, especially since you cover such a wide variety of texts in each module (particularly during the first year at Exeter). If you prefer coursework, Bristol might be better and if you prefer a mix of essays and exams, Exeter is best for that. Personally I don't find exams at degree level anything to worry about as you don't have to memorise facts in the encyclopaedic sense that you do at A level; instead, you just write an essay over 2 hours or so, which if you've read the reading material, understood it and taken useful notes in the lectures, is no problem.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by symun)
    Apricot Fairy, you're not exactly putting across a positive view of Bristol English students with petty arguing and technical point scoring.
    Sorry, she's just pissing me off by talking total crap.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hmm, moving on from the arguing!

    I didn't apply to Bristol or Exeter, and have never even been to Exeter so will just comment on Bristol

    I have driven through last year during the summer time, and can say that it was gorgeous! Can't understand where this "concrete jungle" business is coming from as it all seemed like a city with a mixture of modern and old buildings, but nothing that could possibly be described as contributing to a "concrete jungle". We drove past the Clifton Suspension Bridge and was very impressed. Lovely place
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I'm having a similar dilemma. I'm torn between Bristol and Exeter for Russian. In this case, Bristol's just nudging ahead as a result of language teaching etc, which is unrelevant here. However, to help my decision, a friend studying English at Exeter, in his second year completely understood my dilemma. He says that given the opportunity, he would have probably given more consideration to Bristol (he was rejected) and could happily see himself there as, in his words (don't argue with me - I read the thread and am scared now... ) 'Exeter's a bit boring.'
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    You applied today?!?
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Diachrom)
    However, to help my decision, a friend studying English at Exeter, in his second year completely understood my dilemma. He says that given the opportunity, he would have probably given more consideration to Bristol (he was rejected) and could happily see himself there as, in his words (don't argue with me - I read the thread and am scared now... ) 'Exeter's a bit boring.'
    I can believe that. Exeter isn't great for nightlife, which doesn't bother me as I'm not a fan of clubbing, but it does put a lot of people off. It depends how you define 'socialising' as to whether Exeter would bore you or not. Someone on another thread, for example, was amazed when I said that socialising does not necessarily equate to clubbing/nightlife as they apparently had never thought of it outside these terms before.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Before I came to uni I wasn't into clubbing at all. Since coming to Bristol I've developed quite a taste for it...!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Bristol clubs are awesome though... Going out in Oxford is so rubbish in comparison. Actually, as aforementioned, going out in Oxford is just rubbish anyway...
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I went out to Oceana last night. Don't really like the place much, but had an awesome night anyway. Took loads of pictures too, as it was my friend's birthday.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    I honestly think I've only been clubbing fewer than 10 times. *counts on fingers* In fact, probably fewer than 5 times. I honestly don't see the attraction of it - so it's probably a good thing that I've not taken a place at a 'clubbing' university that someone who likes clubbing better than me would like!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Maybe if you went to a different university you would like it though. Here it's all about going with a crowd of ten or more friends and just having a great time dancing to all your favourite songs. We tend to go for all the songs that "serious clubbers" are scornful of (i.e. the cheese) and have a laugh. I don't even usually drink much (if anything) when I go.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    I really don't think so. I don't like coming back tired, with aching feet, smoke in my hair and an empty purse. Not my idea of fun I'm afraid!
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    You applied today?!?
    Yeah Nice and late. Long story...

    And RE: nightlife, I think it's a matter of taste. He's my best friend, and we used to/still do when he returns, go clubbing frequently. I suppose being gay and from London means that there is so much to do in London, and apparently Exeter doesn't have a good scene, so it can get a touch boring. That said, if people are all in the same boat, I'm sure there are enough parties to suffice the need for alcohol
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Diachrom)
    I'm having a similar dilemma. I'm torn between Bristol and Exeter for Russian. In this case, Bristol's just nudging ahead as a result of language teaching etc, which is unrelevant here. However, to help my decision, a friend studying English at Exeter, in his second year completely understood my dilemma. He says that given the opportunity, he would have probably given more consideration to Bristol (he was rejected) and could happily see himself there as, in his words (don't argue with me - I read the thread and am scared now... ) 'Exeter's a bit boring.'
    I really can't pass judgement on Exeter's Russian department, but ever since I've chosen Bristol as my firm choice for French and Russian this september, I have been unable to pass up an opportunity to rave about Russian at Bristol: it's fab.

    I applied for French and Russian (or German and Russian) to Leeds, Manchester and Bristol and I looked into Nottingham and Sheffield as well (so I have done my homework!) and out of all of these possibilities, Bristol, for me, stood out as the best. The lecturers and the course are exactly what I was after. Have you been to any of the Departmental open days yet? Leeds looked like it would be really good fun and hence was my second choice, but the lecturers at Bristol swung it for me. In particular the Head of Russian, Professor Derek Offord, is a great guy with a fantastic reputation and the rest of the staff are just genuinely nice people. But anyway don't take my word for it, go down and visit! I'm sure you'd be impressed.

    Anyway, I would also like to express my disgust at the description of Bristol as a "concrete jungle". So what if the town centre's a bit modern-looking, the studenty areas like cotham and clifton are seriously beautiful.

    And for the clubbing thing - cheese can rule! I love my indie scene 'n' all but me and my skinny-jeaned mates can have a class time clubbing as well. I think you're just being snobby Angelil.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    I'm not being snobby. I just don't like clubbing. I appreciate that it probably holds some attraction for a lot of people, since I know a lot of people who do like it. I am just not one of them.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I don't spend very much when I go clubbing. Normally if I'm drinking I have some wine before I go out, or a few drinks in the hall bar. I only usually spend the entry fee and the taxi fare home, so generally a maximum of about £6 for a night out. Don't feel tired afterwards either, because all the dancing really gets you in a hyperactive mood, and I always wear ballet pumps or something so my feet don't hurt. I agree with you about the smoke though - bring on the ban!

    I've just walked home from my tutorial and I honestly can't get over how beautiful Bristol is when the sun is shining. The university precinct has such a great atmosphere and at the moment the trees lining Woodland Road are covered in blossom and the whole place looks really pretty. I love walking down Cotham Hill and then up Whiteladies Road where loads of shops and cafes are, and then across the downs with the sun shining and Bristol's fittest playing football! And Stoke Bishop is just gorgeous at this time of year. Next year I'm moving into an amazing house really near the academic buildings and the library and sports centre etc and it'll be nice being able to leave the house five minutes before my lecture, but I will miss Stoke Bishop. It's a campus in all but name.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Will you be happy if I apologise for calling Bristol a concrete jungle?
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    That post wasn't a dig at you, it was genuine. So hard to judge someone's tone over the internet. Look, I'm sure you just don't know Bristol very well. It's fine. But please don't make silly comments like that again when you don't really know what you're talking about. It's the kind of comment that could really heavily influence someone and cause them to make the wrong decision based on an inaccurate statement like that.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: May 27, 2006
Poll
Do you like carrot cake?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.