bristol vs exeter dilemma Watch
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.
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
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.
Apricot Fairy, you're not exactly putting across a positive view of Bristol English students with petty arguing and technical point scoring.
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
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.'
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
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 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.
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.