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    At the end of the day, every uni has it's own advantages and disadvantages. The simplest is probably campus vs. city uni. Not everyone would like a city uni, so that would rule out the likes of Manchester and Cardiff. Some people may put huge importance on things like the sports facilities, which York isn't terribly great for at the moment. Some people may not want to go too far from home, so that may rule out York for them. Courses may not focus on the right area for you. The list goes on! The best way to know for sure is to visit the universities (altho this isn't always possible - but I managed it from the south coast!) and see what kind of vibe you get from it.

    If everyone wanted to go to York, then it would be ridiculously (more so than it already is) difficult to get into. It's a world top-100 university and was named the University of the Year in the 2010 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards, so it must be doing something right! It's not everyone's cup of tea, and that's fair enough - the same with any other university, for a multitude of possible reasons
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    What you're highlighting is more of a welfare question rather than a failing of the collegiate system, or 'spirit'.

    (Original post by Picnic1)
    I really want it to be true that the University of York has a great collegiate spirit so if you see someone who is looking a bit moody for Gods sake speak to them and involve them with your studying and extra cirriculars because its location means that it's not just a university, it is effectively a small city unto itself.
    But how can one be sure that they'd welcome the conversation? It's a tricky one to gauge. The sentiment you're advocating, however, being open and friendly to people, is one that is in abundance on campus already. Even if you're out to avoid it.

    There is no good reason why intelligent but quiet people should suffer.
    No, there is no good reason. However, how can you expect other people to know an individual is suffering if he/she is doing so in silence? Students are told about all the avenues to turn to if their having problems, the impetus is on them to utilise those. Has no bearing on the collegiate system - if someone isn't going to talk, there's not much you can do to communicate.

    Educate - to bring out.
    This I agree with to a point, in the sense that student welfare can always be improved on. However, what is to be brought out?

    If we are convinced that there is nobody who is bothered about us then we do not bring out, we rely on others to bring us out of our shell, no matter what we have to offer.
    Who's we? The introverted, slightly socially inept student? Convinced in what manner? This reliance is problematic. Student welfare is there to support you. That is why you have college welfare reps, college tutors and Provosts. If you're talking about other students - unless one's making some effort to make known the situation one's in, how can you expect them to help? It's a tricksy matter.

    Finally, I would like to add my voice to the chorus praising the university. The teaching I've had so far has been excellent and the societies are numerous, diverse and incredibly active for a university of its size. It isn't perfect, but it has its own charm.
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    Well fair play to you. And there are some clever teachers at York.
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    (Original post by Picnic1)
    Well fair play to you. And there are some clever teachers at York.
    Aww, no fair I wasn't expecting you to be so obliging :p:

    Aye, that there are. Some brilliant and inspiring ones. There are also others, but that's for a different discussion.
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    (Original post by gummi_bears)
    I'm doing psych, what about you?
    Sorry for the slow reply!
    I'm doing psych too, haha

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    Gosh, so many differing opinions on this thread. I'm currently holding a few unconditional offers, York being among them, and I was about to firm it until I came across the opinions expressed herewith. Sometimes I hate finding out these things!

    Can anybody comment specifically on the English department at York, after all that is what I have applied to study.

    But let me summarise my findings from TSR, if only for personal clarification:

    - York is dead at the weekends.
    - York is small, remote and has a depressing air about it.
    - York students are unattractive (seriously?!)
    - York is the most expensive place to live.
    - York is extraordinarily ugly.
    - York is pants for sports.
    - York students are obsessed with booze.

    Gosh. :confused:
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    (Original post by LouiseChapman)
    Gosh, so many differing opinions on this thread. I'm currently holding a few unconditional offers, York being among them, and I was about to firm it until I came across the opinions expressed herewith. Sometimes I hate finding out these things!

    Can anybody comment specifically on the English department at York, after all that is what I have applied to study.

    But let me summarise my findings from TSR, if only for personal clarification:

    - York is dead at the weekends.
    - York is small, remote and has a depressing air about it.
    - York students are unattractive (seriously?!)
    - York is the most expensive place to live.
    - York is extraordinarily ugly.
    - York is pants for sports.
    - York students are obsessed with booze.

    Gosh. :confused:
    Really these points are far from true. I expressed the same worries when I had my offer, and was taken in by alot of what jimbo and picnic1 etc said, and on both the visit day and my first term has proven all of these to be wrong.

    Although many people go home on the weekends, there are lots of people that stay. On the weekends, I either study, play sports or go into the city with flatmates or friends.

    York is small, yes. But its far from depressing ! When you have good friends who you get on with, the University is actually a really good chilling spot and because the colleges are on campus, its relatively easy to meet new people at block parties, societies or generally anywhere.

    York also has some ugly buildings- so does Kings College London, UCL, Manchester and Leeds. You learn to get past the concrete buildings of the colleges, which are surrounded by quite nice greenery and wildfowl (although they do **** a lot)- furthermore, York is quite open spaced too. Noone I know has really given a **** about the buildings.

    I'm not sure about sports because I myself only play squash, although I havent heard any complaints from people who do play sports at York. Also, the football pitches outside the gym are always filled when I go to play squash in the mornings, and the gym is quite good too (although its lack of wieghts is annoying).

    Also, as with any university, yes, students do like to drink.
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    (Original post by Phantom_X)
    Also, as with any university, yes, students do like to drink.
    Significantly less so than (in my experience of being there for a year) at Cardiff Uni, actually. The big drinkers are more likely to go to bigger city unis. However, of course, there are still plenty of big drinkers at York.
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    (Original post by Phantom_X)
    Also, as with any university, yes, students do like to drink.
    Exactly. It makes me laugh that people think that it's a reflection on the uni that a bunch of 18 - 25 year old students get on the booze fairly often. That's just students. My sister is at Oxford - they drink there, too!
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    I just want to clarify that I have found that the University of York is now a much more attractive modern looking university than it was when I was there in 1998 (even then there were a few modern buildings, like Alcuin and the Computer Science building of the time but they were not ones that were for my use). The refresh of the interiors in the older colleges has made a good change.

    People could have easily defended it with pictorial evidence alone - of the Berrick Saul building, the newer buildings on the main campus and science campus (of which there are many), the Heslington East campus. It's a huge place to fully look around now.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    I had a place to study at York, but after I visited (after results day), I withdrew my offer and chose RHUL instead.

    York as a city is lovely and reminds me a bit of Canterbury. Lots of history, shops, nice environment. Then you get to the university and it's an absolute dump. It's got horrible concrete buildings and other horrible 60s architecture, it's muddy and covered in ducks and duck poo, it's got a horrible fake lake in the middle which is so mirky you can't see anything in it, and for me, the university had no character.

    The student reps spend 90% of their time talking about alcohol, bars and clubs. York uni did not appeal to me whatsoever.
    have you seen Hes East?! ok not main campus but the buildings are so much nicer :p:
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    sup guys,

    aaaww man, doesnt sound that good brothers. I got an offer from York for Economics and Finance and im pretty happy to go to York.
    I have to say, though that i like architecture. And if its not there a huge part of my satisfaction is missing. However maybe ppl's views are biased, so i dont know what to think. I just hope I can party when i want to and that there are a lot of nice multicultural people who like to socialise.

    I am european and thats why LSE and UCL wouldnt take me. I hope York wont disappoint me.

    Alcuin sounds god to me!! I hread all economics ppl go there!

    come on throw me some good sides of york there, ebing more specific. Good clubs, bars, chill lounges, parks......anything??

    Here is the last question: are there nice ladies in york?
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    (Original post by iBigDaddy)
    sup guys,

    aaaww man, doesnt sound that good brothers. I got an offer from York for Economics and Finance and im pretty happy to go to York.
    I have to say, though that i like architecture. And if its not there a huge part of my satisfaction is missing. However maybe ppl's views are biased, so i dont know what to think. I just hope I can party when i want to and that there are a lot of nice multicultural people who like to socialise.

    I am european and thats why LSE and UCL wouldnt take me. I hope York wont disappoint me.

    Alcuin sounds god to me!! I hread all economics ppl go there!

    come on throw me some good sides of york there, ebing more specific. Good clubs, bars, chill lounges, parks......anything??

    Here is the last question: are there nice ladies in york?
    If York is good enough for Johnny Depp, is it good enough for you?
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)

    Accommodation varies quite a lot throughout the university... the best places to be are Goodricke, Alcuin (especially the new quad which is where I am, it's gorgeous :suith:), and New Vanbrugh. Worst places are the old parts of James (aka Old Goodricke) and parts of Halifax. But in general, wherever you end up, you'll be happy!
    Do NOT diss the 'Fax. I bet you've never been there. Easily the most fun atmosphere of all the colleges, even before it just had a big makeover.
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    If York is good enough for Johnny Depp, is it good enough for you?
    how does johnny depp refer to york?
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    (Original post by LouiseChapman)
    - York is dead at the weekends.
    - York is small, remote and has a depressing air about it.
    - York students are unattractive (seriously?!)
    - York is the most expensive place to live.
    - York is extraordinarily ugly.
    - York is pants for sports.
    - York students are obsessed with booze.
    - York is dead at the weekends. - The campus usually is, but the students are mostly around in halls.
    - York is small, remote and has a depressing air about it. - Small, yes. Remote, no. Depressing, no...I guess that's subjective though. There are some beautiful bits of campus and some not so beautiful bits. I enjoy just sitting around outside every once in a while, doesn't depress me in the slightest.
    - York students are unattractive (seriously?!) - ...possibly the most ridiculous thing i've read so far.
    - York is the most expensive place to live. - As stated by someone else, simply untrue.
    - York is extraordinarily ugly. - The second most ridiculous thing i've read. The city of York is one of the most beautiful in the UK, IMO.
    - York is pants for sports. - Wouldn't know really.
    - York students are obsessed with booze. - Not any more so than students of other unis.
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    (Original post by iBigDaddy)
    how does johnny depp refer to york?
    He used to frequent one of the bars in York whenever he was there. Evil Eye Lounge.
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    thanks jrichardson21

    how about the ladies in york? i want some pretty faces around to make life a lil more attractive.
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    (Original post by iBigDaddy)
    thanks jrichardson21

    how about the ladies in york? i want some pretty faces around to make life a lil more attractive.
    As with any uni, york has its fair share...
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    (Original post by jrichardson21)
    Do NOT diss the 'Fax. I bet you've never been there. Easily the most fun atmosphere of all the colleges, even before it just had a big makeover.
    I was talking purely about accommodation, I wasn't insulting the college as a whole! And everyone's biased towards their own college anyway
 
 
 
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