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    (Original post by GigiRaffaeli)
    Me too...
    me three.....
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    (Original post by C0balt)
    Got University College
    I bet the selection is biased though... I'm international and they sound VERY desperate to get the international fee into their pocket

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    well would be great if that was the case cos I've been waiting since Dec and i'm dying for an offer
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    (Original post by C0balt)
    Got University College
    I bet the selection is biased though... I'm international and they sound VERY desperate to get the international fee into their pocket

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    Hi, congratulations on your offer! I'm an international student as well, if you don't mind me asking, when did you apply/what course did you apply for? I'm still waiting for their decision (it's almost been three months )
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    got allocated to st aidans college, anyone else?? anyone visited it before?
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    Starting to think I'm the only one who made an open application! All the accom is so expensive that it didn't really seem to make a difference, to me at least. £5.5-7k a school-year is most, if not all, of my maintenance loan gone already!i feel a bit left out of the collegiate hype! :,) x
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    I've been allocated to St Hild and Bilde. Where is the cost of the accommodation??
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    (Original post by mazzaion)
    I think that's because they try to get a balance of different courses and nationalities/school type in each college ^.^
    I really dislike that that's how they allocate colleges. Rather than where students would feel most comfortable and be most productive, whats more important to them is an algorithm designed ratio of different courses... -.-
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    (Original post by TitanCream)
    I've been allocated to St Hild and Bilde. Where is the cost of the accommodation??
    Hild and Bede looks gorgeous! You can find accommodation costs here https://www.dur.ac.uk/collegiate.off...undergraduate/
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    (Original post by NimbleNeil)
    I really dislike that that's how they allocate colleges. Rather than where students would feel most comfortable and be most productive, whats more important to them is an algorithm designed ratio of different courses... -.-
    I agree, though I do think it's also good that there's a range of different people everywhere and not just one 'public school college' or 'international college'. I wouldn't like to be the college allocation officer there...
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    (Original post by SMer)
    Especially now colleges are being allocated, feel like we're in such a disadvantaged position!
    I know! i feel like if i get an offer now ill just get whatever college is left haha
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    (Original post by mazzaion)
    I agree, though I do think it's also good that there's a range of different people everywhere and not just one 'public school college' or 'international college'. I wouldn't like to be the college allocation officer there...
    I'm not sure if it's by school type/location mainly, to be honest, maybe subject choice which is what I've read somewhere , so there isn't a 'science college' or 'arts college' but rather a mix of subjects.

    Take St Mary's, which is popular with scientists due to its location, which may get reallocated elsewhere, but some may have been moved there, perhaps they chose arts courses which are less popular there.

    There is a table showing State/private school ratios and they're not equal, I remember J.Butler having the most state schooled (unsurprisingly) and perhaps University college having the most private but I'll try and find the link! Edit: Turns out to be Hatfield!

    Here!
    Applicants colleges: https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/ug.a...ndependent.pdf

    Entrants (where they actually go): https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/ug.a...ndependent.pdf

    If you compare the %ages between each document perhaps they have tried to even it out, with most colleges having between 50-60% state schooled, with the extremes being Hatfield and Butler.
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    (Original post by sophie1998)
    I know! i feel like if i get an offer now ill just get whatever college is left haha
    Oh dear... hopefully not, I might be shallow but I know the college I get allocated, if I do get an offer, will be a factor of decision since I'd really like one of the smaller ones :/
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    (Original post by mazzaion)
    I agree, though I do think it's also good that there's a range of different people everywhere and not just one 'public school college' or 'international college'. I wouldn't like to be the college allocation officer there...
    I'm scared stiff of my college allocation because I already firmed thinking it was pretty much guaranteed to get your chosen college. But now I've seen more people with other allocations than their chosen ones I'm a bit worried I can't really afford the £2500 ish markup for fully catered colleges, and even if i could, all I visited apart from hatfield gave me mild depression
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    (Original post by NimbleNeil)
    I'm scared stiff of my college allocation because I already firmed thinking it was pretty much guaranteed to get your chosen college. But now I've seen more people with other allocations than their chosen ones I'm a bit worried I can't really afford the £2500 ish markup for fully catered colleges, and even if i could, all I visited apart from hatfield gave me mild depression
    I think if you get another college you can still ask to change it, since you have reasons other than disliking the looks of your allocated ones... have you already been allocated one?
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    (Original post by sophie1998)
    I know! i feel like if i get an offer now ill just get whatever college is left haha
    Yeah, if I'm not allocated one I'm comfortable in I'd probably not firm Durham if they gave me an offer. Cos of the wait I'm doubting I'll even get an offer though
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    (Original post by NimbleNeil)
    I'm scared stiff of my college allocation because I already firmed thinking it was pretty much guaranteed to get your chosen college. But now I've seen more people with other allocations than their chosen ones I'm a bit worried I can't really afford the £2500 ish markup for fully catered colleges, and even if i could, all I visited apart from hatfield gave me mild depression
    Yeah this is also one of my issues. I applied Open because I didn't fully anticipate the likelihood of being allocated to a fully catered hall as a mature student, but I recently heard that student-status isn't a factor (some colleges put you elsewhere if you'e mature, post-grad, phd etc) and being from a rather poor working back background, £7 rent is basically unaffordable unless I sell a kidney during summer.

    BUT. We'll see. I may not even get an offer at all! There's still a month and a half of potential waiting time to go.
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    (Original post by mazzaion)
    I think if you get another college you can still ask to change it, since you have reasons other than disliking the looks of your allocated ones... have you already been allocated one?
    No allocation yet. But i'm more worried about the fact that I've already firmed, with the thought that getting allocated Butler was almost 100%. The student who took me around the place said if you firm and state x college as you preferred, you're highly likely to get in. But from what I've read firming seems to be irrelevant to the application process

    I'm definitely not form a poor family, it's just that i don't think I'd spend that amount on food if i was self catering, and would restrict my time having to go back at x o clock for evening meal etc etc.

    Durham website says this: "Durham University has a policy that once a college allocation is made then it is part of our broader offer and not something that would be changed at the applicant’s request. Having multi-disciplinary academic communities is very important to maintaining our unique collegiate experience and so our allocation process is designed to ensure that this academic balance is maintained."

    I know it isn't the end of the world being allocated elsewhere, but if I'm paying £9,000 + £5-7,000 a year, I think it's reasonable to want what you're most comfortable with ;/
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    (Original post by Ivoryfall)
    Yeah this is also one of my issues. I applied Open because I didn't fully anticipate the likelihood of being allocated to a fully catered hall as a mature student, but I recently heard that student-status isn't a factor (some colleges put you elsewhere if you'e mature, post-grad, phd etc) and being from a rather poor working back background, £7 rent is basically unaffordable unless I sell a kidney during summer.

    BUT. We'll see. I may not even get an offer at all! There's still a month and a half of potential waiting time to go.

    Good luck on your offer and I hope you get somewhere nice!
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    Same here... I applied to St John's and absolutely loved it and was allocated to Trevelyans too and I'm more than underwhelmed by it at the moment which course are you doing?
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    (Original post by NimbleNeil)
    I know it isn't the end of the world being allocated elsewhere, but if I'm paying £9,000 + £5-7,000 a year, I think it's reasonable to want what you're most comfortable with ;/
    And THAT is the essential point. I am a 28 year old woman, I don't really want the tie-down of a curfew and restricted eating times and other people deciding my diet for me through catering, and I don't really have the right to complain seeing as how I misunderstood the application in regards to housing so I only really have myself to blame.
    If I got an offer, I'd be over the moon, but unless it's self catering I don't know if I can manage it financially :/ Like I aid though, I'll wait and see and be patient - I might get lucky! But being comfortable really is what it comes down to.
 
 
 
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