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Is Edinburgh too far away...

I'm currently trying to decide on which 5 universities to apply to for History. So far I've only decided on York and Birmingham as definite, and I'm really struggling to decide on my other 3 choices.

I've visited Edinburgh once and absolutely loved the city, and the university looks great aswell. The only problem is that I live in the midlands (gloucestershire), and so the time/costs of travel would be pretty ridiculous.

I was just wondering if theres anyone who goes to or is thinking of applying to Edinburgh who lives far away. What are peoples experiences?

Do you think I should just forget Edinburgh and use the slot for somewhere else, or is the journey doable for a student?


The prospect of a BBB offer is also quite appealing :wink:

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Reply 1
DrGonzo
I'm currently trying to decide on which 5 universities to apply to for History. So far I've only decided on York and Birmingham as definite, and I'm really struggling to decide on my other 3 choices.

I've visited Edinburgh once and absolutely loved the city, and the university looks great aswell. The only problem is that I live in the midlands (gloucestershire), and so the time/costs of travel would be pretty ridiculous.

I was just wondering if theres anyone who goes to or is thinking of applying to Edinburgh who lives far away. What are peoples experiences?

Do you think I should just forget Edinburgh and use the slot for somewhere else, or is the journey doable for a student?


The prospect of a BBB offer is also quite appealing :wink:


I am from Texas and am going to Edinburgh in the fall. I don't think it's too far away :wink:

I guess there are some questions I have to help me understand better. When you say the cost of travel is ridiculous, are you suggesting you're trying to live at home and commute to school? I understand the benefits of living at home (saves money) but I think it's an excellent experience to get away from your parents and go to uni on your own.

Train fares don't seem so terrible if you're living in Edinburgh and going home during holiday. I've been fortunate to have visited Edinburgh before and I absolutely fell in love with the city.
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Reply 2
Seridia
I am from Texas and am going to Edinburgh in the fall. I don't think it's too far away :wink:

I guess there are some questions I have to help me understand better. When you say the cost of travel is ridiculous, are you suggesting you're trying to live at home and commute to school? I understand the benefits of living at home (saves money) but I think it's an excellent experience to get away from your parents and go to uni on your own.

Train fares don't seem so terrible if you're living in Edinburgh and going home during holiday. I've been fortunate to have visited Edinburgh before and I absolutely fell in love with the city.


No, I definitely want to live in halls. Its about a 5 or 6 hour train journey from where I live to Edinburgh which doesn't bother me. However, the cheapest fairs I can seem to find are around £100!

I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but even if I only came back at the end of each term thats still alot of money.

I've also just come across the SAAS which could mean I may be able to apply for travel expenses.

Hmm, I'm sure I'll find a way, Its just something I need to be fairly sure I about before I apply.
Reply 3
It was too far for me. I decided to go for London instead, but this was based on a number of different reasons too. It all depends on how much you like Edinburgh and whether you will want to visit family/friends often.

I wasn't actually too fond of the city when I visited. I thought I would love it, but something just didn't feel right. A lot of people love the architecture and the atmosphere there, however, I found it to be pretty dark and depressing. :/
Reply 4
DrGonzo
I'm currently trying to decide on which 5 universities to apply to for History. So far I've only decided on York and Birmingham as definite, and I'm really struggling to decide on my other 3 choices.

I've visited Edinburgh once and absolutely loved the city, and the university looks great aswell. The only problem is that I live in the midlands (gloucestershire), and so the time/costs of travel would be pretty ridiculous.

I was just wondering if theres anyone who goes to or is thinking of applying to Edinburgh who lives far away. What are peoples experiences?

Do you think I should just forget Edinburgh and use the slot for somewhere else, or is the journey doable for a student?


The prospect of a BBB offer is also quite appealing :wink:


It depends a lot on whether you care for coming "home" that often and other similar factors. Are you talking about every weekend?

I'm from just outside Belfast and I'm going to university in Loughborough, East Midlands. This means I fly "home" or back to uni every time I need or want to. This is what I've wanted to do though, get out and away, whereas most of the people I went to school with just go to university in Northern Ireland.
I've never been to Edinburgh, but I'm likely to be applying to both Edinburgh and St Andrews.
Plus I'm from London, bit far, but I guess it's pretty good to go somewhere far from home:smile:
Reply 6
I'm from the south of england, I went to Edinburgh for Uni and I ended up dropping out. Circumstances meant that I needed to be closer to home. So, for me it was too far but for others it's not.
Reply 7
DrGonzo
No, I definitely want to live in halls. Its about a 5 or 6 hour train journey from where I live to Edinburgh which doesn't bother me. However, the cheapest fairs I can seem to find are around £100!


This can't be right. An in advance fare from Coventry to Edinburgh and back (journey time ~5 hours) cost about £50, and with the 33% off due to Railcard it was only £33.
DrGonzo

I've also just come across the SAAS which could mean I may be able to apply for travel expenses.


No, you're not eligible for finance from SAAS because you're a resident of England. Your finance will come from SFE.

As for rail fares I'm sure better deals will come up (they always do) or you're looking in the wrong place. But rail fares seems a pretty poor reason to dismiss somewhere.
Reply 9
16-25 Railcard?
Seriously, with it, that £100-odd fare becomes just over £65. And if there are three terms, or three times you would come back, that's max £200. And you've saved roughly £100 (provided you book well in advance - one of my friends from Oxford is starting at Edinburgh this year and booked his train at the beginning of July)

5/6 hours isn't that much tbh - I'll be doing 8/9hours to get from Cardiff to St Andrews (granted my mum's taking me up at the start of term.. but it's not going to be a fun train journey back at the end of term! - especially considering I have to get to Leuchars first!)

Considering you've visited Edinburgh and seemed to love it I personally think you should go for it!
Reply 10
No. There were people from the USA, Canada, Pakistan, Egypt and Sudan in my halls of residence at Glasgow. That's far away.
Reply 11
Well, thanks for the replies so far.

After doing some more research it seems that booking in advance makes a big difference. Found a one way ticket from Cov to Edinburgh for £35. If I was to get a railcard aswell (which I would!) thats another 33% off that.

It certainly seems a lot more reasonable than I first imagined, all I have to do now is persuade my parents!
DrGonzo
No, I definitely want to live in halls. Its about a 5 or 6 hour train journey from where I live to Edinburgh which doesn't bother me. However, the cheapest fairs I can seem to find are around £100!

I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but even if I only came back at the end of each term thats still alot of money.

I've also just come across the SAAS which could mean I may be able to apply for travel expenses.

Hmm, I'm sure I'll find a way, Its just something I need to be fairly sure I about before I apply.



You need to book 12 weeks in advance, and get a student rail card.

It'll cost me about a tenner to get back to Lancaster from Edinburgh at Xmas, and another to get back up in January. Do that a few times a year, and it's pretty cheap going. Obviously you'd be tying yourself to a date 12 weeks in advance though....
Reply 13
I know someone from the south coast thats up there. Few more hours on a flight but goes on a plane and leaves stuff up there, cheaper I think. Worth looking into.
Reply 14
DrGonzo


The prospect of a BBB offer is also quite appealing :wink:


Just so you know you have to acheive AAA to go to Edinburgh as the competition is so high.

If you don't want to go home alot - then you could chose Edinburgh, its really well linked with the rest of the UK.

Just think tution fees are half the price in Scotland - bargain
Have you looked at flights from a nearby airport? I'm from Bristol and I can fly to Edinburgh for around £22. Airport transfer is really easy as well. Seems a bit extravagant, I know, but it's cheap...
Also, National Express.
Reply 16
Im thinking of applying this year to study law there.
I live in London and the distance is actually the last thing i am worried about right now :smile:
Reply 17
DrGonzo

It certainly seems a lot more reasonable than I first imagined, all I have to do now is persuade my parents!


If you really have to persuade them, hit them with the half-tuition-fees card. Scots nationals don't pay tuition fees, so us English people only have to pay half, which means like £1,700 a year :biggrin: This will more than make up for your travel expenses. Shweet.

I've been told Edinburgh offer everyone they want a BBB, because they're infamous for not changing their offers. So if you even get AAC, it'd be unlikely for them to shift on the grades. But the fact that you've got an offer means they think you'll get more than a BBB anyway.
Reply 18
Well thanks for the advice everyone.

I've decided that I'm going to go for it and apply.
Reply 19
Im from Aberdeen , 2 hours north of Edinburgh by car and my brother goes to Bristol Uni. It's not that far and if you love the city it will be worth it!

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