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    16?? wow thats young...

    Well i suppose one thing to look at is do you want to go self catering or not??
    Because as far as i no only one college is (i may be wrong)
    But i would just read into them i'm sure one will jump out at you.

    Also about the 16 thing... maybe it would be better to wait a year or two??
    I mean to get the full uni experience it might be better to wait....

    xxx
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    Consider:
    - distance from lectures to your college (I can't believe some people have to walk half an hour there and back to each lecture - it's only five minutes for me)
    - self-catering - this is only Jo Butler
    - how old/traditional you want your college to be.
    - the size of the college - some people prefer smaller colleges where you know almost everyone etc.
    - your department makes the offer, not the college. Offer from department first, then the college sees if they have room for you. If not, you get moved to another college. So - college choice does not affect your chance of an offer.

    However, have a look round the Durham forum, there are so many threads on this, I think there's also a sticky.

    Edit: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...34&postcount=8
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    You should maybe ask the law dept how they feel about your subjects, because on their faq it says that "Candidates should note that virtually all assessment on the law degree is carried out by written essay answers to coursework and examination questions."

    http://www.dur.ac.uk/law/undergradua...typicaloffers/
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    (Original post by python38)
    Thanks, everyone! Currently deciding between Josephine Butler and Castle... any suggestions?

    Josephine Butler's self-catered, so it'll probably work out cheaper overall - does that also mean I can stay during the summer vacation (for the £100 a week charge) as well as the Christmas and Easter ones?

    Castle appeals to me more because, well, it's a castle; it's also much closer to the Law school (a few minutes away as opposed to about half an hour away) but I won't be able to stay during Christmas or the summer vacation, right? (I want to see if I can get a job or something during the holidays.)

    @angelmxxx: Yes, I've contacted them and it should be fine. ^^
    Castle and Jo Butler are about as different as colleges can get!

    You can stay at Castle for the whole of the Easter holidays (for an extra charge, and you don't get any meals which could be an issue as you almost certainly won't have any cooking facilities other than a microwave) and for some of the Christmas holidays (there are two weeks over actual Christmas and New Year when no one is allowed in college).

    If you are certain you're going to stay in Durham for the holidays, I would suggest that Butler may be a better choice, as you can stay for all of the holidays (including over Christmas and New Year), and you'll be able to cook for yourself rather than having to eat out every day of the vacation (which would get rather expensive!)
    Otherwise, I would definitely say Castle - as you said it's much closer to the law department and it's generally got more character than Jo Butler (although I'm very much biased.....).

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by assmaster)
    Consider:
    - distance from lectures to your college (I can't believe some people have to walk half an hour there and back to each lecture - it's only five minutes for me)
    It isn't that bad walking to lectures. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk to my lectures/tutorials and it's quite a pleasant walk. Location imo isn't that big a factor in choosing a college 'cos everything is pretty close anyway.
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    (Original post by MrGumby)
    It isn't that bad walking to lectures. It takes me about 20 minutes to walk to my lectures/tutorials and it's quite a pleasant walk. Location imo isn't that big a factor in choosing a college 'cos everything is pretty close anyway.
    This.
    It's a 15 minute walk from Castle to the science site (if that, I know someone who can do it in 7), but it feels like nothing at all. Particularly if you're walking with a group of people.
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    (Original post by python38)
    Thanks! Can you tell me more about Castle, please? It does appeal to me a lot, but is the chance of getting a room in the actual castle fairly unlikely? How often do you get to use (say, eat in) the castle and so on?

    Also, what's the accommodation like if you don't live in the actual castle?
    The chances of getting into the Castle depend on how many returners choose to live there, so the number of freshers' rooms varies year on year. There are a reasonable number of freshers living there this year, although I'm not sure how many exactly! If you live in the castle in first year you have to share.

    All meals are provided (the cooking facilities in halls are barely existent - we have a sink and a microwave, that's it!) and you eat them all in the Great Hall (in the actual castle). The bar and the JCR are in the castle too, so you do spend a decent amount of time there even if you're living down the road.

    I'm not living in the castle, I'm in Owengate, which is just off Palace Green (about 100m away from the castle). The rooms are much bigger than the castle rooms, and in my opinion nicer! I suppose they're a little bit run down, but that just adds to the character lol! My room is shared, and it's one of the biggest in the entire college. We've got a sink, two wardrobes, three chests of drawers, 2 beds, 3 desks and three arm chairs, and there's still loads of floor space left!

    Most freshers end up in Moatside, which is a little bit further away from the Castle, but still only a 2 minute walk if that! The rooms are all single, and they've been refurbished in the last few years so they're in much better condition. They're pretty small though - there's very little floor space so most people end up socialising in the corridors rather than in their actual rooms! It's generally more sociable than the other blocks, partly 'cause it's all freshers but also the layout is just more suited to being sociable than the castle or owengate!

    There is another block (Bailey Court) but I've not actually been in apart from to use the college music rooms (there are three in there). Most of the returners end up there, so it seems to be much quieter than Moatside (they're generally in their final years so need to work hard!)

    To be honest, all you need to know is that all the accommodation is decent, and they all have their pros and cons - and from what I've heard living in the castle isn't all it's cracked up to be! You don't get to choose where you live as a fresher anyway, so you don't need to worry about it!

    I'm not sure what else to tell you.... but if you have any other questions I'll do my best to answer them!
 
 
 
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