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    Hi guys,

    I was accepted into St Cuths for Natural Sciences. Was wondering whether its a good college? i understand that the teaching is not done at colleges, colleges is more for accommodation. I am looking more at the culture, whether its good for Nat Sci students? since i read that most in that college are arts students.

    Are there international students in it as well? I read that St Cuths are mostly for local and mature students too...(Im an Asian)

    Thanks!!
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    Seems like something to think about before you applied?
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    (Original post by Mattyness)
    Seems like something to think about before you applied?
    No, people who apply to Durham are accepted by the department not the college. Consequently, some people don't end up at the college they wanted.

    Perhaps the OP didn't apply to the college they have a place at so it's a perfectly legitimate question.
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    (Original post by kay90)
    Hi guys,

    I was accepted into St Cuths for Natural Sciences. Was wondering whether its a good college? i understand that the teaching is not done at colleges, colleges is more for accommodation. I am looking more at the culture, whether its good for Nat Sci students? since i read that most in that college are arts students.

    Are there international students in it as well? I read that St Cuths are mostly for local and mature students too...(Im an Asian)

    Thanks!!
    There's loads of scientists and artists at Cuth's, noone really cares what course you do other than as general interest. It's a very social college, there's a lot to do if you want, and the bar(s) are great. There's a few international students, but most from the East tend to keep themselves to themselves. This isn't unusual, that's how it is at most colleges with internationals from Korea, Singapore etc forming little cliques. You can see why that is, it must be more comforting to have your home language and people who understand your culture/eat the same food around. That said, there are a lot of internationals who aren't like that at all. Most students on the Bailey at Cuth's are UK students, and the vast majority are not local or mature. There's a slightly broader mix at Parson's Field, but the majority are still UK students. Bear in mind that locals and mature students often live out.
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    I'm a physicist at Parsons Field, initially during freshers week I had difficulty finding others on the same site (or even in the college - that could be down to our social skills though). In general though I know quite a lot of scientists on the site, quite a number on the natural sciences course (majority seem to be maths/phys).

    Generally, like others have said, it doesn't really matter what courses your flatmates are on(although it is nice to have someone you can work with), since you'll make friends in both your college and course. So you generally meet quite a nice variety of people.

    On the whole I'd say its a good college and i'm glad I picked it.
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    What are the general differences between Parsons Field and the Bailey. I know about the food, but is there more social activities at one? Or do the two sites mix? Or do they have different sorts of atmospheres?
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    (Original post by jollyrogera)
    What are the general differences between Parsons Field and the Bailey. I know about the food, but is there more social activities at one? Or do the two sites mix? Or do they have different sorts of atmospheres?
    So far as I can tell, the Bailey bashers and the Parsons Field folk tend to socialise with people from the same area... I live in Brooks House which is the newest of the accomodation buildings on Parsons Field and I reckon the atmosphere is really good! The main bar is located on the Bailey, which is where JCR meetings take place and what not, and where more socials tend to start/go, but Brooks House has a cracking bar as well, it's just a bit more of a relaxed place.
    You can still get 10 meals per week if you live at Parsons Field, you just have to walk all the way to the bailey to get them.
 
 
 
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