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    Hey! So after some heavy soul-searching, massive amounts of reading, and still no time/chance to go visit the actual universities, I'm stuck between choosing between Newcastle and East Anglia (UEA).

    Based on what I've read, they both seem awesome; the former being more reputable than the latter; the latter being supposedly regarded higher in environmental science than the former.
    Newcastle supposedly has cheaper student life & better night life. UEA supposedly having friendlier people & better facilities.

    So I'm kind of stuck here. :eek3:
    Could you fellow TSR members help me decide between these two universities with your knowledge?
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    I'd go for Newcastle, for the better reputation (it's a Russell Group) and the almost unparalleled nightlife (Norwich doesn't really compare).
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    I don't know, I know someone from newcastle who said that the nightlife isn't all that great. I expressed surprise (having heard the opposite), and she said that compared to birmingham, it's nothing.

    norwich doesn't have the best nightlife, but it's good enough! and it's a lovely city
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    (Original post by milesofsea)
    Geordietown :yy: Unless you like sheep.
    that's weird... I don't usually see any sheep in norwich, given that it's a city of 150,000 people... but then what would I know, I've only lived there for eighteen years. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Rosamund123)
    I don't know, I know someone from newcastle who said that the nightlife isn't all that great. I expressed surprise (having heard the opposite), and she said that compared to birmingham, it's nothing.

    norwich doesn't have the best nightlife, but it's good enough! and it's a lovely city
    Really? Then I need to reconsider this nightlife claim.

    I am kind of leaning towards Newcastle, but I wanted to give Norfolk a chance. How's the campus like between the two universities, and which one would you guys enjoy more?
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    My friend does Environmental Science at UEA and loves it. Newcastle has a much better repututation as a University however.

    Why can't you visit them?
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    (Original post by Boudi140)
    Really? Then I need to reconsider this nightlife claim.

    I am kind of leaning towards Newcastle, but I wanted to give Norfolk a chance. How's the campus like between the two universities, and which one would you guys enjoy more?
    I don't know anything about newcastle uni I'm afraid - I know someone there who loves it, but she's not into clubbing so it wasn't really on her agenda.

    Norwich has a fair few nightclubs and lots of very good pubs if you like that kind of thing. Its only bad point is how isolated it is and hard to get anywhere :rolleyes: UEA campus is reallyyyy nice (I think), I know it well as it's fairly near where I live and my dad works there. I would say it's nicer than birmingham's campus tbh, and I do love birmingham!

    it's a bit of a way into the city centre - you'd need to take the bus - but it's a direct bus line right into the uni so it's very easy.

    if I didn't come from norwich, I would've applied to UEA probably. I like to go out and the nightlife wouldn't put me off - it's not like st andrews or somewhere totally isolated.
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    (Original post by Rosamund123)
    that's weird... I don't usually see any sheep in norwich, given that it's a city of 150,000 people... but then what would I know, I've only lived there for eighteen years. :rolleyes:
    It was a joke :rolleyes:
    I was trying to say that the only reason I wouldn't go for a uni in a large city, more nightlife/culture/entertainment, and more of a well known Russel uni, was if I would prefer a quieter campus with more of a rural feel, hence the sheep was just for illustration purposes, and to squeeze all that into a short, amusing comment, which clearly didn't work.

    No doubt there are sheep in the area though? They just seem to appear in my mind when I think of Norfolk
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    (Original post by Lindsey123)
    My friend does Environmental Science at UEA and loves it. Newcastle has a much better repututation as a University however.

    Why can't you visit them?
    It's something I really want to do, but I'm not finding a chance due to a massive amount of deadlines + very little revision time for the IB exams. (teachers are to blame a bit, due to them being new to the IB).

    I might be able to visit, but not on the open days, so I don't know how useful my visit would be.

    EDIT: I also live in Sweden.
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    Go to the UEA then you can get me first dibs on gig tickets!!!!
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    (Original post by milesofsea)
    It was a joke :rolleyes:
    I was trying to say that the only reason I wouldn't go for a uni in a large city, more nightlife/culture/entertainment, and more of a well known Russel uni, was if I would prefer a quieter campus with more of a rural feel, hence the sheep was just for illustration purposes, and to squeeze all that into a short, amusing comment, which clearly didn't work.

    No doubt there are sheep in the area though? They just seem to appear in my mind when I think of Norfolk
    sorry... I probably would've laughed if I weren't from norfolk tbf :P

    hmm...sheep? not so much.... norfolk's big on agriculture, ie crops rather than animals. the farming stereotype does fit anywhere outside of norwich though :P
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    Newcastle, no question.
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    (Original post by Rosamund123)
    sorry... I probably would've laughed if I weren't from norfolk tbf :P

    hmm...sheep? not so much.... norfolk's big on agriculture, ie crops rather than animals. the farming stereotype does fit anywhere outside of norwich though :P
    everyone knows Norfolk's stereotype is incest.
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    Hi, I am a first year environmental science student at UEA, so your guessing my answer already, i know! But heres some info to give you an idea of my experiences over the past 4 months.

    Large amounts of research is continuing to go on within the school of environmental science here, nearly always carrying a global reputation. So there's a nice tick in the box for reputation i guess.

    The lecturers here are all experts in their field, and because the course has developed as its own department the module choices are the most broad I saw when I was deciding which Uni to go to. I have found lectures to be really organised and accessible. Lecturers all know their content to heart and are passionate about what they teach.

    The campus at Norwich is a really nice place and the people are friendly!
    Not too many northerners make the trip down to Norwich, which is a shame. An up and coming city the centre has great shopping and decent nightlife. If you like your gigs and music, UEA is definitely the best place to be! 1/3s of the Reading Festival lineup for 2009 have played at the LCR venue on campus, big artists such as Biffy Clyro, Dizzee Rascal, Funeral for a Friend, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Editors, La Roux and Lostprophets are just a few I can think of that are here this year, all at student price tickets £10-20.

    The union is very proactive in supporting societies and other student issues. So social life here is really good

    Newcastle Uni does good things for environmental science too i hear, but do some research into the topic and so many of the news articles will be based on work done at UEA (it suprises me still!). Field trips in the first couple of weeks and at Easter of first year make a great experience and in later years trips abroad and dissertation/Phd work is encouraged and supported by the University.

    If you have any questions just ask

    p.s. norfolk has no sheep.

    Michael!
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    Yeah, I've heard about how UEA is leading in the field; but how useful is that for an undergraduate? Then again, it can possibly be very beneficial to be taught by lecturers who are at the top of their game.

    I'm looking through the modules right now. UEA seems to delve in to so many topics, giving the option of specializing in so many fields, while Newcastle are very versatile with their set modules, and throws in some economic and legal perspectives to your degree as well. It confuses me which one would be more useful in the job market (obviously the enjoyment of studying environmental science will be amazing in both universities but I do need something to set them apart)

    So nightlife in Newcastle > nightlife in UEA (is that pretty much given??). What are the students like? Is there an abundance of snobs and/or chavs in either?

    Norwich and Newcastle are more or less both enjoyable cities, I presume. Any advantage to living in either one of them, such as price, shopping, food, etc?

    EDIT: Then there's the difference between a Russell group university and one that isn't. Is that even something to consider?

    Sorry if I'm asking too many questions!
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    UEA students are pretty international. I don't think there are many snobs, it's not a very 'rah' university (unlike birmingham! :/)

    It's quite a cheap city to live in. people say it's in the south east, but it's in east anglia which, in price terms, is a world away from the south east/london prices.

    which university is russell group, I'm guessing newcastle? in which case, that's something to think about. but it's not as if you're choosing between newcastle and, say, thames valley. UEA is respected even if it's not in the russell group.

    it's your decision - a difficult one!
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    I must disagree that the UEA campus is very nice - it's a matter of personal taste, and it struck me as overwhelmingly concrete. (This from someone who went to Lancaster, which is not short on concrete itself!) It was cold and wet when I visited, and I felt I would be very depressed living there. And I didn't like the surrounding area -a busy dual carriageway and a council estate, if I remember rightly.
    On the plus side, the accommodation looked nice. Excellent sports facilities. And I did like Norwich as a city. I am not a great clubber or socialiser, so the nightlife was not of any importance to me.
    Newcastle and UEA are so very different in every way. But if you like city life, I would go for Newcastle.
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    (Original post by Boudi140)
    Hey! So after some heavy soul-searching, massive amounts of reading, and still no time/chance to go visit the actual universities, I'm stuck between choosing between Newcastle and East Anglia (UEA).

    Based on what I've read, they both seem awesome; the former being more reputable than the latter; the latter being supposedly regarded higher in environmental science than the former.
    Newcastle supposedly has cheaper student life & better night life. UEA supposedly having friendlier people & better facilities.

    So I'm kind of stuck here. :eek3:
    Could you fellow TSR members help me decide between these two universities with your knowledge?
    Hey just out of interest which one did you go for? I'm stuck in the exact same position but I'm studying History instead, it's so hard to choose!!
 
 
 
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