You did realise before you firmed RHUL that the nightlife there is pretty poor, right? I mean, if there's one thing that is repeated in this section of the forums a lot, it's 'the nightlife at RHUL is pretty poor'. That actually appeals to me, personally, but if you're a hard core clubber surely it would've been better for you to have applied to places such as Sheffield and Newcastle, which provide the sort of entertainment you're looking for?
Hmm, did you choose Founder's as your first choice? It does seem to be the poorest accommodation on campus, but then it's the cheapest and almost every university seems to have it's cheapie accommodation. Shame that the security guards are such party poopers, though.
Once again, did you not know anything about Egham or RHUL's location? I don't want this to sound nasty at all, and I understand that the majority of people do less research than I do when it comes to universities, but if it's the one you firmed and were determined to go to, shouldn't you have found out a bit more about it? I see that you said you were from the north- did you get a chance to actually visit the university for yourself, to calculate the actual distance it is from London, etc.?
As someone who has lived in the south all her life, I guess I'm just used to being ripped off. I do agree though, RHUL generally seems to be expensive.
That's a point that I have to disagree on. I thought the campus has an amazing atmosphere (though obviously that's just from visits). Even when I've been at the weekend, there's something just so calm and peaceful about it. I know a lot of people go home at the weekend, but I see this as a good thing rather than a bad thing. Atmosphere is very subjective, though.
You may consider the lack of places to go clubbing and not that many students on campus during the weekends as a 'crappy lifestyle', but it's for those reasons that I've chosen RHUL. Surely it would be more fair to say, 'if you don't like going to a quieter, smaller university, don't go to RHUL!' rather than assuming that all students want the same things as you out of their university experiences?
Plus, as has been pointed out before, you haven't mentioned the academic side of things at all, and so I can only presume that this was not something that was of the utmost importance to you whilst you were at RHUL. I, on the other hand, feel that if I wasn't happy with the 'atmosphere' or availability of drinking places of the university I go to, I'd deal with it, as long as the academic side of things were going well. So, once again, what you want out of university life seems to be very different from what I and those who attend RHUL and are happy seem to want.
No one university can offer anything. So you may be able to go to a university like Sheffield or Manchester or somewhere like that next year, and you'll be able to enjoy an active nightlife, but you won't get the peacefulness of the campus and the other things that RHUL offers. The key is to go where suits you and it seems that when you chose RHUL, you were unclear as to what exactly RHUL offers. I'm glad to hear that you're happier now you've dropped out, though- it does sound like it was the right decision for you. And I wish you luck for the future!