Hi guys. Just thought I'd post my reasons why. Feel free to post yours too. Sorry this is a bit long but I have loads of reasons.
My main reasons for choosing Sheffield were because when I went to the university, apart from it being nice of course, I felt that everyone was really friendly, and the Eng Lang department put a lot of effort into the presentation, getting a fresher and graduate student up to talk about contrasting aspects of the uni, and I have to say that the girl giving the accommodation tour around Stephenson Hall, her name was Leah or something like that. Anyway, she really sold it, just telling it like it is and being really enthusiastic about student life and what goes on, while telling it like it is about studying and stuff, while in Leeds they had one of the maturer students (the ones who help out and stuff) taking us round a tiny block on site. It's also a great area though.
They were also the only university to lower the grades for me (from BBB to BBC). Not only this, they also accepted general studies, which I really liked, because i've always been a bit of an all-rounder, and I felt the style of teaching was very liberal and relaxed, without being neglegent of what's required from everyone. I went to Lancaster and the lecture hall was tiny, and they really pressured the "You must work in your first year contrary to popular belief" thing. I thought "Do you honestly think I'm going to risk wasting thousands of pounds?"
Living near Manchester I've had access to pretty much everything, so I wanted to live inner-city where I can go to small or massive gigs all the time, or go to the ice hockey (two teams!!!) and of course there's the rugby and soccer clubs and stuff but I ain't that sporty anyway. But it's basically a mini version of Manchester, without being too close to home, yet too far away if I need to come home for any particular reason.
Each to his own and all that, but it's just perfect for the sort of person I am.