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A big deal is made about the colleges of oxbridge and how they rate against each other, but does anyone have an opinion on the colleges at Durham.

I applied (and got an offer from) collingwood college, and the only reason I applied there was because it has a lot of single ensuite rooms

Was this a good college decision, or does it have any reputations or anything?
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I applied for Law at St. Johns. I chose it because of location.. had to be near the law faculty (like if you look at the map, there are 2 sets of location)... one on the island bit near the Castle, and the larger colleges were on the Collingwood side. I wanted a college that I didn't have to spend ages travelling from, so yeh... that's why I chose St. Johns. Also it was small and pretty and had a great website.
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Can anyone tell me why University College is so popular? it's sumthing like 12-1 while all the others are 3/4-1....
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the website unnofficial guides has some half-decent stuff on durham unis, check it out if you're interested, the comments page is pretty useless though.

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http://www.unofficial-guides.com/guides/durham.html

as for university college being the most popular its becuase its based in durham castle, a lovely place obviously and the college bar is in the castle dungeons. However, apparently a lot of the accomodation is based in crappy bedsits across the road.

I applied to st Chads, it looks very quaint and quirky.
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university is popular due to 'castle fetish sydrome' whereby everyone wants to pretend they're harry potter. That said i applied there! :mad:
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(Original post by George-W-Duck)
university is popular due to 'castle fetish sydrome' whereby everyone wants to pretend they're harry potter. That said i applied there! :mad:
Lol, me too! However, I got placed in St Cuthberts Society !
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Anyone heard from St John's yet? And oh.. I really need advice here. I've only been to the UK once, to Cambridge and London.. apart from that I've never been anywhere else. Based purely on location, where should I go assuming I get offered a place?

Nottingham
Manchester
Durhan, St Johns

All the above are for law. For Notts and Man, I've been offered ABB which is easily attainable. I'm just concerned about the weather in Durham and the fact that it is so far up north. I've never been in terribly cold weather and I'm terrified that I freeze to death (sounds silly but it's a genuine fear). Please advise me with some reasons on which I should choose. Ideally I would like to go to Cambridge but I haven't heard from them yet.
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anyone heard from hild/bede yet??
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(Original post by lilsunflower)
Anyone heard from St John's yet? And oh.. I really need advice here. I've only been to the UK once, to Cambridge and London.. apart from that I've never been anywhere else. Based purely on location, where should I go assuming I get offered a place?

Nottingham
Manchester
Durhan, St Johns

All the above are for law. For Notts and Man, I've been offered ABB which is easily attainable. I'm just concerned about the weather in Durham and the fact that it is so far up north. I've never been in terribly cold weather and I'm terrified that I freeze to death (sounds silly but it's a genuine fear). Please advise me with some reasons on which I should choose. Ideally I would like to go to Cambridge but I haven't heard from them yet.
Durham will be the coldest definitely, whereas in MAnchester it rains a lot. Nottingham will be the best weather-wise. What kind of locational factors are you looking for?
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(Original post by lilsunflower)
I've only been to the UK once, to Cambridge and London.. apart from that I've never been anywhere else. Based purely on location, where should I go assuming I get offered a place?

Nottingham
Manchester
Durhan, St Johns

All the above are for law. For Notts and Man, I've been offered ABB which is easily attainable. I'm just concerned about the weather in Durham and the fact that it is so far up north. I've never been in terribly cold weather and I'm terrified that I freeze to death (sounds silly but it's a genuine fear). Please advise me with some reasons on which I should choose.
I posted this in another thread, but it disappeared rather quickly, so you may not have seen it:

Well... it's probably a little pointless discussing this, since you'll probably end up in Cambridge, but, FWIW, I would choose Nottingham in your position.

It really depends on what criteria you feel are important, and what you intend to do after you graduate. If you're going to return to Asia to work, the Manchester is probably the best known, although Nottingham does have a campus in Malaysia and are IMHO slightly better academically. Durham, on the other hand, has something of a reputation for attracting the Oxbridge-types, and its reputation is probably better in Europe and N. America.

Location is another thing to consider... do you like a bustling metropolis with active nightlife (Manchester) or a more sedate town (Durham)? Durham is also rather cold, so that's perhaps another consideration.

In any case, I would choose Nottingham, Manchester or Durham over Leeds, although the latter does have things to recommend it. All three (Nott., Man. and Durh.) are strong in law, so I think you have chosen well, and will do well, regardless of where you go.


Anyway, these are just a few thoughts. As I said before, I would probably go for Nottingham, Durham then Manchester in that order, were it my choice, but, clearly, I'm not you.
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I have been told repeatedly that Grey is the *friendliest* - it also has the most applicants to places ratio out of the Hill colleges...

*shrugs*
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(Original post by Leeroy)
A big deal is made about the colleges of oxbridge and how they rate against each other, but does anyone have an opinion on the colleges at Durham.

I applied (and got an offer from) collingwood college, and the only reason I applied there was because it has a lot of single ensuite rooms

Was this a good college decision, or does it have any reputations or anything?
hi, i applied to collingwood also, and got an offer as well. my teacher went there, and although he would have an obvious bias, it is a seriously good college, if not the best academically and facility wise. is it ure first choice uni?
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hi, i applied to collingwood also, and got an offer as well. my teacher went there, and although he would have an obvious bias, it is a seriously good college, if not the best academically and facility wise. is it ure first choice uni?

it was oxford but i got rejected, so now im deciding between durham and warwick, and possibly LSE if i get an offer from them. This is for maths btw, what subject are you applied for.
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anyone heard from hild/bede yet??
yes i have a place for physics. what subject did you apply for?
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anyone heard from hild/bede yet??
Nope (for History)
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Anyone heard from St John's yet? And oh.. I really need advice here. I've only been to the UK once, to Cambridge and London.. apart from that I've never been anywhere else. Based purely on location, where should I go assuming I get offered a place?

Nottingham
Manchester
Durhan, St Johns

All the above are for law. For Notts and Man, I've been offered ABB which is easily attainable. I'm just concerned about the weather in Durham and the fact that it is so far up north. I've never been in terribly cold weather and I'm terrified that I freeze to death (sounds silly but it's a genuine fear). Please advise me with some reasons on which I should choose. Ideally I would like to go to Cambridge but I haven't heard from them yet.


Durham will be probably be slightly colder, but on the other hand you might be more likely to get snow (a lot of fun). I have also applied for Nottingham and Durham, but haven't yet heard back from nottingham.

However, presuming I get an offer from both I'd choose Durham. For your subject Durham is very good for law, and it always has a very good reputation in the Uk employment wise, probably better than other two.

Durham is much smaller than either nottingham or manchester, its very quaint too, rather quiet, and very pretty. Should be a nice place to live. Dont be put off by it being too quiet though, as Newcastle is only 10minute train away and apparently has one of the best club scenes in the UK. This 10 minute train ride is likely to take less time than it would to get from nottingham campus into nottingham city centre.
I'd choose Durham.
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I have been told repeatedly that Grey is the *friendliest* - it also has the most applicants to places ratio out of the Hill colleges...

*shrugs*
Damn, I applied to Grey (no decision from the department yet)... I didn't think it was very popular.
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I have an offer from Castle to study Geography and barring miracles from the Cambridge pool, will be taking it as my first choice. Am looking forward to the March open day (sadly the January one fall on the same day as my single retake - *******s)

As for 'castle fetish sydrome' - hee! I succumbed But then, what more could a girl want?
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it was oxford but i got rejected, so now im deciding between durham and warwick, and possibly LSE if i get an offer from them. This is for maths btw, what subject are you applied for.
unlucky about oxford.i'm in the pool for cam. i've applied to do geography. durham is my 1st choice at the mo, n-ham is second, both want AAB
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koolstar - which colleges (Cambridge and Durham) did you apply to for Geography?
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