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    I just firmed my Durham Engineering offer at Collingwood The post application stay was so much fun!

    Now I just need to get my head down and get the grades....
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    I know what people mean about not having an amazing time on the open days - it was really fun but I just didn't feel like I fitted in. Probably mainly my own fault as I don't drink, but even in the afternoon I never really met anyone that I felt like I had a lot in common with. I'm generally quite shy but normally in that sort of situation I find a group that I feel more of a part of and some like-minded people eventually...
    I'm sure it'll be a lot better when I actually get there though.
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    (Original post by Got the tshirt)
    Most people did seem quite posh (myself excluded) but they were very friendly generally. I now have to choose between Warwick and Durham for my insurance (general engineering). I'm going to arrange to stay a night with one of my sister's friends at Warwick to try and help me make up my mind.

    I did like Durham itself and Warwick is a bit isolated but I have to choose somewhere I wouldn't mind going to as my firm Cambridge has given me a nasty offer which I might not meet.

    Have you got any other good offers? The point of open days is to see if you'd like it there so I suppose it has served its purpose.
    yeh i have offers for york, bristol, birmingham and king's college london, so i guess i have other options
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    (Original post by babyblossom)
    what college are you?
    i spent the whole time in tears! everyone's so posh!
    I'm at St. Aidan's.
    My problem wasn't a lot of posh people, it was more the whole 'party' atmosphere. I know that that's a massive party of uni and everything but I don't drink and even the student reps seemed really confused when I wasn't joining in with the drinking games, as if I must be some really strange and boring person because I wasn't. And even all of the conversation in the afternoon seemed to be centred around how much everyone was planning to drink that night. I spent most of that bit of the night close to tears but it got a better when the actual party started as it was less obvious who was and wasn't drinking. I suppose all of this is perhaps less of a problem with the college than with uni life in general, which I'm now a bit worried about...
    Which college are you at? And what was upsetting you?
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    (Original post by hardy_4_paws)
    Did anybody go to the Van Mildert open day? What did you think of it? I haven't had a chance to visit yet and would love to know people's opinions, equally I would love to know what people thought of the Law open day? Thanks x
    I was at Mildert it was great, I wasn't sure before I went if I was going to like Mildert or even Durham, but after the open day I'm 90% sure it's going to be my firm choice. The people in college were lovely and there seemed to be a nice mix of people there - not everyone seemed really posh (and those who were were still nice, it's a bit unfair to judge people on their accents!) the rooms are modern, not huge but clean and with quite nice views over either the lake or some hills/a golf course (at least in Tees where we were staying). There seemed to be plenty of showers about if you were worried about sharing. Food was good, drinks at bar cheap (50p for a pint of coke). Entertainment in the evening was a silent disco with glow sticks provided! Sounds like there's plenty going on in college if you were worried about lack of nightlife (i was!) The walk into town is fairly short. Town is, obviously, small. Apparently there are 6 or 7 small clubs, some people from other colleges went out in them and appeared to enjoy it.

    Ducks were cute :')

    Downside? The college colours are yellow and black. I don't like yellow :/ can't think of anything else!
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    Durham was insanely amazing!!! everyone come!! yeeeyyyy
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    (Original post by sanksta)
    I'm at St. Aidan's.
    My problem wasn't a lot of posh people, it was more the whole 'party' atmosphere. I know that that's a massive party of uni and everything but I don't drink and even the student reps seemed really confused when I wasn't joining in with the drinking games, as if I must be some really strange and boring person because I wasn't. And even all of the conversation in the afternoon seemed to be centred around how much everyone was planning to drink that night. I spent most of that bit of the night close to tears but it got a better when the actual party started as it was less obvious who was and wasn't drinking. I suppose all of this is perhaps less of a problem with the college than with uni life in general, which I'm now a bit worried about...
    Which college are you at? And what was upsetting you?
    Sorry to butt in, but I can really relate to how you felt (though I did have a really nice time and I do drink). I'm not exactly the world's biggest fan of clubbing, not my kind of atmosphere - saying that though I do loooove to dance embarrassingly when tipsy I do drink, mainly because it makes me feel more confident and better at talking to people, and I do like going out, but I feel much better doing it with really close friends. Aaaanyway just thought I'd say you're not on your own with that, it's nice to see someone else with the same issues. I still had a really nice time, the college I was at made it really nice for people staying in, so I'll definitely still firm Durham, I guess it's just something I'll have to get used to

    Edit: neg rep... interesting :s
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    (Original post by sanksta)
    I'm at St. Aidan's.
    My problem wasn't a lot of posh people, it was more the whole 'party' atmosphere. I know that that's a massive party of uni and everything but I don't drink and even the student reps seemed really confused when I wasn't joining in with the drinking games, as if I must be some really strange and boring person because I wasn't. And even all of the conversation in the afternoon seemed to be centred around how much everyone was planning to drink that night. I spent most of that bit of the night close to tears but it got a better when the actual party started as it was less obvious who was and wasn't drinking. I suppose all of this is perhaps less of a problem with the college than with uni life in general, which I'm now a bit worried about...
    Which college are you at? And what was upsetting you?

    I'm at St. Aidan's too, but my problem is not the party atmosphere (loved it). It's either the poor quality of the rooms and the food that really turned me off during the open day. I was really jealous of a friend of mine who stayed at Van Mildert, next to Aidens. I am generally the least picky person when it comes to such things as food etc., I eat what I get and I can sleep anywhere. But firming Durham as your choice is a long-term decison and important, that's why I have become so sceptical with the living conditions at St. Aidens. The party events were really great, but it's so sad that I can't seem to control over the fact that my disappointment for the rooms and the food are dominating my impressions of St. Aidan's now.
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    (Original post by Keckers)
    I just firmed my Durham Engineering offer at Collingwood The post application stay was so much fun!

    Now I just need to get my head down and get the grades....
    I've just firmed Castle for Economics, Warwick rejected me when I got back from the open day so clearly I'm meant to accept Durham!
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    (Original post by babyblossom)
    was wondering if anyone else had a really awful time on the post app open days?
    oh i'm really sorry to hear that what happened? I always think that you can't really tell from an open day what the place/ department is like so don't worry! do you have other choices? xx
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    I went to the cuths open day and it was pretty damn awesome! I love cuths and everyone was just so nice. If im honest i was expecting most people to be posh but it wasnt like that at all, it was just so much fun, and im shy yet i managed to make friends and talk to everyone!

    Plus the bar there is extremely cheap haha, and the night out in studio was fun! Especially the whole place singing the cuths song at the end...

    Before coming I didnt think i was going to firm durham, but now Im pretty much definitely going to!
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    I really enjoyed the open days, I went to Durham pretty set on firming UCL, but then had an amazing time at Butler and now have no idea where to firm
    Did anyone else go to Butler?
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    thought that cuths was absolutely amazing
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    (Original post by Prels)
    I'm at St. Aidan's too, but my problem is not the party atmosphere (loved it). It's either the poor quality of the rooms and the food that really turned me off during the open day. I was really jealous of a friend of mine who stayed at Van Mildert, next to Aidens. I am generally the least picky person when it comes to such things as food etc., I eat what I get and I can sleep anywhere. But firming Durham as your choice is a long-term decison and important, that's why I have become so sceptical with the living conditions at St. Aidens. The party events were really great, but it's so sad that I can't seem to control over the fact that my disappointment for the rooms and the food are dominating my impressions of St. Aidan's now.
    Ah I had a single room so it was all good! Which open day were you at? Just checking if I met you really! The food wasn't great but I was talking to one of the reps and apparently two of the other hill colleges had the same food - it wasn't actually Aidan's catering team as the students had gone home!
    But the UV party was rather cool except I somehow still have a huge handprint on the back of my shirt that I don't remember!

    (Original post by sanksta)
    I'm at St. Aidan's.
    My problem wasn't a lot of posh people, it was more the whole 'party' atmosphere. I know that that's a massive party of uni and everything but I don't drink and even the student reps seemed really confused when I wasn't joining in with the drinking games, as if I must be some really strange and boring person because I wasn't. And even all of the conversation in the afternoon seemed to be centred around how much everyone was planning to drink that night. I spent most of that bit of the night close to tears but it got a better when the actual party started as it was less obvious who was and wasn't drinking. I suppose all of this is perhaps less of a problem with the college than with uni life in general, which I'm now a bit worried about...
    Which college are you at? And what was upsetting you?
    Which open day did you go to? I was there for evening of 22nd and I'm not a big drinker anyway, (and not 18) so I agree it was kind of hard to get by without drinking! But yes, when the actual party started it was all right!
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    Aidans open day was an absolute BEAST.

    Durham- Firm. Goodnight.
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    (Original post by sanksta)
    I'm at St. Aidan's.
    My problem wasn't a lot of posh people, it was more the whole 'party' atmosphere. I know that that's a massive party of uni and everything but I don't drink and even the student reps seemed really confused when I wasn't joining in with the drinking games, as if I must be some really strange and boring person because I wasn't. And even all of the conversation in the afternoon seemed to be centred around how much everyone was planning to drink that night. I spent most of that bit of the night close to tears but it got a better when the actual party started as it was less obvious who was and wasn't drinking. I suppose all of this is perhaps less of a problem with the college than with uni life in general, which I'm now a bit worried about...
    Which college are you at? And what was upsetting you?
    I can totally relate! My idea of a fun is a evening with mates in a bar and remaining sober enough to actually remember it.
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    (Original post by rubberdam123)
    Aidans open day was an absolute BEAST.

    Durham- Firm. Goodnight.
    I loved it too!! they were amazing.. which day did you go?
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    Cuths was brilliant! People were really friendly... like LITERALLY the friendliest people ev-ah. Joke. But seriously, the people didn't seem that posh once you got passed the change in accent, and every was SO nice and helpful.
    And yes, things did center around alcohol a lot, which was fun, but I relate to what others are saying, its not always fun for some (specially if you don't feel to comfortable partying with strangers) and it was a little weird how everything seemed to relate back to booze in some way. I think its partially just to get the vast majority of people a bit more comfortable, I doubt that everyone will be partying it up all the time and there will be others who don't drink, so don't loose hope! One and only thing I would say could have been better was giving us more of a taste of societies and tutorials. But I thought it was a great taste of the college atmosphere

    (Oh, and btw, if any of you were at Cuths on the 22nd-23rd and have 'Meena Qureshi owns this' or something to that effect on your shirt, feel free to send me a messege or fb me...)
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    (Original post by andy1717)
    I've just come back off the open day for John Snow and firmed my offer, and about 30hours later nothing has changed on the AES.
    I'm aware lots of people seemed to be struggling with AES around the time of waiting for offers and branded it useless, but I phoned the accommodation officer for John Snow and she said go on AES and apply asap to ensure I don't miss out on getting a room!

    So I'm wondering if I'm missing something, or will AES just eventually realise I've firmed Durham and an 'Apply for accommodation' link will appear?

    It's letting me log in and everything, and it says "A decision has been made".
    How did you find the open day? I couldn't go, but I've put John Snow as my firm choice. I might book a tour during the summer, but what were your first impressions?

    Also, with the AES, I was in kind of the same boat as you, but I got a letter through the post from them three days after confirming my choices on UCAS Track. When you get the letter, you can apply for accommodation.

    (Original post by Seentje)
    I was hoping John snow I'm a bit more on the traditional side I guess. Anyone else on here going there?
    I am!! What course are you hoping to study? I've applied for biomedicine
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    Went to Collingwood Open Day and had a really great time. It was brilliant.
    The open-day reps were fantastic, they were all very friendly and most of them were very excited to have us there. They all did a great job and made the whole experience so much easier to handle. Seems like a very friendly and laid-back college as well, which was what I was hoping for. Loved it
 
 
 
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