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    Hey
    I've got an offer for Philosophy but I haven't visited the uni yet. I will be but I wouldn't mind some opinions of people who've visited/go there. So if you'd be so kind as to tell me about the colleges, the city itself or the course if possible I would be rather grateful.
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    It's amazing! Definitely come here

    What kind of things do you want to know?
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    It's in York.
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    There are lots of ducks :rofl:
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    Has a frozen lake at the moment.
    Goodricke college is amazing.
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    It's amazing! Definitely come here

    What kind of things do you want to know?
    Social aspects would be good Accommodation as well. Atmosphere. I just don't want to make the wrong choice on anything. You seem to really like it. What makes it so amazing?


    (Original post by SPMS)
    Has a frozen lake at the moment.
    Goodricke college is amazing.
    Ducks on a frozen lake :rolleyes: What makes Goodricke so amazing? It looks nice on the website but obviously that doesn't give me a feel for the place.
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    (Original post by welldoesntthissuck)
    Social aspects would be good Accommodation as well. Atmosphere. I just don't want to make the wrong choice on anything. You seem to really like it. What makes it so amazing?
    Well, we have looooooads of societies which is great for the social side of things You can pretty much guarantee that you'll find something you want to join! Although I'd recommend having a look at them online before you go (http://www.yusu.org/societies) because the Freshers' Fair can be a bit crazy.

    Another good thing in terms of socialising is that everything is close together - I live right at the edge of the campus, in Alcuin, but it still only takes me about five minutes to walk into the centre of campus (i.e. to the lake/Central Hall), so it's easy to meet up with people. The only colleges that are out of the centre a bit are Goodricke and Halifax, but even then it's only about a 15 minute walk to each of them

    Afraid I can't offer much input on clubs/going out since I'm not really a fan, but the majority of people I know enjoy the nightlife in York, and if it's not enough then you can still make trips to Leeds for nights out

    Accommodation varies quite a lot throughout the university... the best places to be are Goodricke, Alcuin (especially the new quad which is where I am, it's gorgeous :suith:), and New Vanbrugh. Worst places are the old parts of James (aka Old Goodricke) and parts of Halifax. But in general, wherever you end up, you'll be happy!

    Personally I love the atmosphere here ^_^ It's quite a small uni but I like that, it feels more cosy, kind of. It's easy to find your way around and you bump into people you know when you're wandering round campus. There's tons of stuff to do in terms of societies, and everyone I know is getting on well with people and not having any issues with not having friends! It's a fantastic place

    Anything else you want to know? I'm quite happy to answer questions


    Also...
    (Original post by welldoesntthissuck)
    Ducks on a frozen lake :rolleyes:
    I don't know about the ducks, but the geese invaded Alcuin and crapped all over our paths
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    *watches thread*

    Hopefully you don't mind if I butt in, OP.

    What do you think of the campus aspect of the uni? Is it still easy to go for nights out/shopping or whatever in town?
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    (Original post by alexmagpie)
    *watches thread*

    Hopefully you don't mind if I butt in, OP.

    What do you think of the campus aspect of the uni? Is it still easy to go for nights out/shopping or whatever in town?
    Yeah there is like a bus every 5 mins into town.
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    (Original post by welldoesntthissuck)
    Social aspects would be good Accommodation as well. Atmosphere. I just don't want to make the wrong choice on anything. You seem to really like it. What makes it so amazing?




    Ducks on a frozen lake :rolleyes: What makes Goodricke so amazing? It looks nice on the website but obviously that doesn't give me a feel for the place.
    It is very much like a mini community, quite a lot to do, always something going on.
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    Where is jimbo12345 when you need him? Personally I'd go elsewhere, but as I say its a personal thing so you should definitely visit for a day and walk around, even if it isn't organised by the uni. It's completely open to the public and campus security is shamefully crap so they won't be a problem. Remember that philosophy is not a lecture heavy course allowing you to go out of an evening without worrying about the next day, so don't just look at how "pretty" the campus is, make sure it has the social life for you as 3 years is a long time!
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    I had a place to study at York, but after I visited (after results day), I withdrew my offer and chose RHUL instead.

    York as a city is lovely and reminds me a bit of Canterbury. Lots of history, shops, nice environment. Then you get to the university and it's an absolute dump. It's got horrible concrete buildings and other horrible 60s architecture, it's muddy and covered in ducks and duck poo, it's got a horrible fake lake in the middle which is so mirky you can't see anything in it, and for me, the university had no character.

    The student reps spend 90% of their time talking about alcohol, bars and clubs. York uni did not appeal to me whatsoever.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    I had a place to study at York, but after I visited (after results day), I withdrew my offer and chose RHUL instead.

    York as a city is lovely and reminds me a bit of Canterbury. Lots of history, shops, nice environment. Then you get to the university and it's an absolute dump. It's got horrible concrete buildings and other horrible 60s architecture, it's muddy and covered in ducks and duck poo, it's got a horrible fake lake in the middle which is so mirky you can't see anything in it, and for me, the university had no character.

    The student reps spend 90% of their time talking about alcohol, bars and clubs. York uni did not appeal to me whatsoever.
    Ignore this! Sorry, no offence, I'm just arguing my side :hugs:

    The architecture of the uni really doesn't bother me at all - okay it's a bit concrete-y, but ultimately it's what's inside the buildings that counts, isn't it? Plus the uni looks gorgeous in the snow or in the spring when all the trees and flowers come out

    Also, speaking as a non-drinker, I promise that not everyone in the uni is obsessed with drinking or going out! There are tons of things to do if you're a non-drinker and it hasn't held me back at all
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    Ignore this! Sorry, no offence, I'm just arguing my side :hugs:

    The architecture of the uni really doesn't bother me at all - okay it's a bit concrete-y, but ultimately it's what's inside the buildings that counts, isn't it? Plus the uni looks gorgeous in the snow or in the spring when all the trees and flowers come out

    Also, speaking as a non-drinker, I promise that not everyone in the uni is obsessed with drinking or going out! There are tons of things to do if you're a non-drinker and it hasn't held me back at all
    Excuse me?!

    Firstly, architecture is very important to me (why do you think I chose RHUL over York?)! Now, as a design student, it's just as important, and for me, a place being aesthetically pleasing is a massive part of uni life.

    And as for the snow comment, everywhere looks nice in the snow. Even Medway.

    I didn't like York. This is my opinion (which I am entitled to, thank you, loonyplatypus) and I wouldn't recommend the uni. The insides of the buildings I went into were dated and smelt musky, and I made the right decision withdrawing from there.

    Oh yes, I also now receive York Alumni emails, and they still tried to make me sign out to a York email account even after a month of being withdrawn.




    If I keep being negged for my opinion, then it also goes to show the kind of people who go to York, doesn't it? Good luck in political debates
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    Ignore this! Sorry, no offence, I'm just arguing my side :hugs:

    The architecture of the uni really doesn't bother me at all - okay it's a bit concrete-y, but ultimately it's what's inside the buildings that counts, isn't it? Plus the uni looks gorgeous in the snow or in the spring when all the trees and flowers come out

    Also, speaking as a non-drinker, I promise that not everyone in the uni is obsessed with drinking or going out! There are tons of things to do if you're a non-drinker and it hasn't held me back at all
    May I ask what type of things you do as a non drinker? I don't drink myself but it seems to be such a huge part of uni culture..? Particuarly with reference to York as I have applied there, but haven't heard anything yet
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    Ignore this! Sorry, no offence, I'm just arguing my side :hugs:

    The architecture of the uni really doesn't bother me at all - okay it's a bit concrete-y, but ultimately it's what's inside the buildings that counts, isn't it? Plus the uni looks gorgeous in the snow or in the spring when all the trees and flowers come out

    Also, speaking as a non-drinker, I promise that not everyone in the uni is obsessed with drinking or going out! There are tons of things to do if you're a non-drinker and it hasn't held me back at all
    I agree.

    I think that's really subjective. I went to an open day and was quite enchanted with the place - the buildings have a certain charm for me. I like the lake, and hey - I like mud and ducks! Basically, if you want somewhere which looks like Oxford and Durham, and other unis famous for their architecture, then York, as a 1960s university, is not going to deliver. What it has done is come a really long way in terms of academic prestige in such a short space of time.

    And hey, I think it's pretty.
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    (Original post by kat2pult)
    Excuse me?!

    Firstly, architecture is very important to me (why do you think I chose RHUL over York?)! Now, as a design student, it's just as important, and for me, a place being aesthetically pleasing is a massive part of uni life.

    And as for the snow comment, everywhere looks nice in the snow. Even Medway.

    I didn't like York. This is my opinion (which I am entitled to, thank you, loonyplatypus) and I wouldn't recommend the uni. The insides of the buildings I went into were dated and smelt musky, and I made the right decision withdrawing from there.

    Oh yes, I also now receive York Alumni emails, and they still tried to make me sign out to a York email account even after a month of being withdrawn.
    I'm sorry, I didn't meant to offend you! Please accept this chocolate as a token of my apology:


    Out of curiosity, which buildings did you go in when you were there? The majority of them are nice inside...


    (Original post by alexmagpie)
    I agree.

    I think that's really subjective. I went to an open day and was quite enchanted with the place - the buildings have a certain charm for me. I like the lake, and hey - I like mud and ducks! Basically, if you want somewhere which looks like Oxford and Durham, and other unis famous for their architecture, then York, as a 1960s university, is not going to deliver. What it has done is come a really long way in terms of academic prestige in such a short space of time.

    And hey, I think it's pretty.
    Thanks


    (Original post by hardy_4_paws)
    May I ask what type of things you do as a non drinker? I don't drink myself but it seems to be such a huge part of uni culture..? Particuarly with reference to York as I have applied there, but haven't heard anything yet
    Societies! There are plenty of things to do, I'm a member of DramaSoc (and have been in one play already ) and DougSoc (which is amazing and good for non-drinkers but difficult to explain). There are loooooads you can join and don't have to drink Also, it's not difficult to find other people who don't drink! I was kind of lucky there because 5 of my flatmates don't drink either, but I've met lots of people in classes or societies who don't drink either, so don't feel like you're on your own. It was one of my biggest worries before I went, but it worked out fine ^_^
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    It's in York... :P
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    I'm sorry, I didn't meant to offend you! Please accept this chocolate as a token of my apology:


    Out of curiosity, which buildings did you go in when you were there? The majority of them are nice inside...




    Thanks




    Societies! There are plenty of things to do, I'm a member of DramaSoc (and have been in one play already ) and DougSoc (which is amazing and good for non-drinkers but difficult to explain). There are loooooads you can join and don't have to drink Also, it's not difficult to find other people who don't drink! I was kind of lucky there because 5 of my flatmates don't drink either, but I've met lots of people in classes or societies who don't drink either, so don't feel like you're on your own. It was one of my biggest worries before I went, but it worked out fine ^_^
    Hi loonyplatypus

    I also have an offer at York and at the moment I think it's my first choice. So now I am trying to work out which college looks best. Are there any that are obviously better (or worse) than others?? It's really hard to find this sort of thing on the website as they are all trying to promote their college.
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    (Original post by loonyplatypus)
    Accommodation varies quite a lot throughout the university... the best places to be are Goodricke, Alcuin (especially the new quad which is where I am, it's gorgeous :suith:), and New Vanbrugh. Worst places are the old parts of James (aka Old Goodricke) and parts of Halifax. But in general, wherever you end up, you'll be happy!
    Which parts of Halifax should I avoid then if possible? Also considered to apply there next year but I am not sure the other colleges seem nice too.
 
 
 
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