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    Making a decision. Need all the advice I can possibly get!
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    Edinburgh! (Not just because I'm going) but it's a really beautiful city with tonnes of culture and nightlife! and it's easy to travel to all the other cities like Glasgow. Personally I find St Andrews too small, it's like a sleepy seaside town! but it's still an amazing uni so you're pretty much guaranteed an amazing education at either!
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    As somebody who is born and bred Edinburgh but spent two years studying in St Andrews... Edinburgh is the choice for you.

    The student community is more vibrant, the university is directly on par academically if not slightly better than St Andrews and it's an all round better place to live. You also have the possibility of staying in Edinburgh for a career afterwards if you like; pretty much unheard of in St Andrews unless you work for the university and, even then, most university staff live outwith St Andrews and commute in because the town itself is actually quite expensive for what it is.
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    Edinburgh.
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    If you like small places, St Andrews

    Otherwise, Edinburgh
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    thank you all so much!
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    Yeah me and my best friend are doing identical subjects in identical years. The only difference is she went to St.Andrews and I went to Edinburgh. We both got accepted by both Unis. I must say (as objectively as I can) I made the right decision. She pays double the rent I do for a place not as nice. Where there's tons of snobby people who completely take over the Uni. Nightlife is ****e. Have heard horror stories of how bad her tutors and lecturers are. SHe can't get a job and actually just finds it really bleak. Not much of a Uni experience at all.

    For your own personal happiness....choose Edinburgh
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    (Original post by Billydodger)
    Yeah me and my best friend are doing identical subjects in identical years. The only difference is she went to St.Andrews and I went to Edinburgh. We both got accepted by both Unis. I must say (as objectively as I can) I made the right decision. She pays double the rent I do for a place not as nice. Where there's tons of snobby people who completely take over the Uni. Nightlife is ****e. Have heard horror stories of how bad her tutors and lecturers are. SHe can't get a job and actually just finds it really bleak. Not much of a Uni experience at all.

    For your own personal happiness....choose Edinburgh
    jeez...wow. well, im part of a fb acceptance group for edinburgh and i adore the people i've "met" already. plus- edinburgh- the city itself is so great. so many things to do and see. i mean, when i visited over the summer i saw this quote and honestly it sums it up.
    “This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
    ^ i completely agree in every way. it looks (m pretty sure) that i will be firming for UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH CLASS OF 2015.
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    Edinburgh. That is all!
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    (Original post by TangledUpinBlue)
    jeez...wow. well, im part of a fb acceptance group for edinburgh and i adore the people i've "met" already. plus- edinburgh- the city itself is so great. so many things to do and see. i mean, when i visited over the summer i saw this quote and honestly it sums it up.
    “This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”
    ^ i completely agree in every way. it looks (m pretty sure) that i will be firming for UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH CLASS OF 2015.
    Link to this Facebook group?
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    Ehh, it sounds like I'm a bit late, but I'd encourage you to visit both places, and look at the details of the departments and courses you intend on being involved with, as well as investigating other departments, since you'll probably study more than one subject in your first year. It's also worth considering the cost of living, what kind of accommodation is available in your first and subsequent years, and how much travelling will be necessary, both on a day-to-day basis and in terms of going home between terms. Seek the opinions of people who are doing courses similar to the one you intend to pursue - it may be that certain subjects at certain universities tend to attract a kind of person who you wouldn't enjoy the company of, but if you're studying a different subject then you need to consider how relevant that is in reality. Think about what activities you enjoy and how you like to socialise, then assess each university's facilities corresponding to your interests. St Andrews is less likely to have some facilities, but if you're can't be bothered to travel around Edinburgh to access its facilities then it doesn't make sense to say 'Oh, Edinburgh has more facilities so I'm going there'. It's worth talking to current students about living in each place and see what their own feedback is - try to find people who have a similar outlook to yourself. People bash St Andrews on the basis that it's a quiet wee seaside town, but if you've not personally lived there or visited significantly then you cannot reasonably judge it or advise someone on whether or not they would enjoy it.
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    I have nothing constructive to add on this thread, but I couldn't resist commenting on how much I like the song that's your username
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    St Andrews, its sooo lovely.
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    (Original post by ImperceptibleNinja)
    Ehh, it sounds like I'm a bit late, but I'd encourage you to visit both places, and look at the details of the departments and courses you intend on being involved with, as well as investigating other departments, since you'll probably study more than one subject in your first year. It's also worth considering the cost of living, what kind of accommodation is available in your first and subsequent years, and how much travelling will be necessary, both on a day-to-day basis and in terms of going home between terms. Seek the opinions of people who are doing courses similar to the one you intend to pursue - it may be that certain subjects at certain universities tend to attract a kind of person who you wouldn't enjoy the company of, but if you're studying a different subject then you need to consider how relevant that is in reality. Think about what activities you enjoy and how you like to socialise, then assess each university's facilities corresponding to your interests. St Andrews is less likely to have some facilities, but if you're can't be bothered to travel around Edinburgh to access its facilities then it doesn't make sense to say 'Oh, Edinburgh has more facilities so I'm going there'. It's worth talking to current students about living in each place and see what their own feedback is - try to find people who have a similar outlook to yourself. People bash St Andrews on the basis that it's a quiet wee seaside town, but if you've not personally lived there or visited significantly then you cannot reasonably judge it or advise someone on whether or not they would enjoy it.
    oh no you're not too late! This is very helpful! I've done a lot of what you suggested. I think what it comes down to is the cost. St Andrews is a bit over my price range. I'm from Los Angeles--- so add airfare to international tuition fees- its almost too much to deal with. So I think it's going to be Edinburgh- but Edinburgh was my first choice all along!
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    What course is it?
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    Edinburgh is WAY better in all international tables. st andrews sometimes does not even make it to the TOP 100 (!) To be honest, i think it's overrated in the UK.
 
 
 
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