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I've been accepted at York (After having my hopes pinned on Manchester) but I'm really worried about the social life there. In college and high school I had a really lame social life; No parties, no nights out etc. and only a handful of friends who were equally as socially boring! I wanted to go to Mcr because I loved everything about it and I though it would give me a fresh start socially which is what I really want. I never really liked York on the open day and I went again today and that basically re-enforced my views from the open day. I'm doing CS so would be located on the new Heslington East campus which has very little and after talking to a postgrad there he said "Yeah I really like it round here, It's nice a quiet" which is really not what I want. I could go back and do another year at college and probably get into Manchester next year or just go to York this year, what would you recommend?
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I have just graduated from York and I have chosen to stay another year to do a masters - I loved it.
Yeah the Heslington East campus is quiet, but you don't stay there 24/7, just be thankful that when you want to study, the noise is elsewhere. The campuses are really not miles away, such easy walking distance. Anyway, you said you are based there for your lectures in CS - which college are you in? You don't live where your department is!
The nightlife in York is different to Manchester. Manchester has loads of bars and clubs with thousands and thousands of students. York has a few clubs, more pubs, has less students but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have friends who have spent 3 years in Manchester and remained friends with the 6 people in their flat from first year without venturing much further. Manchester is so big it can be overwhelming. In York, the collegiate system creates an opportunity to meet a couple of hundred people immediately - that's what I loved most about it.
If you are looking for a bustling metropolis, York isn't that. However, I enjoy a night out just as much as the next person and I haven't been disappointed with my decision one bit. In fact, I chose York over Manchester.
If you are really unhappy about going to York, don't as you will ruin your experience with your preconceived ideas about it.
Hope this helps!
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I really wouldn't worry about it. The computer science students, from what i know are really social and go out a lot together because they are in some ways isolated. If you're worried about it being a bit quiet over on Hes East you could always live on the main campus where the central colleges and Derwent and Vanbrugh in particular have a good reputation for sociability. It is only a short walk after all. You're going to uni so you really don't have to worry about people not being up for going out. I'd say most freshers at York will have on average nights out a week from my experience and parties at the weekend.
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Not to sound like a self-righteous douche, but you're making the mistake of thinking uni social life and quality of clubs are intrinsically linked.
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I've been accepted at York (After having my hopes pinned on Manchester) but I'm really worried about the social life there. In college and high school I had a really lame social life; No parties, no nights out etc. and only a handful of friends who were equally as socially boring! I wanted to go to Mcr because I loved everything about it and I though it would give me a fresh start socially which is what I really want. I never really liked York on the open day and I went again today and that basically re-enforced my views from the open day. I'm doing CS so would be located on the new Heslington East campus which has very little and after talking to a postgrad there he said "Yeah I really like it round here, It's nice a quiet" which is really not what I want. I could go back and do another year at college and probably get into Manchester next year or just go to York this year, what would you recommend?
Ok, I'm sorry you didn't get into Manchester but hopefully I can give you a bit of perspective as I am from Manchester and I go to York uni.

I think you will get a fresh start socially anywhere you go, just because York is smaller doesn't mean it isn't equally fun! It does have a different feel though because York is quite small you always bump into people that you know which I personally love and it sort of makes me feel safer because if I lose the people I go out with I always know there will be someone around to get back to campus with. While Manchester is also great because of its size I think it can be a bit overwhelming so maybe it's a good thing that because you didn't have a massive social life before uni you don't jump right in the deep end.

About hes east I think that you should apply for a college on campus (I would say Derwent but I'm a bit biased...) But then you'd feel like you had the best of both worlds!

I definitely think you should give York a try, I know it doesn't have the big club reputation like Manchester but it definitely has a lot going for it and a lot of positives. If you go with an open mind and haven't already judged that you hate it before you get there I'm sure that you will learn to love it. If it turns out you hate it in the end then you could always drop out and reapply or transfer.

I hope this will be of some use to you!
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I think Hes East just needs a little bit of time to grow into itself - doesn't help that there isn't a super local pub though. BUT - its very very very close to all the other campus's. In fact, when I was young, I live in Badger Hill (opposite Hes East), and would walk to school every day (Hes Primary, very close to main campus)... so if I can do it when I was 9/10/11 then obviously its not that bad.

York is a good night out - but NOT on Saturdays or race days. It turns into a nightmare-ish environment.
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I've been accepted at York (After having my hopes pinned on Manchester) but I'm really worried about the social life there. In college and high school I had a really lame social life; No parties, no nights out etc. and only a handful of friends who were equally as socially boring! I wanted to go to Mcr because I loved everything about it and I though it would give me a fresh start socially which is what I really want. I never really liked York on the open day and I went again today and that basically re-enforced my views from the open day. I'm doing CS so would be located on the new Heslington East campus which has very little and after talking to a postgrad there he said "Yeah I really like it round here, It's nice a quiet" which is really not what I want. I could go back and do another year at college and probably get into Manchester next year or just go to York this year, what would you recommend?

York may not be as big as Manchester but you're still going to be surrounded by thousands of students of a similar age - loads of opportunties to socialiseand party! Uni life is very different from school and college and you can make a fresh start wherever you go. You should give York a try!!
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Worrying about the social life of X University is pretty much never justified. There are things to do everywhere, thousands of people to meet with thousands of unique interests and personalities. Clubs are not the be all and end all of social activities.

As for York, for whatever reasons you didn't like it, why did you choose it?
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I've been accepted at York (After having my hopes pinned on Manchester) but I'm really worried about the social life there. In college and high school I had a really lame social life; No parties, no nights out etc. and only a handful of friends who were equally as socially boring! I wanted to go to Mcr because I loved everything about it and I though it would give me a fresh start socially which is what I really want. I never really liked York on the open day and I went again today and that basically re-enforced my views from the open day. I'm doing CS so would be located on the new Heslington East campus which has very little and after talking to a postgrad there he said "Yeah I really like it round here, It's nice a quiet" which is really not what I want. I could go back and do another year at college and probably get into Manchester next year or just go to York this year, what would you recommend?
CS york at york is fantastic, both socially and academically, and you'll love it I'm sure. I was exactly the same in that I didn't go out a lot while in high school or VI form, but that did completely change this year. You can be as social as you want to be, and there will always be an opportunity to go out and do something.
I was on hes east last year, and it certainly wasn't quiet for me.
I just finished my first year in CS so if you want to ask any course specific questions I'll be happy to help.
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As for York, for whatever reasons you didn't like it, why did you choose it?
This. If you didn't like the place after 2 visits why the hell put it as your insurance? :facepalm2:
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Once you've been to Willow you'll never look back.
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Once you've been to Willow you'll never look back.
Indeed. I can't look at prawn crackers the same way to this day.
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I'm from Liverpool, and I must say, I'm looking forward to sampling York's nightlife.

It'll be smaller, but hey, people don't get their nose, ears and lips gnawed off by another person on a standard night out...
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I'm from Liverpool, and I must say, I'm looking forward to sampling York's nightlife.

It'll be smaller, but hey, people don't get their nose, ears and lips gnawed off by another person on a standard night out...
Funkybox! I'm from St Helens and heard about that. Yeah, we have none of that crap in York!
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It's Yorkshire. Buy a few whippets and go hare-coursing or something.
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Funkybox! I'm from St Helens and heard about that. Yeah, we have none of that crap in York!
Really messed up that was... it's right next to my favourite club and everything, makes you worry a bit!
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I've been accepted at York (After having my hopes pinned on Manchester) but I'm really worried about the social life there. In college and high school I had a really lame social life; No parties, no nights out etc. and only a handful of friends who were equally as socially boring! I wanted to go to Mcr because I loved everything about it and I though it would give me a fresh start socially which is what I really want. I never really liked York on the open day and I went again today and that basically re-enforced my views from the open day. I'm doing CS so would be located on the new Heslington East campus which has very little and after talking to a postgrad there he said "Yeah I really like it round here, It's nice a quiet" which is really not what I want. I could go back and do another year at college and probably get into Manchester next year or just go to York this year, what would you recommend?
Redo the year as Yorks social life is dire.
If you like pubs with local alcoholics, streets with drunk 35 yr olds looking for fights, and being over changed to be rammed into some dingy sweat pit, then York is the place for you.
If you want real clubs and bars, don't come anywhere near York.

Also the bars on campus, apart from The Courtyard, are utter crap.

NB: A third of girls at York are on antidepressants so that never helps with having a good social life.
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Redo the year as Yorks social life is dire.
If you like pubs with local alcoholics, streets with drunk 35 yr olds looking for fights, and being over changed to be rammed into some dingy sweat pit, then York is the place for you.
If you want real clubs and bars, don't come anywhere near York.

Also the bars on campus, apart from The Courtyard, are utter crap.

NB: A third of girls at York are on antidepressants so that never helps with having a good social life.
If most of the guys are like you, it should be no surprise that the girls want to be drugged up to their eyeballs.
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Good pubs/bars to go out:

The Deramore (nice food, bit expensive but the burgers are awesome)
The Rook and Gaskill (bit of an old man's pub but got tons of character, really nice and cheap)
Dusk (2 for 1 cocktails)
Blue Fly
Evil Eye (food is AMAZING, so are cocktails, always quite rammed though)
Monty's (bit of a walk but does tons of offers)
Nag's Head (packed but does trebles for singles)
Stone Roses pub
Lowther
The Black Bull (bit out of the way on hull road away from town, but good for a quiet drink, really cheap food and MASSIVE portions)
Vodka Revs (yeah it's a chain but it's quite good lol)

there are tons of other pubs around the place - if you want more info just ask.
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Well, if they are sugar coating it, you are definitely raking it through muck.

A little sugar might help your bitterness.
Jimbo has these arguments

- you only say you like York because you don't like it - which means debating with him is pointless as any good points you point out he goes 'yeah you don't like it nyeh nyeh nyeh' there are 40 page arguments and multiple threads where this happens
- York is the worst place ever for crime and chavs despite facts and surveys pointing that it is one of the safest places in the UK
- York is historically poor - when in fact for 1000 years it was England's 2nd city, historically wealthy (monasteries, then council of the north), then became a popular tourist destination
- No one likes it - when in a recent pool the city where most people wanted to go live was..... York!

There are more but I don't want to be drawn into a debate with him - not because he's right but because he's a very boring person - just ignore him


Anyway he's not worked out if he's doing an engineering or an economics degree yet - sometimes it's one, sometimes the other
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