I've received offers to study chemistry from Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh and St. Andrews and, surprise surprise, am having a lot of trouble choosing. Of the four I've only every been to Edinburgh where my brother studied, as I live outside the UK. I've heard lots of good things about all my options, and find my biggest problem is just knowing what the student life is like.
About the coursework, I'm interested in also taking some economics on the side and perhaps a few other courses if I can find the time. Is Bristol flexible when it comes to courses you can follow?
I've become rather attracted to Bristol for all the great things I've heard about the city, that it's vibrant and exciting, with lots of culture and things to do, which is exactly what I'd like. (I've heard lots of accounts that Durham can get a bit dull at times.) However, as it's more of a city-university, does it still offer lots of chances for a big social scene? I'm the kind of person who loves to get to know tons of people and have a big social circle, which is what appealed to me about Durham. How does one generally get to know people in a large city like Bristol? What's the atmosphere like?
I also very much enjoy playing jazz piano; how would one go about continuing that at Bristol? Do they offer practice rooms, or do people generally just get their own instrument?
Thanks a bunch in advance
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