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    Anyone else here who went to the Aidans open day on the 20th march. I think Durham is now going to be my firm choice after much debating between Durham and Bristol.
    Yay bring on next October ( having decided to go an a gap year )
    Can someone tell me all about Aidans like sports/rivalries /formals/ reputation etc
    cheers

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    (Original post by Lucyj)
    Anyone else here who went to the Aidans open day on the 20th march. I think Durham is now going to be my firm choice after much debating between Durham and Bristol.
    Yay bring on next October ( having decided to go an a gap year )
    Can someone tell me all about Aidans like sports/rivalries /formals/ reputation etc
    cheers

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    Hi I go to aidans, the sports are average but all normal sports are well catered for with a few teams for each sport to cater for whatever level you may be. Aidans doesn't really have any rivalries, they are usually more bailey (or more to the point hatfield/castle orientated). Formals are very alcohoic and mad. Reputation it doesnt really have one, good or bad, its on the top of the hill thats usually about all people know.
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    Hey, I was at Aidan's on the open day that day too. I'm a bit stuck on whether it will be my firm choice though, just because I'm a bit nervous of moving so far away and it all going horribly wrong, coz Durham seems a little bit small and isolated. But I think it will be my firm choice....argh it's scary!:confused: Has anybody got any advice for me?
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    (Original post by Zinny)
    Hey, I was at Aidan's on the open day that day too. I'm a bit stuck on whether it will be my firm choice though, just because I'm a bit nervous of moving so far away and it all going horribly wrong, coz Durham seems a little bit small and isolated. But I think it will be my firm choice....argh it's scary!:confused: Has anybody got any advice for me?
    Where do you live? A friend of mine lives in Somerset and doesn't really find it too much hassle, you can get flights from Newcastle to Bristol and Exeter really cheap!

    Also Durham is small and isolated, which is what makes it good...because it's DIFFERENT. You don't want to spend loads of time in a big generic city like London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, etc etc. Durham's cool because it's so small and isolated....yet it's perfectly catered for students since we pretty much overrun the city!! And as we always say, Newcastle is just a 10min train ride away when you need the shops and stuff
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    The only rivalry I've seen from Aidan's which is not directed against the Bailey is just the attitude of "what's the point?" against Trevs!:p:
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    (Original post by socialist cook)
    The only rivalry I've seen from Aidan's which is not directed against the Bailey is just the attitude of "what's the point?" against Trevs!:p:
    the point of trevs is

    It's our nearest good bar (after aidans)
    It enables us to get drinks without paying entry at the odd time aidans charges entry
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    Hello zinny, I am a bit stuck as to it will be my firm choice as well, as I am nervous about moving too far from home (London). I wouldn’t mind if there was a cheap way of getting home for a spontaneous weekend visit home however that would cost about £50.
    I hate decisions!
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    People often say on here you can get returns to London on the train for less that £50. I have a similar problem regarding getting there. I live in Bristol and while you can get flights (to Newcastle) for about £30 can you really take everything you need for uni with you on a plane? My parents are refusing to drive me up so I'm not entirely sure what I'll in my 2nd year (you need more stuff for living out of college?)
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    (Original post by ssmoose)
    People often say on here you can get returns to London on the train for less that £50. I have a similar problem regarding getting there. I live in Bristol and while you can get flights (to Newcastle) for about £30 can you really take everything you need for uni with you on a plane? My parents are refusing to drive me up so I'm not entirely sure what I'll in my 2nd year (you need more stuff for living out of college?)
    Well I know people who always travel by train, living in and out and also those who only travel by plane, and if you organise urself you could avoid bringing much extra stuff
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    (Original post by ssmoose)
    People often say on here you can get returns to London on the train for less that £50. I have a similar problem regarding getting there. I live in Bristol and while you can get flights (to Newcastle) for about £30 can you really take everything you need for uni with you on a plane? My parents are refusing to drive me up so I'm not entirely sure what I'll in my 2nd year (you need more stuff for living out of college?)
    I can't believe that your parents are refusing to drive you up!!! Why is that? Fair enough if they can't drive then they have an excuse, but just simply "refusing" to drive you to Durham is stupid.

    My friend in Somerset gets his Dad to drive him up to Durham at the start of the year (October) and then back at the end (June), he only takes the plane at Christmas and Easter when he can take everything he needs in a rucksack and holdall.

    Saying that, a friend of mine lives just outside of Aberdeen and not once has she been driven down or home. She has a massive trunk which she packs a load of stuff into and gets delivered to Durham (think she only pays like £30 or something, which isn't too bad!). She then gets the train down here, and an average journey from Durham to her home is about 7 hours :eek: But yeah, if you don't have your parent's support (or they're not able to drive you), then it's still do-able, don't worry too much
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    PS - Oli, Aidans charge you to get into your own bar?! How annoying! :eek:
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    They're just not willing to drive me that far. They never really wanted me to apply because it's so far away. However I know several other people going/at Durham so I might try and persuade them to take some of my stuff up.
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    PS - Oli, Aidans charge you to get into your own bar?! How annoying! :eek:
    well they do special theme nights once a twice a term which are all fine if you wanna dress up and get hammered and pay for the privilage but most of the time I don't so go to trevs or collingwood if we get to aidans and find this (note the absance of mildert in that list)
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    Hello zinny, I am a bit stuck as to it will be my firm choice as well, as I am nervous about moving too far from home (London). I wouldn’t mind if there was a cheap way of getting home for a spontaneous weekend visit home however that would cost about £50.
    I hate decisions!
    I'm with you on that one, Lucyj, I'm really indecisive particulary with big decisions! I live near Reading, not far away from London so it would be a bit of a trek and expensive to go back home, especially with loads of stuff but as already answered hopefully that wouldn't be too much trouble. I'm just making sure that it's never gonna get dull or anything, because at the moment I live in a little village in the middle of no where and I just hope when I get to uni I'll be changing that.
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    (Original post by Zinny)
    I'm with you on that one, Lucyj, I'm really indecisive particulary with big decisions! I live near Reading, not far away from London so it would be a bit of a trek and expensive to go back home, especially with loads of stuff but as already answered hopefully that wouldn't be too much trouble. I'm just making sure that it's never gonna get dull or anything, because at the moment I live in a little village in the middle of no where and I just hope when I get to uni I'll be changing that.
    there is a direct train from durham to reading, which is cheaper than goin through london usually
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    (Original post by Zinny)
    I'm with you on that one, Lucyj, I'm really indecisive particulary with big decisions! I live near Reading, not far away from London so it would be a bit of a trek and expensive to go back home, especially with loads of stuff but as already answered hopefully that wouldn't be too much trouble. I'm just making sure that it's never gonna get dull or anything, because at the moment I live in a little village in the middle of no where and I just hope when I get to uni I'll be changing that.
    To be fair, I know soooooooooooooooo many people from so far away - London, Surrey, Suffolk, Bristol, Wales, Aberdeen, Peterborough, France, Germany, Guernsey, etc etc! And they all love coming to Durham, and rarely say much about how far they have to travel, and if they do it's usually just jokingly. I think a lot of them like how far away from home they are as it makes them feel more independent than people like me who are like "Oh I left something at home, just going to nip back and get it" lol

    Trust me, distance is not a big deal at all! You can get from anywhere in the UK to Durham and back in one day quite easily!
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    To be fair, I know soooooooooooooooo many people from so far away - London, Surrey, Suffolk, Bristol, Wales, Aberdeen, Peterborough, France, Germany, Guernsey, etc etc! And they all love coming to Durham, and rarely say much about how far they have to travel, and if they do it's usually just jokingly. I think a lot of them like how far away from home they are as it makes them feel more independent than people like me who are like "Oh I left something at home, just going to nip back and get it" lol

    Trust me, distance is not a big deal at all! You can get from anywhere in the UK to Durham and back in one day quite easily!
    a guy i know forgot his laptop! He lives in edinborough and he went back and got it , he has got more money than sense though
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    (Original post by cobra)
    a guy i know forgot his laptop! He lives in edinborough and he went back and got it , he has got more money than sense though
    haha! Actually I completely forgot! In first year Tom (the one from Somerset) forgot his laptop too!! Second term it was, and had to get his Dad to post it up hehe. What a fool!! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Lucyj)
    Hello zinny, I am a bit stuck as to it will be my firm choice as well, as I am nervous about moving too far from home (London). I wouldn’t mind if there was a cheap way of getting home for a spontaneous weekend visit home however that would cost about £50.
    I hate decisions!
    Soooooooo many people go to Durham from the London ish area, dont worry about it!
    You can get returns from Kings Cross to Durham for £20
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    the theme nights which cost ooh a few quid to get in, or the donations you're asked for if its a charity event? Not exactly going to break the bank! and they're normally really good nights. aidans is really good, very closeknit community type and just generally pretty cool. i reckon its for 'normal' people looking to experience all bits of durham/uni life - not amazing at just one particular thing and then crap at others, just all round pretty cool.
 
 
 
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