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    Just wondering if anyone was/is, stuck between deciding what uni to firmly accept, and if so what factors was/will your final decison be based on?
    I'm deliberating between edinburgh and durham, if anyone has any advice it would be soooo appreciated! =)
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    Just wondering if anyone was/is, stuck between deciding what uni to firmly accept, and if so what factors was/will your final decison be based on?
    I'm deliberating between edinburgh and durham, if anyone has any advice it would be muchos appreciated! =)
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    Advice: Choose Durham


    Hehe, but seriously - what subject are you applying for and have you visited either university, if so what did you like/dislike about them? What are you looking for in a University, etc etc!

    We can advise, but it's ultimately up to what you want
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    You wouldnt even be considering it if you were on a Durham open day
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    My final decision is based upon:

    All other universities being poo!
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    (Original post by Talya)
    My final decision is based upon:

    All other universities being poo!
    :laugh:
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    mine was the open day, which i nearly didnt go to because of thick snow!!

    I could be at manchester as we speak otherwise, thats a weird thought now i think about it.
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    I was on the open day and still have a dilemma. Maybe I'm just wierd...
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    Advice: Choose Durham


    Hehe, but seriously - what subject are you applying for and have you visited either university, if so what did you like/dislike about them? What are you looking for in a University, etc etc!

    We can advise, but it's ultimately up to what you want
    I've been to visit both, and can see myself happy in both places!? i liked the familiar, local feel to durham yet i also like bigger city life in edinburgh..also going straight for the MA is quite appealing.
    How did you find the college system, is there a real sense of community that i'm unlikely to find at other unis?
    I'm hoping to read anthropology-and am a little apprehensive as obviously i haven't studied it before. Is there much room for manoeuvre between courses?(as you get greater bredth of subjects in the first two years at edinburgh, which leaves me less restricted)
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    (Original post by Lucy_Lu)
    I've been to visit both, and can see myself happy in both places!? i liked the familiar, local feel to durham yet i also like bigger city life in edinburgh..also going straight for the MA is quite appealing.
    How did you find the college system, is there a real sense of community that i'm unlikely to find at other unis?
    I'm hoping to read anthropology-and am a little apprehensive as obviously i haven't studied it before. Is there much room for manoeuvre between courses?(as you get greater bredth of subjects in the first two years at edinburgh, which leaves me less restricted)
    Well I can't say too much for other universities, but I would expect that the "community spirit" at Durham is second to none. Even Oxbridge, as their colleges are academic based (ie. you get taught within your college) and so you don't get out as much. Durham colleges are so much more welfare and social - based institutions which makes a college feel more like "home" than Oxbridge colleges which are just glorified boarding schools

    Then against non-collegiate universities which house you in tower blocks, there's just no competition at all.

    As for the course, I have some friends who do anthropology and they all love it, I also know people who chose to do anthropology modules in their first year even though they did a different subject and they all loved those modules, so I know it's seen highly by the students at Durham. I'm not sure how much flexibility you have with the course, but I think that you have some optional modules in first year so if you want to take modules from other subjects then you can, but don't quote me on that.

    Don't be too apprehensive about taking anthropology - how many people do you know who took an anthropology A-level? It would probably be handy to have taken something like Biology and Geography at A-level, but really it's quite a unique subject which you could quite nicely go into without any prior knowledge.

    Hope that helps a bit, I may seem biased towards Durham but that's because I love the place and don't know much about Edinburgh.

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    (Original post by Lucy_Lu)
    I've been to visit both, and can see myself happy in both places!? i liked the familiar, local feel to durham yet i also like bigger city life in edinburgh..also going straight for the MA is quite appealing.
    How did you find the college system, is there a real sense of community that i'm unlikely to find at other unis?
    I'm hoping to read anthropology-and am a little apprehensive as obviously i haven't studied it before. Is there much room for manoeuvre between courses?(as you get greater bredth of subjects in the first two years at edinburgh, which leaves me less restricted)
    in Edinburgh you'll die of cold, or become frozen and won't defrost until graduation..meaning you will learn nothing.

    case closed, Durham it is :rolleyes:
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    Not sure how much help this is, but I put Durham as firm and Edinburgh as my insurance. I have a lot of friends up in Edinburgh, and I've been to visit them. Plus, they spent about 2 months telling me how amazing Edinburgh is. But even that couldn't top the Durham open day! Was totally blown away
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    (Original post by dobbs)
    Well I can't say too much for other universities, but I would expect that the "community spirit" at Durham is second to none. Even Oxbridge, as their colleges are academic based (ie. you get taught within your college) and so you don't get out as much. Durham colleges are so much more welfare and social - based institutions which makes a college feel more like "home" than Oxbridge colleges which are just glorified boarding schools

    Then against non-collegiate universities which house you in tower blocks, there's just no competition at all.

    As for the course, I have some friends who do anthropology and they all love it, I also know people who chose to do anthropology modules in their first year even though they did a different subject and they all loved those modules, so I know it's seen highly by the students at Durham. I'm not sure how much flexibility you have with the course, but I think that you have some optional modules in first year so if you want to take modules from other subjects then you can, but don't quote me on that.

    Don't be too apprehensive about taking anthropology - how many people do you know who took an anthropology A-level? It would probably be handy to have taken something like Biology and Geography at A-level, but really it's quite a unique subject which you could quite nicely go into without any prior knowledge.

    Hope that helps a bit, I may seem biased towards Durham but that's because I love the place and don't know much about Edinburgh.

    Thanks, its really helpful talking to someone who's experiencing it first hand! Funnily enough i've had no replies/advice from the edinburgh board..maybe that speaks for itself?
    Do you visit newcastle much for nightlife, or does durham satisfy most students' socialising needs..?!
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    (Original post by danfel)
    Not sure how much help this is, but I put Durham as firm and Edinburgh as my insurance. I have a lot of friends up in Edinburgh, and I've been to visit them. Plus, they spent about 2 months telling me how amazing Edinburgh is. But even that couldn't top the Durham open day! Was totally blown away
    I think i probably didn't make the most of the durham open day, as i didn't get the chance to stay in college...which college have you got a place at and what did i miss out on at the open day that was so awesome??
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    (Original post by Lucy_Lu)
    Thanks, its really helpful talking to someone who's experiencing it first hand! Funnily enough i've had no replies/advice from the edinburgh board..maybe that speaks for itself?
    Do you visit newcastle much for nightlife, or does durham satisfy most students' socialising needs..?!
    Well, I'm FROM Newcastle so in my first year I went back there quite a bit to go out with some friends from home. Not been out at all in my second year though (too much work! argh!). Plenty of people DO go out in Newcastle though so there's never a shortage of people going, so don't worry about that (and there are regular trains which run until 2am!)

    Also, something FOR Edinburgh is don't go from a message board, just because they haven't replied, there might just be less people on the Edinburgh board than on the Durham board. Doesn't mean too much

    And also, yeah, although plenty of people go to Newcastle, a load of people also very rarely or never go. What people don't realise about Durham is the colleges - college events and college bars are amazing, so don't forget about those!

    What college did you apply to?
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    Is there a lot of integration between the colleges? Did you find you were mostly socialising with people from college or course, or is it a bit of both?

    I've actually got two offers from durham one for NatSci, with St Aidans, and anthropology with Grey..can you give the low down on the colleges!? Which are you from?
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    (Original post by Lucy_Lu)
    Is there a lot of integration between the colleges? Did you find you were mostly socialising with people from college or course, or is it a bit of both?

    I've actually got two offers from durham one for NatSci, with St Aidans, and anthropology with Grey..can you give the low down on the colleges!? Which are you from?
    Firstly, at least you've applied to both hill colleges (we're the best!)...I'm at Trevelyan college which is pretty much half way between Aidans and Grey. Both Aidans and Grey are good colleges in my opinion, though I know more people from Grey (through my subject - geography) and they're all cool people

    I think subject and college socialising is dependent upon which college you go to and what subject you do. For example, at Johns and Chads I know a lot of them have a lot of friends from other colleges because those colleges are so small. And then I know physicists and mathematicians have a lot of friends within their subject because they have so many small tutorials and so get to know each other pretty well.

    I think anthropology is mostly lecture based so you'd probably get to know more people from your college than your subjct, but Aidans and Grey are both big colleges so at least you'd know quite a few people who do your subject from your college.

    There isn't a massive amount of integration between colleges to be honest, the only form is really through your subject, but that's just if you want it to be, you can hang around people just from your college or try to get to know people from other colleges. Then if you join university-wide sports or societies you can get to know people from other colleges. There are plenty of ways, just depends if you WANT to mingle or not
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    (Original post by Lucy_Lu)
    I think i probably didn't make the most of the durham open day, as i didn't get the chance to stay in college...which college have you got a place at and what did i miss out on at the open day that was so awesome??
    I was at Josephine Butler - we had a look round the "college" (which was actually an identical college next door... but it looks the same :p: ) and we were able to ask questions, etc. The reps were also asking for our suggestions as to what we might like to see in college - not sure if that happens everywhere, but it's a good ethos to have, and the reps were all transferees from other colleges.

    We were staying overnight at Collingwood since Butler isn't quite finished, and in the evening, we watched some films and then we had a meal. Later on went to the college bar - where incommensurable amounts of fun were had, playing various bar games and chatting to other applicants and the reps. Even on the open day, it felt like a real community (and that was at a currently non-existant college!)

    At night, the reps took a group out to bars in Durham. I chose to stay in college which again gave me a great opportunity to chat to the other applicants and the reps who'd stayed back. It felt like we were really being looked after, and from what I saw, the majority seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

    (I'm also really impressed by my course - the module choices and the year out, since it's a fairly odd combination of disciplines - but that's probably not very applicable).

    It seemed to me very much that the social side of things at Durham is very active and that the 'spirit' in colleges is very strong. That said, I'm also really pleased that teaching is university-wide, thereby students can meet others from faraway lands and colleges...

    So... yep. Not very enthusiastic about Durham then
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    (Original post by danfel)
    But even that couldn't top the Durham open day! Was totally blown away
    Woo hooo! Seriously I'm so glad you enjoyed it, as did most people I think. Next year is going to be fantastic.
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    Woo hooo! Seriously I'm so glad you enjoyed it, as did most people I think. Next year is going to be fantastic.
    Totally! I can't contain my excitement. Now just need those damn grades :p: such a cool mix of people and loads of exciting things to do - plus an amazing university, gorgeous city, brilliant course, space pod bathrooms... Butler 'till I die:suith: :suith: :suith: :p:
 
 
 
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