Exeter or Sussex? Watch
The course and lecturers seemed much more appealing at Sussex than at Exeter (which suprised me) but I feel that Exeter is a more 'respected' uni than Sussex and I prefer the westcountry location... I am also worried about fitting in at Exeter because I come from south east London where there is a pretty varied mix of backgrounds and my schools have been pretty rubbish.
Although I have worked really hard and am conscientious, I'm sure I'd be looked down upon as the resident cockney and have noone to relate to!
Has anyone here that goes to Exeter that has come from a modest background found that they could find down to earth people that they could
relate to that were not descendents of Dukes and Baronesses and the like? When I visited at open day, it did feel weirdly 'upper class' and I heard a lot of girls with furry boots and high pitched posh giggly laughs. I don't want to discount a university I really liked just because I think I won't fit in but then again I don't want to go to a university and end up not being able to relate to anyone! Thanks in advance for any insight anyone can give me!
I also got offers from Exeter and Sussex in 2004 (also from Manchester & Notts but wasn't interested in them). My offers were the same from both universities (BBB) whereas yours are not. My immediate reaction is to say put down Exe as your firm and Sussex as your insurance, then you will be happy however your results turn out.
Now to answer your questions. I've never visited Sussex Uni, but I know the area (vaguely) from staying there a few times before. I applied there on this basis, as well as on the basis that the course (English and Philosophy) and the uni weren't too bad.
Is Exeter a more respected uni than Sussex? Yes, but only marginally so (in my opinion).
As for fitting in - lots of people worry about this, far more than you would guess. The majority of people at Exeter (I'd say 60%) come from SE England. Of the remaining 40%, I'd say that 25-30% come from the remaining areas of the UK, and that 10-15% come from other countries outside the UK, so in coming from London, you certainly won't be alone in your life's experiences.
Contrary to popular belief, most of the people at Exeter are quite down to earth. There's only a minority who have their own horses and have Mummy and Daddy's credit cards to burn. As you have already correctly identified, these people are easily spottable and as such, easily avoidable if that is what you want. (For maximum avoidance factor I would suggest NOT living in Holland Hall .)
There are also loads of societies at Exeter and these help enormously with fitting in and finding friends. I don't think you'll find any sloanes at the Beats and Bass Society somehow
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask
I'm deciding between Surrey and Exeter, and feel the exact same way!
Angelil your reply was really helpful to me as well so thank you
Hi Katy, It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one! I'm worried about Exeter being so far away too cos I live in london but if I did go there I'm hoping my parents would follow me down there because we've always to get away from the city and move to the westcountry. The only thing stopping us has been me being attached to school / college etc but if they didn't, the train journey back to london is pretty expensive!
Guess we have some thinking to do! Let me know what you decide! I can just imagine myself on the 4th of May still umming and erring over pressing the button to make the decision, lol I leave everything till the last minute!
There's only a minority who have their own horses and have Mummy and Daddy's credit cards to burn.
Oh and I'm from East Anglia. That's ALMOST from up north you know AND I live with someone who IS a NORTHERNER (she does smell a bit funny admittedly)
As for the original question I can't comment on Sussex vs Exeter - I'd just like to highlight your worries about the differences between the actual courses. As you will be spending around three years studying at the place you eventually choose, you do need to make sure it is likely to hold your interest and actually be of some worth at the end of it.
If you can imagine yourself getting bored of or feeling uninspired by the Exeter course then surely there's little point in doing it. You will need to do some work at some point ( ) - try and make sure you don't resent having to learn things you never really had any interest in!! Obviously there are always a few modules (usually the compulsory ones) that you get pissed off with, but the overall subject choice should make you feel just a teensy bit motivated. Ok so that motivation might ebb away when your housemate offers you a cup of tea and a big chocolate muffin in front of Neighbours/Quantum Leap/*insertfavetvprogrammeforprocras tinationhere* but it needs to be there somewhere
Exeter is a lovely uni, the campus is something special and I have managed not to speak to a single completely 'Rah' type whilst living here (am a second year). Mind you I am an Archaeology student and we're all a bit grubby looking so I suppose they avoid us. I think everyone worries about meeting people who you actually click with, I know I did - and it didn't help that I had nothing in common with my hall mates. But I soon made some brilliant friends on my course and also from a few societies.
If I were you I would make your final decision (assuming there are no outstanding factors, you could go to either, you just have to pick) on 1) Love and relevence of the course 2) Gut feeling when you think of the uni
I also can't remember seeing any *major* differences in English courses when I was applying, and surely it doesn't really matter which one you pick as long as there are a good range of module choices. You have to do a dissertation at the end either way, so you'll end up working on what you're *really* interested in regardless. I know one girl who got a First for her Milton dissertation without taking the Milton module.
The only course I'd say really needs to be considered thoroughly is medicine. My sis will be applying for medicine in October and the difference between some courses is enormous - some don't even do dissection, which I think is quite important if you want to be a doctor. Ergo, I would say that minor differences between courses (particularly for humanities subjects) are not worth stressing about, and that if you are applying for courses that are only marginally different, just concentrate on the place
to the OP - you say the course and lecturers seem more appealing at Sussex, were you making this judgement based on the prospectus or the open day? It's just that on the open day the department is understandably keen to put on a good show (and I'm not being biased, that goes for any uni )...
Regarding the distance, it's more the travel cost I'm worried about £40 to visit home
Zoe I'd be interested to know which you choose as well, and likewise about the late decisions!! I just got my "make your mind up" letter from UCAS, but it's not so bad, I have until June.
The courses I've applied for at each Uni are different too, which makes it all more confusing since I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do after the degree.
At Surrey I'd be studying Nutrition and Dietetics, for 4 years, very close to home. The NHS would pay my fees, so obviously that's a huge bonus (meaning I can probably get ensuite accomodation too...nice), BUT I still love the idea of studying Biology at Exeter, in that kind of environment. *SIGH*
I took a trip to Brighton and it seems too much like London for me, too many buses and roads and pollution whereas Exeter seemed a really pretty town! I love the country, especially the west country but somethings telling me Sussex is the safer option. Its basically course (sussex) v location (exeter) and I feel that I shouldn't choose a uni because of its location even though I really want to!
Ohh I would really have to see my parents more than once a term! It would be too weird not to as its been just the three of us for years and sometimes they're the only ones that have kept be sane but I'm pretty sure we'd move out of smelly london for good if I chose Ex.
Bristol v Exeter - that is a tough one sluggabed! Bristol definitely has the prestige but its whether you'll be happy there... you spend ages stressing and hoping for any offers and then when they come its so tough trying to decide!
Off topic slightly, does anybody have a clue why I can't seem to register on the Exeter Uni forum?
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You don't actually use the email address for anything to do with xnet once you're signed up, unless you register for topic notifications (which is a pain, so there's not much point bothering).
Just google 'free email' and wait until one comes up that you can register on xnet with. You will just need it to confirm your membership, then you can let the free email address die.