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    (Original post by Selym95)
    Both rather similar in terms of reputation; although Durham perhaps has the slight edge. Both universities are reasonably different - the main being the collegiate system at Durham and indeed the Oxbridge 'feel'; however Bristol does have similarly historic sort of architecture and so on.
    It is also has the benefit of not being totally boring.

    Where would any sane young person live? Bristol or Durham. Nuff said.

    And why you would want to emulate the Oxbridge college system is beyond me. Who ****ing cares about that.
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    Prestige wise they're pretty much the same imo, no matter what the league table says. I think bristol has a better reputation than Durham internationally though. Both are great unis and there's no significant advantage by attending one over another.
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    (Original post by Classical Liberal)
    It is also has the benefit of not being totally boring.

    Where would any sane young person live? Bristol or Durham. Nuff said.

    And why you would want to emulate the Oxbridge college system is beyond me. Who ****ing cares about that.
    Haha; fair opinion. I think Durham is particularly good for those who want to go to university to study, with very little desire for night-life, party atmosphere etc. which is rather similar to the students LSE is said to have.

    Not sure to be honest, possibly to do just that; emulate Oxbridge in the hopes of being regarded as the same calibre; they don't call it 'Doxbridge' for nothing you know... haha
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    (Original post by manty)
    Bitter.
    I'm at Oxford....
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    (Original post by Selym95)
    Hmm. Surely you don't mean that?!
    Having been to both, and now at Oxford, I can honestly say they are completely different.

    The main difference is in the workload, Durham do **** all.
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    (Original post by Melthusa)
    Having been to both, and now at Oxford, I can honestly say they are completely different.

    The main difference is in the workload, Durham do **** all.
    I guess it is all a matter of opinion, but in reality you can't effectively justify that; there are undoubted similarities.

    Of course, workload would be a significant difference; but not major - and of course, the workload would vary by each subject. Out of curiosity, have you studied at both to make such statements?
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    I had the same dilemma, but for modern languages. Chose Bristol in the end, and I'm really happy with the decision. At the end of the day, they're both great universities. It's just down to whichever suits you more.

    (Original post by .Serenity.)
    I'd go to Durham simply because it is a collegiate university, and I feel that it would therefore offer a fantastic experience in an extravagant setting, it is also a globally reputed institution. I applied to Bristol too, and although the Chemistry course there is AMAZING, and the laboratories are top notch, I wasn't too keen on the area; and the accomodation is 30 minutes away from the Chemistry faculty :|. What course did you apply for? I also hold an offer from Durham
    The accom isn't necessarily 30 minutes away. Yes, Stoke Bishop is a bus ride away, but there's accommodation in the centre too. Where I live is awesome and less than ten minutes from lectures(some of which are in the Chem. buildings.).
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    I do Philosophy (JH with Politics) at Durham (an on my Second Year) and love it: I find its a really nice city, and it is perfectly possible to have a great night out if you so desire. Love the fact you can walk to anywhere easily and personally find college system a massive bonus - great way of making friends from different courses and provides a great start point for socialising. Would be happy to answer any questions, just quote or PM me and I will get back as soon as I can
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    (Original post by eeeeeh)
    exact same offer - made an open application college wise at durham !
    In that case I'd suggest waiting until 22 January before you finalise your decision, as that is when college allocations are released. Knowing which college you've been assigned may help you to decide one way or the other.
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    (Original post by Selym95)
    I guess it is all a matter of opinion, but in reality you can't effectively justify that; there are undoubted similarities.

    Of course, workload would be a significant difference; but not major - and of course, the workload would vary by each subject. Out of curiosity, have you studied at both to make such statements?
    I know the workload, Durham students do 1/4 of the work Oxford students do. There is a reason why Oxford is world renowned and Durham isn't.

    But no, this is subject for subject, and is general across the board in my experience.

    This is also what professors who have worked at both universities say.
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    I had the same decision to make last summer, although initially I was rejected from Durham but got in through UCAS Adjustment (potentially not advisable as I had half an hour to make my decision...). Despite lusting after Durham for months previously, I ended up choosing Bristol predominantly for the size of the city. As lovely as Durham is, I felt like I would be suffocated after staying there for three years.
    It is true that Bristol is a very vibrant city, and there is always lots going on here; if you're prone to boredom in the same place and up for trying new things, I'd recommend coming here. As for the accommodation being far away from the uni, that's really only half of the halls; you can explicitly not apply to them and end up much closer, as I'm in the city centre which is really close.
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    Had to make the same choice last year for my insurance, if you're concerned about one university having a better reputation than the other, don't be because no employer is when it comes to these two. If you like the old quiet college like environment, you would enjoy Durham, however there's halls like Wills and Goldney at Bristol which have a similar feel to Castle and Hatfield (the college I picked), that's of course if you're in to all that. As a city however there is so much more going on in Bristol. I would go to the offer holder's day, I think both should be having them pretty soon, they would sway things one way or the other.
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    I had offers from Durham Bristol Nottingham Newcastle and Leeds and chose Bristol.
    Was so so so so glad I didn't chose Durham after I visited a friend there in my year out and realised just how boring the place is.
    Sometimes I do wish I had chosen Leeds though (I am now there for postgrad)

    If you are doing Biology do not touch Durham with a barge pole, they have really gone downhill in the past few years and their staff doing the interesting topics all left.
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    both good universities - I suggest actually looking for yourself and getting a feel for the place before asking other people to choose for you(open days, speak to staff etc)! It's your choice....no-one else should influence your decision!
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    Although i haven't visited Durham, i have lots of friends there who completely love it, and it does look so beautiful! I'm at Bristol and would recommend it if you're looking for a uni in a lovely area, which (although not strictly a campus) with a campus like feel. Also the uni area (which is where i live even though first year- not all accommodation's at stoke bishop!) is walking distance to everywhere in Bristol, which has a great vibrant feel. Go for Durham for the charm, or Bristol if you want something a bit more lively!
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    (Original post by respektorbooks)
    I had the same decision to make last summer, although initially I was rejected from Durham but got in through UCAS Adjustment (potentially not advisable as I had half an hour to make my decision...). Despite lusting after Durham for months previously, I ended up choosing Bristol predominantly for the size of the city. As lovely as Durham is, I felt like I would be suffocated after staying there for three years.
    It is true that Bristol is a very vibrant city, and there is always lots going on here; if you're prone to boredom in the same place and up for trying new things, I'd recommend coming here. As for the accommodation being far away from the uni, that's really only half of the halls; you can explicitly not apply to them and end up much closer, as I'm in the city centre which is really close.
    so did you get into Bristol via adjustment? was just wondering because that's what i hope to do
 
 
 
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