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    I have not yet visited the two uni's I want to put down as my firm and insurance (Sunderland as firm, Newport as insurance) but I am pretty sure I have already made up my mind. I want to put down Sunderland as my first choice as soon as possible, so I can get the accommodation sorted out and make sure I get it in the halls I want. I won't be visiting Sunderland until very late this month, I don't know if I can wait that long. I live in London, so travelling up to Sunderland would be quite expensive (about 50 pounds) as it would also be to travel to Newport in Wales. Should I just firm it tonight and apply for my accommodation? I know it sounds silly, but I've looked at lots of videos online, and gone on street view, and I feel like I would definetly prefer Sunderland. What should I do? :confused:
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    (Original post by pricey26)
    I would definitely wait until you have seen it; you might hate one.
    Ps, I used to live in Newport, so any questions, message me
    Or you might fall in love with one, too! I suggest that you visit them.
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    Visit!

    You will spend the next 3+ years of your life there, so make sure it's the right place. Videos, maps, pictures, talking to people is all very well, but you can't really get a sense of the atmosphere and ambience from behind a computer. I fell in love with KCL when I was researching unis, but hated it when I visited.

    If you're worried about finances, try megabus. However it would be much more expensive to enrol and hate it, than to spend a day looking round.
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    Agree that visiting is the best thing to do - you *are* going to spend 3 years of your life there. You dont have to go to a formal Open Day, you can just walk around the campus and the town/city to get a feel of the place on an ordinary working day - you dont need student id to do this, although obviously there will be place you cant get into as a non-student.

    Look at cheap coach deals. You dont want to arrive in October with all sorts of dreams and expectations only to think 'what on earth have I done .... this is awful'.
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    (Original post by pricey26)
    I would definitely wait until you have seen it; you might hate one.
    Ps, I used to live in Newport, so any questions, message me
    thanks for the advice and thanks, yep I will do if I have any questions
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    (Original post by Egos)
    Or you might fall in love with one, too! I suggest that you visit them.
    thanks for the advice
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    Visit!

    You will spend the next 3+ years of your life there, so make sure it's the right place. Videos, maps, pictures, talking to people is all very well, but you can't really get a sense of the atmosphere and ambience from behind a computer. I fell in love with KCL when I was researching unis, but hated it when I visited.

    If you're worried about finances, try megabus. However it would be much more expensive to enrol and hate it, than to spend a day looking round.
    Very good point yes I will definetly try to visit both before making up my mind. I'll be going to Sunderland at the end of March, and there's an open day for Newport then too, so after that I think I'll have a clearer idea about everything
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    Agree that visiting is the best thing to do - you *are* going to spend 3 years of your life there. You dont have to go to a formal Open Day, you can just walk around the campus and the town/city to get a feel of the place on an ordinary working day - you dont need student id to do this, although obviously there will be place you cant get into as a non-student.

    Look at cheap coach deals. You dont want to arrive in October with all sorts of dreams and expectations only to think 'what on earth have I done .... this is awful'.
    thanks for the advice yep I definetly think I will need to visit first before making up my mind. But it'll have to be train as it'd be about 7 hours from down here in London
 
 
 
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