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    (Original post by Coben)
    Queen Mary was the first university I went to. I and 4 other people from my sixth form went and all did different subjects. One by one we dropped out by the end of our first year.

    Queen Mary feels like sixth form, I had great expectations for the uni experience and it let me down, also I am not Asian and it full of Asians, social life is **** and it's boring. The library is always packed facilities were rubbish.

    It has a much smaller student population than York too, you will feel like you are at school again.

    For your own sake, please choose York, better social life better facilities, better community, better university.
    Everyone I know says this (red), is it THAT disproportionate .. and that it's in a really dodgy part of east London, where exactly? It looks really nice on wikipedia....
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    Everyone keeps saying this to me. "York is such a gorgeous city!" But I'm not too concerned about the aesthetics of the city, more the experience of living there.

    York could be somewhere I could live in my thirties when I'm looking to raise a family. London is somewhere to live for the experience, when you're young, no?
    Living in London when you're in your twenties would be cool yes. But I think living there when you're a student would be too financially constraining, at least for me.
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    (Original post by geetar)
    Living in London when you're in your twenties would be cool yes. But I think living there when you're a student would be too financially constraining, at least for me.
    Haha, I don't see how else I'd be able to afford it. My boyfriends sister is living down there, and she says she envies me having the safety net of being a student and having my loan.

    I'm drawn to London, almost without logic, York just feels to small and twee.

    I don't know :/
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    I think London has a certain romance about it which disappears as soon as you actually move there
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    Go where you'll be happy. You're going to spend 3 years of your life there. Queen Mary is increasingly respected.
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    Everyone keeps saying this to me. "York is such a gorgeous city!" But I'm not too concerned about the aesthetics of the city, more the experience of living there.

    York could be somewhere I could live in my thirties when I'm looking to raise a family. London is somewhere to live for the experience, when you're young, no?
    Just weighing in here with another thought. If you are from Northumberland, London is a long way. How much of a home bunny are you - if you want to nip home, London is a long way and the rail fares are not cheap. York would be a short car/train ride away. But London is exciting. FOr someone from the country, it is a great experience. Theatre, excellent markets, shopping, tourism, great transport system and a real multicultural feel.
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    Haha, I don't see how else I'd be able to afford it. My boyfriends sister is living down there, and she says she envies me having the safety net of being a student and having my loan.

    I'm drawn to London, almost without logic, York just feels to small and twee.

    I don't know :/
    I had an offer from UCL and when I got my Student Finance quote, I actually would have had more money spare after accommodation/food expenses (given the increased loan you get for London) than I do now on the "normal" loan rate in Southampton. That might be slightly different if you went to York seeing as Southampton is damned expensive and I imagine York is a little cheaper, but generally, I think London is do-able. In other words, the extra London loan seems to be more or less proportionate to how much it actually costs you extra to live there.
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    (Original post by squeakysquirrel)
    Just weighing in here with another thought. If you are from Northumberland, London is a long way. How much of a home bunny are you - if you want to nip home, London is a long way and the rail fares are not cheap. York would be a short car/train ride away. But London is exciting. FOr someone from the country, it is a great experience. Theatre, excellent markets, shopping, tourism, great transport system and a real multicultural feel.
    This is one of my concerns. I don't know how much of a home bunny I am. BUT, my Dad had a stroke this January, he's pretty much fine now, but he really doesn't want me to go to London (He hasn't actually said it, but I'm pretty sure.) But I worry about going to London and him needing me. But I also worry about going to York and then regretting not doing the more exciting and (potentially) better option for myself.

    I don't know how selfish to be or what is even considered selfish or what I'll regret or enjoy more or AHHHHH.
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    (Original post by iheartdjokovic)
    I think London has a certain romance about it which disappears as soon as you actually move there
    Why does it disappear?!
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    This is one of my concerns. I don't know how much of a home bunny I am. BUT, my Dad had a stroke this January, he's pretty much fine now, but he really doesn't want me to go to London (He hasn't actually said it, but I'm pretty sure.) But I worry about going to London and him needing me. But I also worry about going to York and then regretting not doing the more exciting and (potentially) better option for myself.

    I don't know how selfish to be or what is even considered selfish or what I'll regret or enjoy more or AHHHHH.
    What are you looking to do after your degree? QMUL has a great employment record and is now russell group. A friend of mine is currently studying there and is finding it amazing. There is nothing wrong with mile end. York is a great uni but nowhere really does the campus experience quite like QMUL. So I would say QMUL if you are a risk taker. Life is about risks.
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    (Original post by Galileo Galilei)
    What are you looking to do after your degree? QMUL has a great employment record and is now russell group. A friend of mine is currently studying there and is finding it amazing. There is nothing wrong with mile end. York is a great uni but nowhere really does the campus experience quite like QMUL. So I would say QMUL if you are a risk taker. Life is about risks.
    That's another thing, I'm massively into photography, so London would open all kinds of new opportunities in that. Otherwise I have no idea.

    What is your friend studying?

    I didn't think Mile End seemed that rough, but then I'm confused as to why people are saying it's awful.
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    Just to kind of weigh, I live in East London (very close to Mile End, and have visited QMUL campus umpteen times as I have friends there), and I'm going to York in the autumn to do History.

    I think QMUL might be getting a bit of a rough-ride about prestige. The fact is that both universities are on the up, and both are recent entrants to the RG. The league tables seem consistent in suggesting that York is better than QMUL for English, but probably not by that much, and you have to take that with a pinch of salt. Interestingly, I think it's worth considering where they will both be in 10 years time, and I don't see either of them trailing off the map for employers or academics.

    York is undergoing a huge renovation and getting a extra campus, whereas East London has had a lot of investment following the Olympics, and the calibre of student life probably remains high by virtue of being in London.

    However, what I will say about Mile End is that I wouldn't want to live there. By and large, Mile End isn't the worst place in East London to live. It's a small area with a Budgens just by the campus (which is the hallmark of poshness), but half of the place is underneath a motorway or train line. There's very little greenery around, bar I suppose Mile End Park, but that is miserable beyond belief (I've worked there a few times picking up the mounds of detritus that the pond accumulates). More pressing is that it's sandwiched between fairly unpleasant areas. Bethnal Green isn't quite Kensington, for example. I think QMUL is probably good for London-based students living at home, but coming from a rural part of the world to one of the more dismal parts of London will be a big culture shock.
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    That's another thing, I'm massively into photography, so London would open all kinds of new opportunities in that. Otherwise I have no idea.

    What is your friend studying?

    I didn't think Mile End seemed that rough, but then I'm confused as to why people are saying it's awful.
    There's always something to do in London. My friend is studing Civil engineering and Mile End isn't that bad people may say that it is like hell but do not believe them.
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    You should find some York students on here and ask them about the social life/nightlife, which is what you seem most concerned about. I've visited the city a few times and yes, it is a bit small, but think about whether you could realistically adjust from the quiet Northumberland countryside to the urban jungle that is London. I felt some strange attraction to London too, but after thinking about it more, I don't think that extra 'excitement' is worth the extra living cost. At the end of the day, wherever you go, you can still visit the other city and experience it without having to live and study there.
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    OP, you've evidently made your decision. I don't really want to point you one way or another, but it is clear that you are agreeing with everyone suggesting QMUL is a good choice and challenging everyone who says you should choose York.

    Obviously you want to be in London, so don't let what other people would want sway your decision. You'll learn that prestige and league tables aren't always what they're cracked up to be, better off being happy at QMUL than sad anywhere else.
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    (Original post by M1011)
    OP, you've evidently made your decision. I don't really want to point you one way or another, but it is clear that you are agreeing with everyone suggesting QMUL is a good choice and challenging everyone who says you should choose York.

    Obviously you want to be in London, so don't let what other people would want sway your decision. You'll learn that prestige and league tables aren't always what they're cracked up to be, better off being happy at QMUL than sad anywhere else.
    I thought I had, but what's evident to me is that I haven't.
    I'm awful at decisions at the best of times, never mind when they decide the next three years of my life.
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    I thought I had, but what's evident to me is that I haven't.
    I'm awful at decisions at the best of times, never mind when they decide the next three years of my life.
    Good luck with deciding on a career... Accepting/making a proposal... Deciding whether to have children...
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    (Original post by AyeFaye)
    Why did you hate it?
    Tiny uni, crap area, it really did look like attending sixth form over again. Also the massive cemetery in the middle of the Campus didn't help.

    As much as I tried to like QMUL, I couldn't help but hate it. It also didn't leave a good impression that their Open Day was extremely poorly organised and I wasn't able to attend the Medicine lecture I wanted to go to due to overbooking. It really felt like a waste of a day - although I guess it was partially useful as it made me decide that I would never consider going there since I'm 100% sure I would be unhappy.

    And yes. There are a ton of Asians there - and this is coming from an Asian guy himself. I don't really think this to be a problem (well, I wouldn't...)
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    I'm having almost the exact same issue only between York and Glasgow Uni for English & History of Art joint honours.

    I got such a bad vibe from York, it just seemed like a depressing place full of Surrey students (of which I am one) I haven't been able to go to Glasgow but it looks like there's more going on and it's the 4th oldest English speaking uni in the UK/world. That being said, York is one of the best unis for English and it's only a 3 year course ... however in some ways four more years in education would be nice.

    Ahh I don't know what to do, every time I make up my mind something makes me falter.
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    (Original post by lilyrawstorne)
    I'm having almost the exact same issue only between York and Glasgow Uni for English & History of Art joint honours.

    I got such a bad vibe from York, it just seemed like a depressing place full of Surrey students (of which I am one) I haven't been able to go to Glasgow but it looks like there's more going on and it's the 4th oldest English speaking uni in the UK/world. That being said, York is one of the best unis for English and it's only a 3 year course ... however in some ways four more years in education would be nice.

    Ahh I don't know what to do, every time I make up my mind something makes me falter.
    Would you believe Glasgow is also on the cards for me. But I'm put off by the 4 years, the lack of interesting course modules and the fact you don't specialise in your degree till the end of year 2. Saying that, I'll see what I think on Tuesday (You aren't going to the applicants open day?)

    I'm trying to organise a visit to York atm too. Why did you think it was a depressing place?

    Looks like all the places I have offers for have huge flaws. GAH!
 
 
 
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