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    Can anyone offer any advice.
    I have offers from both for Maths but just can't decide. Loved both open days but they are very different.
    Durham very formal/traditional, great reputation. Accomodation not so good.
    Lancaster more modern, lovely accomodation. Great course structure.
    My head says Durham, but my heart says Lancaster.
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    Durham is more prestigious and will probably benefit you more in the long run.


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    Hi, I'm a bit of a lurker on here trying to decide where to go myself, so I can sympathise with how difficult it is to make a decision!

    I would say go with your heart first, then your head. Durham is usually seen as being more prestigious than Lancaster, but if you don't like Durham as much you would regret your decision if you went there. Durham is a lovely place though, if you're completely torn between them I would choose Durham, but you sound as though you prefer Lancaster. I'm trying to decide between Warwick and Durham myself and its a nightmare!

    Were you on an open day in March? I was there on Monday and Tuesday, at Van Mildert
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    Yeah I was also at Van Mildert for the open day but on the Tuesday/Wednesday. What did you think of the days? Im still really torn between the two, I keep changing my mind on where I want to be. I know durham's reputation counts for a lot but I don't know where I will be happier. Hoping the decision will just come to me one day. Is Warwick very different to Durham?
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    Having been round both unis, I personally preferred Durham. They have a better reputation for my course (Natural Sciences), a nicer 'feel' with the collages and the way the uni basically takes up the whole 'city', whereas Lancaster's campus was a bit crowded, is surrounded by two major roads, and didn't have quite as good a reputation. I'm not sure what you mean about the accommodation, personally I thought the accommodation at Durham was much nicer, more affordable (with the whole fixed rate, all inclusive of meals etc. thing), and had a much nicer atmosphere due to the collages. Lancaster's 'collegiate' system is basically just normal halls, they don't guarantee accommodation, it was more expensive, and you had to share kitchens/ bathrooms with far more people. It probably depends on the Durham collage though...
    Was there much difference in the courses? Another key factor for me was the rather silly structure of the course at Lancaster, whereas Durham's was more logical, allowed some specialism, and allowed me to study more first year modules.
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    Lancaster has a better reputation (Durham has shot up the rankings in the past year whilst Lancaster remained in the top 10 for the past 3/4 years). Durham's nightlife is quite bad, my mate goes that and he told me it sucks. The night life at Lancaster is is much better than that at Durham, especially the Union Nightlife. However Durham is a bit more all over the city; it's got a historical presence and it has some campuses around the city of Durham and so isn't all in one place. Lancaster Uni is in a separate location just a bus journey away from the main town however the Uni has a total of 9 bars and its own night club so there's plenty to do.

    The accommodation at Lancaster is very modern as most of the buildings have been refurbished and many more new ones made; ready for the 2013 students I can't comment on Durham's accommodation because I haven't seen all of it but from what I have seen is that most of the buildings look quite old / historical on the outside plus the accommodation at Durham is more expensive than Lancaster's.

    And to prove everything I've said check out both these links and compare em yourself:
    http://university.which.co.uk/lancaster-university-l14
    http://university.which.co.uk/durham-university-d86

    I've been to both Uni's at their open days and I can safely say that they are both good universities and no matter which one you get into you'll end up with a very worthy degree
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    Yeah I was also at Van Mildert for the open day but on the Tuesday/Wednesday. What did you think of the days? Im still really torn between the two, I keep changing my mind on where I want to be. I know durham's reputation counts for a lot but I don't know where I will be happier. Hoping the decision will just come to me one day. Is Warwick very different to Durham?
    I really enjoyed the open days - before visiting I was 90% sure I would firm Warwick, but now I haven't got a clue which one I prefer!

    Warwick and Durham are worlds apart, obviously you know what Durham is like but Warwick is basically a 1960s campus in countryside, on the outskirts of Coventry. It is one of the nicer campuses though in my opinion. I would probably prefer to study in Durham, but sadly the maths department can't really compete with Warwick's. Whichever one i choose I'm terrified of regretting my decision!

    I know what you mean about changing your mind, yesterday I thought I had settled on Durham, but today I am leaning towards choosing Warwick again.

    P.S. if you had visited on the Monday you would have met me and instantly firmed Durham
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    (Original post by Math-Magician)
    I really enjoyed the open days - before visiting I was 90% sure I would firm Warwick, but now I haven't got a clue which one I prefer!
    Thats what happened to me too. Before the open days i had thought my favourite would be lancaster but after visiting it made my decision so much harder.

    Similar kind of situation with me. lancaster has a lovely campus, everything you need is there. But academically durham has the better reputation so would probably be beneficial to go there. But its such an important decision and i really dont want to wish id chosen the other one.

    Have you had to do STEP to get into warwick?
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    [QUOTE=Was there much difference in the courses? Another key factor for me was the rather silly structure of the course at Lancaster, whereas Durham's was more logical, allowed some specialism, and allowed me to study more first year modules.[/QUOTE]

    There is a fair difference in the courses. Lancaster only do pure maths and statistics, no mechanics or anything. In some ways I think this would suit me but obviously durhams reputation stands out more. I quite liked the structure of the course at Lancaster, it would allow you to double check you chose the right subject. But then again it might be best to focus on the one suject.

    I do like the colleges at Durham, the fact you get all your food and its got a bit of community feel but I like the feel of the place at Lancaster.

    Thanks for your help and advice
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    There is a fair difference in the courses. Lancaster only do pure maths and statistics, no mechanics or anything. In some ways I think this would suit me but obviously durhams reputation stands out more. I quite liked the structure of the course at Lancaster, it would allow you to double check you chose the right subject. But then again it might be best to focus on the one suject.

    I do like the colleges at Durham, the fact you get all your food and its got a bit of community feel but I like the feel of the place at Lancaster.

    Thanks for your help and advice
    Applied maths isn't just like mechanics at A Level though, you have to bear in mind that quite a lot of people think they prefer pure maths but end up not liking it at university. I know Warwick seemed to have less applied modules and more pure, but they let you take quite a few from physics as well if you want - Lancaster may be similar? I would be wary of closing off the option of doing applied maths altogether if Lancaster don't offer it at all. Just over one month to decide!

    Oh, and yeah I would need to do STEP to go to Warwick, so even if I firmed them there's a decent chance I would end up at Durham as my insurance.
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    I'd say come to Durham, but I'm incredibly biased...
    Another point for you to consider- in 2nd year, if you went to Lancaster you'd presumably end up living in Lancaster itself, and have to get a bus to uni every day, whereas if you're in Durham, the furthest away you could possibly end up living from the maths dept is about 20 mins walk..
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    (Original post by Aleeece123)
    I'd say come to Durham, but I'm incredibly biased...
    Another point for you to consider- in 2nd year, if you went to Lancaster you'd presumably end up living in Lancaster itself, and have to get a bus to uni every day, whereas if you're in Durham, the furthest away you could possibly end up living from the maths dept is about 20 mins walk..
    What has been the worst thing about the course at Durham in your experience?

    Its no good asking about the best bits as everyone just raves about their own university :P
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    (Original post by Math-Magician)
    What has been the worst thing about the course at Durham in your experience?

    Its no good asking about the best bits as everyone just raves about their own university :P
    Ooh good question I'd say the worst thing is that a few of the lecturers can be a bit hit and miss. Of course most of them are really good and clear, some are even quite entertaining, but there's a few that are either so dull that you almost fall asleep, or aren't very clear about what they're doing, so you end up wondering if you'd learn better from looking things up on the internet. But I suppose that's something you might find anywhere- particularly in universities that are into their research- teaching seems to end up being a bit of a sideline for some

    On a side note- I'd say the best things about the course in Durham are the amount of choice you get of modules (I've been able to completely avoid stats and physics-y maths for the last two years, and I'm taking a French module too at the moment) and the tutorials system in the first two years, which gives you plenty of support and motivation in the work you're doing
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    (Original post by Aleeece123)
    I'd say come to Durham, but I'm incredibly biased...
    Another point for you to consider- in 2nd year, if you went to Lancaster you'd presumably end up living in Lancaster itself, and have to get a bus to uni every day, whereas if you're in Durham, the furthest away you could possibly end up living from the maths dept is about 20 mins walk..
    Yeah buses onto campus from Bowerham (big student population) take 10 minutes. 20 minutes to campus from town so there's not much difference there
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    Follow your heart! Lancaster is a brilliant university!

    (Original post by staveley30)
    Can anyone offer any advice.
    I have offers from both for Maths but just can't decide. Loved both open days but they are very different.
    Durham very formal/traditional, great reputation. Accomodation not so good.
    Lancaster more modern, lovely accomodation. Great course structure.
    My head says Durham, but my heart says Lancaster.
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    (Original post by Aleeece123)

    On a side note- I'd say the best things about the course in Durham are the amount of choice you get of modules (I've been able to completely avoid stats and physics-y maths for the last two years, and I'm taking a French module too at the moment) and the tutorials system in the first two years, which gives you plenty of support and motivation in the work you're doing
    So if you have been able to avoid the physics-y modules does that mean there is a wide choice of modules? Im doing mechanics as part of Further maths now and as I dont do physics I am finding it tricky so it would be useful to know I dont have to do any of them type modules if i didnt want to.
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    (Original post by British199)
    Follow your heart! Lancaster is a brilliant university!
    Do you go to Lancaster currently? If you do did you find the jump from living at home to having to cook for yourself and everything else a big jump?
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    So if you have been able to avoid the physics-y modules does that mean there is a wide choice of modules? Im doing mechanics as part of Further maths now and as I dont do physics I am finding it tricky so it would be useful to know I dont have to do any of them type modules if i didnt want to.
    In later years yes: you have to do a half module in dynamics in first year, but it's not much more advanced than M2 really. After that, there's enough choice that you can easily avoid certain modules. The module lists are here: http://www.maths.dur.ac.uk/teaching/php/modules.php , where compulsary 1st year modules are in 1h, and optional ones in auxilliary- the rest are fairly self explanatory.
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    (Original post by Aleeece123)
    Ooh good question I'd say the worst thing is that a few of the lecturers can be a bit hit and miss. Of course most of them are really good and clear, some are even quite entertaining, but there's a few that are either so dull that you almost fall asleep, or aren't very clear about what they're doing, so you end up wondering if you'd learn better from looking things up on the internet. But I suppose that's something you might find anywhere- particularly in universities that are into their research- teaching seems to end up being a bit of a sideline for some

    On a side note- I'd say the best things about the course in Durham are the amount of choice you get of modules (I've been able to completely avoid stats and physics-y maths for the last two years, and I'm taking a French module too at the moment) and the tutorials system in the first two years, which gives you plenty of support and motivation in the work you're doing
    Thanks - I asked someone that at Warwick a few weeks back and got a very similar answer regarding the hit/miss lecturers, so I doubt Durham would be any worse in that respect.

    Knowing me I'd take all the physicsy modules, I think I would like that sort of stuff
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    Go to Lancaster!

    You can stay in halls for whole duration of your course!

    Buses drop you straight on campus so whats the big fuss if you move out?

    If you get 1a* n 2a or 2a* n 1 a u can get money for scholarships from lancaster, do dur offer anything like this.

    Lancaster have won the uni student housing award for 'best student uni halls" with sheff uni n imperial behind, and they've won this award for the past 3 consecutive years, and that must mean a lot of people are very happy with their service nd enjoy their time at halls!!!

    Ive firmed for Comp Sci (with industrial + masters integrated) cannot waitttttt!!


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