Hey, i've currently got conditional offers for maths at Bath and Bristol and am struggling to choose between them. They are of pretty much the same level in terms of rank so this doesn't bother me.
I marginally preferred the maths department at bath, but my main concern is if i would get bored after a while, especially after first year. Although the sports facilities are really good, i'm not particularly sporty so that doesn't really appeal to me. I'm also not a big fan of clubbing or getting completely wasted a lot. So other than that, what do most students usually do in bath? What about after the first year?
I know that Bristol is relatively close but do many students go into Bristol from Bath for day trips? How much hassle/how expensive is this?
Also, i'm worried that there will be a lot of really sporty or posh people or people only interested in going drinking every night there and it will be difficult to find friends with other interests, have others found this to be the case or is this not true?
Coming from a big city, i'm also wondering if the (relatively) small city of bath and the small campus will feel really claustrophobic after a while, is this generally the case or does it stay a nice atmosphere? How easy is it to find jobs around the campus and city?
When i visited, the maths department at bath seemed rather big and almost impersonal. Can any maths students tell me how much support you get if you are struggling as this is rather important to me?
I preferred Bristol's social scene as this seemed a bit better than Bath's, but can any maths students at Bristol tell me how good the department facilities are and how much this affects you? Is having lectures in other departments a big hassle?
How expensive is it to live in Bath/Bristol?
Sorry i have a lot of questions but if anyone can help or have any input id be really grateful. Thanks
What do you think?