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    I entered Clearing today to try and find a place on an English Language course. I've got offer from Cardiff, Swansea, Lancaster and Sheffield Hallam.

    I've been to uni before and it's a big deal to me to have a close-knit community with a good student union/student services. I also really enjoy living in a city.

    And so, to the crux of my problem: I can't see any reason to go to Swansea or Sheffield Hallam, as both seem inferior to Cardiff and Lancaster in every way. That siad, I can't decide between Lancaster and Cardiff. Lancaster seems stronger academically, but not by a huge margin, but it's in a tiny little town, and I'm worried that I'll get itchy feet if I don't have a city at my doorstep. Cardiff, while slightly weaker academically, is still a very good university, and I have the chance to live in a major city.

    Can anybody offer advice? Would especially appreciate input from people who have been to Lancaster/Cardiff.
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    Sounds like you'd be happier at Cardiff. I'd go there if I were you, there seems to be very little in it.
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    Although I personally would prefer Lancaster, by what you say, it seems that Cardiff is the better choice of you. It looks like you will be happier there, and, in the end, it's all that really matters!
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    Cardiff is a Russell Group university and Lancaster is not. Although Lancaster may be better in the league tables for your subject, employers will be more impressed with Cardiff on your CV. Also as a Cardiff grad it's a wicked university and the city is amazing. Most people I studied with remained in the area after graduation.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by cranberryberry)
    Cardiff is a Russell Group university and Lancaster is not. Although Lancaster may be better in the league tables for your subject, employers will be more impressed with Cardiff on your CV. Also as a Cardiff grad it's a wicked university and the city is amazing. Most people I studied with remained in the area after graduation.

    Good luck!
    Just because Cardiff is a Russell Group university doesn't necessarily make it more 'impressive' than Lancaster. Lancaster is a very good research-led university that's ranked highly in all major UK uni league tables and has a strong academic reputation.

    In the end, though, it all comes down to the degree you earned, not the uni you went to.
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    Go to cardiff. I was torn between the two as well, but couldn't bare the Isolation of Lancaster. Cardiff's an awesome city and is a highly respected uni.
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    Although lancaster isn't a big place, manchester isn't difficult to get to. And there's direct trains to London/Edinburgh too, which aren't too expensive when bought in advance.
    It's not as isolated as a lot of people make out. But then, I like the fact that it's a quiet place in the middle of the countryside. I dislike big cities.
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    Were you ever bored being in Lancaster, or did the Uni have enough to keep you interested?
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    (Original post by Raymond666)
    Just because Cardiff is a Russell Group university doesn't necessarily make it more 'impressive' than Lancaster. Lancaster is a very good research-led university that's ranked highly in all major UK uni league tables and has a strong academic reputation.

    In the end, though, it all comes down to the degree you earned, not the uni you went to.
    I wish I could agree, but having been on the hunt for grad jobs for the past year and a half, I would seriously advise going to a Russell group uni if you can't make it in to the big 5. That is no slur on Lancaster, it sounds like a cracking uni, just from my (pretty vast) experience, the better recognised the uni the better chance you have. If you're in the top 5 (especially Oxbridge) a 2:2 is often accepted above higher classifications. Depressing but true.


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