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Durham v. Bristol v. UCL - Which has more posh students? Watch

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    Outside of Oxbridge, it is generally accepted that UCL, Durham and Bristol are often seen as the universities which draw the students from the wealthiest and most privileged backgrounds (ie. graduates of elite, private, single-sex, traditional boarding school). With that said, which of the three do you think draws the poshest of the posh?
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    I wonder if certain demographic and socio-economic sub-sets within the posh element of student society would prefer one of the three universities over the other two for specific reasons that are endemic to their situation.
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    Durham, hands down. UCL is mostly rammed with internationals who, frankly, don't qualify in the 'poshness' stakes :haughty:
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    Durham, hands down. UCL is mostly rammed with internationals who, frankly, don't qualify in the 'poshness' stakes :haughty:

    Fair point. What are your thoughts on the University of Bristol?
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    (Original post by sydney_watts)
    Fair point. What are your thoughts on the University of Bristol?
    Decent uni, know quite a few good kids from good backgrounds who've attended. Would probably be the pick of the bunch for me in terms of quality of uni experience/fellow students, although UCL would be the place to go in terms of prestige, and particularly with regard to my discipline (Economics)
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    (Original post by Foo.mp3)
    Decent uni, know quite a few good kids from good backgrounds who've attended. Would probably be the pick of the bunch for me in terms of quality of uni experience/fellow students, although UCL would be the place to go in terms of prestige, and particularly with regard to my discipline (Economics)

    Thanks. It's just I've heard a few of the boarding school types say in the past that if they couldn't get into Oxbridge, Bristol would be there next choice - especially the girls.
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    I've heard Exeter mentioned by some of this crowd too, but take it from someone who has been around this group my whole life. The three listed above are the top 3 alternates to Oxbridge. London School of Economics would have been up there at one time too, but the latest scandal there was the final nail in the coffin for their reputation. Kings is close and, Imperial, of course too, but Imperial like the Music and Arts colleges are highly specialised and are taking only people focused in one or two directions.
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    (Original post by Collierja)
    I'd like to hear people's thoughts on which of these universities have the biggest portion of students who are up their own arses. I'd say Bristol.

    Both Durham and Bristol have that woefully insecure, 'We might not be Oxbridge, but we're almost Oxbridge,' type of annoying arrogance. UCL just reminds me of an urban American university like NYU or the University of Chicago. It has that uber-hip, Left-wing kind of a vibe.
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    I'd have to say Durham, but that's just going off what I've heard.
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    UCL as there are really rich students from both the UK and abroad enjoying what central ****ing London has to offer

    State school guys are likely to feel alienated so do not get your hopes up

    Luckily I am a rich-ish boy so I should be fine there

    (Original post by sydney_watts)
    Fair point. What are your thoughts on the University of Bristol?
    Worst uni out of the three

    (Original post by Collierja)
    Agreed. I have this intolerably smug friend of a friend


    That is how I feel too!
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    No way is it Bristol. I live there, and posh is one word I'd never use to describe it.
    I don't actually go to uni there though, partly because of that and partly because I live here, so maybe it's nice on the inside. On the outside, it's actually quite a ****ty place. Also, apparently the lecturers there aren't great compared to those of UWE in the same city, which is considerably less respected in the grand scheme of things.
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    (Original post by Collierja)
    Agreed. This is just an anecdote but I have this intolerably smug friend of a friend at Bristol who brags and brags about the fact that he's there. He always rubs it in by saying that he's going to 'end up with a really good job', which he says this in front his poor dropout friends at home. He's openly admits to being a 'uni snob' as though it's a harmless thing. He considers me inferior for going to Birmingham!
    Yes, because that friend of yours is representative of every Bristolian :rolleyes: I know someone going to Birmingham through clearing and I'm genuinely happy for her after all she's been through. Not to mention the one arrogant **** from my school (who bragged about getting 4 As at AS, 3 A*s this january and june results day) is going to UCL. I don't make horrible remarks about people who go/are going to UCL because of him.

    Staying on topic, I think it's Durham - my friend went to an open day and they said that not only the students are snobs, even the tutors are up their own arse.
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    (Original post by Collierja)
    I didn't say I thought he was representative of every Bristolian. :rolleyes: And frankly I don't care if that's what you think. I was expecting this kind of comment from at least someone. TSR is always full of people who say 'oh that's unrepresentative' or 'oh you're biased', whenever someone makes a ****ing comment that lies the outside the realms of their PC mindset and probably applies to them in the first place...

    I'm not pretending to be an intellectual or carry out a university project investigating the average smugness of people who go there. The fact that people who go to Bristol themselves have mentioned that it has an air of 'woefully insecure, we might not be Oxbridge but we're nearly there' must mean something...
    Lol. You're obviously very narrow minded if you think that way. If thats what you think of Bristolians then, hey, whatever. You're clearly just a troll looking for an argument. :troll:
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    Does it matter? I'm going to Oxford and it's full of posh people, and I'm from a working class background, so I might be a bit out of place, but, I don't care, I'm still going to be at Oxford.
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    (Original post by Oxford2013)
    Does it matter? I'm going to Oxford and it's full of posh people, and I'm from a working class background, so I might be a bit out of place, but, I don't care, I'm still going to be at Oxford.
    You will only be out of place if you assume you're out of place. There is a higher proportion of private school students than average, but there are plenty of students of all backgrounds. They're only teenagers - if you reject them they'll reject you, but if you're friendly you will not be out of place at all.
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    Somebody told me Bristol is the first choice after Oxbridge if you are going to read an Arts & Humanities course, Durham if you were snubbed by Oxbridge and plan on studying one of the STEM subjects like Maths or Chemistry, and UCL is the uni of choice for those not gaining entrance to Oxbridge who want to study a Social Science.

    Does this make sense?
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    (Original post by sydney_watts)
    Somebody told me Bristol is the first choice after Oxbridge if you are going to read an Arts & Humanities course, Durham if you were snubbed by Oxbridge and plan on studying one of the STEM subjects like Maths or Chemistry, and UCL is the uni of choice for those not gaining entrance to Oxbridge who want to study a Social Science.

    Does this make sense?
    Bristol is the worst out of the three

    Durham is too high in latitude

    UCL is near oxford street and has rich ***** so...

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    If thats what you think of Bristolians then, hey, whatever.
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    (Original post by BonnyBonny)
    Bristol is the worst out of the three

    Durham is too high in latitude

    UCL is near oxford street and has rich ***** so...


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    Opinion =/= fact. Bristol has departments that completely smash UCL and Durham.
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    Bristol seems to have loads of international ****ers.
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    (Original post by Collierja)
    I didn't say I thought he was representative of every Bristolian. :rolleyes: And frankly I don't care if that's what you think. I was expecting this kind of comment from at least someone. TSR is always full of people who say 'oh that's unrepresentative' or 'oh you're biased', whenever someone makes a ****ing comment that lies the outside the realms of their PC mindset and probably applies to them in the first place...

    I'm not pretending to be an intellectual and carry out a university project, carefully investigating the average smugness of people who go there. The fact that people who go to Bristol themselves frequently mention something along the lines of that it having an atmosphere of 'woefully insecure, we might not be Oxbridge but we're nearly there' must mean something, and as it happens, I have met people who go/went there who fit the stereotype to the point where I could kill.
    Equally there will be people who go to Birmingham who themselves frequently mention something along the lines of it being 'a fairly crap university'. Does that mean it is, then?

    You are clearly just very bitter, as your comment about 'conservative tea-drinking ponces' proves. Leave out the abuse.

    How many people do you actually know at Bristol to get this opinion from? I'm frankly tired of all of those people who assume that those at high-octane Oxbridge reject universities are bitter and have some sort of inferiority complex. My impression is that, once there, they wouldn't be anywhere else and completely forget about Oxbridge, often relieved that they dodged the bullet of workloads which have literally killed people in the past.
 
 
 
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