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Hi, i have a bit of dilemma and am hoping for some good advice! stuck between 2 unis, Uni of Birmingham and Exeter. I have received an unconditional from brum (applicable of i put them as first choice) or AAA if i put them as insurance, and AAA from exeter. should I take the unconditional? Exeter have offered me lower than others i know from other schools, with most seemingly A*AA, which suggests i have received a nice offer. any ideas?
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(Original post by mattp246)
Hi, i have a bit of dilemma and am hoping for some good advice! stuck between 2 unis, Uni of Birmingham and Exeter. I have received an unconditional from brum (applicable of i put them as first choice) or AAA if i put them as insurance, and AAA from exeter. should I take the unconditional? Exeter have offered me lower than others i know from other schools, with most seemingly A*AA, which suggests i have received a nice offer. any ideas?
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The question is: Do you want to go to Birmingham or Exeter?

Your offer at Birmingham is unconditional. So if you firm them, you are guaranteed to get in. If you firm Exeter, however, then you don't really have an insurance if all your offers are AAA, in which case you need to be sure of getting AAA.

Have you visited both? What did you think about each place? What about the location, atmosphere, weather, etc.? What about the modules - Birmingham have a lot of applied modules with a focus on East Europe whereas Exeter as more theoretical modules and less application. Which is more important for you?
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(Original post by mattp246)
Hi, i have a bit of dilemma and am hoping for some good advice! stuck between 2 unis, Uni of Birmingham and Exeter. I have received an unconditional from brum (applicable of i put them as first choice) or AAA if i put them as insurance, and AAA from exeter. should I take the unconditional? Exeter have offered me lower than others i know from other schools, with most seemingly A*AA, which suggests i have received a nice offer. any ideas?
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Exeter is better, Bham is desperate
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Exeter > Birmingham for sure. The question is are you willing to take a chance?
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Birmingham has the best campus and location for any university in the UK. The city also has career opportunities.

Exeter in my opinion has an inflated view of itself and just attracts rich Southern privately educated students because it's pretty and on the coast.
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Birmingham has the best campus and location for any university in the UK. The city also has career opportunities.

Exeter in my opinion has an inflated view of itself and just attracts rich Southern privately educated students because it's pretty and on the coast.
Ummmm London would have the best location for any university in the UK.



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Ummmm London would have the best location for any university in the UK.



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You're a bit selective of your images, aren't you...

University of Birmingham









That said, I am sure the thread starter is more interested in real reasons for Birmingham vs. Exeter as opposed to venturing into London universities (which they haven't mentioned) and also unjustified claims such as "university x is desperate" or equivalently "university y is full of rich people"... :facepalm:
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Ummmm London would have the best location for any university in the UK.



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you chose birmingham city university...which is right in the centre, and is a different uni

wow

much selection

such bias
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you chose birmingham city university...which is right in the centre, and is a different uni

wow

much selection

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You said Birmingham was the best location.

(Original post by .ACS.)
You're a bit selective of your images, aren't you...

That said, I am sure the thread starter is more interested in real reasons for Birmingham vs. Exeter as opposed to venturing into London universities (which they haven't mentioned) and also unjustified claims such as "university x is desperate" or equivalently "university y is full of rich people"... :facepalm:
He did say that Birmingham was the best location for students and didn't explicitly compare it to Exeter.




Still, Exeter is most definitely better than Birmingham for econ, who are so low on intake that they offer unconditionals if firmed.
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Exeter,better Uni, better campus, better sports facilities, safer city......
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Exeter > Birmingham for sure. The question is are you willing to take a chance?
Exactly! it will come down to whether i want to take the risk, exeter is better, but im thinking how much better - modules are similar in most cases, and in terms of employability prospects they arnt too dissimilar and who you know will get you a job at the end, not just the uni you go too.
got some good feedback from my cousins who went to exeter, but also good feedback from people who go to brum, i do realise there could be bias in most cases!
anyone doing econ at either who could give some feedback?
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I'm faced with precisely the same dilemma
student satisfaction seems quite similar 87% @ Exeter vs 83% @ Brum (which?)
I've been up to see brummy and the university is rather impressive - mates also say night life is good and I reckon it's a lot cheaper to live there vs Exeter, which is backed up by some of the comments about Exeter on the which? page.
If league tables are anything to go by it's worth noting that Brum ranks higher on the Guardian (for econ) 9th vs. 21st(!) but CUG says Exeter is 7th - 11 places higher than Brum.
I dont really trust the league tables though as the fluctuation in positions is shocking from year to year which makes no sense as not very much changes each year
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Take a look at the enclosed for Economics. No comparison between Exeter and Birmingham.
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Not as much in them as some on here make out, though I'd agree Exeter is better in Economics though Birmingham is rising. I've applied for Birmingham myself but not Exeter, simply because of location. Partly because it's not 3+ hours from home like Exeter and whilst parts of the city aren't the best, it's a good student city.
You've got to decide which course you prefer and which location is better, at the end of the day either uni will open up similar opportunities but to make the most of anything or better that, it's all about you and not just where you get your bit of paper from.

And for the record I'll be most likely insuring with Birmingham and firming UCL
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Birmingham has the best campus and location for any university in the UK. The city also has career opportunities.

Exeter in my opinion has an inflated view of itself and just attracts rich Southern privately educated students because it's pretty and on the coast.
When you go to placement interviews (UBS, Goldman, etc) you meet Exeter students, never Birmingham. Perhaps anecdotal, but it does tell a story.
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Sorry to hijack the thread, Birmingham or Manchester for Economics/Finance undergraduate?
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