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University of Edinburgh or Exeter? in terms of reputation/employment prospects and student life!
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Both fantastic. I'm at Exeter (doing IT Management for Business), and student life is great. The SU is really great, Exeter is a lot smaller than Edinburgh and not that much cheaper. The Economics courses here are BAs, not sure if Edinburgh has BScs, though there is obviously economics etc. there.

Employment wise - My Economics final year friends are not complaining about their future (as opposed to the English people), and our Business School has quite nice links with the industry. Reuters has a lab in the Financial Centre, lots of consultancy firms (EY, KPMG, etc. and others) and banks (Santander, NatWest) are always on Campus, be it CareersFair day or not..
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(Original post by niklasR)
Both fantastic. I'm at Exeter (doing IT Management for Business), and student life is great. The SU is really great, Exeter is a lot smaller than Edinburgh and not that much cheaper. The Economics courses here are BAs, not sure if Edinburgh has BScs, though there is obviously economics etc. there.

Employment wise - My Economics final year friends are not complaining about their future (as opposed to the English people), and our Business School has quite nice links with the industry. Reuters has a lab in the Financial Centre, lots of consultancy firms (EY, KPMG, etc. and others) and banks (Santander, NatWest) are always on Campus, be it CareersFair day or not..
Curious, what does a SU do to make it great? How boring is Exeter? The year in industry option's really appealing for me for Exeter. Will be doing Economics & Finance.

I'm an international student so international reputation does matter somewhat. I've offers from Manchester too so really hard time deciding between both of them.
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I guess it really depends what you're into to make use of the SU's facilities. We've got some amazing societies & student groups, staff support is pretty good if you need it for anything (be it VAT processing or putting on an event for 400 or so people), funding processes make sense and facilities provided are quite good. A couple of weeks Lancaster's SU's sent some people down to have a look around because apparently we're a 'model SU' with our 'Green Unit' and the entrepreneur support.
They invested some £500,000 in 2012 into facilities and space redevelopment, and the same again this year for the rest of the building.

But yeah, http://www.exeterguild.org/ vs http://manchesterstudentsunion.com/ if you want to get involved with SU live. There are more than enough students here who don't ever set a foot into the SU's building, or know where the "Activities & Volunteering hub" is..

I've been to Manchester for an Open Day and then for an Interview, and my choice was ultimately Exeter because of the nicer campus/atmosphere.

Exeter isn't 'boring' per se, see http://www.thestudentbubble.com/ (have a look at the 'bucket list' at the top, and if you do get bored, you're in Bath, Bristol, Cardiff pretty quickly and not too expensively, and a megabus (or train, depending on your budget) to London is always an option.

Reputation - well, Manchester has been a top uni for longer (more in the science/computer field, I'd say, than business/econ though, but Exeter was THE Uni of the year 2013.
The Business School in Exeter is pretty decent and new, again many links with SU societies (SEETalks (last week Evan Davis was here, the CEO of citigroup was here in March), Business & Economics Society, Exeter Finance and Investment Society (which is one of the largest societies with over 900 members)). I don't know how any of that is in Manchester, I guess Manchester might have some better links woth local businesses, purely because there are more of them, and Manchester is a bit more establishes than Exeter,
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