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Slowly going mad here.

Have offers for both. (Both degrees are joint honours with Chinese, btw.)

Leeds is undoubtedly more prestigious, but it's so far away from London.

Goldsmiths has a more chill atmosphere, and it has a 24/7 library, and it's in London. But its rankings are awful.

My family and boyfriend and all my friends are in London, so I'm very reluctant to leave and go so far up north.

Some advice, please?
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Somebody, please. I'll do anything in return for some help. I can't concentrate on anything.
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Economics at Leeds. You've already said why.

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Economics at Leeds. You've already said why.

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But the distance and the, ugh, everything else...
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Anyone else? Please?

Does basing university choice around family / relationships usually backfire?

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What is International Studies? The course name sounds iffy.
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What is International Studies? The course name sounds iffy.
Yeah, that's what I thought too. From what I've gathered, it's basically politics and some sociology. Meh.

I'd to go Leeds to study Chinese and Economics without any second thoughts whatsoever if it wasn't for my, uh, "significant other" and family (who are all London-based).
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Yeah, that's what I thought too. From what I've gathered, it's basically politics and some sociology. Meh.

I'd to go Leeds to study Chinese and Economics without any second thoughts whatsoever if it wasn't for my, uh, "significant other" and family (who are all London-based).
Employers may be a bit confused about your degree.

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People leave their families for uni all the time and plenty of students are in long distance relationships. I'd go for Leeds, not just because it's a better uni but the course name is far clearer. Or apply for Chinese and Economics at a London uni
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People leave their families for uni all the time and plenty of students are in long distance relationships. I'd go for Leeds, not just because it's a better uni but the course name is far clearer. Or apply for Chinese and Economics at a London uni
I might just, tbh.

In terms of Leeds vs SOAS, is there that much difference? Reputation, "prestige" (as much as I hate those two words), etc?
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I might just, tbh.

In terms of Leeds vs SOAS, is there that much difference? Reputation, "prestige" (as much as I hate those two words), etc?
Have you got an offer from SOAS too? Honestly, don't buy into the whole prestige thing - it's not *that* important in the grand scheme of things. Obviously get into the best uni you can, but also be happy where you are.

If you've got an offer from SOAS for Chinese and Economics and you really want to stay in London, go there. Not a huge amount of difference between SOAS and Leeds I don't think, even though Leeds is a little more prestigious.
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Have you got an offer from SOAS too? Honestly, don't buy into the whole prestige thing - it's not *that* important in the grand scheme of things. Obviously get into the best uni you can, but also be happy where you are.

If you've got an offer from SOAS for Chinese and Economics and you really want to stay in London, go there. Not a huge amount of difference between SOAS and Leeds I don't think, even though Leeds is a little more prestigious.
Not from SOAS, no. I applied for Chinese and IR there, but I'm still waiting - I guess I could always ask to transfer? Either way they've had spaces in Clearing for basically everything except Law for the last 3 years straight (...although now that I think of it, that's kind of worrying).
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Not from SOAS, no. I applied for Chinese and IR there, but I'm still waiting - I guess I could always ask to transfer? Either way they've had spaces in Clearing for basically everything except Law for the last 3 years straight (...although now that I think of it, that's kind of worrying).
Leeds unless you get SOAS offer, which you can then change course later, if you wish.
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Leeds unless you get SOAS offer, which you can then change course later, if you wish.
Thanks man, I think that's what I'll do.

Is SOAS more prestigious than Leeds?

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Thanks man, I think that's what I'll do.

Is SOAS more prestigious than Leeds?

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SOAS is a different kind of university from Leeds. One cannot say it is more or less prestigious. It is different because of its focus and that's also where its strength and uniqueness lie. Go read their profile.
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SOAS is a different kind of university from Leeds. One cannot say it is more or less prestigious. It is different because of its focus and that's also where its strength and uniqueness lie. Go read their profile.
I know what they're both like in terms of their atmosphere, but I just worry that a degree from Leeds will look a lot more solid than one from SOAS.

Especially given the fact that I'll probably end up sticking with Chinese & IR at SOAS, whereas my offer for Leeds is for Chinese & Economics.
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I thought one of your criteria is to stay in London because friends and family are there. And, so it was more about finding a good university in London. Otherwise, just go Leeds ... but there are QMUL, RHUL, Reading ... many more very nearby universities, right?
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Economics at Leeds. Economics is a rigorous, traditional and well-respected degree subject. Whereas international studies... what is that exactly? Sounds like a multidisciplinary mish-mash of things... I mean, the core traditional social sciences are multidisciplinary enough. Leeds is also the more highly regarded than Goldsmiths. Your "pro" points for Goldsmiths are quite funny in how lame they are (chill atmosphere, 24/7 library) - that just says it all
Fair enough, especially the last sentence - thanks - I just needed some sense kicked into me that's all
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Going to university away from home is a great experience. Most international students will tell you that it is a defining moment of their lives which sets them different in many ways from their friends who did not venture away.
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Not from SOAS, no. I applied for Chinese and IR there, but I'm still waiting - I guess I could always ask to transfer? Either way they've had spaces in Clearing for basically everything except Law for the last 3 years straight (...although now that I think of it, that's kind of worrying).
Hello I applied to IR and Chinese as well but I'm still waiting for their decision! I have a doubt about the course, maybe you could help me! Do you know whether the second year is compulsory abroad even for students of combined courses or if it is just for people studying only Chinese?
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To be honest, it is clear from your posts that ultimately you would rather go to Leeds and study Economics with Chinese. In said case, just do it.

That said, I do want to give a caution- do not choose Leeds or let yourself think it is amazing because of the rankings. What is more important is you like the atmosphere of the city, you like the course you are studying (you want to want to get out of bed and go to lectures, if you see what I mean) and also the all-round experience it will give you.

If you think Leeds is best for you based on this, and not league table rankings, then go for it. Otherwise, maybe Goldsmiths is better for you, or consider applying to SOAS.
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