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    I got rejected from my first choice so I now have 4 offers and I want to choose soon and just get it off my mind, so I can focus on other things. I think my firm will be Econ & Finance at York or Econ at Leeds. Both are 3As which is my predict. Alternativally it's Newcastle or use Extra to try and get an offer from Bristol or somewhere.

    I really liked Leeds when I visited and I thought initially I preferred it to York. You can choose any module from any course as your optional modules which appealed to me, so I could pick some which get me exemptions from accountancy exams or something later potentially. I also like the city and my grandparents live really nearby. They also seemed really good in the business school about helping to get placements and stuff. But I thought the accommodation was pretty poor, not sure how much to take this into account as I will only live there for 1 year. There rugby kit also looks really ugly.

    I think York is really nice as well, the accommodation was great. I think it probably has a slightly better reputation and I have seen it ranked more favorably by employers like investment banks than Leeds. The city is great but the campus is not that near the city, and the straight economics course there did not look as good, I'm not sure if econ & finance is as well regarded.

    I did get sent an article which slated all the RG unis and York probably cam out of it the worst they said the uni was a combination of the worst things from every other uni and the people there were too dumb for Warwick and other places. The same article said that Leeds was one of the coolest places to go in the country.

    Sorry for the long post, any help from anyone who had a similar decision to make is appreciated or goes to either uni.
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    Yeah, I had to make this decision too. But I pussied out and went with Leeds because my mum and dad live in Leeds not too far from the Uni so it was way more convenient. I also wanted to do philosophy alongside my economics and Leeds was a lot better at the specific types of philosophy that I wanted to study - Phil of Mathematics, logic, meta-physics, normative and meta-ethics and phil of science.

    So not very helpful to you exactly I know. However I really don't recall the difference being significant in any sort of way so I'de just say go with whatever uni you like best for whatever other reasons - proximity to people you know, enjoyment of the campus location. York pissed me off because the philosophy area was miles away from the economics area (or at least where they were holding the opening day talks) so I had to get a bus from one to the other. That's quite inferior to the tightly packed campus of Leeds where from the centre of the campus you can get anywhere in a 15minute walk.
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    (Original post by TorpidPhil)
    Yeah, I had to make this decision too. But I pussied out and went with Leeds because my mum and dad live in Leeds not too far from the Uni so it was way more convenient. I also wanted to do philosophy alongside my economics and Leeds was a lot better at the specific types of philosophy that I wanted to study - Phil of Mathematics, logic, meta-physics, normative and meta-ethics and phil of science.

    So not very helpful to you exactly I know. However I really don't recall the difference being significant in any sort of way so I'de just say go with whatever uni you like best for whatever other reasons - proximity to people you know, enjoyment of the campus location. York pissed me off because the philosophy area was miles away from the economics area (or at least where they were holding the opening day talks) so I had to get a bus from one to the other. That's quite inferior to the tightly packed campus of Leeds where from the centre of the campus you can get anywhere in a 15minute walk.
    Cheers. My gut reaction after visiting was that I prefered Leeds but after talking to people and researching them more, I'm leaning to York even though it seems slightly worse in many areas for the better reputation. You enjoy it at Leeds?
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    (Original post by Flather)
    Cheers. My gut reaction after visiting was that I prefered Leeds but after talking to people and researching them more, I'm leaning to York even though it seems slightly worse in many areas for the better reputation. You enjoy it at Leeds?
    Leeds is great and I don't even care for the night life as I don't drink or really bother with any of that (which is often what people love about Leeds). The campus is well laid out. The teaching has been satisfactory for me too so far and that's saying something as I'm definitely a critic.

    I admit though that the economics side is far worse than the philosophy one in terms of teaching quality. That said I haven't yet specialised properly in economics only specialist course I've took so far was health economics and that was meeeehhh.

    Hopefully developmental economics will be better next year.
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    Talking to people at school today has not helped much. Everyone recommends a different uni from my top 3. I'm leaning towards Leeds just kind of on the feedback from other people and my gut reaction on visiting, it's just I think York has a much better reputation.
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    (Original post by Flather)
    Talking to people at school today has not helped much. Everyone recommends a different uni from my top 3. I'm leaning towards Leeds just kind of on the feedback from other people and my gut reaction on visiting, it's just I think York has a much better reputation.
    And how many people at your school have actually attended university...???
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    And how many people at your school have actually attended university...???
    They've spoken to people I haven't, they've visited the universities. They have an idea of the reputation. Not brilliant to help me choose but I have no idea how. Today I feel like I should definitely choose York, someone who firmed Leeds said that they though York was better. Tomorrow I might change my mind back
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    (Original post by Flather)
    They've spoken to people I haven't, they've visited the universities. They have an idea of the reputation. Not brilliant to help me choose but I have no idea how. Today I feel like I should definitely choose York, someone who firmed Leeds said that they though York was better. Tomorrow I might change my mind back
    You don't seem to be in a position to make your choice yet. I know you said you want to 'get it off your mind' but I fear that you will sit there thinking 'I wish I had chosen the other one' no matter what decision you make. You have until 6th May and I suggest that you take your time.

    FWIW I think that the most important thing you should consider is the course. I shall assume that your comment about Leeds' rugby kit is an attempt at humour and I agree that accommodation is of limited importance given that it is only for the first year. As for location in relation to the city, York is not exactly a long way out. I studied there (many years ago) and we used to walk into town regularly. Nowadays I believe there are many more buses if you prefer to spend your money that way.
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    (Original post by ageshallnot)
    You don't seem to be in a position to make your choice yet. I know you said you want to 'get it off your mind' but I fear that you will sit there thinking 'I wish I had chosen the other one' no matter what decision you make. You have until 6th May and I suggest that you take your time.

    FWIW I think that the most important thing you should consider is the course. I shall assume that your comment about Leeds' rugby kit is an attempt at humour and I agree that accommodation is of limited importance given that it is only for the first year. As for location in relation to the city, York is not exactly a long way out. I studied there (many years ago) and we used to walk into town regularly. Nowadays I believe there are many more buses if you prefer to spend your money that way.
    I think that's a good point. I will try and contact someone to talk about the course at both. I feel like I already know about the campus and the reputation of the university which are the other 2 important things.
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    (Original post by Flather)
    I think that's a good point. I will try and contact someone to talk about the course at both. I feel like I already know about the campus and the reputation of the university which are the other 2 important things.
    Try this...

    Go through each course and make a list of what you would be studying each term/semester. Where you have choices make a nominal decision. Look at the list. Does either stand out?
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    (Original post by Flather)
    I got rejected from my first choice so I now have 4 offers and I want to choose soon and just get it off my mind, so I can focus on other things. I think my firm will be Econ & Finance at York or Econ at Leeds. Both are 3As which is my predict. Alternativally it's Newcastle or use Extra to try and get an offer from Bristol or somewhere.

    I really liked Leeds when I visited and I thought initially I preferred it to York. You can choose any module from any course as your optional modules which appealed to me, so I could pick some which get me exemptions from accountancy exams or something later potentially. I also like the city and my grandparents live really nearby. They also seemed really good in the business school about helping to get placements and stuff. But I thought the accommodation was pretty poor, not sure how much to take this into account as I will only live there for 1 year. There rugby kit also looks really ugly.

    I think York is really nice as well, the accommodation was great. I think it probably has a slightly better reputation and I have seen it ranked more favorably by employers like investment banks than Leeds. The city is great but the campus is not that near the city, and the straight economics course there did not look as good, I'm not sure if econ & finance is as well regarded.

    I did get sent an article which slated all the RG unis and York probably cam out of it the worst they said the uni was a combination of the worst things from every other uni and the people there were too dumb for Warwick and other places. The same article said that Leeds was one of the coolest places to go in the country.

    Sorry for the long post, any help from anyone who had a similar decision to make is appreciated or goes to either uni.
    You've heard back from York? Arrgh lucky! I'm still waiting to hear back from them for History.

    If I get the offer from York, I'm going to accept it. Why? Simply, I like York more: I loved the city when I visited and from all appearances the university looks amazing. I also like that it's a campus university and not in the middle of a city the way Leeds is-- but is still close to York, which is pretty energetic. And as you say, York has a better reputation (some newspaper once said it's "building a reputation to rival Cambridge") and York also has the ancient college system which is only also found at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham.

    I liked that York as a city seemed somewhat less hectic than Leeds-- it had energy, but it wasn't quite so BIG. Also, its closeness to Leeds (about half an hour on the train) means that if you really have the urge to be in a full on city one day, it's not THAT hard to make it happen.

    Also-- the people at York aren't stupid, as the article saying they were "too dumb for Warwick" or whatever it was suggested. I have a friend at York (a year older than me) who really convinced me to go for York if I can by saying, "You know those annoying people who just annoy you because they don't really... they're not the sharpest crayon in the box? You don't find people like that at York, because they didn't get in." He also made a big point of how everyone who does his subject is really easy to talk to-- because they're as passionate as his subject as he is. Your subject isn't his, but I imagine the same applies. York seems like a place where people who are really serious about their subject go.

    So here's my end word: Go for York. York's near enough to Leeds that you can go into the big, huge city for a Saturday sometime, but it's also a campus university which means that it's safer. And no place that's "building a reputation to rival Cambridge" is going to have "dumb people who couldn't go to Warwick". It has the college system, which is almost impossible to find in the UK, York is a beautiful city and as you say, it's liked more by employers. Also, York has 15,000 students to Leeds' 33,000. It's big, but it's not so cripplingly big as Leeds.

    And beisdes, you get to wear grey when you graduate. What's better than that? xD
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    Literally told today that we are not supposed to accept offers until school have discussed it with us, which I assume will be after mocks in April. Kind of stupid because I only have 2 different grade offers so I don't have much choice. Still going to try and make the decision anyway. A friend who has applied to Cambridge for economics said he would have applied to York if he had known it would be 3A offers.
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    Has anyone got offers yet from leeds or york for economics?
 
 
 

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