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I've received all my offers to study French and Politics but I'm undecided on which to chose as my firm!
Obviously Bath and Exeter are the better of the 4 and Bath has the highest employability but I can't help thinking that I'd get a little bored spending 4 years there? I know its not the biggest place and the nightlife is quite limited which is a major downside for me as I love to go out and I like busy nightlife! I know Bristol is only 15 mins away though and I have family there, its a great city! I am leaning towards Sheffield (best for politics) for the social experience but it's not really on the same level as Bath in terms of academia!
I know I shouldn't just be basing it on nightlife but I think its such a big part of the uni experience and I don't want to miss out!
Can anyone tell me what the night life/ cost of living/ accommodation/ general standard of living is like in any of these places? much appreciated!
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I've received all my offers to study French and Politics but I'm undecided on which to chose as my firm!
Obviously Bath and Exeter are the better of the 4 and Bath has the highest employability but I can't help thinking that I'd get a little bored spending 4 years there? I know its not the biggest place and the nightlife is quite limited which is a major downside for me as I love to go out and I like busy nightlife! I know Bristol is only 15 mins away though and I have family there, its a great city! I am leaning towards Sheffield (best for politics) for the social experience but it's not really on the same level as Bath in terms of academia!
I know I shouldn't just be basing it on nightlife but I think its such a big part of the uni experience and I don't want to miss out!
Can anyone tell me what the night life/ cost of living/ accommodation/ general standard of living is like in any of these places? much appreciated!
Hi,

I realise we might be a little biased, but I thought you would appreciate some info about Sheffield nevertheless

First of all, you're right to consider extra-curricular factors as well when choosing your firm choice - having the right course is very important, but so is being in the right city and having access to activities that you enjoy (I can safely say that being involved in student activities whilst I was a student at Sheffield was what made the university experience for me).

Speaking as a former student, I would say that the cost of living here is pretty cheap in comparison to other student cities. From speaking to friends at university in other cities around the country, I can safely say that rent in private accommodation is significantly lower, at around £60-£70 per week for the majority of properties. The amount you spend as a student is always going to depend on how savvy you are, but Sheffield has plenty of opportunities to live cheaply (there's a really decent greengrocers close to the main student accommodation, for example). You also have the advantage that the cost of living is cheaper in the North in general.

The night-life in Sheffield is pretty good, and we're fortunate to be an hour's train journey from Manchester and Leeds, which are also great cities for nightlife with a whole variety of massive events. There's something going on every night of the week in Sheffield and pretty much all tastes are covered. There's loads of nights across the city that specialise in chart, dance or indie music, as well as countless specialist nights that are awesome - dub, house, funk and soul, swing music, electronica, cheesy pop etc, are all covered (if you let me know what kind of stuff you're into I can point you in the direction of specific venues/ nights). There's also a huge and varied live music scene.

Aside from nightlife, there's a great deal to do here, both in and outside the uni. We have over 300 student societies and groups, and almost 100 different sports teams (not to mention intra-mural and departmental teams). Our Students' Union has been named best in the country for six years in a row and the University of Sheffield was recently named as No. 1 for student experience by the Times Higher Education student experience survey. Sheffield city centre is compact but lively (the two universities make it very studenty) with loads of independent shops and cafes, museums, art galleries and theatres, and more hotspots of these located at different areas around the city. We have lots of festivals, including Tramlines Inner-City Music Festival, Off the Shelf (books and literature), Grin Up North (comedy) and DocFest (film). It's also very green, with four trees to every resident and more green spaces than any other city in Europe which, as you can imagine, is lovely in the summer.

We are a redbrick Russell Group University and are ranked in the top 100 in the world, so we're regarded extremely highly in terms of academia and research. I have friends here that have studied both French and Politics here and they have all said good things about their courses, no one seemed to quibble the range of modules on offer or anything like that, and apparently there are some stand-out lecturers in both departments. I studied a joint honours with a language myself (German) and I would say that the University are great in general at supporting Dual Honours students.

I hope that answers all your questions and gives you a little bit more info about Sheffield. I'm not sure you will be able to get much info about Nottingham, Exeter or Bath on this forum, so I would suggest posting the same questions on their uni forums if you haven't already

Kind regards,

Georgie, Student Communications Team at the University of Sheffield
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