Hi (first post, please don't slaughter me),
I have been to applicant days at both uni's and I love them both.
What I love about Sussex:
- The attitude of all the students and staff, everyone seems extremely happy and enthusiastic
- Campus seemed well laid out and generally cleaner than Surrey's
- Campus is all in one place and spread out nicely
- 24/7 study rooms (with free tea and coffee)
- 2 or 3 hours by train from home (good/bad ?)
- Outreach program (get paid to take classes in schools)
- Closest town and supermarket (Brighton) is a bus/train ride away
- Brighton is where I would be going for a night out (good/bad ?)
What I love about Surrey:
- Timing of the placement year (between the 2nd and 3rd years)
- Surrey seems to have better business links so job prospects after I finish uni seems better
- 30 mins by train from home (good/bad ?)
- Has Jim Al-Khalili as a potential lecturer
- Guildford is where I would be going for a night out (good/bad ?)
- Closest town and supermarket within walking distance
It seems Surrey has the academic edge but Sussex has the social edge, any opinions on this? (However http://universities.findthebest.co.uk/ suggested there is a higher percentage of people getting a 2:1 or higher at Sussex rather than Surrey)
Sussex also seems more focused on research after your degree rather than a job. However Surrey equally focused on further research and getting a job in industry. (Again, any opinions on this?)
What makes it interesting is that Sussex gave me an unconditional offer (if I put them as my firm) however Surrey hasn't given me an unconditional offer.
(Will cross-post to Sussex's sub-forum and then bring some of their opinions back)
Would really appreciate your thoughts/experiences (even if you haven't been to both of them). Thanks in advance!
What should I do?