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Hey guys, I've received offer from these 4 universities and I'd love to hear the opinions of people who have knowledge on the unis or have studied there.

Aberdeen appears to be the worst university out of the 4 in terms of league rankings and student satisfaction but if I go there I will pay no tuition fees because I'm a EU student. Do you think that the drop off in terms of academics and student experience matters that much when you save 27k in tuiton fees ? I'm also worried because Aberdeen seems like the most expensive place to live out of the four. Is that right and how are the 4 places ranked in terms of cost of living ?

For the English universities, I've applied for a CS with placement year course. From these three, I'm leaning towards Sheffield as it is ranked 5th in the UK for research, has the best ranked course with biggest scores in student satisfaction and best accomodation from what I've seen and the city looks like a great place for a uni student to live.

I really don't know what to choose between no tuition fees and a (better) course with a placement year. Most important to me is getting the best education in CS and being able to have a decent and affordabel social life . I'm also interested in the job prospects in USA after graduation or in placement year.
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Out of your choices I would decide between Newcastle and Sheffield. Personally I have been to Sheffield and really liked the city and the uni itself but have never visited Newcastle so cant help there. However Newcastle and Sheffield seem to be equal when it comes to computer science league tables so it's a choice down to city/university in general and which one you can see yourself living and studying in for the next 4 years. But overall Newcastle is significantly higher on some league tables and other not so much higher.

Both have lots going on and a lot of opportunities, however I like the idea of a student run company with Sheffield that's part of the course (if you do well first year). Even though you already have a placement it's still more experience and might even help with getting better placements.

If I was you I would take a good look at the university courses and see the modules you will have to study, that could help you decide as well.
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I was considering Newcastle for a very long time. Ended up firming Nottingham in the end.

What I will say about Newcastle is that the facilities are excellent and the academics are enthusiastic and personable. The course is based a lot around practical programming applications and doesn't touch too much on things like AI, cryptography or cloud computing unless you specialise. The nightlife is meant to be absolutely wild, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your point of view.]

Bear in mind a university is not just the sum of it's facilities, staff or students. Location is important, and unless you're planning on living in the North East for the foreseeable future, Newcastle is in the arse end of nowhere. Somewhere like Sheffield might end up giving you broader opportunities. Also consider the universities industry links and successful alumni.

People also haven't talked about Aberdeen. Consider that offer VERY SERIOUSLY. You'll be saving 27 grand. You'll be 27 grand richer than your peers when you graduate. Aberdeen is a solid uni from what I've heard.
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(Original post by KarMa611)
People also haven't talked about Aberdeen. Consider that offer VERY SERIOUSLY. You'll be saving 27 grand. You'll be 27 grand richer than your peers when you graduate. Aberdeen is a solid uni from what I've heard.
Well, yeah, but by the time I graduate in 4 years you would've already worked a year and that income can be very close to 27k. Doesn't it kind of even out or am I missing something ?
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