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What are the worst things about Durham???
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Being completely honest, I can't think of anything. Just as long as you know what Durham is like before you start uni, you won't be disappointed
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Depending on your own outlook on things:

Some think it a pain having to go to Newcastle for a big night out clubbing.
Some find the price of living in college prohibitively expensive
Some then freak out even more when they find out the average rent for living out
Some hate the hills and walking needed
Some hate the fact you can't have a car in the first year (and they make it awkward after that)

Personally, my biggest gripe is that the first term finishes on a wednesday. The university has in the past said that due to college renovations you must leave nothing behind, clear out completely by 10am on the wednesday. My dept decided to have exams on that wednesday morning that didn't finish till 1pm. The room was filled with suitcases. Some people went home with their parents the weekend before, then got the train back up just for the wednesday exam, as they couldn't move their stuff without a car, and their parents were not too impressed with the idea of taking days off of work just because the university decides on a mid-week finish.
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I can't compare to anywhere else, but I can't help but feel that you get well truly ripped off by the University in Durham. For me this is the worst aspect of it.

Durham has the second highest university provided accomodation fees outside London, and it really puzzles me as to where all this cash goes.
Exquisite cuisine? The fantastic salaries of the porters?

I'm not too sure.
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The thing is is that the things that are really annoying about Durham are the best things about it!!! For example....

The hills ----> Good exercise :p:

The cost ----> In my opinion I get good damn value. I know people complain, but if anyone's read my posts about college life, then you know I LOVE college and after seeing accomodation at other Universities (whether catered or not) I know I have some of the best!! It's awesome. Plus it's in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Fact

The locals ----> Get a bit of culture into you! Not everyone in England are southern fairies....although some of the Durhamers will beat you up, many will teach you how to hold a door open for someone else, how to say please and thank you, if you're driving a car they'll teach you how to be a courteous driver and let people out, us Northerners are notoriously friendly. And yeah you'll get some idiots, but the majority of people in Durham (whether it be cleaners, porters, kitchen staff, shop workers, etc.) are awesome!

You can't have a car ----> Boo bloody hoo! Durham is TEEEEENY you don't need a car, learn to walk and lose some weight you fatty.

It's "cold" ----> Yeah it might get cold, but it gets a lot less rain than much of the country. I'd rather be cold than wet! Plus Durham is gorgeous in the snow, as everyone will tell you

Erm, can't think of much more lol. Yeah there are bad things about Durham, but if you're going to be negative you can find bad things about everywhere! If you be positive about these things you'll realise that they're not all that bad
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(Original post by Foxius)
I can't compare to anywhere else, but I can't help but feel that you get well truly ripped off by the University in Durham. For me this is the worst aspect of it.

Durham has the second highest university provided accomodation fees outside London, and it really puzzles me as to where all this cash goes.
Exquisite cuisine? The fantastic salaries of the porters?

I'm not too sure.
It goes on the Vice Chancellor's meagre £210,000 salary.
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waiting times for offers/rejections.
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yes mine got sent to college two weeks ago and im so impatient
waiting times suck!
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The feeling that the university is trying to get as much money out of you as possible and the fact that they're completely unsympathetic to anyone who complains about the crappy accomodation.
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The weather in February.
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Being awake right now.
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Sometimes it can get a bit claustrophobic, but that's my only gripe and I've learned how to avoid people I can't be arsed to speak to now!
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(Original post by dobbs)
You can't have a car ----> Boo bloody hoo! Durham is TEEEEENY you don't need a car, learn to walk and lose some weight you fatty.
I don't know of anyone who lives in Durham who drives to lectures and so no for around Durham you don't need a car (and the traffic in the town centre makes it quicker to walk most plades anyway.

Where having cars really pays off is the ability to go and do things outside of Durham where public transport is not always that good. I wouldn't contemplate going to Newcastle by car, but I wouldn't contemplate going to the Metrocentre by train either.

The number of people I know who have to make 3 trips to go to and from durham each way. They have too much stuff to carry on the train and there is no storage in some colleges now, so they have to take the train home, then drive to durham, and drive back with all their stuff.

If you have parents who are willing to drop everything to move you and all your stuff around 6 times a year, then there is no need for a car, but many parents are of the opinion that you've moved out and become independant, why should they taxi you around.
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The locals but they are easily avoided/ignored.
The way they treat you sometimes...colleges forget you are paying customers really and tend to treat you a bit...badly.Lol.Also the food is terrible.
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Argh, after just taking a trip down the street, I can say that there is one other thing that REALLY annoys me about Durham, and it's all the people handing out leaflets and trying to get you to give them money. And the streets in Durham are so narrow it's impossible to avoid them!!!:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
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its cold. (Weather-wise)

Dat is all
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(Original post by Becca)
Argh, after just taking a trip down the street, I can say that there is one other thing that REALLY annoys me about Durham, and it's all the people handing out leaflets and trying to get you to give them money. And the streets in Durham are so narrow it's impossible to avoid them!!!:mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
Damn that too!

"Big issue pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease"

GO TO HELL BIATCH!!!
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^^ I tried to rep you for that tufts but it wouldn't let me, I assume cos you've been bad

Anyway yeah. dobbs is right, mainly

I live in the north-west, it is much better to be cold, than to be cold and wet trust me.

People not holding the door annoys the hell out of me as well, why don't other people do that!!!! :mad: :mad:

The one thing that annoys me most, it would have to be the unis crappy attitude towards the fees. It is really infuriating how they try to take every penny you have
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Do not skit this Big Issue woman and charity folks, they're lovely and its not that difficult to say 'No thank you' - they don't run after you for saying no. In fact I had a nice little chat with some charity people today even if i didn't have any money to give them.

And I'm going to defend the locals as well. On the most part we're lovely and friendly, obviously theres going to be some charvers but Durham city is fairly posh so you're not going to get much trouble from anyone....unless you provoke it. People are polite, and if you smile at someone they smile back. Its a great place, so do not diss Durham.
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What about Stockton campus? Anything bad about it?
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