The Where Did you Apply
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I'm taking you've read the start of the thread. Often people ask whether to go for AV or JM, on average it seems that JM is more lively than AV, although you can always try counteract that by saying you love going out, etc in the 'About yourself' section. LS is a smaller hall in some sense - there are 150 students all in the same area, but perhaps you could say that in LS you are far away from other freshers who are not on Lakeside - I mean if you want to visit people anywhere else then you have a 10-15 minute walk (at least) on your hands. That is perhaps the biggest disadvantage of Lakeside.
Being a 39 week en suite, lots of international students will apply to LS and Bluebell, meaning that on the whole there will be more international students there compared to say Cryfield, which is a 30 week shared. The trouble comes with the culture clash - British students have this clubbing/drinking culture which some international students are not at all interested in. I'm not saying that all international students don't go out, but yes, a lot of them form their own groups - perhaps because of the cultural society or they do the same course or they already know each other. Can you get international students going out with UK students? Yes, and I know a good number who do so. But similarly it's very easy for them to stick with people you know (I mean if you went and studied in China you'd find it easier to stick with other UK students). Essentially it's up to everyone to be open to cultural differences and try something new.
As an example: Some international students might prefer Bhangra/Bollywood style of music while Home students would prefer current chart music, or Dubstep or other things. This is clearly seen with the event 'Skool Dayz' that the SU holds twice a term on Saturday nights. I mean, you're pretty accustomed to the Pokemon theme, Eiffel 65 and the Bloodhound Gang belting out when you were growing up, but for the international students it doesn't relate to them and the emotional aspects that draws UK students to these sorts of 'Revival' nights aren't shared with the Internationals. I mean if you listened to The Bad Touch for the first time in a club you'd think it's a massively piece of **** music (which is essentially is)
To counteract that you might need to be really drunk, which some students won't be interested in doing (perhaps because they don't drink or aren't a big fan of the British culture).
As a very quick comment, perhaps 20% of the people I went out with in my first year were international students. Nights that focus on chart music are more successful (for them) than 80s and 90s music.
I'd say that there are proportionally fewer international students in AV than LS. This bit is added because I realised I didn't really answer the question