Exeter Vs. Southampton Uni Watch
Exeter has CSM for reputation and there are very nice facilities on campus with accommodation close by. The downside is the fact that the campus where I will be located is known as Penryn, next to and connected to Falmouth University. This seems like a very nice Cornish town but has a small population, there are only 3900 students living there, so I worry that there won't be much of a student life or experience studying there.
Southampton has a pretty good reputation but I'm not sure it is thought as good as CSM by employers. Southampton also has great facilities for the course however, I would have to pay for the bus and commute 45mins from campus to get to the NOCS building everyday. Southampton has a much greater population and I'm told has a really good student atmosphere and nightlife and this is something I liked about it when I visited.
I'm at CSM, so maybe biased but I have no bad word to say about it. All the lecturers know everyone's name as its such a small course (approx 60). Penryn is indeed a tiny village, but Falmouth is five minutes (15 on slower bus route) and is full of students from CSM, Exeter uni, Falmouth uni and the Maritime school. Nightlife is more of a chilled vibe, with pubs which some people prefer. There is only one club, which is not the best - but certainly good if you're drunk. The Stannary (Bar on campus) holds regular parties though with different themes which are excellent. The best bit, halls are less than a five minute walk if you choose to stay in the student village - meaning you can nap between lectures when you have an hour free! Everyone in CSM are friends. You can honestly go to anyone for help or anything, no matter which year they're in. Coming from a very cliquey school and college, I couldn't get over how lovely everyone is and how you always have someone to go out with, no matter who you are.