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    I know the answer tends to be "however many you feel like!!!" but I'm looking for an average.

    It's really hard for me to go because only one of my parents drives and both my parents work and it's difficult for them to take time off, and it's hard for me to take time off work too. Also train fares are always highly expensive.

    I've been thinking of 5 (these are the ones I like the look of most after reviewing their prospectuses and websites and entry requirements etc.), and those are Oxford, Exeter, York, Warwick and Southampton.Do you think 5 is enough?
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    Really depends on what you want. If you have no idea what uni you want to go to but feel that some open days will help you choose then obviously you will go to loads more, 5 minimum so you can cover your 5 choices but the more the better
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    (Original post by BEARichards)
    I know the answer tends to be "however many you feel like!!!" but I'm looking for an average.

    It's really hard for me to go because only one of my parents drives and both my parents work and it's difficult for them to take time off, and it's hard for me to take time off work too. Also train fares are always highly expensive.

    I've been thinking of 5 (these are the ones I like the look of most after reviewing their prospectuses and websites and entry requirements etc.), and those are Oxford, Exeter, York, Warwick and Southampton.Do you think 5 is enough?
    I went to 4 open days-Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and Edinburgh. Ended up not applying to Edinburgh and put Newcastle down instead. I'm currently at Sheffield. Based off my own experience, I'd say 5 is enough
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    Don't bother. No matter where you end up, you will end up making a life for yourself. Your superficial observations aren't going to change that.
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    I went to about 7, because I didn't like some of my original 5 choices, and I also got better results than I thought I would have, so I could go for ones asking for higher grades. It's best to try and visit as many of your choices as you can, but if you really can't, there are always offer holder days.

    I went to open days at Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Keele, Nottingham, Chester and Loughborough, didn't like the last three at all, so applied to the first four and also York, where I went for an offer holders day.
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    atleast 30, lol!
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    (Original post by oswalds)
    I went to about 8, because I didn't like some of my original 5 choices, and I also got better results than I thought I would have, so I could go for ones asking for higher grades. It's best to try and visit as many of your choices as you can, but if you really can't, there are always offer holder days.

    I went to open days at Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Keele, Nottingham, Chester and Loughborough, didn't like the last three at all, so applied to the first four and also York, where I went for an offer holders day.
    You didn't like Nottingham? What? That place looks amazing.
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    (Original post by BEARichards)
    I know the answer tends to be "however many you feel like!!!" but I'm looking for an average.

    It's really hard for me to go because only one of my parents drives and both my parents work and it's difficult for them to take time off, and it's hard for me to take time off work too. Also train fares are always highly expensive.

    I've been thinking of 5 (these are the ones I like the look of most after reviewing their prospectuses and websites and entry requirements etc.), and those are Oxford, Exeter, York, Warwick and Southampton.Do you think 5 is enough?
    Well it completely depends on your personal situation but if there are only five universities you're really interested in, that's fine. I only went to three.
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    (Original post by Adrono)
    You didn't like Nottingham? What? That place looks amazing.
    (Original post by oswalds)
    I went to about 8, because I didn't like some of my original 5 choices, and I also got better results than I thought I would have, so I could go for ones asking for higher grades. It's best to try and visit as many of your choices as you can, but if you really can't, there are always offer holder days.

    I went to open days at Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Keele, Nottingham, Chester and Loughborough, didn't like the last three at all, so applied to the first four and also York, where I went for an offer holders day.
    I didn't like Nottingham either, even though I applied. The insulated campus bubble put me off completely, as well as the course, which wasn't focused on language as much as I wanted, as well as the lacklustre enthusiasm of the teaching staff
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    I didn't like Nottingham either, even though I applied. The insulated campus bubble put me off completely, as well as the course, which wasn't focused on language as much as I wanted, as well as the lacklustre enthusiasm of the teaching staff
    Well you don't like campus universities then. Personally, I love them.
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    (Original post by Adrono)
    Well you don't like campus universities then. Personally, I love them.
    No, I really don't. Their isolated bubble-ness reminds me too much of the toxic atmosphere I grew up in, so I really wanted to escape it at uni
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    I didn't like Nottingham either, even though I applied. The insulated campus bubble put me off completely, as well as the course, which wasn't focused on language as much as I wanted, as well as the lacklustre enthusiasm of the teaching staff
    The staff put me off quite a lot. All the ones I spoke to seemed like they had nothing to tell me about the university, and I found the head of the history department a bit strange. He kept going on about lipsticks and ballroom dancing, haha.

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    You didn't like Nottingham? What? That place looks amazing.
    It was a beautiful university, but I just didn't like the feel of it. I sort of felt like they didn't feel a need to try hard to impress when I visited, just because they were a russell group, and all of the students at the stands just looked like they didn't want to be there at all.
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    I didn't like Nottingham either, even though I applied. The insulated campus bubble put me off completely, as well as the course, which wasn't focused on language as much as I wanted, as well as the lacklustre enthusiasm of the teaching staff
    I undestand. Guess you live in a small small town?
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    (Original post by oswalds)
    The staff put me off quite a lot. All the ones I spoke to seemed like they had nothing to tell me about the university, and I found the head of the history department a bit strange. He kept going on about lipsticks and ballroom dancing, haha.



    It was a beautiful university, but I just didn't like the feel of it. I sort of felt like they didn't feel a need to try hard to impress when I visited, just because they were a russell group, and all of the students at the stands just looked like they didn't want to be there at all.
    I had the same problem with my department, East Asian Studies. They gave off the impression they'd rather be anywhere but there. They couldn't be less enthusiastic if they tried.

    Also, there was nowhere near enough focus on language for my liking. If I'm doing a degree in Chinese I expect to be fluent by the end, but language modules where completely optional after the year abroad, which was also taught completely in English. Came across as a complete waste of money in my opinion.
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    (Original post by Adrono)
    I undestand. Guess you live in a small small town?
    I tiny village with only around 800 people and no shop or post office. The nearest town was half an hour walk away (there were no buses and I didn't have a car) and there wasn't anything special there either. Had to fork out a fiver just to get to the nearest city from the main town
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    I went to 3 and that was enough. You can narrow it down online, but don't waste loads of money trekking across the country if you don't intend to go to that university.
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    this is impossible for anyone to answer as everyone's circumstances and position is difference. Ideally you should go to at least a couple you most like and try 2 insurance choices. My sons friend and his parents a few years ago made it their holiday and over a week did Durham, York, Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge using their car and staying in cheap hotels. It is worth looking into the timetables and see whether you can combine open days for say Friday and Saturday. If you travelling alone by train then by a 16-26 travelcard. This costs £30 for a year and gives you 30% off all fares. If you travel with the same parent you can buy a two together railcard which gives each of you 30% off when travelling together. If you book in advance there are huge savings to be made and sometimes by splitting the journey you can save huge amounts
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    (Original post by super_kawaii)
    I tiny village with only around 800 people and no shop or post office. The nearest town was half an hour walk away (there were no buses and I didn't have a car) and there wasn't anything special there either. Had to fork out a fiver just to get to the nearest city from the main town
    Haha I see. Me personally, I'm from Rome, and the idea of living in a "campus bubble" (with its limits of course) really attracts me! That is one of the reasons why I applied to Nottingham.
 
 
 
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