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I really like Durham due to the pretty city itself, and the collegiate system appeals to me.

However, as a lesbian, I'm concerned that there won't be many gay bars or clubnights at Durham, and that the whole atmosphere will be more conservative.

As I'd really like to get a girlfriend at university, would it be stupid to choose Bristol over Durham purely because it has a bigger LGBT scene?
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Choose Durham. In the long run, Durham Degree > Bristol Degree, they cost the same but the Durham one will turn more heads and open more doors.

Im sure you wont be the only gay in Durham. Check to see if they have an LGBT society.
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Choose Durham. In the long run, Durham Degree > Bristol Degree, they cost the same but the Durham one will turn more heads and open more doors.

Im sure you wont be the only gay in Durham. Check to see if they have an LGBT society.
Is Durham really that much more prestigious though? I've heard that employers view them pretty equally, they both have A*AA entry requirements for my course.
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If you're picking your uni based on LGBT scene good luck maintaining long term employment.
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Is Durham really that much more prestigious though? I've heard that employers view them pretty equally, they both have A*AA entry requirements for my course.
They are on a similar level, Durham, i think is more prestigious. Possibly to do with the collegiate system and overall look. Its often called the Oxbridge Reject pile. Ive not really been that aware of Bristol as a prestigious uni.

Ultimately its where you feel more comfortable and can thrive in.
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If you're picking your uni based on LGBT scene good luck maintaining long term employment.
They're both good universities, my emloyment prospects will be similar either way.
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Go to the uni where you think you will be happiest. That calculation can include the LGBT+ scene, but that should be balanced with matters such as liking the collegiate system (though I can assure you that Bristol is pretty too!) and which course you prefer.

However, I'm sure Durham also has an active LGBT+ society, as does Bristol, so you wouldn't be the only gay in the university (so to speak) either way.

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Choose Durham. In the long run, Durham Degree > Bristol Degree, they cost the same but the Durham one will turn more heads and open more doors.

Im sure you wont be the only gay in Durham. Check to see if they have an LGBT society.
I really have no idea where you got the idea that a Durham degree is noticeably better than a Bristol degree. They are, in reality, on a par, and no employer is going to choose you because you went to Durham over Bristol (or vice versa). It will come down to your work experience and other aspects of your CV.

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(Original post by simbasdragon)
I really like Durham due to the pretty city itself, and the collegiate system appeals to me.

However, as a lesbian, I'm concerned that there won't be many gay bars or clubnights at Durham, and that the whole atmosphere will be more conservative.

As I'd really like to get a girlfriend at university, would it be stupid to choose Bristol over Durham purely because it has a bigger LGBT scene?
The LGBT+ scene is pretty good at durham, one of the college bars has a rainbow night on the same evening as the gay night at one of the pubs/clubs in the city. You're more than likely to meet someone if you join a sports team too!

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Pick based on course.

Sciences, Bristol.

Arts, Durham.
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For me, Durham wins. There's a credibility gap between the entry requirements of some of Bristol's courses, and their actual standards of delivery.
Have you visited both?
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I did the same, though not for the LGBT scene (more so the city life). Not regretting it one single bit!

University isn't 100% academia, it's about life too.
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(Original post by simbasdragon)
Is Durham really that much more prestigious though?
They are seen as just the same.
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I don't know what the LGBT society is like at Durham, but I can describe the LGBT scene in the city in one word: nonexistent. There is a good scene in Newcastle, but it is a pain in the arse to get home in the evening as trains stop running fairly early.
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I don't know what the LGBT society is like at Durham, but I can describe the LGBT scene in the city in one word: nonexistent. There is a good scene in Newcastle, but it is a pain in the arse to get home in the evening as trains stop running fairly early.
Oh dear. Do you attend Durham?
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Oh dear. Do you attend Durham?
No, I'm originally from the city and use to heavily socialise with the students. Most of the local gay kids fled at the first opportunity to avoid becoming the only gay in the village.

There is no reason why you couldn't get involved in with stuff in Newcastle as a means to met someone, it just requires a little bit more effort on your part and be mindful of the transport issues (the 18 mile walk at 3 am while drunk is not fun).
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I'm gay and I would say Durham for sure because in the long term, a degree from Durham will be better

Like others have said, the university must have a lgbt society and other students who are gay.

Check out their students union site or Stonewall - ''gay by degree'' perhaps
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I'm gay and I would say Durham for sure because in the long term, a degree from Durham will be better

Like others have said, the university must have a lgbt society and other students who are gay.

Check out their students union site or Stonewall - ''gay by degree'' perhaps
In what way exactly is it better? Bristol and Durham have equal reputations...

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I really like Durham due to the pretty city itself, and the collegiate system appeals to me.

However, as a lesbian, I'm concerned that there won't be many gay bars or clubnights at Durham, and that the whole atmosphere will be more conservative.

As I'd really like to get a girlfriend at university, would it be stupid to choose Bristol over Durham purely because it has a bigger LGBT scene?
Don't pick a university based on that. As someone who (was) a regular at LGBT events, all the girls slept with each other anyway, as did the guys. It's quite rank actually. But I'm positive that this also happens at every other university, assuming they have an active society in the first place; I think it's just a curse of the LGBT societies really.

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They are on a similar level, Durham, i think is more prestigious. Possibly to do with the collegiate system and overall look. Its often called the Oxbridge Reject pile. Ive not really been that aware of Bristol as a prestigious uni.

Ultimately its where you feel more comfortable and can thrive in.
You've clearly been living under a rock - Durham isn't that much more prestigious than Bristol.
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