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    I'm really struggling to choose which one to firm. Thoughts from current students would be much appreciated.

    It seems like there is no real difference in job prospects; is this correct?

    This site claims that Durham is much lower for student satisfaction, as well as many other factors (25% lower for "received sufficient advice and support"?!)
    http://university.which.co.uk/univer...000-f300-70488
    http://university.which.co.uk/durham...00-f301-268527

    Also, Durham has allocated me to St Hild and St Bede college, which was not my first choice, and appears to be quite far away from everything else. Durham's offer is A*A*A whereas St Andrews' is AAA. Firming Durham is the only way that I would actually be happy going to my insurance choice. But then St Andrews seems to be less expensive, and offers a lot of scholarships, unlike Durham. No one from my school is going to St Andrews, and lots of them are going to Durham. Durham seems to have a reputation for being slow and unorganised (feel free to say something against this).

    Plus you can see the northern lights from St Andrews.
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    You sound pretty decided upon St Andrews from your post so if that's where you think you'll be happier then there's no reason why you shouldn't choose it.

    I did NatSci at Durham, majority of my modules from the Physics department. I didn't find Durham slow and unorganised at all, but then again my offer was from NatSci rather than Physics. St Hild and St Bede is a great college, further away from some places but not as far out as you'd expect - you're really close to town compared to colleges like Josephine Butler which is far from the centre of town. Hild Bede is far to the science site yes but a 25 minute walk is maybe the furthest you'll need to do at Durham as its such a cosy compact little place. In Physics you'll have a lot of contact hours anyway so its not like you're trekking 25 minutes for a one hour lecture then back home for the day. Hild Bede is lovely as its along the river.
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    (Original post by Amy-Rose)
    You sound pretty decided upon St Andrews from your post so if that's where you think you'll be happier then there's no reason why you shouldn't choose it.

    I did NatSci at Durham, majority of my modules from the Physics department. I didn't find Durham slow and unorganised at all, but then again my offer was from NatSci rather than Physics. St Hild and St Bede is a great college, further away from some places but not as far out as you'd expect - you're really close to town compared to colleges like Josephine Butler which is far from the centre of town. Hild Bede is far to the science site yes but a 25 minute walk is maybe the furthest you'll need to do at Durham as its such a cosy compact little place. In Physics you'll have a lot of contact hours anyway so its not like you're trekking 25 minutes for a one hour lecture then back home for the day. Hild Bede is lovely as its along the river.
    You're right; I seem to change my mind every week, and this week it's St Andrews.

    I'm also kind of put off by the sportiness of Durham. I think I heard that 90% of people at Hild & Bede play a sport? I'm not a sporty person.

    Thank you for your help.
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    You're right; I seem to change my mind every week, and this week it's St Andrews.

    I'm also kind of put off by the sportiness of Durham. I think I heard that 90% of people at Hild & Bede play a sport? I'm not a sporty person.

    Thank you for your help.
    I wouldn't let sportiness put you off! It's great that so many sports are available at every level so anyone can get involved but that doesn't mean you have to take advantage of it if it's not your thing. Societies are just as big a deal too so I'm sure there'd be something out there for you. (Ironically the two people I know from Hild Bede were definitely not sporty :laugh: )

    Durham is big on extra curricular stuff in the sense that people do get involved and there is such a wide range of options so I would recommend you find something you enjoy outside of your degree! Our ex-Chancellor Bill Bryson said 'Don't let your degree get in the way of your education' so if sport isn't your thing - maybe music, theatre, cinema, media, radio, politics, astronomy, charities - there is a society there for you. Equally some people don't do anything other than their degree but in my opinion that's a waste of the opportunities, and it's likely not a good idea for trying to get a good grad job after uni as from experience they seriously value your extra curriculars.

    I don't know much about St Andrews myself but I'm sure it's equally as wonderful. Have you visited both? Did either of them give you a good feeling if that makes sense? Like - yeah I could see myself living here etc.
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    I wouldn't let sportiness put you off! It's great that so many sports are available at every level so anyone can get involved but that doesn't mean you have to take advantage of it if it's not your thing. Societies are just as big a deal too so I'm sure there'd be something out there for you. (Ironically the two people I know from Hild Bede were definitely not sporty :laugh: )

    Durham is big on extra curricular stuff in the sense that people do get involved and there is such a wide range of options so I would recommend you find something you enjoy outside of your degree! Our ex-Chancellor Bill Bryson said 'Don't let your degree get in the way of your education' so if sport isn't your thing - maybe music, theatre, cinema, media, radio, politics, astronomy, charities - there is a society there for you. Equally some people don't do anything other than their degree but in my opinion that's a waste of the opportunities, and it's likely not a good idea for trying to get a good grad job after uni as from experience they seriously value your extra curriculars.

    I don't know much about St Andrews myself but I'm sure it's equally as wonderful. Have you visited both? Did either of them give you a good feeling if that makes sense? Like - yeah I could see myself living here etc.
    I'm going to visit both next month. Hopefully I'll be able to decide for definite after visiting, but I want to find out as much as possible beforehand anyway.
 
 
 
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