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Hello, I'm currently stuck between these two universities for the course of Joint Honours Economics and Geography.
I was originally planning to firm Exeter, but I got an offer from the Cornwall campus which is way too far for me, as I discovered as I drove there (5 hours, and it's 6/7 hours by train). Never again.

I've considered the advantages and disadvantages, but I can't seem to make up my mind.

Leeds
Advantages:
- Cheaper
- Offers a Year in Industry
- Degree has a much higher graduate employment rate than the one offered at Birmingham
- Better accommodation at a cheaper price
Disadvantages:
- 2.5 hours away
- Campus is very... concrete-based. Business school is very nice though
- The North = cold

Birmingham
Advantages:
- Closer (50 minutes away)
- Better 'reputation'?
- Nicer, greener campus
- Very familiar with city (been to Bham so many times...)
Disadvantages:
- No Year in Industry offered
- Not great employability stats for my degree
- Accommodation is fairly expensive
- Family have said they'll visit at least one a fortnight... Not sure if I want that

Kind of a head vs heart decision.

Thank you.
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(Original post by Peppercrunch)
Hello, I'm currently stuck between these two universities for the course of Joint Honours Economics and Geography.
I was originally planning to firm Exeter, but I got an offer from the Cornwall campus which is way too far for me, as I discovered as I drove there (5 hours, and it's 6/7 hours by train). Never again.

I've considered the advantages and disadvantages, but I can't seem to make up my mind.

Leeds
Advantages:
- Cheaper
- Offers a Year in Industry
- Degree has a much higher graduate employment rate than the one offered at Birmingham
- Better accommodation at a cheaper price
Disadvantages:
- 2.5 hours away
- Campus is very... concrete-based. Business school is very nice though
- The North = cold

Birmingham
Advantages:
- Closer (50 minutes away)
- Better 'reputation'?
- Nicer, greener campus
- Very familiar with city (been to Bham so many times...)
Disadvantages:
- No Year in Industry offered
- Not great employability stats for my degree
- Accommodation is fairly expensive
- Family have said they'll visit at least one a fortnight... Not sure if I want that

Kind of a head vs heart decision.

Thank you.
Both universities have a great reputation. Birmingham is well respected for its research, however Leeds having the placement year is invaluable. You won't care about the design of the buildings and the extra £500 or £1500 a year for accommodation once your employed.

A coat will fix the cold

I personally prefer Birmingham but that's because of the rankings and the research status which is important to me.
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