I loved Durham [especially Josephine Butler] when I went to the post-app open day earlier this week, but I've realised I now have questions.. quite a few of them in fact, apologies, I've tried to group them into sections-
Is there generally a mixed social life going on? I'm not one for a lot of clubbing, although I would like to go out occasionally, but neither am I entirely introverted to the point of not wanting to socialise... I'm happy going out for a coffee, or sitting around in a bar chatting, or doing organised things like film nights or whatever- does a lot of that go on? Are there numbers of students who are somewhat of a middle between hardcore partying a lot, and never really going out?
Where do you do the majority of your work? In your room, in college, in libraries?
I loved Josephine Butler- does the bar [etc] work well when all the students are there in term time? I'm guessing it's a little different when all the students are in, as opposed to just the open day lot?
Does anyone do Combined Honours? If you're studying 3/4 subjects, do you find you're able to get to know staff & other students in specific departments, or are you kind of shut out a little because you're not doing all of the modules? As a Combined Honours student, do you fit in well to the subjects you take, or are you a bit alienated? OH and do you find it easy to make links between modules and keep up with workloads? Are you disadvantaged in individual subjects because your study of the subject is narrower, or are you at an advantage because you can apply expertise from slightly different subject areas?
Does anyone have any experience of the Theology department? They came across as somewhat less friendly than other departments I've visited, but my perceptions were limited because as a Combined Honours applicant I was trying to cram in many talks- would you say they're a friendly department? How have you found your time there? [this is one of my main worries about Durham, because I've fallen in love with a lot, but the Theology department doesn't feel quite right]