Combined Honours Arts (Theology, Education Studies & Philosophy) at Butler!
I wish I knew how much I'd love it here! I think I worried about a lot about things I needn't have worried about... I wish I'd bought more individual and distinctive saucepans, too. Seriously, I can't think of anything major I wish I'd known that I didn't think of before, except to worry less and look forward more!
I don't know a lot about Van Mildert, but one of my Education friends is there and she seems happy
It's on the hill, so yeah it's pretty close to the science site, I'd say 15 minutes walk tops? There is no such thing as overly proud when it comes to your college my friend
(I am, of course, joking).
Butler has it's own shop, it's not cheap. Far cheaper to be organised and buy food and drink in town or order online- as self-catered it makes a significant difference, the odd can of coke from a college shop probably won't break your bank, and if all else fails wait until the bar opens- at Butler a pint of soft drink is 60p.
It is cold. You acclimatise surprisingly quickly, I went back to the East of England in December for the vacation and was rather warm! I see less rain here, but the cold can be quite bitter, especially when it's first windy. You get used to it like you get used to the hills- don't turn up without a coat, gloves and scarf, but don't go worrying yourself about it, you get used to it pretty quickly!
I'm from Butler, and personally I wouldn't choose to be anywhere else, but I strongly suspect you'll feel the same in a year's time!! Most people seem to fall in love with their college. That being said, if I had to pick a second choice, it'd be Cuth's. Has a lovely feel to it, and some wonderful people. Also possibly wins on location
I don't know a huge amount about it, what I do know is hard to put into words, but I'd say it'd be my second choice and you've done well to be allocated there!
Hopefully someone from Cuth's will be along soon to talk more sense! Take some reassurance in the meantime
Depends largely, I suspect, on subject. I wouldn't say that being a Durham graduate is ever going to be a disadvantage, though. Don't choose a University purely based on league tables or perceptions- while it's a necessary evil to take the prestige of the University into account insofar as it probably indicates something, don't let it blind you. Choose a course which excites you, a city you have a heart for, a University which matches you... and let the league tables be, if anything, a rough guide to picking your top ten choices- then let other more important factors decide. I doubt you'd regret choosing Durham because it's "lesser" than Imperial (I have no idea whether it is). I suspect you may regret choosing Imperial if that decision is based entirely on prestige and reputation.
Durham and London are VASTLY different, the universities obviously reflect that as well- you're going to live there for at least 3 years, so I think at this point "seen as better" isn't the main priority!