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I have applied to Birmingham, Bath and Bristol for Computer Science and have these offers:
Birmingham: A*AA
Bath: AAA
Bristol: AAB
I am fairly confident that I will be able to achieve these grades

However, I am having trouble deciding which of Birmingham and Bath to take as firm (Bristol is likely going to be my insurance).

So, I'm asking if anybody has advice or experiences to share; opinions about which is better; which has the better living costs, city experiences, crime rates; or suggestions of where to go; etc

Thanks in advance

Ps.
I live closer to Bristol and Bath than Birmingham

EDIT: I would like to do a year in industry, which are available on Birmingham and Bath, but not on the Bristol course
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I have applied to Birmingham, Bath and Bristol for Computer Science and have these offers:
Birmingham: A*AA
Bath: AAA
Bristol: AAB
I am fairly confident that I will be able to achieve these grades

However, I am having trouble deciding which of Birmingham and Bath to take as firm (Bristol is likely going to be my insurance).

So, I'm asking if anybody has advice or experiences to share; opinions about which is better; which has the better living costs, city experiences, crime rates; or suggestions of where to go; etc

Thanks in advance

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I live closer to Bristol and Bath than Birmingham
Firm bristol. It's the best uni of the lot and the low offer is also a bonus, likely because you got a contextual offer.
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I have applied to Birmingham, Bath and Bristol for Computer Science and have these offers:
Birmingham: A*AA
Bath: AAA
Bristol: AAB
I am fairly confident that I will be able to achieve these grades

However, I am having trouble deciding which of Birmingham and Bath to take as firm (Bristol is likely going to be my insurance).

So, I'm asking if anybody has advice or experiences to share; opinions about which is better; which has the better living costs, city experiences, crime rates; or suggestions of where to go; etc

Thanks in advance

Ps.
I live closer to Bristol and Bath than Birmingham

EDIT: I would like to do a year in industry, which are available on Birmingham and Bath, but not on the Bristol course
Can't go wrong with any of these.. All have top notch departments and reputations within CompSci.

Look to other aspects such as societies on offer, modules (especially third/fourth year ones and any opportunities to take outside modules), location, accommodation, cost of living, further opportunities to get involved etc.

What's better for us isn't better for you.

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I have applied to Birmingham, Bath and Bristol for Computer Science and have these offers:
Birmingham: A*AA
Bath: AAA
Bristol: AAB
I am fairly confident that I will be able to achieve these grades

However, I am having trouble deciding which of Birmingham and Bath to take as firm (Bristol is likely going to be my insurance).

So, I'm asking if anybody has advice or experiences to share; opinions about which is better; which has the better living costs, city experiences, crime rates; or suggestions of where to go; etc

Thanks in advance

Ps.
I live closer to Bristol and Bath than Birmingham

EDIT: I would like to do a year in industry, which are available on Birmingham and Bath, but not on the Bristol course
Hi there!

Congratulations on the offer! My name's Chris, a second year Computer Science with placement student at Bath.

I have set up a thread specifically to help with common questions here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4416804

Hopefully I can do some justice as to why I chose Bath, as I also considered Bristol and Birmingham myself a couple of years ago.

The main thing that sold Bath to me over anywhere else I was considering was the placement scheme. I've managed to secure a 12 month placement starting in June at an investment bank in London which I'm really looking forward to. I know of friends going to Japan and the USA too, so you're not limited to the UK. There are hundreds of companies that Bath has close links with. One of the banks this year is taking on a record 13 students which is incredible. Applying for these schemes has shown me that Bath students actually are in demand, and the claims heard on open days are not just empty promises!

Bath is a campus university, which I personally loved in comparison to Bristol as a university environment. I liked the idea of everything being in one place - lecture halls, first year accommodation, the library, shops, the SU and so on. This made settling in so much easier when I first joined.

I'm not going to lie, Bath is not the cheapest place to stay as a student, however actual living costs are not much higher than I hear my friends at other university spending. If you are sensible with your student loan you should be fine. I personally have had a part time job to fund my social life throughout uni, and I get help from my family for affording food costs. the university does have scholarships and bursaries available too. There is a lot of help available for choosing affordable city accommodation after your first year - student services can be really helpful with this. And campus accommodation for first year varies in price, depending on the type of accommodation you want (ensuite, etc.)

In terms of crime, I think the following very recent article speaks for itself:
http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-...ail/story.html
Bath is an incredibly safe city, which I love. I've never once gone on nights out and felt threatened or intimidated by the possibility of crime. Of course these things do happen, but as the article states, Bath is up there with the likes of York in terms of being safer than other university cities.

I'm a big music fan so I love going out to gigs and club nights. Of course, Bath can;t be claimed as the wildest university city, but it does offer a good range of clubs (Bridge, Club XL, Moles, Komedia, Zero Zero, Khoosoosi and so on). Bath is also littered with pubs on virtually every street so a bar crawl is always a possibility. I've been to lots of gigs at Moles and Komedia, and the 15 min train to Bristol as well as bus services means that I can easily go to their venues on a night out, which makes a nice change.

I hope this goes some way to answering your questions. Any more queries then let me know!

Chris
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Hi there!

Congratulations on the offer! My name's Chris, a second year Computer Science with placement student at Bath.

I have set up a thread specifically to help with common questions here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=4416804

Hopefully I can do some justice as to why I chose Bath, as I also considered Bristol and Birmingham myself a couple of years ago.

The main thing that sold Bath to me over anywhere else I was considering was the placement scheme. I've managed to secure a 12 month placement starting in June at an investment bank in London which I'm really looking forward to. I know of friends going to Japan and the USA too, so you're not limited to the UK. There are hundreds of companies that Bath has close links with. One of the banks this year is taking on a record 13 students which is incredible. Applying for these schemes has shown me that Bath students actually are in demand, and the claims heard on open days are not just empty promises!

Bath is a campus university, which I personally loved in comparison to Bristol as a university environment. I liked the idea of everything being in one place - lecture halls, first year accommodation, the library, shops, the SU and so on. This made settling in so much easier when I first joined.

I'm not going to lie, Bath is not the cheapest place to stay as a student, however actual living costs are not much higher than I hear my friends at other university spending. If you are sensible with your student loan you should be fine. I personally have had a part time job to fund my social life throughout uni, and I get help from my family for affording food costs. the university does have scholarships and bursaries available too. There is a lot of help available for choosing affordable city accommodation after your first year - student services can be really helpful with this. And campus accommodation for first year varies in price, depending on the type of accommodation you want (ensuite, etc.)

In terms of crime, I think the following very recent article speaks for itself:
http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-...ail/story.html
Bath is an incredibly safe city, which I love. I've never once gone on nights out and felt threatened or intimidated by the possibility of crime. Of course these things do happen, but as the article states, Bath is up there with the likes of York in terms of being safer than other university cities.

I'm a big music fan so I love going out to gigs and club nights. Of course, Bath can;t be claimed as the wildest university city, but it does offer a good range of clubs (Bridge, Club XL, Moles, Komedia, Zero Zero, Khoosoosi and so on). Bath is also littered with pubs on virtually every street so a bar crawl is always a possibility. I've been to lots of gigs at Moles and Komedia, and the 15 min train to Bristol as well as bus services means that I can easily go to their venues on a night out, which makes a nice change.

I hope this goes some way to answering your questions. Any more queries then let me know!

Chris


What are the main theory/research focuses at Bath?
How do the majority of students feel about these? What option modules to most students take in the 2nd/3rd/4th years?
Also, what are living costs, student life, social life, like in Bath (from students POV)?
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What are the main theory/research focuses at Bath?
How do the majority of students feel about these? What option modules to most students take in the 2nd/3rd/4th years?
Also, what are living costs, student life, social life, like in Bath (from students POV)?
1. Per the website:

Human Computer Interaction
Mathematical Foundations
Intelligent Systems
Visual Computing

3.
http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/201...SCM-AFM01.html

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1. Per the website:

Human Computer Interaction
Mathematical Foundations
Intelligent Systems
Visual Computing

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http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/201...SCM-AFM01.html

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Thanks, but I would like more of the opinions based from experiences of students there
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Thanks, but I would like more of the opinions based from experiences of students there
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What are the main theory/research focuses at Bath?
How do the majority of students feel about these? What option modules to most students take in the 2nd/3rd/4th years?
Also, what are living costs, student life, social life, like in Bath (from students POV)?
Hi there,

I do BSc Computer Science with a placement year, and I'm currently in my second year (about to start placement in June). As above, the main research areas are Human Computer Interaction, Mathematical Foundations, Intelligent Systems, Visual Computing. It is always nice to know that your lecturers are at the pinnacle of their research areas. It means that in lectures they show clear passion for the subject they teach, and frequently make news articles (a recent example: https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...search-reveals)

The students like these areas because they are taught so well, and generally will do final year projects in these areas because they have access to supervisors with expert domain knowledge. Also, many final year optional modules revolve around these areas. There are currently no optional modules in the first or second year, but in the 3rd year and 4th year if you choose to do a Masters.

It is a little complicated to explain all of the options as the system gets complicated depending on your program. I would recommend consulting the unit catalogue online (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/201...SCM-AFM01.html) because it does a lot better a job than I can without simply listing all units! I know popular 3rd year modules consist of Networking, Computer Vision, Intelligent Agents and Cryptography. Obviously courses may change, even before I reach final year because I'm taking a year out in June, so don't focus too heavily on trying to make choice on options - even I;m not sure just yet! I will see where my interests lie after my year in industry.

I'm not going to lie, Bath is not the cheapest place to stay as a student, however actual living costs are not much higher than I hear my friends at other university spending. If you are sensible with your student loan you should be fine. I personally have had a part time job to fund my social life throughout uni, and I get help from my family for affording food costs. the university does have scholarships and bursaries available too. There is a lot of help available for choosing affordable city accommodation after your first year - student services can be really helpful with this. And campus accommodation for first year varies in price, depending on the type of accommodation you want (ensuite, etc.)

In terms of crime, I think the following very recent article speaks for itself:
http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-...ail/story.html
Bath is an incredibly safe city, which I love. I've never once gone on nights out and felt threatened or intimidated by the possibility of crime. Of course these things do happen, but as the article states, Bath is up there with the likes of York in terms of being safer than other university cities.

I'm a big music fan so I love going out to gigs and club nights. Of course, Bath can;t be claimed as the wildest university city, but it does offer a good range of clubs (Bridge, Club XL, Moles, Komedia, Zero Zero, Khoosoosi and so on). Bath is also littered with pubs on virtually every street so a bar crawl is always a possibility. I've been to lots of gigs at Moles and Komedia, and the 15 min train to Bristol as well as bus services means that I can easily go to their venues on a night out, which makes a nice change.

I hope this goes some way to answering your questions. Any more queries then let me know!

Chris
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