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I've received unconditionals from both for Accounting & Finance and am wondering which is better in terms of overall experience, facilities, atmosphere etc. How's the weather too? I'm an international student and having never been to the UK, I would really love to get some insight into what the places are like. Don't really care about nightlife so it wouldn't be much of a deciding factor imo.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
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I've received unconditionals from both for Accounting & Finance and am wondering which is better in terms of overall experience, facilities, atmosphere etc. How's the weather too? I'm an international student and having never been to the UK, I would really love to get some insight into what the places are like. Don't really care about nightlife so it wouldn't be much of a deciding factor imo.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
Congrats on the offers!

Think of each university individually -
Are there any modules unique to this course, that you'd be interested in studying?
Are there any mandatory modules that you really don't think you'll enjoy?
What about placement / work experience opportunities?
What are your thoughts on the department's facilities?
What are your thoughts on the societies on offer there? - How active are they?
How expensive is the accommodation there? - Is that an issue for you?
Is there anything unique to that university that you're interested in?
Think about the area - what amusements (theatres,cinemas,museums) are there, that you're interested in? Are there any festivals/fairs that you'd like to go to? If you like gigs - how many times do big bands come to play there?
How expensive is the area to live?
What are your thoughts on the university's diversity? - will that bother you at all?

Have you looked at The Complete University's Guide to each university?
Cardiff ; https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/cardiff/
Sheffield ; https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/sheffield/

The Complete University Guide is useful because it covers;
History of the University, Location and Transport, Student Mix, Course Flexibility, Teaching Standards, Research Standards, Academic Strengths, Student Facilities, Disability Services, Student Union, Availability of Part Time Work, Careers Guidance, Prospective / New Builds, Notable Alumni, International Students, Fees and Finance, Reviews, and more.

Have you watched videos about each university? Watch the generic videos about the university, and ones about your course specifically. Also watch videos about other courses in your department, it might help you develop a fuller understanding of the department, facilities and staff. Also look to see if students have posted videos about their experiences at the university. I found watching student's 'vlogging' their time at university, or talking about their experience really useful.

Don't hesitate to contact the universities directly with any questions. If you can, contact the departments directly. If not, then send an email with all your questions to the Admissions department who'll forward it on.

Consider reaching out to the societies at the university. I found asking current students about the course, university, and surrounding area extremely helpful. Consider looking for Facebook groups related to each of the university there and speaking to current / prospective students as well. Maybe even having a really thorough check of each university's student union website might help. It really helped give me a feel of how active the student union at each university was, and if they were actually putting on things I would be interested in.

You can find a lot of tourist information just through searching on google. Here's a few links to get you started;
For Cardiff;
http://www.visitwales.com
http://www.visitcardiff.com
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Touris...Vacations.html
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attrac...les_Wales.html
http://www.visitwales.com/explore/so...f/must-do-list
http://www.aboutbritain.com/towns/cardiff.asp
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff

For Sheffield;
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Touris...Vacations.html
http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/...-to-see-and-do
https://www.yorkshire.com/view/attra...centre-1164927
https://www.creativetourist.com/sheffield/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...s_in_Sheffield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheffield

As for weather, it can really vary. Here's some weather links to check out;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2653822
http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2638077
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I'll be sure to check those links out and I'll hopefully be able to make a decision. Thanks so much for all the advice and info, it definitely helps a lot!
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