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I've chosen 4/5 choices: Birmingham, Nottingham, Royal Holloway, York.

Have 3 options for my final choice: Exeter, Lancaster, Leeds.

They all seem fairly even on academic-level for Economics, so I am really choosing based on the general university life and in particular the aesthetics of the university and surroundings.

I'm thinking of discounting leeds because I've already chosen 2 'big city' uni's, but which of the 3 would you recommend I choose? Which is the most attractive?

I've heard exeter is beautiful, but then I look at the virtual tours and the buildings seem very drab.

Comments asap much appreciated.
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Lancaster are usually lenient when it comes to missing the grades, so maybe having that as a back-up uni would be wise?
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I'm not really concerned about any of them as a backup, as I'm hoping for 5A's at A-level, after getting 5A's at AS.

Reason for not applying to the 'top' unis however is that I don't do maths (I take bio, chem, phys, econ) so all the ones I apply to should be well within my reach.

Really just wondered which is the best for a great-looking uni and generally lovely place to be.
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I like Exeter
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(Original post by Jamie85)
Really just wondered which is the best for a great-looking uni and generally lovely place to be.
I went up to see Lancaster in April. I absolutely fell in love with the place It has a really laid-back vibe.

The city is beautiful (the parts I saw) and you're right next to the ridiculous prettiness that is the Lake District. Course, beauty is subjective, so you might think it's a crap heap.
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I was the same; I applied for 2 big city universities and then Lancaster

I was completely sold on Manchester.. and then I visited Lancaster.

I'm there now

The Campus seems a bit concretely in the middle but if you come up the proper entrance you get to see how lovely and green the campus really is..
The collegiate system is what sells the uni to a lot of people and it is a really good feature.. It means there is always something going on and the rivallry is a good laugh.. There's a college to suit everyone and even if you don't know which is for you you'll fit in any of them just fine

Lancaster itself is gorgeous; it's about ten mins away by bus and they are running like every few minutes.. Theres not a huge array of shops but Preston is 15 mins away and Manchester is about 1.30hrs away on a direct train Saying that, the market is great - especially all the food stalls there on a wednesday and a saturday.. theres a girl who does amazing cupcakes

Anyway, if you want to know anything else about lancaster feel free to ask

I do History, Philosophy and Politics
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wow u have 5 a's in those subjects? i would still ucl and warwick a shot mate..
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is lancaster good for economics??...and when you say leniant, if we get ABC instead of ABB would we still get an offer do you think?
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If you're expecting 5 As at A-level, why aren't you applying to UCL, Bristol, Warwick, KCL... etc.?

Out of those, the best would be Exeter. Lovely area; very good uni.
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Almost everybody who comes to Lancaster ends up loving it, even if they didn't really want to be here in the first place.
And yeah, it is lenient with grades as a general rule, but I think the Business School is a bit stricter, because it is a popular school and has a great international reputation.
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(Original post by The Macabre Vincent Price...)
If you're expecting 5 As at A-level, why aren't you applying to UCL, Bristol, Warwick, KCL... etc.?

Out of those, the best would be Exeter. Lovely area; very good uni.
That would be because jamie85 is not taking economics at A-level.
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That would be because jamie85 is not taking economics at A-level.
Can't you just apply with a maths A-level?

That's so unfair; my school doesn't offer Economics OR Further Maths, so I'm glad I don't want to apply for Economics.
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jamie85 is not taking maths at alevels. Hes got economics
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confusions confusions confusions...
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Hmm it seems a shame to not apply to the top unis because of your lack of maths. Are you interested in any joint courses where maths wouldn't be essential? Such as economics and economic history or PPE. If not, then i personally loved Exeter when i saw it and have friends there who are really happy.
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To clear up, I DO take economics, and NOT maths :P

I am very disappointed that I can't go to the top unis, yes I would have liked to have gone for oxbridge, warwick, durham, ucl, bristol, bath, lse etc.

I'm sure about going for the straight economics course however, as I'm undecided as to my career and it'll keep my options wider I should imagine.

Thanks for all your comments, I shall make my decision later!
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In particular I did see that 'alexandra square' (I think it is) in Lancaster looked very concrete and unattractive, much like most of essex uni! But then a fair number of exeter buildings give the same impression. How good are the towns around the unis?

Also, how close is the lake district from lancaster? ie can it be seen from the uni? And would the dartmoor and exmoor national parks near exeter rival this in any way?

Another thing may be the weather. I imagine exeter to be better weather being further down south, and having lived in colchester all my life it may be a bit of a shock going up to lancaster!

Grr, my decision is still really split, this morning I was just going to put exeter down and go for it :P
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Alex square is quite concretey because being right in the centre of the uni its hard to renovate; if you walk for like 2 minutes down the drive you get to a massive expanse of fields and the duck pond, and by all the accommodation there is also loads of places to sit..

I'm from Lancashire anyway so it terms of weather I've actually been pleasantly suprised because it's not really rained much

Preston is 15 mins away by train and Manchester is about 1.30hr away, and Windemere is 35-40 mins away

I'm not trying to convince you to pick Lancaster I'm just giving you my opinions on the place; you need to go with your gut instinct. I was set to go to manchester until i visited lancaster, and from being here I know i made the right choice.

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you study eco at lanc?
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nah i do History, Philosophy and Politics
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