Bristol vs Birmingham?

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thomasandrew2000
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I've received offers to study maths at both Birmingham and Bristol but I don't know which to pick.

I've heard that Bristol is a lovely city uni but I haven't actually visited there. I've been to Birmingham and the campus is a really nice place but apart from the bullring in the city, I'm not sure what else there really is...it seems a bit decrepit.

Reputation-wise, is Bristol really that much better? I think it is way more internationally renown but again I'm not so sure. Are both their maths department essentially at the same level?

Most of Bristol's accommodation is also about ~2 miles away and I was wondering if this is easy enough to take a bus there. Basically what does everyone feel about these two unis and cities?

*If i could get a maths pov as well that would be useful. Thanks
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TSR guide to Firm/Insurance choices here : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/uni...urance-choices

Bristol (ie. Birmingham doesn't have any of this) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khM7tjui86Q
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(Original post by thomasandrew2000)
I've received offers to study maths at both Birmingham and Bristol but I don't know which to pick.

I've heard that Bristol is a lovely city uni but I haven't actually visited there. I've been to Birmingham and the campus is a really nice place but apart from the bullring in the city, I'm not sure what else there really is...it seems a bit decrepit.

Reputation-wise, is Bristol really that much better? I think it is way more internationally renown but again I'm not so sure. Are both their maths department essentially at the same level?

Most of Bristol's accommodation is also about ~2 miles away and I was wondering if this is easy enough to take a bus there. Basically what does everyone feel about these two unis and cities?

*If i could get a maths pov as well that would be useful. Thanks
Bristol is a nicer city than Birmingham by quite some way in my opinion, and the uni also has a better reputation (overall and for maths). To sum up, I would pick Bristol
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Everything is quite spread out at Bristol and very much integrated into the city where as at Birmingham it’s all together on campus. It’s going to come down to wanting a city or a campus feel at university. I’m torn between these 2 universities as well but for palaeontology.
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I haven’t looked much into Bristol uni myself, but I’m from Bristol and it’s a really lovely city and place to live. It has a bit of everything mixed into it and it’s very community-based. I might be biased, but even if you don’t decide on Bristol please do come and visit haha
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(Original post by HobbinsE)
Everything is quite spread out at Bristol and very much integrated into the city where as at Birmingham it’s all together on campus. It’s going to come down to wanting a city or a campus feel at university. I’m torn between these 2 universities as well but for palaeontology.
It's true that Birmingham has a nice campus which is very convenient for the first year. But what about the subsequent years when you're living in the dump that is Selly Oak with rising damp in your bedroom, a high crime rate and a council who keep going on strike and not collecting the rubbish for weeks on end?
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Also, most student accommodation is in the city centre. There is a bus straight through the centre to the uni so it’s pretty easy to get there
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It's true that Birmingham has a nice campus which is very convenient for the first year. But what about the subsequent years when you're living in the dump that is Selly Oak with rising damp in your bedroom, a high crime rate and a council who keep going on strike and not collecting the rubbish for weeks on end?
Lucky for me I live close enough to go back home after first year if I wanted to but the crime rate in the area is definitely a valid concern and one of the things that puts me off Birmingham tbh.
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