St. Andrews or Glasgow?

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I’m an Irish student and have offers from uni of St Andrews and uni of Glasgow for biological sciences. Glasgow is asking for 589 leaving cert points (3 H1s and 3 H2s), while the other has asked for 560 points / 2 H1s specifically. I went to visit both of them, and really enjoyed both for different reasons.

Course: I’d be happy with either course, they’re both extremely flexible although I found that the professors at St Andrews seemed v enthusiastic and friendly. Didn’t get to see them at Glasgow as it wasn’t an open day, any insight into this?
Campus: I prefer Glasgow’s campus but do love the close community at St Andrews
Accommodation: more expensive at St. Andrews but higher quality it seems, also harder to find in later years than in Glasgow
Social/Student life: pretty hard to compare the two here, polar opposites. I love the city life/clubbing & nights out, but the closeness of St Andrews could be really unique, there’s all my life for a city if I need it. Would I be bored there? I’m really keen on the music scene in Glasgow too..
Reputation: I need more answers for this. I know st. andrews has the prestige but are they really that different for their biology or science courses? Since I’d probably like to do a masters, I do care about the reputation, but to put it in perspective Glasgow is still ranked a good bit higher than any of the Irish unis. (Although I know rankings can be inconsistent)

Would really love some other opinions. Parents really want me to go to St. andrews as it’s so safe and ‘prestigious’ and really want to hear another side! I’m sure i’ll be happy either way. Should I just firm Glasgow as it’s higher grades anyway?
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Personally just rejected a St. Andrews offer because of it being such a small place, I recommend picking one where you’d be happier and not due to its prestige
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Yeah, it’s definitely tiny. Thank you for replying though, where are you headed?
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Personally just rejected a St. Andrews offer because of it being such a small place, I recommend picking one where you’d be happier and not due to its prestige
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Medicine at Sheffield
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Yeah, it’s definitely tiny. Thank you for replying though, where are you headed?
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Fair play, I’m sure you’ll have a ball
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If you love the city life/nights out, St Andrews is probably the worst place you could pick in the whole of the UK. You would be bored I can guarantee it.

It's very pretty but literally tiny - a lot of golf shops and the like and barely anything to do.

St. Andrews is excellent and does have the prestige but don't choose purely on reputation as an employer won't really care if you go to St. Andrews over Glasgow or vice versa because Glasgow is still a very good university.

The best advice I can give is to go with your gut instinct as it's usually right and based off what you've said, I'd sway towards Glasgow. And don't choose somewhere purely to appease your parents; it's you that's studying there for 3 years, not them.
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Thanks so much for this response, think I needed this to tip me over the edge hahah
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If you love the city life/nights out, St Andrews is probably the worst place you could pick in the whole of the UK. You would be bored I can guarantee it.

It's very pretty but literally tiny - a lot of golf shops and the like and barely anything to do.

St. Andrews is excellent and does have the prestige but don't choose purely on reputation as an employer won't really care if you go to St. Andrews over Glasgow or vice versa because Glasgow is still a very good university.

The best advice I can give is to go with your gut instinct as it's usually right and based off what you've said, I'd sway towards Glasgow. And don't choose somewhere purely to appease your parents; it's you that's studying there for 3 years, not them.
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Hi, I’ve accepted my offer to also study biological sciences (zoology) at Glasgow and I’m looking for group chats. Did you end up choosing Glasgow over St. Andrews?
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I did, but after my exams i don’t think i’ve gotten the grades for it. Maybe St. andrews though, but i’ll have to wait and see. let me know if you find the group chats!
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Hi, I’ve accepted my offer to also study biological sciences (zoology) at Glasgow and I’m looking for group chats. Did you end up choosing Glasgow over St. Andrews?
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Sorry to hear that, hopefully everything goes your way though.
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