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I had 2 medicine offers come through recently as I was on their waiting lists so I need to choose one. The issue I am having is choosing which one.

One is a much more vibrant city, 3 hours from home, and you cannot intercalate until 4th year of study.

The other city is a bit boring and drab, 1.5 hours from home, and I can intercalate in my 3rd year.

The reason intercalation is important to me is because I always like to have a backup plan. If I hate the course or am struggling I will be able to intercalate and leave in the normal 3 year degree period. I also don't mind being far from home in the early years, you get long holidays. However when the holidays are shorter (eg. no Easter holiday at all in clinical years) it is quite a while for me to be away from home and a struggle to get back.

I am really struggling to make this decision and would appreciate any advice with this.
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I had 2 medicine offers come through recently as I was on their waiting lists so I need to choose one. The issue I am having is choosing which one.

One is a much more vibrant city, 3 hours from home, and you cannot intercalate until 4th year of study.

The other city is a bit boring and drab, 1.5 hours from home, and I can intercalate in my 3rd year.

The reason intercalation is important to me is because I always like to have a backup plan. If I hate the course or am struggling I will be able to intercalate and leave in the normal 3 year degree period. I also don't mind being far from home in the early years, you get long holidays. However when the holidays are shorter (eg. no Easter holiday at all in clinical years) it is quite a while for me to be away from home and a struggle to get back.

I am really struggling to make this decision and would appreciate any advice with this.
You're anonymous anyway so why not tell us the unis involved? It might make it easier for people to advise you
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hmm issa tricky one
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You will intercalate anyway, by the sounds of it, no matter which med school you go to. Which course do you prefer? That is the most important question.

PS. you are very lucky to get two medicine offers from the waiting list. Rejoice!
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I had 2 medicine offers come through recently as I was on their waiting lists so I need to choose one. The issue I am having is choosing which one.

One is a much more vibrant city, 3 hours from home, and you cannot intercalate until 4th year of study.

The other city is a bit boring and drab, 1.5 hours from home, and I can intercalate in my 3rd year.

The reason intercalation is important to me is because I always like to have a backup plan. If I hate the course or am struggling I will be able to intercalate and leave in the normal 3 year degree period. I also don't mind being far from home in the early years, you get long holidays. However when the holidays are shorter (eg. no Easter holiday at all in clinical years) it is quite a while for me to be away from home and a struggle to get back.

I am really struggling to make this decision and would appreciate any advice with this.
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You're anonymous anyway so why not tell us the unis involved? It might make it easier for people to advise you
Cardiff and Leicester
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I would much rather live in Cardiff for a few years than Leicester...... maybe you could ask about the two medical schools in the medical schools forum if you haven't already?
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I had 2 medicine offers come through recently as I was on their waiting lists so I need to choose one. The issue I am having is choosing which one.

One is a much more vibrant city, 3 hours from home, and you cannot intercalate until 4th year of study.

The other city is a bit boring and drab, 1.5 hours from home, and I can intercalate in my 3rd year.

The reason intercalation is important to me is because I always like to have a backup plan. If I hate the course or am struggling I will be able to intercalate and leave in the normal 3 year degree period. I also don't mind being far from home in the early years, you get long holidays. However when the holidays are shorter (eg. no Easter holiday at all in clinical years) it is quite a while for me to be away from home and a struggle to get back.

I am really struggling to make this decision and would appreciate any advice with this.
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I would much rather live in Cardiff for a few years than Leicester...... maybe you could ask about the two medical schools in the medical schools forum if you haven't already?
Leicester isn't that bad (it's not the best though )

I commuted for a few years of study.

The beauty of Leicester is that it's very centrally located within England - lots of cities within a relatively short distance. You don't have to stay in Leicester while you're studying there.

I can't fault the medical course though.
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Leicester isn't that bad (it's not the best though )

I studied there and commuted for the last few years.

The beauty of Leicester is that it's very centrally located within England - lots of cities within a relatively short distance. You don't have to stay in Leicester.

I can't fault the medical course though, it's served me well.
Well that's the sort of thing that OP needs to know so it's good that now we know the names of the unis in question, people can give their opinions on them. And you are a great person to comment since you have actually studied at the medical school in Leicester
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Leicester isn't that bad (it's not the best though )

I commuted for a few years of study.

The beauty of Leicester is that it's very centrally located within England - lots of cities within a relatively short distance. You don't have to stay in Leicester.

I can't fault the medical course though.
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I had 2 medicine offers come through recently as I was on their waiting lists so I need to choose one. The issue I am having is choosing which one.

One is a much more vibrant city, 3 hours from home, and you cannot intercalate until 4th year of study.

The other city is a bit boring and drab, 1.5 hours from home, and I can intercalate in my 3rd year.

The reason intercalation is important to me is because I always like to have a backup plan. If I hate the course or am struggling I will be able to intercalate and leave in the normal 3 year degree period. I also don't mind being far from home in the early years, you get long holidays. However when the holidays are shorter (eg. no Easter holiday at all in clinical years) it is quite a while for me to be away from home and a struggle to get back.

I am really struggling to make this decision and would appreciate any advice with this.
at Cardiff you can intercalate in year 3 and 4.

Cardiff is super vibrant, fun and there is so much to do (most within walking distance).

I wouldn't see intercalating as an exit qualification, it is actively discouraged to view it as one..
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like after year 3 and year 4 of medicine?
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at Cardiff you can intercalate in year 3 and 4.

Cardiff is super vibrant, fun and there is so much to do (most within walking distance).

I wouldn't see intercalating as an exit qualification, it is actively discouraged to view it as one..
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you studied at Leicester? Nice!

Did you feel safe in Leicester and did you commute from your family home?

The other day the news on my TV was suddenly set to Leicester's local area and I was hearing about some bad things going on in Leicester which was a bit off putting.

Did you have an option of any other medical schools?
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Leicester isn't that bad (it's not the best though )

I commuted for a few years of study.

The beauty of Leicester is that it's very centrally located within England - lots of cities within a relatively short distance. You don't have to stay in Leicester while you're studying there.

I can't fault the medical course though.
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...Did you feel safe in Leicester and did you commute from your family home?
I felt safe, but I didn't go out a lot (except in first year when I stayed in catered halls and second year renting with friends).

I commuted from another city in the East Midlands (family home) from third year onwards.

The other day the news on my TV was suddenly set to Leicester's local area and I was hearing about some bad things going on in Leicester which was a bit off putting.
Bad things happen everywhere. It's just the luck of the draw.

Did you have an option of any other medical schools?
I didn't study anywhere else, so no!
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What was your opinion on the social life/ nightlife in the city in years 1 and 2 please?
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I felt safe, but I didn't go out a lot (except in first year when I stayed in catered halls and second year renting with friends).

I commuted from another city in the East Midlands (family home) from third year onwards.



Bad things happen everywhere. It's just the luck of the draw.



I didn't study anywhere else, so no!
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What was your opinion on the social life/ nightlife in the city in years 1 and 2 please?
It was good!
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It was good!
i read on another thread that someone said Leicester was extremely boring. I don't see how it could be THAT boring as it is a city after all. They also said people don't like leaving the campus because it's a bit of a trek into the city and quite a drab city, did you find this? It's difficult because Cardiff is much further away but apparently it's a much nicer city, but I don't know how much time I would spend out in the city anyway what with me being a poor and busy student.

Also where did you personally do your placements in Clinical years?

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i read on another thread that someone said Leicester was extremely boring. I don't see how it could be THAT boring as it is a city after all. They also said people don't like leaving the campus because it's a bit of a trek into the city and quite a drab city, did you find this? It's difficult because Cardiff is much further away but apparently it's a much nicer city, but I don't know how much time I would spend out in the city anyway what with me being a poor and busy student.

Also where did you personally do your placements in Clinical years?

Many thanks

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https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6042876 is a good read.

The halls are a good few miles out of the city, but that only adds to the social life (long walks / mass bus rides - but that's just us medics).

Lincoln, Boston, Northampton, Burton-upon-Trent, Bedford, Kettering. The accommodation was good - especially Northampton!
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i got offers for both cardiff and leicester and they were both my top choices !!! i chose leicester over cardiff due to it being closer to home but honestly i love it so so much! really hoping i get the grades on results day! but i had this thing of thinking “isn’t leicester such a dead city?” and i still do tbf but i think uni is what you make it and if you get the right group of friends there’s never ending things to do!! besides the med school in leicester is absolutely amazing and i loved the amount of student support they give (which is something i saw in no other uni! they understand the struggle we’ve been through with the entirety of the application and truly commend us!) if you choose leicester and fingers crossed i get the grades might see you there !! good luck with your choice
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like after year 3 and year 4 of medicine?
yea you get a choice. you can either intercalate between year 3 and year 4, or between year 4 and year 5. it's totally up to you.
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Completely agree. Good luck with results- I hope you get the grades! Are you feeling confident about results?

What accommodation have you applied for?

How far from home is Leicester for you?

Also my mum has been saying exactly the same thing to me about how it's the people you meet which make the experience. I enjoy staying in with my friends sometimes rather than going out all the time anyway. And yeah I agree about them being so friendly and supportive as well.

I met some such nice girls on my interview day (4th Jan anyone??) as well.
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i got offers for both cardiff and leicester and they were both my top choices !!! i chose leicester over cardiff due to it being closer to home but honestly i love it so so much! really hoping i get the grades on results day! but i had this thing of thinking “isn’t leicester such a dead city?” and i still do tbf but i think uni is what you make it and if you get the right group of friends there’s never ending things to do!! besides the med school in leicester is absolutely amazing and i loved the amount of student support they give (which is something i saw in no other uni! they understand the struggle we’ve been through with the entirety of the application and truly commend us!) if you choose leicester and fingers crossed i get the grades might see you there !! good luck with your choice
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