Lancaster vs Cardiff for Computer Science

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I am torn between Lancaster and Cardiff as I have offers to study Msci Computer Science at both of them. I'm leaning towards Lancaster but my parents want me to go Cardiff as it is quite close to my home as it will be cheaper and more viable in the long run (4 years). I don't believe that Lancaster will be that expensive as opposed to Cardiff because of the location. Furthermore, which of the two is more accepted by employers? I see that Lancaster is ranked 7th in the UK whereas Cardiff is at 26th (however Cardiff is in the Russel Group) and I would like to know which one is more reputed by employers. Any replies would be appreciated.

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The Russel Group is a self selecting group of medium/large research focussed universities, i.e. they're building their own reputation, and you can pay to get into it.

Have you been to look round both? Do go to both, and see which one you like more. The higher ranking of Lancaster, both in terms of graduate prospects and overall ranking, is also important, although I do think that what you do personally has more of an impact rather than purely the university.

This measn that no matter where you go the activities you take part in and the internships/placements you do will have a bigger impact.
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Hi,

I am torn between Lancaster and Cardiff as I have offers to study Msci Computer Science at both of them. I'm leaning towards Lancaster but my parents want me to go Cardiff as it is quite close to my home as it will be cheaper and more viable in the long run (4 years). I don't believe that Lancaster will be that expensive as opposed to Cardiff because of the location. Furthermore, which of the two is more accepted by employers? I see that Lancaster is ranked 7th in the UK whereas Cardiff is at 26th (however Cardiff is in the Russel Group) and I would like to know which one is more reputed by employers. Any replies would be appreciated.

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Hello,
I'm currently at Lancaster and I'm happy to answer any questions to help you to make a decision! I'd just like to mention that although I don't know what the living costs of Cardiff are like, Lancaster is very cheap. Rents in town are about £90-100 per person per week with bills included. You can of course live on campus. We have a college system and you'd be in Graduate college. This means you'll be living with other grads near the dedicated grad bar and grad college building which has a porters to get mail etc and a study and social space only for grads. You'll also have your own study space in the library and in town that isn't accessible for undergraduates. Of course you can use the undergrad facilities too! Whereabouts do you live currently? Lancaster is on the west coast mainline and is reasonably well connected by train.
Again, let me know if you have any questions!
Charlotte
3rd year Biological Sciences with Biomedicine
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Hello,
I'm currently at Lancaster and I'm happy to answer any questions to help you to make a decision! I'd just like to mention that although I don't know what the living costs of Cardiff are like, Lancaster is very cheap. Rents in town are about £90-100 per person per week with bills included. You can of course live on campus. We have a college system and you'd be in Graduate college. This means you'll be living with other grads near the dedicated grad bar and grad college building which has a porters to get mail etc and a study and social space only for grads. You'll also have your own study space in the library and in town that isn't accessible for undergraduates. Of course you can use the undergrad facilities too! Whereabouts do you live currently? Lancaster is on the west coast mainline and is reasonably well connected by train.
Again, let me know if you have any questions!
Charlotte
3rd year Biological Sciences with Biomedicine
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Thank you for the reply. Would you say that Lancaster is better reputed than Cardiff in terms of employers, etc.

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Hey,

I'm currently studying Computer Science at Cardiff, so feel free to ask me any questions too! One of the best USPs of Cardiff is that we have great research facilities (because of the Russel Group status, we receive better funding for research work). In terms of employability, South Wales is one of the next busiest growing IT hubs of the UK and Cardiff is home to many existing companies, as well as newer start-ups. We regularly have employability sessions where we can network with employers in our industry.

It's also a lovely city to live in, mainly full of students with everything you could possibly need within a short walking distance. Feel free to ask anything and good luck!
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Hey,

I'm currently studying Computer Science at Cardiff, so feel free to ask me any questions too! One of the best USPs of Cardiff is that we have great research facilities (because of the Russel Group status, we receive better funding for research work). In terms of employability, South Wales is one of the next busiest growing IT hubs of the UK and Cardiff is home to many existing companies, as well as newer start-ups. We regularly have employability sessions where we can network with employers in our industry.

It's also a lovely city to live in, mainly full of students with everything you could possibly need within a short walking distance. Feel free to ask anything and good luck!
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Thanks for that. What would you say is more reputed?
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Hey,

I'm currently studying Computer Science at Cardiff, so feel free to ask me any questions too! One of the best USPs of Cardiff is that we have great research facilities (because of the Russel Group status, we receive better funding for research work). In terms of employability, South Wales is one of the next busiest growing IT hubs of the UK and Cardiff is home to many existing companies, as well as newer start-ups. We regularly have employability sessions where we can network with employers in our industry.

It's also a lovely city to live in, mainly full of students with everything you could possibly need within a short walking distance. Feel free to ask anything and good luck!
How many days a week are you in class? And can you fit part time work in? Many Thanks
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How many days a week are you in class? And can you fit part time work in? Many Thanks
About 3-4 days a week, for MAXIMUM 4 hours (not each day). Honestly most of the work can be done remotely. And yeah most of us have part-times and still enough time to do uni work and socialising!
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Hi,

Thank you for the reply. Would you say that Lancaster is better reputed than Cardiff in terms of employers, etc.

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Hi Tom,
It's hard to make direct comparisons because it depends on a few things and as I'm not an employer I can't generally say.
You can read about our reputation here as well as our career support here.
I'd recommend you have a look at UniBuddy and you can talk to current students in the department you're interested in - they will probably know the most about the computer science department.
Hope this is somewhat helpful,
Charlotte
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