Bath or Bristol??Watch
Edit: work placements & finding a job after uni is also very important to me, and I’ve heard that Bath is more career-centred and their placement schemes are really valuable.
So I’ve received offers for Politics and French from Bath and Bristol. Until recently I was pretty sure about putting Bristol as my firm as I wasn’t keen on Bath after visiting it with a friend last year, but yesterday I went to the offer holders day and I’m now considering firming it. Apparently you get the benefits of a campus and city uni as there is lots to do in the surrounding areas (I really love Bath itself and I am more familiar with it than Bristol) and it had a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. I’ve visited Bristol a few times as well as going to the Open day and I also really liked it, but Bath is the best uni I applied to in terms of rankings and the course is better. The most important things when it comes to uni for me are that it is easy to make friends there and the course itself is really good. Any advice?
Bath is really close to Bristol so you can take advantage of the Bristol nightlife in addition to the clubs, pubs and bars in Bath. Being a campus university means there will be more of a community feel, with accommodation in the first year all on campus rather than spread over several miles as it is in Bristol. The facilities are all in the same place (sports centre, library, SU etc). In Bristol everything is much more spread out and you need transport to get to the sports pitches (if this is important to you). The work placement scheme at Bath is part of the DNA of the place, so graduate employability is a real focus of the institution. If Bath have offered to reduce your offer with an A in your EPQ (isn't it nice to actually have that work acknowledged and rewarded??), and you prefer the course at Bath and it is more highly ranked, why wouldn't you firm Bath?
Thanks for your comment, are you a student there? I’ve heard their placements scheme is really good and I’d be doing it abroad in my third year which is a major bonus. However, I’ve read that Bristol is considered more prestigious by some employers because it is red brick/Russel Group, so I’m a bit worried that I could be held back because of this.
Once you have done this, try to look at each uni overall e.g. Bath was better at a, b and c and Bristol was better at x, y and z. See if this helps you to decide. Picking a university is a personal thing and so what suits one person may not suit the next.
They are both really good unis though and so I’m sure you will be fine whichever you decide.