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I have an offer for Data Science in both Sheffield and Exeter Universities. I checked both the university coursework, both are fantastic. I am confused which one to select. Which one would be good in terms of the employability factor?
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Both are reputable unis tbh and it won't make a difference to your career prospects. The only thing I would say is that the location of both are very different so it depends if you like a campus or city campus and you should take this into account now to choose between the two.

I personally prefer campus cities like Exeter (I ended up firming) a everything is on your doorstep. Exeter's city centre is a 10-15 minute walk away, campus is like a 5-15 minute walk from accommodation depending where you live, there is a strong community feel there, the nightlife is decent there but obviously won't be as good as bigger cities but one thing to bare in mind it's not that diverse if that affects you.

I went to the Sheffield open day and I personally didn't really like how everything was so far but it's all down to personal opinion . Sheffield accommodation isn't on campus and is around a 30 minute walk away on a hill or a £2 bus ride. I honestly didn't realise how far away it was until they took us on a bus. However, I liked the uni itself and how they encourage a year abroad but I would say you need to consider location to choose between the two
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Both are reputable unis tbh and it won't make a difference to your career prospects. The only thing I would say is that the location of both are very different so it depends if you like a campus or city campus and you should take this into account now to choose between the two.

I personally prefer campus cities like Exeter (I ended up firming) a everything is on your doorstep. Exeter's city centre is a 10-15 minute walk away, campus is like a 5-15 minute walk from accommodation depending where you live, there is a strong community feel there, the nightlife is decent there but obviously won't be as good as bigger cities but one thing to bare in mind it's not that diverse if that affects you.

I went to the Sheffield open day and I personally didn't really like how everything was so far but it's all down to personal opinion . Sheffield accommodation isn't on campus and is around a 30 minute walk away on a hill or a £2 bus ride. I honestly didn't realise how far away it was until they took us on a bus. However, I liked the uni itself and how they encourage a year abroad but I would say you need to consider location to choose between the two
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I have an offer for Data Science in both Sheffield and Exeter Universities. I checked both the university coursework, both are fantastic. I am confused which one to select. Which one would be good in terms of the employability factor?
Hey! Current student here studying Materials Science and Engineering. Can't really give you much perspective on the employability factor for Data Science but you can ask the department any questions you want regarding that at: [email protected]

I can tell you more about Sheffield in general, if that helps. Sheffield has a main University square where many of the departmental building/ libraries/ Students' Union are located within a 10-minute walking range. Outside of that, there are certain (few) departmental buildings that are scattered in the city. There are two main Uni accommodation locations: Endcliffe/Ranmoor and City. The City accommodation is literally 2-7 minutes walking distance from the main University square. I lived in Allen Court in my first year which is a part of the Uni City accommodation and I literally woke up and went to my lectures since my department was only like a minute away from my place. So yeah, if you prefer convenience (and you're lazy like me!), living in city accommodation is great. The city centre is around a 10 minute walk from my accommodation and West Street (the main student life place with pubs, bars etc) is around 5 minutes.

Endcliffe is at around 20 minutes walking from the main University campus. With a student ID, it costs only £1 to go there by bus from the main Uni campus and it stops right next to the accommodation. Endcliffe/ Ranmoor is bigger and has more space, has its own gym, a grocery shop within the campus, and a bar and cafe. So you'll pretty much find everything inside the student village. But even outside, there are loads of restaurants, pubs and other shops located.

Also Sheffield has the Peak District which is only 20 minutes by bus so you can easily escape to the Peaks whenever you want to!

Let me know if you want to know more about the University or Sheffield in general!

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Hey! Current student here studying Materials Science and Engineering. Can't really give you much perspective on the employability factor for Data Science but you can ask the department any questions you want regarding that at: [email protected]

I can tell you more about Sheffield in general, if that helps. Sheffield has a main University square where many of the departmental building/ libraries/ Students' Union are located within a 10-minute walking range. Outside of that, there are certain (few) departmental buildings that are scattered in the city. There are two main Uni accommodation locations: Endcliffe/Ranmoor and City. The City accommodation is literally 2-7 minutes walking distance from the main University square. I lived in Allen Court in my first year which is a part of the Uni City accommodation and I literally woke up and went to my lectures since my department was only like a minute away from my place. So yeah, if you prefer convenience (and you're lazy like me!), living in city accommodation is great. The city centre is around a 10 minute walk from my accommodation and West Street (the main student life place with pubs, bars etc) is around 5 minutes.

Endcliffe is at around 20 minutes walking from the main University campus. With a student ID, it costs only £1 to go there by bus from the main Uni campus and it stops right next to the accommodation. Endcliffe/ Ranmoor is bigger and has more space, has its own gym, a grocery shop within the campus, and a bar and cafe. So you'll pretty much find everything inside the student village. But even outside, there are loads of restaurants, pubs and other shops located.

Also Sheffield has the Peak District which is only 20 minutes by bus so you can easily escape to the Peaks whenever you want to!

Let me know if you want to know more about the University or Sheffield in general!

-Sanchari
4th Year MEng Materials Science and Engineering
Hi ,

University accomodation is bit pricy when we compared to private accomodation. I was looking at Sheffield 3 accomodation. How far is it from Information Department building?
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Hi ,

University accomodation is bit pricy when we compared to private accomodation. I was looking at Sheffield 3 accomodation. How far is it from Information Department building?
Hi !

I'm a current student at The University of Sheffield. From my knowledge of the area the Student Roost- Sheffield 3 is about 15 mins walk from the Information School as well as the main centre of University where the Diamond library is also. If you were wanting to use public transport to get to Uni you may struggle to find a bus, with Uni accommodation you do have a mix of both! I had a friend stay at Student Roost this year as she couldn't get into Uni accommodation and she did find it a bit lonely as you aren't in the main student area of Ranmoor/Endcliffe and it's quite a long walk to get there (40 mins ish), or you can get the bus. I would definitely consider what's important for you when choosing as Uni accommodation is better for socialising and making friends with flatmates and meeting people on your course! Can I ask what Uni accommodation you thought was pricey? As there is a variety of accommodation available at different prices and from what I am aware student roost was more expensive that an ensuite at Uni accom? Please feel free to ask anymore questions!

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University accomodation is bit pricy when we compared to private accomodation. I was looking at Sheffield 3 accomodation. How far is it from Information Department building?
I have friends in Sheffield - it is really struggling as a city these days. Just google it ... for example https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...ng-high-street

Go to Exeter - beautiful campus and everything nearby.
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I have friends in Sheffield - it is really struggling as a city these days. Just google it ... for example https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2...ng-high-street

Go to Exeter - beautiful campus and everything nearby.
Don't listen to Muttley79 - this poster is very pro Exeter and will try to convince the entire planet to go there at the expense of other universities. Some kind of personal agenda it seems.

Go with where you would feel most comfortable - Sheffield and Exeter are both excellent universities but with very different environments.
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Don't listen to Muttley79 - this poster is very pro Exeter and will try to convince the entire planet to go there at the expense of other universities. Some kind of personal agenda it seems.

Go with where you would feel most comfortable - Sheffield and Exeter are both excellent universities but with very different environments.
Why listen to you though, do you know both unis? I visited Sheffield last year and, as I said I know people who live there - they are planning to move away having lived there for years.

Yes, I'm pro-Exeter as not ONE of the hundreds of my students that have gone there have not loved it.
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I have an offer for Data Science in both Sheffield and Exeter Universities. I checked both the university coursework, both are fantastic. I am confused which one to select. Which one would be good in terms of the employability factor?
Hi smartind

I would recommend having a look at Discover Uni which has some useful stats on employability for different universities at a course level- you can compare them along with other stats. Mathematics and Data Sciences at Exeter sees 86% of graduates in employment or further study 6 months after finishing. You may also find it useful to speak to a current students at Exeter on our ask a current student messaging service to gain more insight to our campus; unfortunately there are no current Data Science students on it but you can speak to Marija who is studying Bsc Computer Science and will be able to give you some insight in to the course/department due to similarities.

Both are great universities and if you apply yourself and make good use of additional opportunities such as placements, internships careers services at either university I am sure you would be in a good position upon graduation.

Hope this helps- good luck in your decision making. Do let me know if you have any further questions about our Data Sciences course of Exeter more generally.

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Hi smartind.

I can't seem to find your original post but as Alisha said, Sheffield 3 is about 15 minutes away from the Information school. I stayed in Sheffield 3 in my first year and I enjoyed how close it was to the main buildings of the university and how conveniently it was located (there is a large Tesco superstore 3 minutes away, a tram stop outside etc.). I did find it to be a bit more expensive than Ranmoor and Endcliffe actually, and also there were people from other year groups and universities there so it was harder to socialise with other freshers. If I had to do it again, I'd personally go to one of the student villages (Ranmoor/ Endcliffe) as that is where most freshers will be based and it is a lot more fun to be close to your friends! You can get the bus from Ranmoor/Endcliffe to uni for £1 so transport is good as well!

Do you have any other specific questions about Sheffield 3?

-Soumya
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Hi smartind.

I can't seem to find your original post but as Alisha said, Sheffield 3 is about 15 minutes away from the Information school. I stayed in Sheffield 3 in my first year and I enjoyed how close it was to the main buildings of the university and how conveniently it was located (there is a large Tesco superstore 3 minutes away, a tram stop outside etc.). I did find it to be a bit more expensive than Ranmoor and Endcliffe actually, and also there were people from other year groups and universities there so it was harder to socialise with other freshers. If I had to do it again, I'd personally go to one of the student villages (Ranmoor/ Endcliffe) as that is where most freshers will be based and it is a lot more fun to be close to your friends! You can get the bus from Ranmoor/Endcliffe to uni for £1 so transport is good as well!

Do you have any other specific questions about Sheffield 3?

-Soumya
Biomedical Science graduate, The University of Sheffield
Hello

Sheffield 3 is great for its location and you are right it is really convenient having the universities only minutes away with the added bonus of tram and bus services right at your door step for them early morning rushes.

Sheffield 3 is such a big site so we do tend to have students from both Hallam and Sheffield university which is great as you get to meet loads of other students all over the world where we have a mixture of students from different year groups.

Our prices start from £89 per week with all your bills included

If you need any further information about our Sheffield 3 accommodation please contact us on 0114 276 8411 or email on [email protected]
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Why listen to you though, do you know both unis? I visited Sheffield last year and, as I said I know people who live there - they are planning to move away having lived there for years.

Yes, I'm pro-Exeter as not ONE of the hundreds of my students that have gone there have not loved it.
Lol I have two friends who go to Exeter, absolutely hate it, and are considering transferring. Exeter seems like an okay uni, with its atmosphere appealing to a relatively specific demographic; I suppose you either love it or hate but in terms of what I've heard from others, it's not as impressive as you make it out to be.

On the other hand, I've got a close relative who studied at Sheffield, fell in love with the town and has never looked back since. The point I'm trying to hint at is your experience is not identical to the person's beside you. Both uni's have their ups and downs, just a matter of preference at this point.
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Lol I have two friends who go to Exeter, absolutely hate it, and are considering transferring. Exeter seems like an okay uni, with its atmosphere appealing to a relatively specific demographic; I suppose you either love it or hate but in terms of what I've heard from others, it's not as impressive as you make it out to be.

On the other hand, I've got a close relative who studied at Sheffield, fell in love with the town and has never looked back since. The point I'm trying to hint at is your experience is not identical to the person's beside you. Both uni's have their ups and downs, just a matter of preference at this point.
You have TWO friends - /i know hundreds if students who've gone to Exeter - my sample size is signficant.
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My son is just graduating from Exeter and he doesn't love it - then again, some people do. It's all personal preference at the end of the day.
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One thing to consider when reading all these is Covid has reduced everyone’s opinions of their university at the moment.

Every university will have students who love and hate it.

I’m about to graduate at Exeter and have really enjoyed it; both the course, city, and social life there. I’d suggest looking at societies and the area (for example, Exeter is very ‘green’ and near the beach and Dartmoor etc.), against things you enjoy to see which one might be best for you!

Exeter also has a great careers team. They’ve helped me a lot. I’m sure both universities have these, but I know you’ve mentioned employability and they definitely helped me getting my job (CV, interview practice etc.)
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