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not sure if I've posted this in the right place. so the unis I'm looking at are York, Nottingham, Lancaster, possibly Warwick, and Edinburgh. I think that Edinburgh and Nottingham and the most respected two (and that's important to me) but social life and happiness is also very important to me because all those universities are more than 2 hours from home (except York). I've always been fixed on Lancaster because I hate cities and love the countryside and I think I'd feel really safe there and at home, but I always love a social life and very extroverted people, and I feel like quiet people are drawn to quiet places, so I'd struggle to make friends. I've also heard some people have had really bad experience at Edinburgh because most people there already know eachother from London and they're all quite posh and a bit mean and people struggle to make friends. so I'm just asking can anyone give me advice or tell me anything that they know about these unis
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Unis are too big to be dominated by a certain type of person. If you're outgoing and extroverted then you will find similar people no matter where you go.

Also there's no way most people at Edinburgh are from London
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not sure if I've posted this in the right place. so the unis I'm looking at are York, Nottingham, Lancaster, possibly Warwick, and Edinburgh. I think that Edinburgh and Nottingham and the most respected two (and that's important to me) but social life and happiness is also very important to me because all those universities are more than 2 hours from home (except York). I've always been fixed on Lancaster because I hate cities and love the countryside and I think I'd feel really safe there and at home, but I always love a social life and very extroverted people, and I feel like quiet people are drawn to quiet places, so I'd struggle to make friends. I've also heard some people have had really bad experience at Edinburgh because most people there already know eachother from London and they're all quite posh and a bit mean and people struggle to make friends. so I'm just asking can anyone give me advice or tell me anything that they know about these unis
Hi maddiethorp,
I just finished my degree at Lancaster so I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about it.
From my experience there's plenty of extroverted people who love going out at Lancaster (myself included).
I feel like regardless of where you are, the majority of students like going out! In first year, I found that my most of my flatmates were quiet, but because of our college system, I soon met people on a different floor of my building who were the opposite so I spent more time socialising with them. Our townhouse accommodation is known for being the most social because it's very similar to living in an actual house, compared to a flat. We have 9 bars on campus (some more lively than others), but it's easy to hang out with people at these. Societies also run socials so I'd recommend signing up to a few - it's a great way to meet people across the uni, and find a group of people to go out with. Living in town in 2nd/3rd year I feel like doubles your social life because it's so much easier to go out in town and hang out at people's houses.
There's definitely quiet people (at every uni), which is fair enough! But I don't think it'll be hard to find people who are up for socialising lots.
Hope this was useful and let me know if you have any more questions!
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Hi maddiethorp,
I just finished my degree at Lancaster so I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about it.
From my experience there's plenty of extroverted people who love going out at Lancaster (myself included).
I feel like regardless of where you are, the majority of students like going out! In first year, I found that my most of my flatmates were quiet, but because of our college system, I soon met people on a different floor of my building who were the opposite so I spent more time socialising with them. Our townhouse accommodation is known for being the most social because it's very similar to living in an actual house, compared to a flat. We have 9 bars on campus (some more lively than others), but it's easy to hang out with people at these. Societies also run socials so I'd recommend signing up to a few - it's a great way to meet people across the uni, and find a group of people to go out with. Living in town in 2nd/3rd year I feel like doubles your social life because it's so much easier to go out in town and hang out at people's houses.
There's definitely quiet people (at every uni), which is fair enough! But I don't think it'll be hard to find people who are up for socialising lots.
Hope this was useful and let me know if you have any more questions!
Charlotte
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thankyou that's really helpful, the townhouses do sound really exciting but I really want an ensuite and I think I read that you share a bathroom between two people. What would you say is the most sociable accomodation apart from the townhouses
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thankyou that's really helpful, the townhouses do sound really exciting but I really want an ensuite and I think I read that you share a bathroom between two people. What would you say is the most sociable accomodation apart from the townhouses
In general, ensuites are the least sociable, but that's just generalising. I think Grizedale ensuite or Fylde/Furness ensuite could be a bit option, possibly Lonsdale as well. However, it changes every year, but my experience has found those accommodation blocks have a good social feel to them. If you're accommodation's not sociable, it doesn't really matter though! You can get involved with your college, societies and people on your course and I think you'll be okay.
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not sure if I've posted this in the right place. so the unis I'm looking at are York, Nottingham, Lancaster, possibly Warwick, and Edinburgh. I think that Edinburgh and Nottingham and the most respected two (and that's important to me) but social life and happiness is also very important to me because all those universities are more than 2 hours from home (except York). I've always been fixed on Lancaster because I hate cities and love the countryside and I think I'd feel really safe there and at home, but I always love a social life and very extroverted people, and I feel like quiet people are drawn to quiet places, so I'd struggle to make friends. I've also heard some people have had really bad experience at Edinburgh because most people there already know eachother from London and they're all quite posh and a bit mean and people struggle to make friends. so I'm just asking can anyone give me advice or tell me anything that they know about these unis
Hello! I have only been to visit Nottingham uni once, but it was enough to make me want to apply there for an MA it's close enough to the city for convenience, but the Park campus seemed like a whole other world to me. There was lots of places to sit quietly, and indeed I spent an hour plus doing just that whilst reading info I had found and starting my application. mnot might be able to provide more info because they went there, but I do not know about the other unis, apologies
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Hello! I have only been to visit Nottingham uni once, but it was enough to make me want to apply there for an MA it's close enough to the city for convenience, but the Park campus seemed like a whole other world to me. There was lots of places to sit quietly, and indeed I spent an hour plus doing just that whilst reading info I had found and starting my application. mnot might be able to provide more info because they went there, but I do not know about the other unis, apologies
so did you do your bachelors at a different uni. Because I was thinking about doing my bachelors at Lancaster and my masters at Nottingham , or the other way round.If you did do your bachelors at a different uni, I was wondering how difficult is it to make friends during your masters. Because I know it's only 1 year so that might make it hard but also have people already made friends from earlier years in uni, do people usually stay at the same uni for their masters or do the majority switch. I'd hate to leave a uni that I feel comfortable in and then feel left out during my masters
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not sure if I've posted this in the right place. so the unis I'm looking at are York, Nottingham, Lancaster, possibly Warwick, and Edinburgh. I think that Edinburgh and Nottingham and the most respected two (and that's important to me) but social life and happiness is also very important to me because all those universities are more than 2 hours from home (except York). I've always been fixed on Lancaster because I hate cities and love the countryside and I think I'd feel really safe there and at home, but I always love a social life and very extroverted people, and I feel like quiet people are drawn to quiet places, so I'd struggle to make friends. I've also heard some people have had really bad experience at Edinburgh because most people there already know eachother from London and they're all quite posh and a bit mean and people struggle to make friends. so I'm just asking can anyone give me advice or tell me anything that they know about these unis
Most respected: its very hard to answer this as a lot also depends on course, and its really only a couple career types (such as banking & law) where your uni "prestige" is a huge factor. From this list I would say Warwick is the most prestigious followed by Notts & Edinburgh but York & Lancaster both have excellent reputations as well, its more splitting hairs then anything else.

I doubt at any uni (Edinburgh or other) most people know each other, in my experience the majority of people at any uni go there and form their own brand new groups entirely consisting of people they met at uni.

Social life and happiness, I really think you can have that at any uni, some unis will lend themselves more to clubbing and the nightlife culture others have different events & vibes.

I think you need to make a clearer list in your head of what is most important to you. for example: course content, subject expertise, careers support, uni research, city/campus, student population, facilities, cost of living (whatever you want...). Then it will be easier to compare these unis.


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so did you do your bachelors at a different uni. Because I was thinking about doing my bachelors at Lancaster and my masters at Nottingham , or the other way round.If you did do your bachelors at a different uni, I was wondering how difficult is it to make friends during your masters. Because I know it's only 1 year so that might make it hard but also have people already made friends from earlier years in uni, do people usually stay at the same uni for their masters or do the majority switch. I'd hate to leave a uni that I feel comfortable in and then feel left out during my masters
Yes, I completed my BA at Bournemouth. Unfortunately I have not started yet so cannot tell you about the social side, but I imagine there will be other people from different universities
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