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I'm sure we're all aware of the news.
Durham is my dream uni, I've applied there recently, and I considered it my #1.
I'm a state-educated, bisexual girl from rural NI (the poorest part of the UK, we don't even have private schools here)
Am I crazy to reconsider? Would I be safe or even fit in there?
Please help, I have about 5 days to change choices.
Please give me an honest and blunt opinion.
I don't want to give in to a horrible loud majority, but you only do uni once (mostly) and I want to have the best experience possible. I thought that for me, it was Durham. Is it not anymore?
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Hey,

Although the recent news on Durham has been very disappointing, from my experience, the nature of the university and the students are generally not like this - I stress, I can only speak from my experience. I hope you still consider Durham as an option for you.
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Why do you use terms like "horrible loud majority"?

Do you have anything whatsoever to support the idea that the majority of students at Durham are either horrible or loud?

I'm asking you to ask yourself this.
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don't listen to the news
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God sorry I meant loud minority. I know these people are the minority.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
I'm sure we're all aware of the news.
Durham is my dream uni, I've applied there recently, and I considered it my #1.
I'm a state-educated, bisexual girl from rural NI (the poorest part of the UK, we don't even have private schools here)
Am I crazy to reconsider? Would I be safe or even fit in there?
Please help, I have about 5 days to change choices.
Please give me an honest and blunt opinion.
I don't want to give in to a horrible loud majority, but you only do uni once (mostly) and I want to have the best experience possible. I thought that for me, it was Durham. Is it not anymore?
I 100% feel you. I’ve applied to Durham and I tick many of the same boxes as you, as well as being black. Ik Durham have been in the news a lot recently and it’s scared me a little too but honestly, I’m sure these people (although very disappointing and downright disgusting) are in the minority. I’d like to think Durham, overall, is not reflective of those headlines, they might just have more of those kinda people. But if people like us are put off Durham, it’ll never change! And boy Durham needs some change. Focus on what made you want to apply to Durham in the first place, that’s what I’m doing. And if we get in, we’ll have the best time
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Thank you so much. You're so right. Thank you. I really hope I see you there 😁
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Thank you so much. You're so right. Thank you. I really hope I see you there 😁
No worries I hope to see you there too!
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Don't listen to the news. The complaints, on the whole, come from a minority of whiny students who view everything as a microaggression.

As a northern student from a working class background, there are obviously annoying people but claims of widespread problems are not true. Durham is no worse than anywhere else for these sorts of things.
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You will be safe, you won't fit in. But you the problems at Durham are no worse than at any other top university! So unless you want to sacrifice your ambition because of a few posh t**** then I personally wouldn't advocate for changing your mind.

My sister went to Durham from the single most deprived town in England and she got a bit of teasing and banter but she would never say she was bullied. She took a job during term time and that was the main difference - most people could afford to live without working. You'll make your core friends and stick with them, and if you're very career oriented, you'll have a lot of opportunities to take advantage of, including just being an alum from Durham.

What course are you applying for? That is a big factor. I didn't go to Durham or any of the top unis because I just didn't like the version of my course I offered.
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Don't limit your dreams based on heresay any top uni has some elitist students who look down on others. You don't have to socialise with them and you will find your crowd in time. FWIW Aidens is known as the Rainbow College and may be worth considering. If you like it you have a high chance of getting allocated there as its a large college.
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Don't limit your dreams based on heresay any top uni has some elitist students who look down on others. You don't have to socialise with them and you will find your crowd in time. FWIW Aidens is known as the Rainbow College and may be worth considering. If you like it you have a high chance of getting allocated there as its a large college.
I don't know much about Aidens specifically but from my experience the hill colleges are a lot more laidback and down to earth compared to the Bailey colleges, so perhaps they'll be a little less prone to the private school elitist vibe of the Bailey. Of course its not a hard and fast rule though.
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I applied to Chad's and will probs get reallocated so I should be okay. Thanks everyone!! ❤
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(Original post by justjas33)
I 100% feel you. I’ve applied to Durham and I tick many of the same boxes as you, as well as being black. Ik Durham have been in the news a lot recently and it’s scared me a little too but honestly, I’m sure these people (although very disappointing and downright disgusting) are in the minority. I’d like to think Durham, overall, is not reflective of those headlines, they might just have more of those kinda people. But if people like us are put off Durham, it’ll never change! And boy Durham needs some change. Focus on what made you want to apply to Durham in the first place, that’s what I’m doing. And if we get in, we’ll have the best time
Hey, I wanted to ask for your accommodation do you pay it termly? Or do you have to pay the 7k ( year/ 33 weeks) all at once
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Hey, I wanted to ask for your accommodation do you pay it termly? Or do you have to pay the 7k ( year/ 33 weeks) all at once
My daughter is at St Johns she pays termly but I think it is the same for all colleges as student loans get paid termly too.
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Hey, I wanted to ask for your accommodation do you pay it termly? Or do you have to pay the 7k ( year/ 33 weeks) all at once
Hey I’m in y13, I’ve only applied to Durham
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Hey I’m in y13, I’ve only applied to Durham
I'm applying too for geophysics what are u applying for? Durham accommodation is hefty but ill be catered so it's shouldn't be that bad I'm considering johns it cuths
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I'm applying too for geophysics what are u applying for? Durham accommodation is hefty but ill be catered so it's shouldn't be that bad I'm considering johns it cuths
Awh nice! I applied for CHSS to do History and International Relations/Politics, chose John Snow for my college. Yeah I agree it is quite pricy, if I get an offer I’m planning on applying to every single bursary I’m eligible for as I most definitely need it ahaha
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Awh nice! I applied for CHSS to do History and International Relations/Politics, chose John Snow for my college. Yeah I agree it is quite pricy, if I get an offer I’m planning on applying to every single bursary I’m eligible for as I most definitely need it ahaha
Get u ill probs do the same you can always get a part time job there and do 2 shifts a week apparently if you do one through the uni the pay is good.im planning to work long hours in the summer before uni to make some money!
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Get u ill probs do the same you can always get a part time job there and do 2 shifts a week apparently if you do one through the uni the pay is good.im planning to work long hours in the summer before uni to make some money!
Very true! Oh same here, I feel like it would be a good head start, and I can enjoy freshers with some money to my name ahaha. Loads of luck with ur application btw
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