Is Durham full of entitled, pretentious southerners?

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I'm a state school offer holder and I'm slightly afraid that the culture will be dominated by this private school, middle-class, white, etc. mindset? How much truth is there in this stereotype?
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I'm a state school offer holder and I'm slightly afraid that the culture will be dominated by this private school, middle-class, white, etc. mindset? How much truth is there in this stereotype?
This certainly exists there, but not everyone fits this description. I've spoken to many other offer-holders and they seem to be like-minded individuals. It's really just a case of who you surround yourself with.

Durham has a bad reputation, and, to an extent, it fits, but it's slowly changing. I'm hoping to be a part of the change!
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I'm a state school offer holder and I'm slightly afraid that the culture will be dominated by this private school, middle-class, white, etc. mindset? How much truth is there in this stereotype?
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This certainly exists there, but not everyone fits this description. I've spoken to many other offer-holders and they seem to be like-minded individuals. It's really just a case of who you surround yourself with.

Durham has a bad reputation, and, to an extent, it fits, but it's slowly changing. I'm hoping to be a part of the change!
What course + college did you apply for?
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What course + college did you apply for?
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History at Cuth's! WBU?
Law at Cuth's, still waiting on an offer like most though.

That sounds so cocky like it's guaranteed, optimistic I guess.
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Law at Cuth's, still waiting on an offer like most though.

That sounds so cocky like it's guaranteed, optimistic I guess.
Good luck! I already have an offer, but maybe because it was like a contextual?
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Good luck! I already have an offer, but maybe because it was like a contextual?
Thanks , I did my LNAT yesterday cuz I'm lazy so that is partly why too. Will you firm Durham?
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Southerners, probably. Entitled and pretentious, maybe, maybe not. Bear in mind not all white middle class students there will have gone to a private school or be entitled and pretentious

I know two people who went to my (state) school that went to Durham. One was a bit posh sounding an perhaps aspired to that entitlement and pretentiousness, but her social/family background was working class, while the other was definitely middle class in terms of social and family background (parents were doctors) but was a very earnest and down to earth person. Both went to the same state school and had grown up in the same area in the south. So, such things vary a lot!
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Southerners, probably. Entitled and pretentious, maybe, maybe not. Bear in mind not all white middle class students there will have gone to a private school or be entitled and pretentious

I know two people who went to my (state) school that went to Durham. One was a bit posh sounding an perhaps aspired to that entitlement and pretentiousness, but her social/family background was working class, while the other was definitely middle class in terms of social and family background (parents were doctors) but was a very earnest and down to earth person. Both went to the same state school and had grown up in the same area in the south. So, such things vary a lot!
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Probably just full of white people
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I'm a state school offer holder and I'm slightly afraid that the culture will be dominated by this private school, middle-class, white, etc. mindset? How much truth is there in this stereotype?
I know 2 guys that graduated from Durham. One graduated last year, and the other the year before that. Both said that it did fit the stereotype of privileged, white people often from private schools and if they went to a state school, they came from a very nice area. They said that they are glad they went because they liked the course and overall loved their uni experience but just wished the people were different.
One was from London, and the other was from just outside London both i'd say are lower middle class. So I think it was just a shock for them to go from a city where there was alot of diversity and tolerance to a place where many people were white and rich (they are both white btw but were still used to diversity.)
The main point i'm trying to make is that your experience will vary but even if there are people like that, you can still enjoy your uni experience and find people like you. So if you really like the Durham course, go for it!
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Law at Cuth's, still waiting on an offer like most though.

That sounds so cocky like it's guaranteed, optimistic I guess.
At this point I'm convinced we've applied to the same unis Ray loollll

As for OP, if you love the course and place I wouldn't hold back. You're going to meet people that aren't necessarily the most down to earth or easy to relate to no matter where you go. On the contrary, you will also meet people who you will gel with nicely. Don't let a few people who you won't choose to spend your time with anyway stop you from going to the university that's best for you
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At this point I'm convinced we've applied to the same unis Ray loollll

As for OP, if you love the course and place I wouldn't hold back. You're going to meet people that aren't necessarily the most down to earth or easy to relate to no matter where you go. On the contrary, you will also meet people who you will gel with nicely. Don't let a few people who you won't choose to spend your time with anyway stop you from going to the university that's best for you
We both know you just copied me, I can't blame you, I feel flattered.
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Thanks , I did my LNAT yesterday cuz I'm lazy so that is partly why too. Will you firm Durham?
Probably -- if Cambridge don't want me.
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We both know you just copied me, I can't blame you, I feel flattered.
What can I say? I learn from the greatest!

Bribing UCAS to hand over your application details was a real pain, however...
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Southerners, probably. Entitled and pretentious, maybe, maybe not. Bear in mind not all white middle class students there will have gone to a private school or be entitled and pretentious

I know two people who went to my (state) school that went to Durham. One was a bit posh sounding an perhaps aspired to that entitlement and pretentiousness, but her social/family background was working class, while the other was definitely middle class in terms of social and family background (parents were doctors) but was a very earnest and down to earth person. Both went to the same state school and had grown up in the same area in the south. So, such things vary a lot!
EXACTLY. There's posh and chavvy all over the country, how ridiculous is this civil war north south stereotypical attitude we have.
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Probably -- if Cambridge don't want me.
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What can I say? I learn from the greatest!

Bribing UCAS to hand over your application details was a real pain, however...
Cambridge act like they are one of the top unis.

I nearly missed the small print😂maybe you could bribe my unis to actually reply.
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EXACTLY. There's posh and chavvy all over the country, how ridiculous is this civil war north south stereotypical attitude we have.
Extremely ridiculous, South would win though.
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Cambridge act like they are one of the top unis.

I nearly missed the small print😂maybe you could bribe my unis to actually reply.
They are one of the top unis!
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