Southampton's a perfectly nice city. There are some grotty bits near the Wessex Lane halls, but generally it's ok. Tbh most uni life is party driven but Soton has loads of ways you can make friends and have a nice social life without it being one big club event. Hope that helps.
I think university life everywhere is party driven. It's up to you to go to things which aren't party driven if that's what you want. I do quite fine with the societies I'm in... prior to the end of term pub crawl I can't remember the last time I went out.
Yeah I've visited both, even went back to Southampton a few times! I didn't see much of Leeds though, quite far so didn't have much time, so I might go back and visit again..
I was in literally the same situation as you, I had exactly the same offer from leeds and soton. In the end I made a list of all the things I wanted from a uni. Soton snuck in by one or two things but I think over all it was the better choice - they're both awesome though!
Yeah I'm making a table of pros and cons for both, modules and city life - i'm even considering the fact southampton has a little portuguese cafe (i'm portuguese and will miss the little cafes in london :P) At the moment I'm probably more keen on Southampton but Leeds is very tempting.. will let y'all know of my decision! and thanks for the advice!!
Heyy, sorry for butting in I'm hoping to study portuguese and spanish either at southampton or leeds and was wondering if you could tell me more about life at southampton? Some people I talk to seem to think soutampton city is 'grotty',though I've seen it a few times and it seems alright!? Leeds is a biggger city and all but I worry its too party driven as a whole..
I had the same choice, took me weeks to decide which to put as my firm, Soton or Leeds! Glad with my decision though Leeds is so big, which has its advantages, but Southampton has everything you would need without being too big, and the campus is lovely (have you seen Avenue campus? I slightly fell in love with it when I visited 2 and a half years ago, its resources are very geared up for languages, plus it's like we have our own little community, you rarely walk down a corridor and not see someone you know).
That's what makes Leeds so tempting. I just worry it'd be more of an experience there because it's a big city, but people keep telling me any uni city/town is going to have all you need anyway, like you say, so I guess it's time I just stop worrying I'll regret my decision :P and yeah i loved the difference between the modern science buildings of Highfield and the cute traditional one at avenue! thanks for the advice and all