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I have applied to the following unis and courses:
- King’s College London (BSc Business Management)
- University of Birmingham (BSc Business Management)
- Newcastle University (BA Business Management)
- Henley Business School, University of Reading (BSc Business and Management)
- University of Kent (BSc Business Psychology)

So far I’ve gotten conditional offers from all of them except King’s. When choosing a uni, I don’t want to just consider one factor (eg reputation) but instead look at it as a whole, to get a good balance for factors like reputation, modules, accommodation, location, campus etc. I want to go to a place that I’d be happy at the most overall.

Currently my main 3 options that I might firm are Henley/Reading, Birmingham and King’s (if I get an offer, if not then Newcastle). I don’t mind city unis but I definitely prefer campus unis which is why I’m leaning towards Reading or Bham.

For Reading I know the uni has a decent reputation but specifically the Henley business school has a strong reputation and performs highly in business school rankings, and will give me the proper business education that I want. I also love the modules, the campus and the town of Reading, it seems like a safe bet for me as an international student living away from home for the first time. But I need to know if the reputation of Henley would make up for Reading not being a Russell group, for example.

Birmingham is a solid uni with decent modules and a fantastic campus and accommodation, very developed and modern. But the modules are a bit more theoretical and less practical, and I haven’t heard great things about Brum city.

For King’s, the obvious benefit of going there is the undeniable prestige of going to the uni and living in central London with so much to do and networking opportunities. The modules are also fairly modern, but they could still be too academic and theoretical in terms of how they’re taught. The cost of living is very high in London, and I’m not sure if I’d go there just for the prestige because it’s a city uni with little campus feel and it would take me much longer to settle in and it could be harder to navigate than a self-contained campus uni. I also don’t like the competitive culture of these kind of unis.

Any advice is on which uni may be the best fit for me and and input on which one will be suitable for an international student living in the UK for the first time is welcome. Thanks for reading my essay
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I have applied to the following unis and courses:
- King’s College London (BSc Business Management)
- University of Birmingham (BSc Business Management)
- Newcastle University (BA Business Management)
- Henley Business School, University of Reading (BSc Business and Management)
- University of Kent (BSc Business Psychology)

So far I’ve gotten conditional offers from all of them except King’s. When choosing a uni, I don’t want to just consider one factor (eg reputation) but look at it as a whole, looking at every factor like reputation, modules, accommodation, location, campus etc. I want to go to a place that I’d be happy at the most.

Currently my main 3 options that I might firm are Henley/Reading, Birmingham and King’s (if I get an offer, if not then Newcastle). I don’t mind city unis but I definitely prefer campus unis which is why I’m leaning towards Reading or Bham.

For Reading I know the uni has a decent reputation but specifically the Henley business school has a strong reputation and performs highly in business school rankings, and will give me the proper business education that I want. I also love the modules, the campus and the town of Reading, it seems like a safe bet for me as an international student living away from home for the first time. But I need to know if the reputation of Henley would make up for Reading not being a Russell group, for example.

Birmingham is a solid uni with decent modules and a fantastic campus and accommodation, very developed and modern. But the modules are a bit more theoretical and less practical, and I haven’t heard great things about Brum city.

For King’s, the obvious benefit of going there is the undeniable prestige of going to the uni and living in central London with so much to do and networking opportunities. The modules are also fairly modern, but they could still be too academic and theoretical in terms of how they’re taught. The cost of living is very high in London, and I’m not sure if I’d go there just for the prestige because it’s a city uni with little campus feel and it would take me much longer to settle in and it could be harder to navigate than a self-contained campus uni. I also don’t like the competitive culture of these kind of unis.

Any advice is on which uni may be the best fit for me and and input on which one will be suitable for an international student living in the UK for the first time is welcome. Thanks for reading my essay
Of all the factors, which few matters the most to you?? The social aspect? Prestige?

If you prefer a campus uni then Bham is a good idea but when it comes to performance then Henley sounds good. Birmingham itself is quite rough but it’s actually not that bad of a city- it’s very lively and there’s a lot to do! I would definitely suggest going to visit the universities in person because you might end up liking the vibes of a city regardless of what other people say!
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If you prefer campus life then Birmingham is for you. its a wonderful campus and you will have a great time there. Watch some youTube videos about life at Birmingham Uni.
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Of all the factors, which few matters the most to you?? The social aspect? Prestige?

If you prefer a campus uni then Bham is a good idea but when it comes to performance then Henley sounds good. Birmingham itself is quite rough but it’s actually not that bad of a city- it’s very lively and there’s a lot to do! I would definitely suggest going to visit the universities in person because you might end up liking the vibes of a city regardless of what other people say!
Thanks for the reply! I wanted a good balance of everything, so I wasn’t just looking at one single factor as the most important. I want a uni that has a good mix of everything but I guess I’d mainly look for the uni with strong modules, campus and reputation.

Bham definitely has the best campus out of all my options, so I know I’d like it there. But Reading also has a good campus in a calm and natural environment. So u think that Henley will be better than Bham business school for performance? If so then why?
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If you prefer campus life then Birmingham is for you. its a wonderful campus and you will have a great time there. Watch some youTube videos about life at Birmingham Uni.
Yes Birmingham has an incredible campus for sure and I’ve seen a bunch of great videos. It’s just that I didn’t like their modules as much compared to places like Henley/Reading
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Thanks for the reply! I wanted a good balance of everything, so I wasn’t just looking at one single factor as the most important. I want a uni that has a good mix of everything but I guess I’d mainly look for the uni with strong modules, campus and reputation.

Bham definitely has the best campus out of all my options, so I know I’d like it there. But Reading also has a good campus in a calm and natural environment. So u think that Henley will be better than Bham business school for performance? If so then why?
It’s no problem! I think Henley is a good option because it’s specialised for business however, from the sounds of it, I would say it sounds like you truly like the sound of Birmingham
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It’s no problem! I think Henley is a good option because it’s specialised for business however, from the sounds of it, I would say it sounds like you truly like the sound of Birmingham
Thanks for your help! I think it will come down to Reading or Birmingham at the end of the day, and I’ll just go with my gut instinct on which one I like best overall, since they’re both good in their own ways
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Russell Group is really about post grad research grading so do not be concerned about that.
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Thanks for your help! I think it will come down to Reading or Birmingham at the end of the day, and I’ll just go with my gut instinct on which one I like best overall, since they’re both good in their own ways
I would look at the course you like best.
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I would look at the course you like best.
Yeah course wise I do like both but I like Henley’s modules and course structure a little more than Birmingham as it seems more practical and relevant. Birmingham still has solid modules, but I’d look forward to doing Henley’s modules more overall.
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Russell Group is really about post grad research grading so do not be concerned about that.
Ah ok yeah I’ve seen quite a few people saying that so if I do a masters later I might consider going to one but for undergraduate it doesn’t really matter? Cause Reading isn’t a Russell Group but I think it does have a decent reputation plus Henley has a strong reputation as far as business schools go.
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Thanks for the reply! I wanted a good balance of everything, so I wasn’t just looking at one single factor as the most important. I want a uni that has a good mix of everything but I guess I’d mainly look for the uni with strong modules, campus and reputation.

Bham definitely has the best campus out of all my options, so I know I’d like it there. But Reading also has a good campus in a calm and natural environment. So u think that Henley will be better than Bham business school for performance? If so then why?
Why do you think Birmingham campus is better than Reading? I would say the reverse ... Reading is nearer town and very green with a lake.
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Reading is the best choice. Because Henley Business School has strong links with the Big 4 i.e. PwC.
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I have applied to the following unis and courses:
- King’s College London (BSc Business Management)
- University of Birmingham (BSc Business Management)
- Newcastle University (BA Business Management)
- Henley Business School, University of Reading (BSc Business and Management)
- University of Kent (BSc Business Psychology)

So far I’ve gotten conditional offers from all of them except King’s. When choosing a uni, I don’t want to just consider one factor (eg reputation) but instead look at it as a whole, to get a good balance for factors like reputation, modules, accommodation, location, campus etc. I want to go to a place that I’d be happy at the most overall.

Currently my main 3 options that I might firm are Henley/Reading, Birmingham and King’s (if I get an offer, if not then Newcastle). I don’t mind city unis but I definitely prefer campus unis which is why I’m leaning towards Reading or Bham.

For Reading I know the uni has a decent reputation but specifically the Henley business school has a strong reputation and performs highly in business school rankings, and will give me the proper business education that I want. I also love the modules, the campus and the town of Reading, it seems like a safe bet for me as an international student living away from home for the first time. But I need to know if the reputation of Henley would make up for Reading not being a Russell group, for example.

Birmingham is a solid uni with decent modules and a fantastic campus and accommodation, very developed and modern. But the modules are a bit more theoretical and less practical, and I haven’t heard great things about Brum city.

For King’s, the obvious benefit of going there is the undeniable prestige of going to the uni and living in central London with so much to do and networking opportunities. The modules are also fairly modern, but they could still be too academic and theoretical in terms of how they’re taught. The cost of living is very high in London, and I’m not sure if I’d go there just for the prestige because it’s a city uni with little campus feel and it would take me much longer to settle in and it could be harder to navigate than a self-contained campus uni. I also don’t like the competitive culture of these kind of unis.

Any advice is on which uni may be the best fit for me and and input on which one will be suitable for an international student living in the UK for the first time is welcome. Thanks for reading my essay
Hi there

It's a tough decision to decide what university is better for you. However, I have some tips to look closer into each course, the modules, etc. Have a general idea of what course you like better what modules appeal to you more. You can also look at the university itself compare the universities based on facilities, support or anything you think is important to you for a university to have. You can have a look at the accommodation or the town. That way, you are considering many factors that may help you decide. I would also suggest speaking to your family and friends about each university and seeing which one you're more passionate about when talking to them

If you have any questions about Surrey or uni life in general, please ask as I can help you out!

Joao
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Why do you think Birmingham campus is better than Reading? I would say the reverse ... Reading is nearer town and very green with a lake.
Reading has a great campus, I just felt that Birmingham was more developed with more facilities and its accommodation in Vale Village looks excellent, it’s also by a lake with incredible views. But this is just based on the research I did, I could be wrong. And Reading does have a good campus from what I’ve seen, I just thought that Birmingham was more comprehensive and slightly better overall.
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Reading is the best choice. Because Henley Business School has strong links with the Big 4 i.e. PwC.
Yes I’ve seen that it has high graduate prospects due to its links with companies in the UK. But do you know if it’s also well known by employers outside the UK? How would the employability look like internationally?
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