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which uni for psychology

I’ve gotten unconditionals for Surrey, sussex, Kingston and west London for psychology with a placement year and I’m struggling where to go. I’m leaning towards Kingston because of my friends and cause it’s London… but I do want to make a choice I don’t regret.Any insight with accommodations/career departments/teacher support/cost of living/student life/others is appreciated! <3
Congratulations on receiving all offers! Discover Uni is a great website that enables you to compare universities' student satisfaction, graduate prospects and so much more. You can compare your psychology course between different universities. I have attached a link below. Good luck!
https://discoveruni.gov.uk/course-comparison/?
Original post by soojie
I’ve gotten unconditionals for Surrey, sussex, Kingston and west London for psychology with a placement year and I’m struggling where to go. I’m leaning towards Kingston because of my friends and cause it’s London… but I do want to make a choice I don’t regret.Any insight with accommodations/career departments/teacher support/cost of living/student life/others is appreciated! <3

Hi @soojie

Congratulations on your unconditional offers, that's amazing!
Firstly I would say don't just go to a university that your friends are going to, it is very tempting but you need to make the decision for you and think about what you want. Everyone is in the same boat when they start university so although it is daunting, everyone wants to make friends and so it seems to happen quite naturally, at least from my experience anyway.

I can give you a small insight into life at Surrey if that will help with your decision at all :smile:

Accommodation
At Surrey, we rank our accommodation in bands, from band A to band F. Band A is the cheapest accommodation as it is a shared room and band F is your own studio flat which is the most expensive, in my first year I lived in band D accommodation which meant I shared a kitchen but had my own room and bathroom, this cost around £155 per week. I have spoke to different people who have been in different accommodations and despite the bands, they have all had a really good experience living in halls. I think it just depends on your preferences and if you don't mind sharing a room/bathroom and also your budget.

Student Life
The social life at Surrey is really good; for me, I don’t like constantly partying but I like to have the option to if I want to and Surrey is perfect for that, there’s a great balance. The university has its own night club on campus called Rubix, they host nights out most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which can include dress up nights and special guests. Rubix is excellent, especially in your first year because if you’re living on campus as it’s right on your doorstep. There are also multiple clubs in Guildford town which is only a 10-15 minute walk away from the main campus including Pop World, Bar Thirteen and Casino so there’s plenty of options if you want to go out out. There are also multiple bars, cafes and restaurants on and around campus so there’s plenty of places to go for a drink or food. There is also lots to do locally in Guildford, for example there is the Guildford Spectrum which has a big ice skating rink, bowling etc, town is also full of shops, bars, restaurants. Not forgetting the Surrey Sports park which is situated on the Manor Park campus, they have a huge olympic size 50m swimming pool, rock climbing walls, a gym and plenty of outside courts and pitches. So if you are in to sports, this is a great place to be! I feel in general Surrey has a lovely community feel and when I first started, everyone was so welcoming.

Cost of living
Moving out can be expensive but it is definitely affordable if you budget and plan your expenses. Meal plans, weekly shops, spreadsheets and batch cooking for example can really help with this. Surrey is just outside of London so I would say it is slightly more expensive then some other universities in terms of accommodation/living costs but there are so many different options available depending on your budget. There are also plenty of opportunities for part time work, for example I am a Student Ambassador which is really flexible around my uni work but earns me that little bit extra to help with the cost of living.

Careers Team
The University of Surrey have an excellent careers team and were awarded University of the Year for Graduate Employment by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. You can book appointments with the careers team to help you with your CV or any application and they also organise workshops to help students find any placements or graduate roles.

I hope this helps! :smile:
Let me know if you have any more questions!

Becky
A final year Student Ambassador
I'm usually one of those people saying "don't pay too much attention to rankings" but the difference in yours is not insignificant. I think Surrey and Sussex are quite similar reputation wise, but Kingston and West London are quite a bit lower.

If you really want to be in London, by all means go. But don't go because of your friends, you'll make new friends, and honestly if you're around your old friends all the time it might hold you back somewhat in making new ones. Part of uni is throwing yourself in and making the best of it.

Surrey vs sussex wise I would have to put my vote in for Sussex. Brighton is a really incredible city and Sussex has a wonderful campus.
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Original post by University of Surrey
Hi @soojie

Congratulations on your unconditional offers, that's amazing!
Firstly I would say don't just go to a university that your friends are going to, it is very tempting but you need to make the decision for you and think about what you want. Everyone is in the same boat when they start university so although it is daunting, everyone wants to make friends and so it seems to happen quite naturally, at least from my experience anyway.

I can give you a small insight into life at Surrey if that will help with your decision at all :smile:

Accommodation
At Surrey, we rank our accommodation in bands, from band A to band F. Band A is the cheapest accommodation as it is a shared room and band F is your own studio flat which is the most expensive, in my first year I lived in band D accommodation which meant I shared a kitchen but had my own room and bathroom, this cost around £155 per week. I have spoke to different people who have been in different accommodations and despite the bands, they have all had a really good experience living in halls. I think it just depends on your preferences and if you don't mind sharing a room/bathroom and also your budget.

Student Life
The social life at Surrey is really good; for me, I don’t like constantly partying but I like to have the option to if I want to and Surrey is perfect for that, there’s a great balance. The university has its own night club on campus called Rubix, they host nights out most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which can include dress up nights and special guests. Rubix is excellent, especially in your first year because if you’re living on campus as it’s right on your doorstep. There are also multiple clubs in Guildford town which is only a 10-15 minute walk away from the main campus including Pop World, Bar Thirteen and Casino so there’s plenty of options if you want to go out out. There are also multiple bars, cafes and restaurants on and around campus so there’s plenty of places to go for a drink or food. There is also lots to do locally in Guildford, for example there is the Guildford Spectrum which has a big ice skating rink, bowling etc, town is also full of shops, bars, restaurants. Not forgetting the Surrey Sports park which is situated on the Manor Park campus, they have a huge olympic size 50m swimming pool, rock climbing walls, a gym and plenty of outside courts and pitches. So if you are in to sports, this is a great place to be! I feel in general Surrey has a lovely community feel and when I first started, everyone was so welcoming.

Cost of living
Moving out can be expensive but it is definitely affordable if you budget and plan your expenses. Meal plans, weekly shops, spreadsheets and batch cooking for example can really help with this. Surrey is just outside of London so I would say it is slightly more expensive then some other universities in terms of accommodation/living costs but there are so many different options available depending on your budget. There are also plenty of opportunities for part time work, for example I am a Student Ambassador which is really flexible around my uni work but earns me that little bit extra to help with the cost of living.

Careers Team
The University of Surrey have an excellent careers team and were awarded University of the Year for Graduate Employment by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. You can book appointments with the careers team to help you with your CV or any application and they also organise workshops to help students find any placements or graduate roles.

I hope this helps! :smile:
Let me know if you have any more questions!

Becky
A final year Student Ambassador

Thank you so much for the info :biggrin:
I am definitely still thinking about it but this has helped a lot! Would you know if psychology specifically is good there? :smile:
Reply 5
Original post by themartinipolice
I'm usually one of those people saying "don't pay too much attention to rankings" but the difference in yours is not insignificant. I think Surrey and Sussex are quite similar reputation wise, but Kingston and West London are quite a bit lower.

If you really want to be in London, by all means go. But don't go because of your friends, you'll make new friends, and honestly if you're around your old friends all the time it might hold you back somewhat in making new ones. Part of uni is throwing yourself in and making the best of it.

Surrey vs sussex wise I would have to put my vote in for Sussex. Brighton is a really incredible city and Sussex has a wonderful campus.

Thanks for the insight :biggrin: it’s defo hard to choose.

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