Would I be crazy to turn down a place at St Andrews uni for Warwick?

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Okay so i'm having a really difficult time trying to decide between St Andrews and Warwick.
I've had unconditional offers from both but cant really seem to settle on one.
I have visited both unis and done lots of research. I have actually been to uni before (Edinburgh) but I am starting again after a disastrous first year.
I know what uni life is like in big city, and i'm from a small village so I know what a quieter life is like too, so those differences don't worry me.
The only thing that worries me is that St Andrews is even further away from my parents house, and I am worried that it could be an issue. Apart from that I see no other problems with St Andrews other than possibly elitism from some students ? (which worries me slightly as I went to state school and come from a modest economic background).
Warwick also doesnt have many negatives for me, other than its maybe not as prestigious as St Andrews but it is a target uni for big employers which is an advantage.

Does anyone have any insight into this matter as I'm going mad trying to make a decision and I don't seem to be getting anywhere. If I go for the safe option of staying closer to home (ie Warwick) I would be turning down St Andrews- would I be crazy for doing this as it is a highly sought after uni??
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Presumably the warwick course is also a year shorter (or the same length for an undergraduate masters).

If you prefer Warwick and think you are more likely to thrive there then it’s the best university for you.
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Just because a university has a good reputation that doesn't mean it's a good fit. If Warwick feels better then go for Warwick. You're unlikely to regret going to a uni that feels right for you. Choosing to spend four years studying somewhere that's not where your heart lies will definitely feel like a slog. Prestige is an added bonus, not the be-all-end-all.
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Why not, for some subject areas Warwick will be stronger anyway. I think most people would pick Warwick maths over St Andrews for example...

Also as noted Warwick is a target for investment banks and management consultancy roles, if that's of interest to you.
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Okay so i'm having a really difficult time trying to decide between St Andrews and Warwick.
I've had unconditional offers from both but cant really seem to settle on one.
I have visited both unis and done lots of research. I have actually been to uni before (Edinburgh) but I am starting again after a disastrous first year.
I know what uni life is like in big city, and i'm from a small village so I know what a quieter life is like too, so those differences don't worry me.
The only thing that worries me is that St Andrews is even further away from my parents house, and I am worried that it could be an issue. Apart from that I see no other problems with St Andrews other than possibly elitism from some students ? (which worries me slightly as I went to state school and come from a modest economic background).
Warwick also doesnt have many negatives for me, other than its maybe not as prestigious as St Andrews but it is a target uni for big employers which is an advantage.

Does anyone have any insight into this matter as I'm going mad trying to make a decision and I don't seem to be getting anywhere. If I go for the safe option of staying closer to home (ie Warwick) I would be turning down St Andrews- would I be crazy for doing this as it is a highly sought after uni??
You'd be crazy not tto choose the uni/course best suited to you. Prestige doesnt mean anything against a better learning experiance whicb may result in better grades. And overall a better time at uni
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