I have 6 offers for a BA in Music Production; which UNI should I pick?

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Hello everyone!

I am an international student from Lima, Peru. I applied to several unis for Music Production (or related) programs. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got offers from six unis. I am so happy about it!!! 🥳

But now I have to make a decision; a decision that involves me moving from my home-country, leaving my family and starting a "new life", so to speak. Everything to fulfill my long-awaited dream of building a career in the music business and make a living out of it. But I'm not sure which uni to pick 😟 Here's the list:

1. Leeds Conservatoire - Music (Production)
2. Goldsmith University - Popular Music
3. University of York. - Music and Sound Recording
4. University of Salford - Popular Music & Recording
5. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts - Music Songwriting & Production
6. London College of Music - Recording, Mixing and Production

I think that the most important variables to have in mind are:
is the city ideal for a music career?
is the uni prestigious?
and the chance to meet other students and teachers (not only from the music industry but related).

I would appreciate if you could help me out in this important decision guys!!!
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(Original post by goodguydan95)
Hello everyone!

I am an international student from Lima, Peru. I applied to several unis for Music Production (or related) programs. I was pleasantly surprised to see that I got offers from six unis. I am so happy about it!!! 🥳

But now I have to make a decision; a decision that involves me moving from my home-country, leaving my family and starting a "new life", so to speak. Everything to fulfill my long-awaited dream of building a career in the music business and make a living out of it. But I'm not sure which uni to pick 😟 Here's the list:

1. Leeds Conservatoire - Music (Production)
2. Goldsmith University - Popular Music
3. University of York. - Music and Sound Recording
4. University of Salford - Popular Music & Recording
5. Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts - Music Songwriting & Production
6. London College of Music - Recording, Mixing and Production

I think that the most important variables to have in mind are:
is the city ideal for a music career?
is the uni prestigious?
and the chance to meet other students and teachers (not only from the music industry but related).

I would appreciate if you could help me out in this important decision guys!!!
Hi there, I just wanted to let you know that it's against TSR rules to double post.

Congratulations on the 6 offers!
I think it might be useful to write a list of pros and cons and draw on what characteristic of each university stands out the most to you and whether you actually see yourself living and studying there for the length of the course.

Best of luck!
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Hi there, I just wanted to let you know that it's against TSR rules to double post.

Congratulations on the 6 offers!
I think it might be useful to write a list of pros and cons and draw on what characteristic of each university stands out the most to you and whether you actually see yourself living and studying there for the length of the course.

Best of luck!
Oh!! I didn't know that. I'm so sorry!

Thanks for the advice, that's something that I will definitely do!
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Oh!! I didn't know that. I'm so sorry!

Thanks for the advice, that's something that I will definitely do!
I would also try to get in contact with some current students perhaps to get a better perspective
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I would also try to get in contact with some current students perhaps to get a better perspective
Yes! That would be very helpful, how could I get in touch? I know that some unis offer that option, but I would like to know unbiased opinions.
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Yes! That would be very helpful, how could I get in touch? I know that some unis offer that option, but I would like to know unbiased opinions.
I think the most popular platform for this purpose is Unibuddy but there's bound to be some on TSR :yep:
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When looking at rankings, Goldsmiths, originally founded in 1891, is part of the supergroup of London universities, as it is one of the colleges of the University of London. Goldsmiths is regarded as doing lots of research and having good career prospects. Its entry requirements are not as high as some other universities (although they're actually higher than the Royal College of Music's), which may be largely because it has a high mature student (aged 21+) base. Its percentage of international students is 20.7%, which isn't high by London university standards - but isn't so low as to be concerning about its attractiveness to international students. Goldsmiths is a very known name in the art, and by extension popular music, world because of Damien Hirst, Anthony Gormley, Gillian Wearing, Sarah Lucas, Lucian Freud, and Mary Quant. It looks like, despite its Victorian building, Goldsmiths very much focusses on presenting itself as 'modern'. Its alumni certainly makes it a trendy name.

By comparison London College of Music (not to be confused with the far more well known Royal College of Music) was founded in 1897 and is part of the University of West London (not to be confused with the far more well known University of London).

Leeds Conservatoire (www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk) was formerly known as 'Leeds College of Music', founded 1965. The name change may suggest an attempt at pretension that seems a bit at odds with their website. Its degrees are validated by the University of Hull (founded 1927 - ) who are ranked above London College of Music for this subject but below the others (except LIPA)

York is the highest ranked of the ones you've listed but I doubt whether a university whose sole purpose isn't specialising in music and/or performing arts can ever truly be as good for you. I studied Philosophy at York myself and it's like studying on a science park. York also has lower graduate prospects than not only the other places you named but also compared to most other mid to high ranking universities too. It has an atmosphere problem for many (not all but it was built in a strange setting at the back of a council estate and next to the quietest village ever and had/still has out of fashion architecture for many years). York's international student percentage is 13.1%.

University of Salford is, like the London universities mentioned, of Victorian origin (mid to late 1800s), becoming a fully recognised university in 1967 (and, in the UK, people would tend to think of it as an ex-polytechnic). International student percentage is just 7.1%.

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) was founded as recently as 1996 by Sir Paul McCartney and is situated in his old classical architecture style school. It doesn't yet appear to have gained enough academic reputation to even appear on league tables.
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