I'm already applying for Leeds and Nottingham (both long shots as I'm predicted AAB after taking a gap year to resit in 2 subjects), Reading (safe), and Birmingham.
I'm having trouble deciding between Glasgow, and a second 'safe' option (Essex). I live on the eastern tip of Lincolnshire so distance is a factor for Glasgow... Briefly, what are Colchester and Glasgow like in terms of nightlife, music scene, scenery (eg. greenery, old buildings) etc..?
Essex will be easier to get into than Glasgow.
Glasgow will have a good music scene - there's plenty of bands from there - and logically there'll be a wider range of nightlife. The University's also old, so it'll have old things about it too.
Glasgow is higher than Essex on League table and therefore may demand higher grades for admission in most subjects. It is quite a distance to me and I did not consider it when I applied last time. Instead I have made Essex my choice and am now studying happily there. A university with a beautiful campus and small student population. Facilities are great too !
With AAB, Glasgow should be fairly easy to get in to. It has lower grade requirements for A level, just because of the way the school systems work. Glasgow is quite a big city (although it feels small) and nightlife would not be an issue, at all. Same with bands. There are hundreds of places that would suit anyone.
The main building on Glasgow is old and looks like Hogwarts. It also overlooks Kelvingrove Park, so there is quite a lot of greenery for it being in the middle of a city.
Glasgow's a Scottish ancient and the fourth oldest university in the UK, do the main university buildings are spectacular. A great Gothic feel. The city itself has been important for centuries and was particularly wealthy during the empire so it has its fair share of older architecture, particularly Victorian.
It's a large city but it has has the usual typical (Victorian?) city parks. The university is backed onto Kelvingrove Park. So it's literally on the doorstep of the main university buildings.
Being a major city Glasgow's not going to be lacking in nightlife and it does have a great music scene. It gets a large amount of the medium and large size touring acts as well as a vibrant local independent scene.
Colchester is much smaller and certainly match Glasgow in terms of green spaces (the university's in Winvenhoe Park, I think) and, as it's not a major city, it isn't as built up as Glasgow, with fields upon fields (and a small wood) nearby. Essex is also a good politics/IR department. It's also a Roman town, so plenty of history, but in terms of architecture alone, the university ion particularly, in doesn't match Glasgow's. Also, with the greatest respect to Colchester, in terms of nightlife and music scene there is no contest.