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Mechanical Engineering BEng at Exeter, Surrey or Lancaster?

Hi everyone
I am holding three offers from Exeter, Surrey, Lancaster and cannot decide between them. I have been hearing that the social life, campus is really good at Exeter as well as academic. However, I have been told that Surrey has a good offer of placement years. They are all ranked quite close to each other ( top 20 for mech e in the UK). So, I have got no clue which one to make my firm choice

I havent got offers from my safe uni yet tho (UWE Bristol and Oxford Brookes)

Any info would be helpful, especially from students at these unis.
Cheers
Original post by Orlando777
Hi everyone
I am holding three offers from Exeter, Surrey, Lancaster and cannot decide between them. I have been hearing that the social life, campus is really good at Exeter as well as academic. However, I have been told that Surrey has a good offer of placement years. They are all ranked quite close to each other ( top 20 for mech e in the UK). So, I have got no clue which one to make my firm choice

I havent got offers from my safe uni yet tho (UWE Bristol and Oxford Brookes)

Any info would be helpful, especially from students at these unis.
Cheers


Hi
I'm a fourth year chemical engineering student at lancaster so I don't have specific experience on the mechanical course but we all work around each other in the engineering building and i can help out with what its like being a student at Lancaster as well as Lancaster Engineering.

In terms of Lancaster as a whole, there is a really good campus life with the oppurtunity to get involved in campus life to the degreee yout comfotable. At Lancaster you are put in to a college and you can get involved with the college system as much as you'd like such as being apart of your college sports teams to play against other colleges to getting involved in the colllege JCR teams to help organise college festivals and events throughout the year or even just go to your college bar/pub each week. Lancaster also has a wide range of societies to get involved with. There is also Lancaster city centre that has multiple places to visit as well as surrounding spots such as the lake district close by.

As for Engineering, a lot of the staff in engineering are actively involved with research meaning there are great links with industry. There are also specialist engineering careeers advisors ready to aid or reccomend companies / oppurtunites if you want work experience, placements or post-graduate oppurtunities. I se youve put down the BEng but whislt at Lancaster, you decide to move up to the MEng, you'll partake in two industry projects that are graded projects where you complete an engineering related project for a small buisness in which you conviene with the company. For example, my thirst project was to study and write a review to outline the possibility/pheasibility of 3D-printing coffee ground waste glasses frames for a designer eyewear buisness.

I've wrote a lot there and don't want to bombard you with too much information, so if you have any specific questions feel free to ask within the thread and either me or one of the other engineering ambassadors would be happpy to help.

Paddy - Lancaster Engineering Student Ambassasdor
Original post by Orlando777
Hi everyone
I am holding three offers from Exeter, Surrey, Lancaster and cannot decide between them. I have been hearing that the social life, campus is really good at Exeter as well as academic. However, I have been told that Surrey has a good offer of placement years. They are all ranked quite close to each other ( top 20 for mech e in the UK). So, I have got no clue which one to make my firm choice

I havent got offers from my safe uni yet tho (UWE Bristol and Oxford Brookes)

Any info would be helpful, especially from students at these unis.
Cheers

Hi there!

Congratulations on securing offers at three brilliant universities! It can be so difficult which university to pick as your firm and insurance choices so I'd definitely recommend visiting them on offer-holder days to gain a bit more insight into the university, course and whether you could picture yourself studying there. More info on offer holder days here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/offer-holders-2023-entry

At a Surrey offer holder day, you'll have the chance to tour the university with a current student who'll be able to provide great insight into what it's really like to live and study in Surrey. You'll also have the opportunity to have some taster classes, meet your lecturers and other students interested in the course. For me, it was visiting on an offer holder day that moved Surrey from being my safe choice to my first choice.

A bit more about our campus:

- Huge library open 24/7 and 365 days a year. There are so many study spaces in quiet/silent/group working zones, computers to use, free workshops to help with different aspects of assignments, access to everything on the online library, over 500,000 books!
- We have a beautiful campus universities with plenty of greenery and nature. The lake is my personal favourite spot with bbq pits for student to use in the summer.
- Lots of cafes, food trucks, markets and even our own club on campus.
- 10 minute walk from the train station, 15 minute walk from the town centre, 10 minute walk from Tesco and Lidl.
- Amazing student support (we have personal tutors, as well as a student support building that deals with everything from accommodation to finances)

I hope this helps you to make a more informed decision. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Best wishes,
Alice, Modern languages student

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