I’ve been tossing up between the two for weeks. I have offers from Durham, Edinburgh and York, and am still waiting on Cambridge and St. Andrews.
I live in England, so fees at each university would be the same per-year.
Obviously the St. Andrews course is a year longer, but I don’t mind. The freedom of module choice in the first year interests me a lot.
Durham slightly edges St. Andrews in rankings for English, but St. Andrews ranks higher as a university. Personally, I don’t take much from rankings.
I don’t mind about being ‘isolated’, and the small-city vibe suits me quite well.
If I were to get a St. Andrews offer, but not get into Cambridge, i’d be unsure on what to firm!!