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I will not be able to visit any of the universities I have offers from before making my decision as I am overseas, so I was wondering if somebody could please give me a bit of information as to the set up of the following universities: Bristol, Sussex, Durham, Edinburgh, and York. From what I understand Bristol and Sussex have a strong student community because the campus is very central, while I've heard that the Edinburgh campus and flats are dispersed throughout the city? Any clarification would be much appreciated.
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Bristol's basically got two main sites. The university precinct itself, which is quite central, where all the teaching buildings are based, and Stoke Bishop, where the majority of first years live. There's a sense of community at both, but particularly at Stoke Bishop with all the halls in a small area. I love it. Only thing is, be prepared for a 30-40 minute walk between the two. And hills. Many hills.
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you know what I think York might be your place, it's sort of collegiate, it's very campus based, and generally seemed to be very communal.
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Bristol's basically got two main sites. The university precinct itself, which is quite central, where all the teaching buildings are based, and Stoke Bishop, where the majority of first years live. There's a sense of community at both, but particularly at Stoke Bishop with all the halls in a small area. I love it. Only thing is, be prepared for a 30-40 minute walk between the two. And hills. Many hills.
I have come quite close to deciding on Bristol as my firm. I had originally been advised to apply for housing nearest to campus, but a friend convinced me that Stoke Bishop is the better choice so I applied to Wills and Churchill. Are you a first year? If so which hall are you in?
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you know what I think York might be your place, it's sort of collegiate, it's very campus based, and generally seemed to be very communal.
Good to know. York is the one I know the least about because they didn't even mail me a prospectus. I got my offer packet today though, which contained a few brochures with pictures and a map, and it all seems very appealing. But I have heard that it can be very boring.
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Out of the universities i've seen durham is the most communal because of its proper colleges and college sprit, you get a more close knit community than that of just a campus especially as each college has its own events so you always see the same people as well as mixing for teaching
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I would avoid the big cities for this, Manchester does have a bit of a community feel around the campus area, but it doesn't feel that close, you don't get the impression everybody knows each other.

Lancaster on the other hand had a very nice community feel to it, more so than York I would say. However I have never actually visited the university of York itself.
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I would avoid the big cities for this, Manchester does have a bit of a community feel around the campus area, but it doesn't feel that close, you don't get the impression everybody knows each other.

Lancaster on the other hand had a very nice community feel to it, more so than York I would say. However I have never actually visited the university of York itself.
Yeah i visited my mate at newcastle and there wasnt a community spirt, just groups of mates in a massive city
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The only university I can really comment on is Sussex; I have a few friends there and will probably be going there in September. As the university is campus based it has always seemed like a close-knit community. At the same time though, Brighton has enough going on to get away from campus which is definitely a benefit, as in my experience, sometimes campus life can get a bit claustrophobic!
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Campus unis are probably more community-based, so you're looking at York, Sussex and Durham here.

Durham seems to have a very strong community spirit, brought about by the collegiate system. Sussex sounds really nice, good location etc.

When I visited Bristol I found it very unfriendly and impersonal.

One of my teachers said she found it hard to choose between Durham and Edinburgh (chose Durham) but sometimes wishes she'd chosen Edinburgh - not sure why, but I do get the impression that Durham can be quite cliquey and it's on the small side.
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(Original post by feelthefiya)
I have come quite close to deciding on Bristol as my firm. I had originally been advised to apply for housing nearest to campus, but a friend convinced me that Stoke Bishop is the better choice so I applied to Wills and Churchill. Are you a first year? If so which hall are you in?
Yeah, I'm in Badock. Stoke Bishop has more of a community feel because the majority of freshers live up here. Wills and Churchill have got the reputation of being quite 'rah' compared to the others. Badock is by all accounts one of the best halls for the social side - cheapest bar, which is always busy etc.
My friends in Hiatt Baker say similar things about that too - Badock and HB seem to have the best community spirit, although Churchill and Wills do too I'm sure, because the catered halls here seem to be better for that on the whole.
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Good to know. York is the one I know the least about because they didn't even mail me a prospectus. I got my offer packet today though, which contained a few brochures with pictures and a map, and it all seems very appealing. But I have heard that it can be very boring.
I take it back though. Durham is even more so. Their colleges are extremely spirited, I get the impression you'd be willing to die for them within a week of being there =p
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I live in York and spend quite a lot of time at the uni cos I have friends there. I would say that there is strong community spirit and that there is plenty to do, if you make the effort. York also has plenty of pubs and bars etc though will say that the clubs aren't brilliant.
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(Original post by amazingtrade)
I would avoid the big cities for this, Manchester does have a bit of a community feel around the campus area, but it doesn't feel that close, you don't get the impression everybody knows each other.

Lancaster on the other hand had a very nice community feel to it, more so than York I would say. However I have never actually visited the university of York itself.
Yes I have felt the sense of community more from universities like Lancaster..didn't like the feeling I got from Manchester at all. I like York !!
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Anyone else? Input would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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I'm going to Sussex this September... (having being pooled & rejected from Cam).


I really liked the close campus thing, it really came across when I visited.
There's a little shop for groceries in the middle, a bank, and a bar or two.
All 1st-years live on site (which means you make friends quickly!) then you usually share a place in Brighton for years 2 & 3. They do a direct bus service every 20 mins, so it's easy as pie really. So in my eyes you get the best of both worlds - an initial secure community, but the option to go into town whenever you want, with all it's music and nightlife! In that department, pretty much all tastes catered for I'm told.

I'm a big music fan, so this is something Cambridge'd never have had. :rolleyes:
Some of us want more than just the odd musty Pub.
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I'm going to Sussex this September... (having being pooled & rejected from Cam).


I really liked the close campus thing, it really came across when I visited.
There's a little shop for groceries in the middle, a bank, and a bar or two.
All 1st-years live on site (which means you make friends quickly!) then you usually share a place in Brighton for years 2 & 3. They do a direct bus service every 20 mins, so it's easy as pie really. So in my eyes you get the best of both worlds - an initial secure community, but the option to go into town whenever you want, with all it's music and nightlife! In that department, pretty much all tastes catered for I'm told.

I'm a big music fan, so this is something Cambridge'd never have had. :rolleyes:
Some of us want more than just the odd musty Pub.
I'm more and more thinking Sussex would totally be the lifestyle for me. I'm hugely into music and love going to live shows, and it's so appealing being near the water. Thanks for sharing!
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(Original post by feelthefiya)
I'm more and more thinking Sussex would totally be the lifestyle for me. I'm hugely into music and love going to live shows, and it's so appealing being near the water. Thanks for sharing!
i'm going to sussex - i loved the friendly atmosphere the first time i visited (and got hte same impression when i went back too, which is always good!) it seemed that it did have a real community feel because of being on a fairly small campus - people showing me round said sometimes you have to think of an excuse to go into town because otherwise you can go for weeks without leaving campus! you live on campus in the first year then in the town after that, so it's good because there's a big city where you can go out, plus the beach, yet still have eveyrthing close by in the first year when you're finding your feet. sussex all the way!
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My cousin went to Sussex for English and had a great time!
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(Original post by feelthefiya)
I'm more and more thinking Sussex would totally be the lifestyle for me. I'm hugely into music and love going to live shows, and it's so appealing being near the water. Thanks for sharing!
Bristol has a great live music scene. My friend here who's from Brighton says its much better here in Bristol in comparison.
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