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Hi, I am looking at both Manchester and Durham university at physics with astrophysics courses. Most rank Manchester higher for astrophysics and I’m worried Durham won’t have a good nightlife-especially compared to Manchester. On the other hand, Durham seems to have a better reputation than Manchester. Any advice?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I am looking at both Manchester and Durham university at physics with astrophysics courses. Most rank Manchester higher for astrophysics and I’m worried Durham won’t have a good nightlife-especially compared to Manchester. On the other hand, Durham seems to have a better reputation than Manchester. Any advice?


Before choosing just remember this: You'll study the same material, so don't judge the universities based on the material. People rank universities based on lecturers and professors. Durham here would be the better choice as it is a popular choice with employers, however, Manchester is also very popular. I recommend choosing the university that makes you feel most comfortable, i.e. socialisation, cost of living, culture, etc... Hope this helps :smile:
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Original post by Anonymous
Hi, I am looking at both Manchester and Durham university at physics with astrophysics courses. Most rank Manchester higher for astrophysics and I’m worried Durham won’t have a good nightlife-especially compared to Manchester. On the other hand, Durham seems to have a better reputation than Manchester. Any advice?


Hiya

As has been mentioned, I would recommend looking beyond just the ranking. You can look at the course pages for the content that will be taught, alongside the facilities and the staff in the Physics department. Faculty absolutely plays a very important role in determining the quality of a course and I've been taught by professors who are very qualified and knowledgeable. Some even have industry experience and are therefore able to offer a very practical and in-depth approach to the course material, as well as connect students to industry employers through their own network.

As for the nightlife, I have personally been pretty satisfied. There's loads of stuff always going on for students to get involved in, ranging from society events to balls to formals and nights out in either Durham or Newcastle. Not only are there multiple bars and clubs in Durham but Newcastle is only 13 mins away by train so is quite accessible if you want the big city experience. Also, each college has its own drinks and snacks bar so it's a very inviting space to chill and talk with friends and meet people. Bar crawls are a very common phenomenon because of this and it's super fun!

You can also consider some other things like sports, music, drama, placement opportunities etc. I've listed them all here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/g/diagrams/considerations-when-choosing-a-university :smile:

-Himieka
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Durham and Manchester are very, very different places to live and study. I think you should consider this part first.

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