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Durham or Warwick PPE and as a place to live?

Have identical offers for both but which to firm? Visited both, think preferred Warwick course but Durham as a place to live. I’m quite a social person. Anyone studying this at either and able to shed a bit of light re pros and cons?
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My son too had offers for Durham and Warwick last yr. He much preferred the feel of Durham (felt like Warwick was an academic centerparcs !!!). He is at Durham now and loves it. The college system at Durham is what sets it apart, so inclusive, and supportive, and so many clubs, societies, formal dinners , balls and events. My son was shy and it has really helped him come out of his shell. Catered colleges are great too, as no stress about meals, and you meet so many more people in the dining halls than you would in a shared kitchen. Big vote for Durham here!
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Original post by ajl1972
My son too had offers for Durham and Warwick last yr. He much preferred the feel of Durham (felt like Warwick was an academic centerparcs !!!). He is at Durham now and loves it. The college system at Durham is what sets it apart, so inclusive, and supportive, and so many clubs, societies, formal dinners , balls and events. My son was shy and it has really helped him come out of his shell. Catered colleges are great too, as no stress about meals, and you meet so many more people in the dining halls than you would in a shared kitchen. Big vote for Durham here!

Thank you. Which course is he doing?
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Original post by ILoveNiles
Thank you. Which course is he doing?


He is doing the 4 Yr MMath course
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Original post by ILoveNiles
Have identical offers for both but which to firm? Visited both, think preferred Warwick course but Durham as a place to live. I’m quite a social person. Anyone studying this at either and able to shed a bit of light re pros and cons?


Durham, despite not being a big city, has a great social life, especially within university/college socials and sports soc's. I am a first-year PPE student at Durham rn, and absolutely love it! I will say that while all colleges are great in their own way, some colleges do tend to be more social than other's (this is very variable - but some colleges do have the rep of being 'party colleges').
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Original post by Anonymous
Durham, despite not being a big city, has a great social life, especially within university/college socials and sports soc's. I am a first-year PPE student at Durham rn, and absolutely love it! I will say that while all colleges are great in their own way, some colleges do tend to be more social than other's (this is very variable - but some colleges do have the rep of being 'party colleges').

Thanks. I’m very sociable, what would you recommend?

How many students on your PPE course and is it studied as 3 very separate subjects?
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Original post by ajl1972
My son too had offers for Durham and Warwick last yr. He much preferred the feel of Durham (felt like Warwick was an academic centerparcs !!!). He is at Durham now and loves it. The college system at Durham is what sets it apart, so inclusive, and supportive, and so many clubs, societies, formal dinners , balls and events. My son was shy and it has really helped him come out of his shell. Catered colleges are great too, as no stress about meals, and you meet so many more people in the dining halls than you would in a shared kitchen. Big vote for Durham here!


My son has identical offers for Warwick and Durham for the 4 yr MMath too, but definitely preferred Durham as a place to live, so it is encouraging to read your post as he is planning to firm Durham. Just out of interest, which college is he at, and what does he particulalry like about it? My son is ranking colleges now and is looking at John Snow, South, JB as they are ensuites and close to the maths department, but he is also mad keen on sport so wants one with good sport participation.... In his catered college, are there any kitchen facilities in case they don't want to dine in for a change?
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Original post by Anonymous
Durham, despite not being a big city, has a great social life, especially within university/college socials and sports soc's. I am a first-year PPE student at Durham rn, and absolutely love it! I will say that while all colleges are great in their own way, some colleges do tend to be more social than other's (this is very variable - but some colleges do have the rep of being 'party colleges').


Would be interested to know which these are as my son is also v social, and also v sporty. Maybe you can advise on best colleges for this, as a current student! Which college are you at?
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Original post by Anonymous
My son has identical offers for Warwick and Durham for the 4 yr MMath too, but definitely preferred Durham as a place to live, so it is encouraging to read your post as he is planning to firm Durham. Just out of interest, which college is he at, and what does he particulalry like about it? My son is ranking colleges now and is looking at John Snow, South, JB as they are ensuites and close to the maths department, but he is also mad keen on sport so wants one with good sport participation.... In his catered college, are there any kitchen facilities in case they don't want to dine in for a change?


Hi , my son is at Trevelyan (Trevs), which is known as the friendly college. It is catered, gowned, and holds formal dinners every 3 weeks (optional). Some colleges have a lot more formal dinners (bailey colleges). Trevs is really handily located close to the maths dept for tutorials, and the lecture theatres in the TLC and on the science site for lectures (they are based more in the maths dept in subsequent years, when they specialise more and don't have so many in lectures, so can use their smaller lecture theatres). At Trevs I think 2 landings (12 people ) share a kitchen. The ones in my sons block have been refurbished, and they are like a proper little kitchen, with cooker and hob, kettle, toaster and microwave, decent amount of work surfaces. They don't have ensuites though, and share 1 bathroom between 6, but my son said he has never had to wait for the shower. At least with shared bathrooms they are cleaned for you, and they supply the loo roll! My son also shares a room...don't rule it out, it has been brilliant for him, a ready made buddy, someone to go to meals with, and events with... he has never complained of being lonely or being homesick. He was dead against sharing before the offer holders day, but the students showing him round were singing the praises of sharing, and he was won round to the idea! All the rooms are under one roof as well (unlike other catered colleges), so he can go down to meals in his slippers if he wants... no going outside to get to the dining room! He just loves the friendliness of the college, on the first week they had loads of activities such as a compulsary formal dinner and landing meetings, so you met other people, and werent left to just find your own way. All the colleges have their own sports teams, but collingwood is known as the sporty college, however I have a cousin who went there and he found it a bit full on, a bit 'lads lads lads'. Hatfield also has a strong 'rugby boys' reputation. You can see various college guides and videos on youtube to help you choose, and each jcr (junior common room), has its own facebook and instagram pages, so you can get an idea of what is going on in each college, if you can manage to attend an offer holders day, it is really helpful to visit 3 or 4 colleges, so you can get a good feel for them. We looked around Marys' Greys and Trevs, and he would have been happy with any of them.
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Original post by ajl1972
Hi , my son is at Trevelyan (Trevs), which is known as the friendly college. It is catered, gowned, and holds formal dinners every 3 weeks (optional). Some colleges have a lot more formal dinners (bailey colleges). Trevs is really handily located close to the maths dept for tutorials, and the lecture theatres in the TLC and on the science site for lectures (they are based more in the maths dept in subsequent years, when they specialise more and don't have so many in lectures, so can use their smaller lecture theatres). At Trevs I think 2 landings (12 people ) share a kitchen. The ones in my sons block have been refurbished, and they are like a proper little kitchen, with cooker and hob, kettle, toaster and microwave, decent amount of work surfaces. They don't have ensuites though, and share 1 bathroom between 6, but my son said he has never had to wait for the shower. At least with shared bathrooms they are cleaned for you, and they supply the loo roll! My son also shares a room...don't rule it out, it has been brilliant for him, a ready made buddy, someone to go to meals with, and events with... he has never complained of being lonely or being homesick. He was dead against sharing before the offer holders day, but the students showing him round were singing the praises of sharing, and he was won round to the idea! All the rooms are under one roof as well (unlike other catered colleges), so he can go down to meals in his slippers if he wants... no going outside to get to the dining room! He just loves the friendliness of the college, on the first week they had loads of activities such as a compulsary formal dinner and landing meetings, so you met other people, and werent left to just find your own way. All the colleges have their own sports teams, but collingwood is known as the sporty college, however I have a cousin who went there and he found it a bit full on, a bit 'lads lads lads'. Hatfield also has a strong 'rugby boys' reputation. You can see various college guides and videos on youtube to help you choose, and each jcr (junior common room), has its own facebook and instagram pages, so you can get an idea of what is going on in each college, if you can manage to attend an offer holders day, it is really helpful to visit 3 or 4 colleges, so you can get a good feel for them. We looked around Marys' Greys and Trevs, and he would have been happy with any of them.



Thanks so much for all this info, very useful! We have attended the open day and had a look at a couple of colleges but annoyingly he only just received his offer and the offer holder days (next week) fall during his mocks which he can't miss. We have looked at a lot of YT videos and web pages for the colleges but nothing beats first hand advice. Also useful to know that many of the lectures are not in the Maths building too. Not sure my son will want rahrahrah rugby, he's more grass roots football and tennis, so good to know re Collingwood and Hatfield! I've already heard about the Hatfield rep but didn't know Collingwood was similar... What is the food like???
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Original post by Anonymous
Thanks so much for all this info, very useful! We have attended the open day and had a look at a couple of colleges but annoyingly he only just received his offer and the offer holder days (next week) fall during his mocks which he can't miss. We have looked at a lot of YT videos and web pages for the colleges but nothing beats first hand advice. Also useful to know that many of the lectures are not in the Maths building too. Not sure my son will want rahrahrah rugby, he's more grass roots football and tennis, so good to know re Collingwood and Hatfield! I've already heard about the Hatfield rep but didn't know Collingwood was similar... What is the food like???


My son likes the food. Breakfast is cereals, breads, alternately croissants or pain au chocolate, beans, porridge, fruits, yoghurts, cheeses. Fruit juices and hot drinks are available with all meals too. Lunch is either, soup, sandwhiches, salads, jacket potatoes, or there is always a pasta/noodle/rice dish ( my son always has this!). Lunch on a weekend is Brunch (full english breakfast) . Dinner is soup as a starter (with bread roll), and they always have 2 options for the main meal for meat eaters (normally 1 meat and 1 fish), and 2 for vegetarians. They also get a pudding or fresh fruit or yoghurts. Most of the food in all the colleges should be similar. My son has found the portion size to be fine. Not sure whether this link will work but here is a link to a sample menu for the week at Trevs... https://drive.google.com/file/d/18ZdmcZSF7qwbRadwtgbu9G_AtTlIL3S7/view ( if it doesn't work just google trevelyan college menus and the link should come up!
Original post by ILoveNiles
Thanks. I’m very sociable, what would you recommend?

How many students on your PPE course and is it studied as 3 very separate subjects?


Original post by Anonymous
Would be interested to know which these are as my son is also v social, and also v sporty. Maybe you can advise on best colleges for this, as a current student! Which college are you at?


At least in first year, the 3 subjects are taught separately with minimal overlap. Hatfield (where I am at) and Collingwood defo have the reputation of being more sociable - all colleges have some social life in general because there are a mix of people, but these two colleges are extremely outgoing (maybe because they are very sporty as well).
Original post by ILoveNiles
Thanks. I’m very sociable, what would you recommend?

How many students on your PPE course and is it studied as 3 very separate subjects?

100% recommend Hatfield.

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