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Academic vs Social Unis

I'm a new Y13 student about to apply for early entry to oxbridge for maths, and I'm still unsure of what unis to apply to. I currently study A-levels and got 3 A*s in my mocks, so my family are pushing me to apply to cambridge.

What I've heard about Cambridge is that there isn't a lot to do there socially - this is an issue for me since I want a life outside of uni. I essentially want to go to a uni that's both really good for Maths and also has a lot of stuff to do outside of uni (for this reason I'm thinking of Manchester).

Will I be bored at cambridge? Is oxford any better, and where else should I consider applying?
Any help is appreciated. Thank you
Original post by Anonymous
I'm a new Y13 student about to apply for early entry to oxbridge for maths, and I'm still unsure of what unis to apply to. I currently study A-levels and got 3 A*s in my mocks, so my family are pushing me to apply to cambridge.

What I've heard about Cambridge is that there isn't a lot to do there socially - this is an issue for me since I want a life outside of uni. I essentially want to go to a uni that's both really good for Maths and also has a lot of stuff to do outside of uni (for this reason I'm thinking of Manchester).

Will I be bored at cambridge? Is oxford any better, and where else should I consider applying?
Any help is appreciated. Thank you


Hi!

No matter what city/town you go to uni in there will be societies and other events and activities hosted by the uni throughout the year so there will always be things going on that you can get involved with. However, if you are looking for more varied nightlife you should also look at unis in bigger cities as these will definitely have more going on in the evenings. Have a think about exactly what you want from your uni experience and see what universities/cities meet those requirements. Make sure you also consider what you want from the course as even though most Maths courses are fairly similar there will be some differences in what modules are offered later on in the course as well as how much flexibility you have to choose your modules.

Good luck with Year 13!
Florence (Lancaster University student ambassador)
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Original post by Lancaster Student Ambassador
Hi!

No matter what city/town you go to uni in there will be societies and other events and activities hosted by the uni throughout the year so there will always be things going on that you can get involved with. However, if you are looking for more varied nightlife you should also look at unis in bigger cities as these will definitely have more going on in the evenings. Have a think about exactly what you want from your uni experience and see what universities/cities meet those requirements. Make sure you also consider what you want from the course as even though most Maths courses are fairly similar there will be some differences in what modules are offered later on in the course as well as how much flexibility you have to choose your modules.

Good luck with Year 13!
Florence (Lancaster University student ambassador)

Thank you :smile:
Judging by how many puddles of vomit I used to have to step over going to work on a Saturday morning working in Cambridge, I think the students did just fine socially. Not to mention the dozens of rowing teams on the river at any given time.

How social you are at uni depends on you, not the uni you go to. There will be people looking to do a range of activities at every uni. It's up to you to find those people and engage with them.
Original post by Anonymous
I'm a new Y13 student about to apply for early entry to oxbridge for maths, and I'm still unsure of what unis to apply to. I currently study A-levels and got 3 A*s in my mocks, so my family are pushing me to apply to cambridge.

What I've heard about Cambridge is that there isn't a lot to do there socially - this is an issue for me since I want a life outside of uni. I essentially want to go to a uni that's both really good for Maths and also has a lot of stuff to do outside of uni (for this reason I'm thinking of Manchester).

Will I be bored at cambridge? Is oxford any better, and where else should I consider applying?
Any help is appreciated. Thank you

I don't think you'd be bored, there is a lot to do socially, but definitely base your choice of what you want not just what your parents expect of you. I mean ultimately there's no harm in applying but if you don't think it's for you, applying to Cambridge might not be the best choice. But ultimately I don't think there is always a dichotomy between social and academic.
You would be able to get into Lancaster as long as you get AAA and are studying either Mathematics or Further Mathematics, or AAB and are studying both of those subjects. It is a collegiate university that has about 12000 full time students, as well as some people who are doing terms abroad in Lancaster.

There are more than 160 societies at Lancaster, which cover various interests and meet frequently. These could be related to academic subjects, sport societies, or completely different types of societies.
The colleges also run events such as quizzes. Generally, each college runs at least one event per week.
Other events also frequently run at Lancaster.

In terms of places to socialise, each college has a common room and a bar. In the town of Lancaster which is about a 12-minute bus ride from campus, there are many pubs and three nightclubs.

-Kao (Lancaster Maths & Stats Student Ambassador)
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