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Hi! So, I’m an aspiring vet student, I’m thinking of Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, RVC, Surrey and Nottingham for uni. Could you outline the difference between night life/ general social life for these unis?

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Reply 1
Hiya! Nightlife wasn't as much of a consideration for me when I applied but as someone who currently lives in Liverpool and who goes out semi-regularly, I'd have to say it's pretty outstanding here but there's going to be a pretty good night life at any of the universities you're considering. Except maybe Surrey, the fact that it's located in a town means people usually go for a night out in London or Portsmouth, or so I was told on the open day. Good luck with your applications!
Reply 2
You’ll struggle to find comparisons but I am a Bristol vet student and went to visit a close friend of mine who goes to Liverpool vet school. Although I love Bristol night life I do think Liverpool has the edge slightly- some things are open just that bit later where in Bristol most places will be shut by 4.

Bristol dnb scene is very good and if you are willing to pay for entry there’s so many good options. I don’t go out constantly so it’s not really an issue for me but I do enjoy the odd night out and Bristol definitely provides that :smile:
Original post by Florverc*
Hi! So, I’m an aspiring vet student, I’m thinking of Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, RVC, Surrey and Nottingham for uni. Could you outline the difference between night life/ general social life for these unis?
Hi! Current notts student. Sooooo nightlife is interesting as the campus you are on is kinda in the middle of a field. So it takes 45 mins to get to Nottingham (free bus + cheap tram) and 20 minutes to get to loughborough (driving). Now the nightlife in Nottingham is pretty great! Lots of bars clubs themed stuff it’s decent. Some safety risks recently though. On campus we have a bar and we throw big parties called barn parties now recently these have been pretty quiet but when they are busy they are just fantastic! Otherwise…. They are pretty dead
Hello,

I studied in Liverpool and am still here on a placement year and I can honestly say the nightlife here is amazing. There are all kinds of different venues that cater to everyone's preferences. There are many different student nights hosted as there are large events companies that focus on student experience by hosting different events in different clubs every day of the week. Liverpool has a lot of bars and clubs compacted in one area which makes it great for students as you don't have to venture too far out around the city on your nights out compared to others. There are also nights out every week for sports societies which are always fun and a good mixture of nightlife and general socialising in between.
I would read around on each city you are considering applying to and see what kind of events they offer for students, other people's opinions and perhaps even a map to see how close or how many clubs/ bars there are.
Though it matters most on deciding on a city and university that you will be happy in all areas beyond nightlife, it is a good idea to read around and get a feel on the social aspects before you decide :smile: but I can definitely vouch for Liverpool as being amazing!

Good luck
Ria
Official LJMU Rep
Reply 5
Original post by Florverc*
Hi! So, I’m an aspiring vet student, I’m thinking of Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, RVC, Surrey and Nottingham for uni. Could you outline the difference between night life/ general social life for these unis?
I'd avoid Surrey - Guildford is a bit dull.

Bristol is best avoided too given the issues with accommodation - you might end up in Wales!
Reply 6
Original post by Muttley79
I'd avoid Surrey - Guildford is a bit dull.

Bristol is best avoided too given the issues with accommodation - you might end up in Wales!


As a vet student you won’t end up in wales, the vet school basically guarantee it because it doesn’t work with our timetables. I also don’t know a single student who firmed Bristol that ended up in wales, it was only people who missed their firm and were scrambling for somewhere to live.
It’s not really that much of an issue along with the fact they have another new set of halls coming this year.
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Reply 7
Original post by ALEreapp
As a vet student you won’t end up in wales, the vet school basically guarantee it because it doesn’t work with our timetables.
What about others with long days - it's crazy they think its acceptable. Lots of my students are looking elsewhere now.
Reply 8
Original post by Muttley79
What about others with long days - it's crazy they think its acceptable. Lots of my students are looking elsewhere now.


I can’t speak for other heavy courses that’s on their departments to liaise with the uni if it impacts their courses. They don’t guarantee halls to people that insure like many unis so it’s a risk you take.
Seems silly to completely disregard a uni over such a non issue. Almost 10k places in halls and less than 150 are in Newport.
Reply 9
Original post by ALEreapp
I can’t speak for other heavy courses that’s on their departments to liaise with the uni if it impacts their courses. They don’t guarantee halls to people that insure like many unis so it’s a risk you take.
Seems silly to completely disregard a uni over such a non issue. Almost 10k places in halls and less than 150 are in Newport.
That's not the only issues though is it? Lots of people put on hold and waiting for an answer - it's getting as bad as Durham!

They aren't just people who got in as insurance from what I've heard. It's unacceptable - people didn't know this in advance and may have made other choices.
Reply 10
Original post by Muttley79
I'd avoid Surrey - Guildford is a bit dull.
Bristol is best avoided too given the issues with accommodation - you might end up in Wales!


I’ve heard Surrey was nice because it was around nature but it was also close to London and Brighton so you had some city aspect as well
Reply 11
Original post by Muttley79
That's not the only issues though is it? Lots of people put on hold and waiting for an answer - it's getting as bad as Durham!
They aren't just people who got in as insurance from what I've heard. It's unacceptable - people didn't know this in advance and may have made other choices.


You seem to very much against Bristol, coukd you explain why?
Original post by Florverc*
You seem to very much against Bristol, coukd you explain why?
Student feedback - do you think it's acceptable for students to be in halls in Wales? The city is getting a bad rep recently too.
Reply 13
Original post by Florverc*
You seem to very much against Bristol, coukd you explain why?


She harps on about the same thing constantly but as I say that won’t be relevant to you as a vet student nd it’s only a tiny minority anyway who are impacted. Any questions about actually living in Bristol or the vet school please do message me 😊
Reply 14
Original post by Muttley79
Student feedback - do you think it's acceptable for students to be in halls in Wales? The city is getting a bad rep recently too.


Is that the only reason?
Original post by Florverc*
Is that the only reason?
I think it's over-rated - of the students I've taught who have gone there several have moved to other unis.
Original post by Florverc*
Hi! So, I’m an aspiring vet student, I’m thinking of Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, RVC, Surrey and Nottingham for uni. Could you outline the difference between night life/ general social life for these unis?

Hi there!

I can speak for Guildford (Surrey Uni) as I've actually lived here for years =)

Guildford is a town on the smaller side and is quieter than others you have listed, I'm sure. That's far from being a bad thing, just means you get better sleep! There's a vibrant high street with lovely views and regular street markets. There's also plenty of other things to do such as taking part in parkruns and going on long walks along the hills. Lots to do sports-wise, as the uni has its leisure centre on Manor Park campus, which is most probably where you'll be living as a vet student, as that's also where vet lectures are given. As Guildford is close to London, students also go there in groups for clubbing and other things. You can get somewhere nice in a 30-40 min train ride. I will always remember the good times I had with my flatmates going to places such as Winter Wonderland one random day =P

We have student bars both on the Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses, respectively Wates House and Manor Park Social, where you can get great value food and drinks. There's also the uni club Rubix, which always has interesting events to go to. Wednesdays are particularly popular, as that's when sports clubs go to have fun after a busy day (Citrus Wednesdays). In town, there are also great pubs, cocktail bars and nightclubs to go to, albeit not a huge amount, but good nonetheless.

Regarding your course, you can chat to vet med students via this link to get a feel for what the actual course is like and what their experience has been over the duration of their course.

Hope this helps!

Marko
Accounting and Finance BSc
Original post by Florverc*
Hi! So, I’m an aspiring vet student, I’m thinking of Bristol, Liverpool, Cambridge, RVC, Surrey and Nottingham for uni. Could you outline the difference between night life/ general social life for these unis?

If your after night life than vet med wiill not be suitable for you, its a full on course with lots of study and work - nightlife will come last on your priorities. Cambridge will mainly require 3 x A* and entrance exam and only 1 in 10 get a place. Any vet med course is extremely competitive requiring work experience before even applying and mostly only those who can pass entrance exams will get a chance of a place - odds are around 1 in 10 get in. RVC has about 1 in 8 who gets a place. Nottingham gives more places as two intakes a year. Perhaps do a lot more research first before selecting vet med to make sure you can make it. Many have to apply for 2 or 3 years with A grades to even get a look in.
Reply 18
Original post by Googley2
If your after night life than vet med wiill not be suitable for you, its a full on course with lots of study and work - nightlife will come last on your priorities. Cambridge will mainly require 3 x A* and entrance exam and only 1 in 10 get a place. Any vet med course is extremely competitive requiring work experience before even applying and mostly only those who can pass entrance exams will get a chance of a place - odds are around 1 in 10 get in. RVC has about 1 in 8 who gets a place. Nottingham gives more places as two intakes a year. Perhaps do a lot more research first before selecting vet med to make sure you can make it. Many have to apply for 2 or 3 years with A grades to even get a look in.

I’m not only after night life, it’s one of the last things i’ve researched or looked into, so I’m looking into it now. Im positive vet med is the career for me, I dont want anything else. I know that the course is competitive, the stats are one of the first things I looked at. I know I’ll work at the level I need to to go to vet school, thanks for your concern.
Original post by Googley2
If your after night life than vet med wiill not be suitable for you, its a full on course with lots of study and work - nightlife will come last on your priorities. Cambridge will mainly require 3 x A* and entrance exam and only 1 in 10 get a place. Any vet med course is extremely competitive requiring work experience before even applying and mostly only those who can pass entrance exams will get a chance of a place - odds are around 1 in 10 get in. RVC has about 1 in 8 who gets a place. Nottingham gives more places as two intakes a year. Perhaps do a lot more research first before selecting vet med to make sure you can make it. Many have to apply for 2 or 3 years with A grades to even get a look in.


I’m sorry that’s not the correct mentality at all, in order to get through this course you NEED to find a work life balance and night life is part of that for many people. I go out 1/2x a week and have no issues keeping up with work because I discipline myself. Just because you enjoy letting your hair down a bit every so often does not mean vet med is the wrong course for you.

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