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Deciding between universities - Exeter vs Warwick

Hello, I have recieved offers for Philosophy and Politics from both Exeter and Warwick and am struggling to come to a decision on which I would like to firm, instead of doing one of those massive text wall posts that are nauseating to read I'll divide my thoughts into pros and cons for each university.

Exeter
+ Gave me a lower offer (ABB)
+ Stunning & radiant campus
+ Better course
+ Covered in nature
+ Ranked highest in the RG for student satisfaction and seems highly enjoyable, societies seem excellent and students I spoke to at the open day seemed in love with it
-Less prestigious than warwick (not too sure how much, but certainly is less prestigious)
- Further away from home (4 hours vs 1 hour)
- Worse graduate prospects
- Worse accomodation (though my favourite at exeter is quite nice, warwick definetly wins here)

Warwick
+ Ranked 2nd for Politics in the UK, 4th for Philosophy and is top 100 globally
+ Reputably excellent teaching quality with an interesting course
+ Great graduate prospects
+ Also ranked high for student satisfaction
+ lovely and cheaper accomodation
- not a fan of the campus/surrounding area
- have not visited
- gut instict tells me id enjoy exeter more but i wont make my decision based solely on that
- gave me a higher offer (AAA)

Thank you to anyone who replies to this post, just struggling to come to a decision atm and thought id post here cause why not.
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'Better course' is a good decider. Why choose a course that you are not as interested in?
Take the above advise.
You should go wherever delivers your course the best, in the way that will suit your learning style, and where you will get the most out of life academically and socially. Also don’t forget you want to see which of the two offers you the best career prospects for your course. From what you have said that would appear to be Warwick. Indeed, you appear to have lauded the academic and post graduation merits of Warwick but only the social aspect of Exeter.

It’s not for me to say where you should go but I would say that university is an investment of time and money and you want to go where you will potentially get that return on your investment by landing a decent job upon graduation. Exeter is a good university but from what you have said, Warwick appears to offer you better prospects.
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You could firm Warwick and insurance Exeter. If come results day you still want to go to Exeter you could potentially call them and ask if they might be able to accept you though not a guarantee.
Original post by King_George_Weah
You could firm Warwick and insurance Exeter. If come results day you still want to go to Exeter you could potentially call them and ask if they might be able to accept you though not a guarantee.

This is a very silly strategy to suggest to anyone.

You can't 'change your mind' on Results Day, and gambling on the chance that Warwick might have a place in Clearing, and with no accommodation guarantee, is simply bonkers.
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Original post by ahmedhelmy_
Hello, I have recieved offers for Philosophy and Politics from both Exeter and Warwick and am struggling to come to a decision on which I would like to firm, instead of doing one of those massive text wall posts that are nauseating to read I'll divide my thoughts into pros and cons for each university.
Exeter
+ Gave me a lower offer (ABB)
+ Stunning & radiant campus
+ Better course
+ Covered in nature
+ Ranked highest in the RG for student satisfaction and seems highly enjoyable, societies seem excellent and students I spoke to at the open day seemed in love with it
-Less prestigious than warwick (not too sure how much, but certainly is less prestigious)
- Further away from home (4 hours vs 1 hour)
- Worse graduate prospects
- Worse accomodation (though my favourite at exeter is quite nice, warwick definetly wins here)
Warwick
+ Ranked 2nd for Politics in the UK, 4th for Philosophy and is top 100 globally
+ Reputably excellent teaching quality with an interesting course
+ Great graduate prospects
+ Also ranked high for student satisfaction
+ lovely and cheaper accomodation
- not a fan of the campus/surrounding area
- have not visited
- gut instict tells me id enjoy exeter more but i wont make my decision based solely on that
- gave me a higher offer (AAA)
Thank you to anyone who replies to this post, just struggling to come to a decision atm and thought id post here cause why not.

I'm arguing for Exeter. If you haven't visited Warwick, how do you know the accommodation is "lovely"? (But equally, how do you know you don't like the campus and surrounding areas) Enjoying your time at uni can be a big factor in how much you get out of your actual studies. And you said it has the "better" course, which also has to be a major decider.
How much of a problem is the travel time to home? Do you feel you will want to go home often? If you are having a fantastic time at Exeter that might not matter. Your family may even want to come and visit you, Dartmoor on the doorstep and all that.
Don't know which league table you are looking at, but on CUG Exeter is one percentage point lower overall than Warwick for Politics, and actually scores higher for graduate prospects. Take league tables with a pinch of salt - or use them to justify your gut feeling!
"better course"
Original post by ahmedhelmy_
Hello, I have recieved offers for Philosophy and Politics from both Exeter and Warwick and am struggling to come to a decision on which I would like to firm, instead of doing one of those massive text wall posts that are nauseating to read I'll divide my thoughts into pros and cons for each university.

Exeter
+ Gave me a lower offer (ABB)
+ Stunning & radiant campus
+ Better course
+ Covered in nature
+ Ranked highest in the RG for student satisfaction and seems highly enjoyable, societies seem excellent and students I spoke to at the open day seemed in love with it
-Less prestigious than warwick (not too sure how much, but certainly is less prestigious)
- Further away from home (4 hours vs 1 hour)
- Worse graduate prospects
- Worse accomodation (though my favourite at exeter is quite nice, warwick definetly wins here)

Warwick
+ Ranked 2nd for Politics in the UK, 4th for Philosophy and is top 100 globally
+ Reputably excellent teaching quality with an interesting course
+ Great graduate prospects
+ Also ranked high for student satisfaction
+ lovely and cheaper accomodation
- not a fan of the campus/surrounding area
- have not visited
- gut instict tells me id enjoy exeter more but i wont make my decision based solely on that
- gave me a higher offer (AAA)

Thank you to anyone who replies to this post, just struggling to come to a decision atm and thought id post here cause why not.


If you haven't visited how do you know that you're not a fan of the campus or surrounding area and that you'd like Exeter more?

Depending what you want to do after this may also make a difference. If your aim is to go into investment banking or management consulting then Warwick is really the only choice here. For other things the "prestige" is less important.

Bear in mind that students at open days are usually both working the open day and chosen to work the open day because they like it and can sell the uni. That doesn't really tell you much either way.
Original post by McGinger
This is a very silly strategy to suggest to anyone.

You can't 'change your mind' on Results Day, and gambling on the chance that Warwick might have a place in Clearing, and with no accommodation guarantee, is simply bonkers.

Putting Exeter as the insurance choice doesn't gamble on Warwick being in clearing though? It's more likely the course in Exeter would be in clearing too which seems to tally with that approach of Warwick firm Exeter insurance (which also is sensible based on the grade requirements).

Unless the OP already has a preferred insurance choice uni offer, that I don't know.
Original post by McGinger
This is a very silly strategy to suggest to anyone.
You can't 'change your mind' on Results Day, and gambling on the chance that Warwick might have a place in Clearing, and with no accommodation guarantee, is simply bonkers.

Erm I suggested to firm Warwick
Original post by artful_lounger
Putting Exeter as the insurance choice doesn't gamble on Warwick being in clearing though? It's more likely the course in Exeter would be in clearing too which seems to tally with that approach of Warwick firm Exeter insurance (which also is sensible based on the grade requirements).
Unless the OP already has a preferred insurance choice uni offer, that I don't know.

Here's the thing. One of the most important factors to consider is the opportuntiies said course and university will lead to upon graduation. Whether that's in the world of work and/or say in fiance or consulting or IB, or an corporate graduate programme, what are both institutions' track record on this? If you want to go onto further study and say at a reputable university let's say Oxford or Cambridge, or in the US at one of the Ivies or at Chicago or Stanford, where do graduates of your programme tend to go onto?

You can find out stuff like this by asking the department directly if they have those stats, or the careers office or even looking up on LinkedIn etc.

Having fun is important of course but wherever you go, you can make your own fun. And tbh I don't think Warwick is a boring place to study at all.
Original post by King_George_Weah
Here's the thing. One of the most important factors to consider is the opportuntiies said course and university will lead to upon graduation. Whether that's in the world of work and/or say in fiance or consulting or IB, or an corporate graduate programme, what are both institutions' track record on this? If you want to go onto further study and say at a reputable university let's say Oxford or Cambridge, or in the US at one of the Ivies or at Chicago or Stanford, where do graduates of your programme tend to go onto?

You can find out stuff like this by asking the department directly if they have those stats, or the careers office or even looking up on LinkedIn etc.

Having fun is important of course but wherever you go, you can make your own fun. And tbh I don't think Warwick is a boring place to study at all.

I'm not sure why you've quoted me in this as I'm certainly not suggesting the OP firm Exeter over Warwick, especially if they are aiming for investment banking or management consulting.
Original post by normaw
'Better course' is a good decider. Why choose a course that you are not as interested in?
Very true. The course at exeter is amazing, still waiting to see Warwick on the 27th, though!
Original post by King_George_Weah
You should go wherever delivers your course the best, in the way that will suit your learning style, and where you will get the most out of life academically and socially. Also don’t forget you want to see which of the two offers you the best career prospects for your course. From what you have said that would appear to be Warwick. Indeed, you appear to have lauded the academic and post graduation merits of Warwick but only the social aspect of Exeter.
It’s not for me to say where you should go but I would say that university is an investment of time and money and you want to go where you will potentially get that return on your investment by landing a decent job upon graduation. Exeter is a good university but from what you have said, Warwick appears to offer you better prospects.

Warwick has the better prospects, but I reckon I might be happier at Exeter which is an important factor as I have struggled with chronic anxiety & depression for a couple years now, alas I have not seen Warwick so who knows, maybe when I see it later this month I will feel just as strongly towards it.
Original post by artful_lounger
If you haven't visited how do you know that you're not a fan of the campus or surrounding area and that you'd like Exeter more?
Depending what you want to do after this may also make a difference. If your aim is to go into investment banking or management consulting then Warwick is really the only choice here. For other things the "prestige" is less important.
Bear in mind that students at open days are usually both working the open day and chosen to work the open day because they like it and can sell the uni. That doesn't really tell you much either way.

My dad lives near Warwick and I have been to Coventry many times, never liked it at all but I hear the Warwick campus itself is very lively and isolated, while neighbouring Leamington Spa is lovely, albeit slightly boring. I will wait till I see Warwick on the 27th before I make my final decision. I'm not at all interested in investment banking or management, primarily a law conversion course, possibly postgraduate studies/a PhD in Philosophy or journalism. Warwick would definitely offer me benefits in terms of law as they have many connections to corporate law firms. At the end of the day ROI is important with universities and I'll factor that in for sure. But if I go on the 27th and absoloutely prefer Exetr I'll go with that.
Original post by ahmedhelmy_
Warwick has the better prospects, but I reckon I might be happier at Exeter which is an important factor as I have struggled with chronic anxiety & depression for a couple years now, alas I have not seen Warwick so who knows, maybe when I see it later this month I will feel just as strongly towards it.

The quality of the degree you get will be more valuable for future career prospects. And this is more likely on a course you really enjoy and can get your teeth into.
Absolutely do not risk putting Exeter as an insurance if you really want to go there and you won't be able to easily get that offer back if you decide against Warwick on results day.
Original post by ahmedhelmy_
Warwick has the better prospects, but I reckon I might be happier at Exeter which is an important factor as I have struggled with chronic anxiety & depression for a couple years now, alas I have not seen Warwick so who knows, maybe when I see it later this month I will feel just as strongly towards it.

As someone myself with experience of OCD and Anxiety Disorder, I would say in the first instance to ensure you get all the support and guidance you can to help with this not just from an educational standpoint but in general.

Both universities have a Disability Resource Centre or equivalent which will offer support and gudiance with regards to your condition which might range from adjustments in exams, to study support, signposting for counselling etc. I highly recommend you look at what both universities have to offer in terms of support for this.

Of course, you should go somewhere you know you will thrive socially as this is also key to thriving academically. However, I do think it is important to consider what your aspirations might be upon graduation and the pros and cons of each university in that respect.

From my own personal experience: I went to unviersity a bit later than most sutdents as a result of my own health experiences. I actually went onto Cambridge, then to a US Ivy League school and then back at Oxford both for postgraduate study. We all place emphasis on different factors but for me I did look first and foremost at the course and what I wanted to get out of it e.g. which deliviered my course of study, particular research areas the universities specialise in, particular academics to work under, career prospects and placement from each course. The social aspect for me was not one I really considered though it goes without saying at all three of those mentioned, they had an exciting and unique social scene. Crucially, they also offered great support for me with regards to my disability.

Exeter and Warwick are both reputable universities so should have a decent-functioning Disability Advisory etc. I would suggest you visit both and maybe talk to current and former students from your proposed programme and if you can, maybe to students who might be in a similar set of circumstances with regards to how they are adjusting to life there.
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Original post by ahmedhelmy_
My dad lives near Warwick and I have been to Coventry many times, never liked it at all but I hear the Warwick campus itself is very lively and isolated, while neighbouring Leamington Spa is lovely, albeit slightly boring. I will wait till I see Warwick on the 27th before I make my final decision. I'm not at all interested in investment banking or management, primarily a law conversion course, possibly postgraduate studies/a PhD in Philosophy or journalism. Warwick would definitely offer me benefits in terms of law as they have many connections to corporate law firms. At the end of the day ROI is important with universities and I'll factor that in for sure. But if I go on the 27th and absoloutely prefer Exetr I'll go with that.

Hey,
I’ve got an unconditional offer for Exeter to study International Relations in September (unconditional as I sat my exams last year). I agree with all those points you made about Warwick in that the campus seems more removed from the actual place etc and this is what put me off applying there in the first instance! I went to uni briefly last year and having struggled with some mental health issues too in the previous year it became an isolating and strange experience due to location of campus in proximity to the actual university city and other reasons. I may be biased but my sister is now in her 3rd year studying radiography at St Luke’s campus and she has had an amazing time in Exeter, and when I’ve been to both to the open and offer holder day I have felt ‘at home’, campus is great and not too far from city at all, and crucially I could picture myself there and there for 3 years! Also a few of us have created a groupchat for politics/IR offer holders at exe so if you’d like to be added to that to get to know a few potential coursemates just lmk 🙂 Hope you make the decision that’s right for you 😄
The one thing that really niggles me about University of Warwick is that it's in Coventry, not Warwick. I mean, it would make more sense to call it University of Kenilworth than Warwick.

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