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cardiff or bath pharmacy?

hello, I have received offers from both Cardiff & bath for pharmacy
Cardiff
- living at home so saving money but also would be missing out on moving out & gaining independence
- lower offer (ABB- I applied through contextual)
- wouldn't feel comfortable doing things like going out if staying at home
- very familiar
- most of friends are staying home so would be more comfortable

bath
- moving out so more daunting but gaining independence
- a lot more expensive in general as would be paying for accommodation & living expenses whilst also living in a considerably more expensive city
- wouldn't feel left out as would be in halls
- unfamiliar, would get to see a new place and have a life away from home
- little/no friends beforehand so would be forced to make new ones and go out of comfort zone haha
- campus uni so more homely and small

if anyone could give advice and help that would be great lol
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by tsracclol1
hello, I have received offers from both Cardiff & bath for pharmacy
Cardiff
- living at home so saving money but also would be missing out on moving out & gaining independence
- lower offer (ABB- I applied through contextual)
- wouldn't feel comfortable doing things like going out if staying at home
- very familiar
- most of friends are staying home so would be more comfortable
bath
- moving out so more daunting but gaining independence
- a lot more expensive in general as would be paying for accommodation & living expenses whilst also living in a considerably more expensive city
- wouldn't feel left out as would be in halls
- unfamiliar, would get to see a new place and have a life away from home
- little/no friends beforehand so would be forced to make new ones and go out of comfort zone haha
- campus uni so more homely and small
if anyone could give advice and help that would be great lol

personally, i would suggest moving away and going to bath. i'm pretty sure its a significantly better university to study pharmacy at however if the cost and comfort of being at home is more important to you than rankings and moving away then stay in cardiff! good luck with whatever you choose :smile:
Original post by rosie27mm
personally, i would suggest moving away and going to bath. i'm pretty sure its a significantly better university to study pharmacy at however if the cost and comfort of being at home is more important to you than rankings and moving away then stay in cardiff! good luck with whatever you choose :smile:

university rankings don’t matter for pharmacy since all courses have to be accredited. so don’t let that sway u in ur decision making!
i was in the same position applying to cardiff n bath but in the end i withdrew from bath n put swansea as my insurance instead
i did go back n forth a lot but i researched the unis as much as i can, was lucky that i went to summer schools at the 2 unis so i could compare firsthand
maybe try talking to ppl who study pharmacy already at these unis to see what they think?
Cardiff!
(but I'm biased as I went there!)
I would say go away from home and learn to be independent, but that's if you asked me 30 yrs ago when I did.
Now, I would say staying at home and going to Cardiff (which always comes out in the top pharmacy schools along with Manchester and Bath, and the London ones) would save you an awful lot of money.

You can make friends with people on your course, get a cheap sleeping bag and kip on their floor in halls (check the rules first though!!) if having a Big Night Out.
Cardiff used to have a pharmacy students society/club and they were really good at organising events to get to know people, and it really helped foster a good atmosphere during lectures etc.

One thing you could do is talk to your family that you live with, about the financial situation, but also that if you stay at home then university isn't like school, and your lifestyle will change. You certainly shouldn't be put off going out, especially with new friends off your course, or staying out for a night/weekend.
It's a difficult decision I agree, I left home because I had incredibly strict parents, but I could have stayed and caught the train to Aston everyday, then got a flat in Birmingham when I qualified.
I suppose it boils down to how well off are you/family to pay the accom fees and living expenses like food and how much you can tolerate living there, as an adult, and then move out for pre-reg/the foundation year when you're earning a wage.
Anyway, good luck and hope this helps a bit?!
Original post by tsracclol1
hello, I have received offers from both Cardiff & bath for pharmacy
Cardiff
- living at home so saving money but also would be missing out on moving out & gaining independence
- lower offer (ABB- I applied through contextual)
- wouldn't feel comfortable doing things like going out if staying at home
- very familiar
- most of friends are staying home so would be more comfortable
bath
- moving out so more daunting but gaining independence
- a lot more expensive in general as would be paying for accommodation & living expenses whilst also living in a considerably more expensive city
- wouldn't feel left out as would be in halls
- unfamiliar, would get to see a new place and have a life away from home
- little/no friends beforehand so would be forced to make new ones and go out of comfort zone haha
- campus uni so more homely and small
if anyone could give advice and help that would be great lol

i’m literally in the same position as you but i live near bath but would live in cardiff if i apply there 😭😭😭 i’m so stuck as well helpppp
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Original post by imsupercool16
i’m literally in the same position as you but i live near bath but would live in cardiff if i apply there 😭😭😭 i’m so stuck as well helpppp

hahahah its so difficult, I was so stressedddddd. in the end I decided to firm bath bc gaining independence is a big factor for me!! id suggest making a pros and cons list for both and just go with your gut feeling. would you live at home or in halls if you went to bath? just mainly depends on how comfortable u are with moving away x
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Original post by tsracclol1
hahahah its so difficult, I was so stressedddddd. in the end I decided to firm bath bc gaining independence is a big factor for me!! id suggest making a pros and cons list for both and just go with your gut feeling. would you live at home or in halls if you went to bath? just mainly depends on how comfortable u are with moving away x

i would live at home but commute because i live nearby (30 mins bus approx) i also wanna gain independence and stuff but it seems so expensive to live away from home 😭😭 even though cardiff isn’t as expensive as where I live rn! i’ve made a pros and cons list but really it’s balanced

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