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so i have 3 offers for law from exeter, nottingham and bristol. nottingham’s accommodation opened yesterday. and their accommodation is first come first serve. so if i wait too long i probs won’t get the one i want so im stressing.
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Original post by studentblue22
so i have 3 offers for law from exeter, nottingham and bristol. nottingham’s accommodation opened yesterday. and their accommodation is first come first serve. so if i wait too long i probs won’t get the one i want so im stressing.

the issue is, im still waiting to see if i get an offer from warwick and i haven’t truly decided which uni want to firm. but im stressed because i feel like maybe i should just firm notts? because its affordable to me and probably the best environment for me. but its like warwick is ranked higher and i think it might have a better reputation (ik the differences are minuscule but i feel like uni does matter to law firms).

i’ve ruled out bristol and exeter because ive heard not so good things about the schools. but im just like. i feel like time is ticking and i need to basically decide between nottingham and warwick . but also there is absolutely no guarantee ill get an offer from warwick so there’s that aswell. any advice?

also im not sure how i feel about warwick as a whole because i visited and the vibe was a bit odd. but the accommodation is also affordable and okay and that’s what really matters to me.

If Nottingham are offering accommodation on a first-come first-server basis (which their web site would seem to confirm) that they are in breach of UCAS rules. Specifically, they are in breach of UCAS Business Rule 9 which states:

"Customers must not ask applicants to reply to offers before the normal reply date, regardless of when the offer was made, unless the course starts before 1 September. Requesting early replies in return for benefits (e.g. priority access to accommodation) is not permitted. Even where courses start before 1 September, providers must allow applicants a reasonable period of time to consider their options and respond."

UCAS have even generated a "best practice" document (here) to clarify this point which says universities "must not place undue pressure on applicants to reply to offers before 8 June 2023" (that's last year's date), and then lists an example of "placing undue pressure on applicants" of "Operating a ‘first-come-first-served’ accommodation allocation which commences before 8 June 2023."

The stress you're feeling right now is therefore (a) entirely of Nottingham's making and (b) in breach of UCAS rules. I'll write to both the university and UCAS to highlight the breach (as I have done with other universities in the past) but that won't resolve the dilemma you're facing right now.

I guess it all comes down to which is more important to you: the potential of your preferred accommodation, or the potential of a place at Warwick.
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Original post by DataVenia
If Nottingham are offering accommodation on a first-come first-server basis (which their web site would seem to confirm) that they are in breach of UCAS rules. Specifically, they are in breach of UCAS Business Rule 9 which states:
"Customers must not ask applicants to reply to offers before the normal reply date, regardless of when the offer was made, unless the course starts before 1 September. Requesting early replies in return for benefits (e.g. priority access to accommodation) is not permitted. Even where courses start before 1 September, providers must allow applicants a reasonable period of time to consider their options and respond."
UCAS have even generated a "best practice" document (here) to clarify this point which says universities "must not place undue pressure on applicants to reply to offers before 8 June 2023" (that's last year's date), and then lists an example of "placing undue pressure on applicants" of "Operating a ‘first-come-first-served’ accommodation allocation which commences before 8 June 2023."
The stress you're feeling right now is therefore (a) entirely of Nottingham's making and (b) in breach of UCAS rules. I'll write to both the university and UCAS to highlight the breach (as I have done with other universities in the past) but that won't resolve the dilemma you're facing right now.
I guess it all comes down to which is more important to you: the potential of your preferred accommodation, or the potential of a place at Warwick.

It’s definitely first come first served, some rooms are already fully booked and a lot of people have been given their choices
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