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University of Birmingham vs University of Manchester

Hi, I'm quite stuck atm between the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester. I'm going to study law, but i just have no idea which one to go for. I'd like a good social scene, but also somewhere a bit homely that is clean and where I could settle in. I did get a Bristol offer too. The UoB offer is ABB, whereas the manchester and bristol offers are AAB. I would live out for all the unis and I live in Birmingham already, which is why even though i adore UoB's campus, I'm scared of restricting myself by staying in the same area. I'm also worried about the prestige of UoB as although I'm aware that it is an amazing uni, it doesn't 'sound' prestigious if that makes sense (that probably won't matter too much eventually though) Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.
Original post by e.s06
Hi, I'm quite stuck atm between the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester. I'm going to study law, but i just have no idea which one to go for. I'd like a good social scene, but also somewhere a bit homely that is clean and where I could settle in. I did get a Bristol offer too. The UoB offer is ABB, whereas the manchester and bristol offers are AAB. I would live out for all the unis and I live in Birmingham already, which is why even though i adore UoB's campus, I'm scared of restricting myself by staying in the same area. I'm also worried about the prestige of UoB as although I'm aware that it is an amazing uni, it doesn't 'sound' prestigious if that makes sense (that probably won't matter too much eventually though) Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

From what you've written, it sounds like you prefer University of Manchester. What's the downside of Manchester? If it's just the grade requirements, then why not firm it and insure University of Birmingham?
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Original post by DataVenia
From what you've written, it sounds like you prefer University of Manchester. What's the downside of Manchester? If it's just the grade requirements, then why not firm it and insure University of Birmingham?

Honestly, it's because I got diagnosed as type one diabetic this February. The health concerns are why my family wants me to stay local, but I also don't want to feel like I've been limited with my choice because of it. To contextualise, I've worked pretty hard for a good few years & completed most extra/super curriculars that my area offers. I have a lot of expectations on me from everyone to achieve, but with my condition it feels like its getting a lot harder. I'm also scared that I'll regret moving out of reach and then hate UoM, but I guess that's a pretty normal concern for most people moving away. The UoB offer is also only ABB if i firm it.
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Original post by e.s06
Hi, I'm quite stuck atm between the University of Birmingham and the University of Manchester. I'm going to study law, but i just have no idea which one to go for. I'd like a good social scene, but also somewhere a bit homely that is clean and where I could settle in. I did get a Bristol offer too. The UoB offer is ABB, whereas the manchester and bristol offers are AAB. I would live out for all the unis and I live in Birmingham already, which is why even though i adore UoB's campus, I'm scared of restricting myself by staying in the same area. I'm also worried about the prestige of UoB as although I'm aware that it is an amazing uni, it doesn't 'sound' prestigious if that makes sense (that probably won't matter too much eventually though) Any advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

Prestigious unis are highly rated by law firms and most (not all) target higher ranked unis such as Manchester or Bristol - Bristol is really really good so I would take that in mind but it doesn’t matter too much as long as you have experience and good credentials to get into a good law firm
Original post by e.s06
Honestly, it's because I got diagnosed as type one diabetic this February. The health concerns are why my family wants me to stay local, but I also don't want to feel like I've been limited with my choice because of it. To contextualise, I've worked pretty hard for a good few years & completed most extra/super curriculars that my area offers. I have a lot of expectations on me from everyone to achieve, but with my condition it feels like its getting a lot harder. I'm also scared that I'll regret moving out of reach and then hate UoM, but I guess that's a pretty normal concern for most people moving away. The UoB offer is also only ABB if i firm it.

I think part of uni is forging your own path and learning to live independently. Maybe it would be good to go somewhere new! You can build a good support network in Manchester too but if you really need to head home it is only an hour and a half on the train. Go with your gut.

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