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Bath Spa or Durham for Psychology

Hello, my son has had all his offers in and is choosing between Durham and Bath Spa. He never thought he’d get Durham offered and it was an aspirational choice. I really think from all I’ve looked at and knowing my son he’ll thrive at Durham, academically and socially (he’s shy at first but loves socialising once he feels confident). And I feel this is such an opportunity you have to give it a shot. He is siding with Bath Spa because his gf (of 7 months) is going there and he’s worried about going off to university on his own and worries they will split up. He also feels Durham is too elitist and he won’t fit in. Please help, should I still encourage Durham or just let him follow his gf?
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Hello, my son has had all his offers in and is choosing between Durham and Bath Spa. He never thought he’d get Durham offered and it was an aspirational choice. I really think from all I’ve looked at and knowing my son he’ll thrive at Durham, academically and socially (he’s shy at first but loves socialising once he feels confident). And I feel this is such an opportunity you have to give it a shot. He is siding with Bath Spa because his gf (of 7 months) is going there and he’s worried about going off to university on his own and worries they will split up. He also feels Durham is too elitist and he won’t fit in. Please help, should I still encourage Durham or just let him follow his gf?

Hiya,

Congratulations to your son on his offer! Has your son attended an open day? If not, then perhaps it may be a good idea to come visit Durham, see what its like and ask the students about their experience. Since he did get an offer, he does have the chance to come and visit Durham on Post Offer Day on April 27th 🙂
Post Offer Visit Day

As someone who was incredibly shy and not that confident academically, Durham gave me the opportunity to grow and thrive in a way I never thought was possible and I have met many people who feel the same way. The opportunities here at Durham and the collegiate system truly did create an amazing environment and experience for me, that being said, that isn't always the experience or case for everyone so it depends on every student and what they're wanting out of University. Durham unfortunately does have a certain reputation but its definitely a bit more exaggerated and there's a place for everyone here, and so many communities/societies and people from all background represented, so he will find his people! I initially had doubts about Durham but when I attended the post offer visit day, I felt much better about coming to Durham after seeing it for myself and speaking to students, so I would definitely recommend attending if you can 🙂

If you're unable to attend, that's completely fine, there are a lot of online resources that can provide a bit of insight into what life is like at Durham University:

1.

The Durham Student- Where you can find all student social media content, blogs, Youtube videos, etc on Durham University and life here. I would highly recommend having a look through as there is some amazing content and blogs that are incredibly informative.
The Durham Student

2.

UniBuddy- A platform for prospective or incoming students to speak directly to Durham students and ask questions about courses and learning, colleges, societies and more or less anything.
UniBuddy

3.

Durham Student Union- You can have a look through some of the student societies and groups at Durham and see what interests you 🙂
Societies at Durham


I hope this helps and if you have any other questions, I'm more than happy to help!

-Ghala
Chemistry Research, Durham University
Durham University
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