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Leeds vs Exeter

I have an offer from both Leeds and Exeter for economics but I’m struggling to decide between them.

I’ve visited both and definitely prefer the city of Leeds due to its size and busier atmosphere. I’m also drawn to the social aspects of Leeds (nightlife etc) however I am concerned about the academic side as I’ve heard a lot of criticism about its feedback and teaching, with it scoring much lower on the uni guide’s stats for these aspects- so I was wondering if anyone has any insight into Leeds’ actual teaching as I don’t know how much the statistics actually reflect real life.

I’ve also heard that Exeter has better graduate prospects and a better reputation for economics from a number of teachers and employers so I am wary about this. I’m also looking to do a placement year but I’m not certain about which uni has the strongest connections.

It does feel more logical to go with Exeter due to its academic benefits however the main drawback for me is the whole exeter stereotype and whether it may get a bit claustrophobic being stuck in the “exeter bubble” and the smaller city for 4 years- so I was wondering if anyone had any insight into this either?
Original post by Anonymous
I have an offer from both Leeds and Exeter for economics but I’m struggling to decide between them.
I’ve visited both and definitely prefer the city of Leeds due to its size and busier atmosphere. I’m also drawn to the social aspects of Leeds (nightlife etc) however I am concerned about the academic side as I’ve heard a lot of criticism about its feedback and teaching, with it scoring much lower on the uni guide’s stats for these aspects- so I was wondering if anyone has any insight into Leeds’ actual teaching as I don’t know how much the statistics actually reflect real life.
I’ve also heard that Exeter has better graduate prospects and a better reputation for economics from a number of teachers and employers so I am wary about this. I’m also looking to do a placement year but I’m not certain about which uni has the strongest connections.
It does feel more logical to go with Exeter due to its academic benefits however the main drawback for me is the whole exeter stereotype and whether it may get a bit claustrophobic being stuck in the “exeter bubble” and the smaller city for 4 years- so I was wondering if anyone had any insight into this either?

I would strongly suggest going to Leeds Uni as the student life is really important as u live there for 4 years, and the size and atmosphere is great wit the people being very friendly. Leeds University is great for Economics, the professors are lovely and the campus is great. I know lots of people who did Economics at Leeds and are now earning a lot of money and the course at Leeds is very interesting and more helpful than Exeter' as when I visited both unis too, the crowd and people were really mean and I just didn't like the atmosphere and the course wasn't that amazing too. Leeds had an amazing atmosphere and I felt home there due to how friendly everyone was.
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Thank you for your reply!
Yeah I agree that the student life is really important and I think this is ultimately swaying me to choose leeds. Do you know anything about how good the actual teaching and feedback is because this is the only concern I have?
Original post by Jasmine_l
Thank you for your reply!
Yeah I agree that the student life is really important and I think this is ultimately swaying me to choose leeds. Do you know anything about how good the actual teaching and feedback is because this is the only concern I have?

Leeds is a russel group university and is valued by employers and teaching is one of the best in the entire Uk
I would decide on the basis of the course tbh. The campus of Leeds is really nice but apart from that there is really nothing special about the city. Apart from a few streets the city centre is rough and pretty grotty really and there are huge numbers of chavs everywhere like in most of the north. Hyde Park where the students mostly live is your traditional grotty student area with litter, weird people hanging around and run down terraced houses, Headingley is a lot nicer but expensive, it is also loud, full of drinkers and if you don't like pubs pretty boring really. There is also Woodhouse Moor where everyone hangs out in the summer which would be a nice park if it weren't in such a bad area.
Internationally, Leeds is better ranked as a university and for Economics than Exeter. Source: QS Rankings 2024.

As per Thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk, the research quality for Economics is 86% at Leeds and 80% at Exeter.
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Original post by anonymous
I have an offer from both Leeds and Exeter for economics but I’m struggling to decide between them.
I’ve visited both and definitely prefer the city of Leeds due to its size and busier atmosphere. I’m also drawn to the social aspects of Leeds (nightlife etc) however I am concerned about the academic side as I’ve heard a lot of criticism about its feedback and teaching, with it scoring much lower on the uni guide’s stats for these aspects- so I was wondering if anyone has any insight into Leeds’ actual teaching as I don’t know how much the statistics actually reflect real life.
I’ve also heard that Exeter has better graduate prospects and a better reputation for economics from a number of teachers and employers so I am wary about this. I’m also looking to do a placement year but I’m not certain about which uni has the strongest connections.
It does feel more logical to go with Exeter due to its academic benefits however the main drawback for me is the whole exeter stereotype and whether it may get a bit claustrophobic being stuck in the “exeter bubble” and the smaller city for 4 years- so I was wondering if anyone had any insight into this either?

The big issue with Leeds economics is you do hardly and quantitive stuff. I recall there only being one econometrics module on the Leeds course when I was looking for unis, compared to the like 6 or 7 they offer at Exeter so you're missing out on the most useful and employable part of economics. The other guy referenced the complete university guides "research quality" for Leeds which doesn't relate to your education there at all, according to that ranking Exeter is 14th for economics and Leeds is 23rd

Exeter has a few big clubs rather than a lot of smaller ones. Leeds would be better for nightlife if you wouldn't want to go to the same 3,4 places every night out, from what I've heard from my friends who go there there doesn't seem to be much difference in the size and busyness of the clubs just a lot less in Exeter.
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Original post by Picnicl
Internationally, Leeds is better ranked as a university and for Economics than Exeter. Source: QS Rankings 2024.
As per Thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk, the research quality for Economics is 86% at Leeds and 80% at Exeter.

I just checked and for those domestic league tables for 2025, and it’s the other way round so that this year per Complete University Guide subject
Leeds is 10th for Economics and Exeter 14th
…never heard anyone complaining about the availability of nightlife at UoL, though, be it club or the alcohol free ‘high on life’ events or sport and university clubs
Both are great universities!

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