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Best Unis for Social people

I previously went to a London uni and experienced very little socialising due to international students staying in their bubble and little going on due to the costs of going out and lack of funding for the SU. Another major issue was I Didn’t like my course so dropped out and now choosing a uni this year
Atm I have to decide between UCL, Southampton, Notts, Bristol and Cardiff.
I didn’t want to turn down the UCL offer initially but finding out that I won’t be guaranteed accommodation is very off putting despite being a well respected uni.
However I do realise that it is what you make of it as well as the environment. and I got to admit I stopped trying after freshers due to being broke and getting discouraged.

Does anyone have any advice/experiences of these unis? I have been to open days but they all seem very similar
Original post by anonymous
I previously went to a London uni and experienced very little socialising due to international students staying in their bubble and little going on due to the costs of going out and lack of funding for the SU. Another major issue was I Didn’t like my course so dropped out and now choosing a uni this year
Atm I have to decide between UCL, Southampton, Notts, Bristol and Cardiff.
I didn’t want to turn down the UCL offer initially but finding out that I won’t be guaranteed accommodation is very off putting despite being a well respected uni.
However I do realise that it is what you make of it as well as the environment. and I got to admit I stopped trying after freshers due to being broke and getting discouraged.
Does anyone have any advice/experiences of these unis? I have been to open days but they all seem very similar

Hi there! Cardiff Uni student here :smile:

I would say that the SU here is actually really active and quite good. There are tons of societies (200+) and most of them are really active! The Student Union itself also holds lots of events, especially at the start of the year - both alcoholic and non-alcoholic activities. There are a couple of showcases at multiple points in the year where you can see what different societies - usually performance societies get up to.

There's a decent mix of international and home students, but I find that people mix around a bit. Everyone's welcome at any of the cultural societies and there are sometimes cross-cultural events taking place.

Taking part in societies in Cardiff is probably the cheapest way to have fun. Sports societies are a little more expensive, but a lot of societies out there, is really only £2 or £3 to join for the year. Student accommodation is almost always usually at a walkable distance to the activities, so really, you're just giving up your time more than anything.

Hope that helped, let me know if you had any more questions,

~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep
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Original post by Anonymous
I previously went to a London uni and experienced very little socialising due to international students staying in their bubble and little going on due to the costs of going out and lack of funding for the SU. Another major issue was I Didn’t like my course so dropped out and now choosing a uni this year
Atm I have to decide between UCL, Southampton, Notts, Bristol and Cardiff.
I didn’t want to turn down the UCL offer initially but finding out that I won’t be guaranteed accommodation is very off putting despite being a well respected uni.
However I do realise that it is what you make of it as well as the environment. and I got to admit I stopped trying after freshers due to being broke and getting discouraged.
Does anyone have any advice/experiences of these unis? I have been to open days but they all seem very similar

Hello!

The opportunities to meet people at Nottingham are endless! The city is multi-cultural and there's something for everybody here. if you manage to find something Nottingham is lacking there are fantastic transport links to anywhere in the country from Nottingham Railway station/ Broadmarsh Bus station. From campus there are buses and trams that take you into the city in 20 mins with student single tickets costing less than £4 (as of 2024), or you could walk which takes around 45 minutes. Some students, from second year onwards, live in the Lenton triangle which is even closer to town.

Every year we have a Fresher's fair, where you can see which of the hundreds of societies might suit you. Most sport societies have social memberships, which are cheaper than full memberships but still offer that social element which so many people enjoy! And if non of the societies are of interest, there are opportunities to make one yourself! The Uni have campuses in Malaysia and China and so pride themselves on being diverse, especially with societies celebrating all cultures.

If you have any more questions about Nottingham, feel free to reply to this post,
Many thanks,
Dom :smile:
Studying in London again even though at a different university this time - UCL will always be expensive. Cost of accommodation is exorbitant. When cost was an issue before, it will remain an issue (not enough money to socialise) and so you need to choose wisely. If you do choose London again, you need to seriously consider getting a part-time job to increase your spending money.

I am not familiar with your other choices but best to choose one that can offer you accommodation throughout the duration of your course.
Hello,

My name is Haya and I am an International student at UCLAN (I know not the unis you mentioned), but from my personal experience, I think money goes a long way in a smaller cities with a lot of activities that are free.

My top tips would be to go for uni accommodation if possible as it is the cheapest option. For activities, you best bet would be to join the uni societies.

Best of luck,
Haya

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