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Chemistry bsc at Durham or UCL

Hi I'm not sure whether to pick Durham or UCL for Chemistry Bsc. They both offer completely different university experiences and I'm not sure which I would prefer.
Durham is 4 hours away from home whereas UCL is only a 30 minute train journey. I prefer the course at UCL but I'm worried living in London will be expensive. I've also heard that there isn't much of a community feel at UCL and that the Chemistry department has the lowest percentage of students graduating with a 2:1 or above. I've also heard that UCL is more of a target uni than Durham and has better links with various employers e.g. finance companies.
I'm really unsure which one to pick and any advice would be really helpful :smile:
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Original post by blossomx44!
Hi I'm not sure whether to pick Durham or UCL for Chemistry Bsc. They both offer completely different university experiences and I'm not sure which I would prefer.
Durham is 4 hours away from home whereas UCL is only a 30 minute train journey. I prefer the course at UCL but I'm worried living in London will be expensive. I've also heard that there isn't much of a community feel at UCL and that the Chemistry department has the lowest percentage of students graduating with a 2:1 or above. I've also heard that UCL is more of a target uni than Durham and has better links with various employers e.g. finance companies.
I'm really unsure which one to pick and any advice would be really helpful :smile:

I think both unis are very good unis, I go to UCL and I can confirm that it is very expensive to live in London but I love living here so that is the price I pay living in a capitol. UCL is actually quite big and there are so many societies you can join plus I lived in a student accommodation in first year which is where I made most of my friends. I would say there is definitely a big UCL community which means smaller communities within it if that makes sense. I have a friend who goes to Durham and it is definitely a very different experience going to a campus uni, she loves the close knit community and the studies are also good so I think you should consider it carefully since a London uni is a very specific experience that is different from campus unis. I would suggest choosing UCL since you said you prefer the course there and going to an open day at both unis to see which vibe you prefer.

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