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Which university should I pick?

I have firmed the University of York and my insurance is Nottingham Trent but I don’t know which one to choose. I really had my heart set on the University of Leeds but it didn’t go as planned as the rejected me. So now I am stuck between these two.

The pros of York is that I love the city, the accommodation on the east campus is really nice (this is important to me as if my accommodation isn’t clean and modernised then I feel like I’ll get depressed). I know that sounds really silly but my environment decides my mood and if somewhere is clean and ‘homely’ then it’s definitely more appealing to me. Also York is good for law (which is what I’m wanting to study).

The cons of York however are that the university isn’t directly in the centre of York and so when I visited it felt quite isolated. From searching the walking distance it said 50 minutes, I’m unsure how accurate this is. When I visited the university the campus both east and west felt quite empty. I’m going to university for a degree obviously but I’m also keen on the social aspect (eg: the night life and most importantly the people there). When I was there I saw very few students and there wasn’t much advertisement of the type of night life there. I know that shouldn’t be a deciding factor as to whether I should go there but I want my university experience to be the best possible as this is a big change (as it will be for most).

In regards to Nottingham Trent, the pros are that I really liked the ‘vibe’ and atmosphere of the uni. It was very central and felt welcoming and more like home. The people that I did see there seemed more like people I would get along with. The place felt a lot more like something I’d be drawn towards more than the life at York as they are two very different places. I loved the facilities there, they seemed fresh and modern and keeping with the time.
The cons of Nottingham Trent are that the university is lower on the league tables for law. It’s still not terrible but much lower than that of York (it does depend on the reliability of tables though). Also the accommodation at Nottingham Trent is much more expensive for what you are getting, this is the accommodation that I have looked at which the uni provides (I think). The accommodation is much less clean and what I was picturing but I haven’t looked at private accommodation yet.

I think the issue here is that my parents think York would be a better place for me and the job opportunities which come from having a degree from York would be ‘better’ or more valid than from a degree from Nottingham Trent. Personally the social aspect of Nottingham is much more intriguing and more of what I want but am I thinking about what I want in the now and dismissing better opportunity’s for myself in the future?
It is a really tough decision because right now I feel like I’m so heavily concerned about the thought of not having a group of people I bond with closely. I think I’ve got it in my head that the people I’d meet at Nottingham Trent would be more suited to the people I generally mix with and so that is putting me off York.

Anyway, enough with the ranting, if anyone has any advice on what I should do or even advice about either of the Unis in general then that would be much appreciated, thank you.
Original post by sophie220007
I have firmed the University of York and my insurance is Nottingham Trent but I don’t know which one to choose. I really had my heart set on the University of Leeds but it didn’t go as planned as the rejected me. So now I am stuck between these two.

The pros of York is that I love the city, the accommodation on the east campus is really nice (this is important to me as if my accommodation isn’t clean and modernised then I feel like I’ll get depressed). I know that sounds really silly but my environment decides my mood and if somewhere is clean and ‘homely’ then it’s definitely more appealing to me. Also York is good for law (which is what I’m wanting to study).

The cons of York however are that the university isn’t directly in the centre of York and so when I visited it felt quite isolated. From searching the walking distance it said 50 minutes, I’m unsure how accurate this is. When I visited the university the campus both east and west felt quite empty. I’m going to university for a degree obviously but I’m also keen on the social aspect (eg: the night life and most importantly the people there). When I was there I saw very few students and there wasn’t much advertisement of the type of night life there. I know that shouldn’t be a deciding factor as to whether I should go there but I want my university experience to be the best possible as this is a big change (as it will be for most).

In regards to Nottingham Trent, the pros are that I really liked the ‘vibe’ and atmosphere of the uni. It was very central and felt welcoming and more like home. The people that I did see there seemed more like people I would get along with. The place felt a lot more like something I’d be drawn towards more than the life at York as they are two very different places. I loved the facilities there, they seemed fresh and modern and keeping with the time.
The cons of Nottingham Trent are that the university is lower on the league tables for law. It’s still not terrible but much lower than that of York (it does depend on the reliability of tables though). Also the accommodation at Nottingham Trent is much more expensive for what you are getting, this is the accommodation that I have looked at which the uni provides (I think). The accommodation is much less clean and what I was picturing but I haven’t looked at private accommodation yet.

I think the issue here is that my parents think York would be a better place for me and the job opportunities which come from having a degree from York would be ‘better’ or more valid than from a degree from Nottingham Trent. Personally the social aspect of Nottingham is much more intriguing and more of what I want but am I thinking about what I want in the now and dismissing better opportunity’s for myself in the future?
It is a really tough decision because right now I feel like I’m so heavily concerned about the thought of not having a group of people I bond with closely. I think I’ve got it in my head that the people I’d meet at Nottingham Trent would be more suited to the people I generally mix with and so that is putting me off York.

Anyway, enough with the ranting, if anyone has any advice on what I should do or even advice about either of the Unis in general then that would be much appreciated, thank you.

If you've "firmed the University of York and my insurance is Nottingham Trent" then you've made your decision. If you meet the offer grades for York, then that's where you're going. If you don't (and they opt not to accept you as a "near miss" candidate) then you'll be at Nottingham Trent - assuming you meet their offer grades.

Speaking of offer grades, the standard offer from York is AAA whilst the standard offer from Nottingham Trent is 120 UCAS points - i.e. BBB. So it makes absolutely no sense to try and switch them anyway.
Yes, you have already made the decision by firming York. If, on results day, you get those grades, meet York's offer and then decline it in the hope of getting Nottingham Trent, it won't work. The moment York accepts you, the offer from NT disappears.
Original post by DataVenia
If you've "firmed the University of York and my insurance is Nottingham Trent" then you've made your decision. If you meet the offer grades for York, then that's where you're going. If you don't (and they opt not to accept you as a "near miss" candidate) then you'll be at Nottingham Trent - assuming you meet their offer grades.
Speaking of offer grades, the standard offer from York is AAA whilst the standard offer from Nottingham Trent is 120 UCAS points - i.e. BBB. So it makes absolutely no sense to try and switch them anyway.


I didn’t know this is how it worked, so right now the only option for me is to go through clearing or just go to York?
Original post by totallyfine
Yes, you have already made the decision by firming York. If, on results day, you get those grades, meet York's offer and then decline it in the hope of getting Nottingham Trent, it won't work. The moment York accepts you, the offer from NT disappears.


Thank you, I didn’t know this.
Original post by sophie220007
I didn’t know this is how it worked, so right now the only option for me is to go through clearing or just go to York?

It depends on the grades you get.

If you get the grades required for your York offer, or if you just miss the offer by they decide to accept you anyway, they they'll confirm your place. At that point, as @totallyfine says, your Nottingham Trent offer vanishes (because it's no longer required). You then have two options. You can simply go to York (which, is your first choice - given that your firmed them), or you can decline that place and drop into Clearing. In Clearing you can apply to any university which still has places left. This might include Nottingham Trent, or it might not.

If you don't get accepted by York, then you might still meet the offer grades for Nottingham Trent - in which case that's where you're going. Again, even if they confirm your place, you can still decline the place and drop into Clearing if that's what you want to do.
Original post by DataVenia
It depends on the grades you get.
If you get the grades required for your York offer, or if you just miss the offer by they decide to accept you anyway, they they'll confirm your place. At that point, as @totallyfine says, your Nottingham Trent offer vanishes (because it's no longer required). You then have two options. You can simply go to York (which, is your first choice - given that your firmed them), or you can decline that place and drop into Clearing. In Clearing you can apply to any university which still has places left. This might include Nottingham Trent, or it might not.
If you don't get accepted by York, then you might still meet the offer grades for Nottingham Trent - in which case that's where you're going. Again, even if they confirm your place, you can still decline the place and drop into Clearing if that's what you want to do.


Okay thank you, that’s very helpful.
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i'm at york, and honestly a walk from campus to city isn't that bad (i don't think it's actually 50 minutes?? might be but doesn't feel like it) and we all take the buses anyway. the nightlife probably isn't as good as in notts (wouldn't know, never been) but it's a lot more lively that you'd expect. a lot of the people i know are pretty party hard types as well. we've got loads of societies and random social events like the races, and so so many formals (at least one for every sport society, andd sometimes two a year for each college). however, if you didn't click with the uni when you visited it just might not be for you and thats ok. i love york but its not for everyone.
Original post by sophie220007
I have firmed the University of York and my insurance is Nottingham Trent but I don’t know which one to choose. I really had my heart set on the University of Leeds but it didn’t go as planned as the rejected me. So now I am stuck between these two.
The pros of York is that I love the city, the accommodation on the east campus is really nice (this is important to me as if my accommodation isn’t clean and modernised then I feel like I’ll get depressed). I know that sounds really silly but my environment decides my mood and if somewhere is clean and ‘homely’ then it’s definitely more appealing to me. Also York is good for law (which is what I’m wanting to study).
The cons of York however are that the university isn’t directly in the centre of York and so when I visited it felt quite isolated. From searching the walking distance it said 50 minutes, I’m unsure how accurate this is. When I visited the university the campus both east and west felt quite empty. I’m going to university for a degree obviously but I’m also keen on the social aspect (eg: the night life and most importantly the people there). When I was there I saw very few students and there wasn’t much advertisement of the type of night life there. I know that shouldn’t be a deciding factor as to whether I should go there but I want my university experience to be the best possible as this is a big change (as it will be for most).
In regards to Nottingham Trent, the pros are that I really liked the ‘vibe’ and atmosphere of the uni. It was very central and felt welcoming and more like home. The people that I did see there seemed more like people I would get along with. The place felt a lot more like something I’d be drawn towards more than the life at York as they are two very different places. I loved the facilities there, they seemed fresh and modern and keeping with the time.
The cons of Nottingham Trent are that the university is lower on the league tables for law. It’s still not terrible but much lower than that of York (it does depend on the reliability of tables though). Also the accommodation at Nottingham Trent is much more expensive for what you are getting, this is the accommodation that I have looked at which the uni provides (I think). The accommodation is much less clean and what I was picturing but I haven’t looked at private accommodation yet.
I think the issue here is that my parents think York would be a better place for me and the job opportunities which come from having a degree from York would be ‘better’ or more valid than from a degree from Nottingham Trent. Personally the social aspect of Nottingham is much more intriguing and more of what I want but am I thinking about what I want in the now and dismissing better opportunity’s for myself in the future?
It is a really tough decision because right now I feel like I’m so heavily concerned about the thought of not having a group of people I bond with closely. I think I’ve got it in my head that the people I’d meet at Nottingham Trent would be more suited to the people I generally mix with and so that is putting me off York.
Anyway, enough with the ranting, if anyone has any advice on what I should do or even advice about either of the Unis in general then that would be much appreciated, thank you.

It's great that you were able to have a look around York before you came - I don't think I would've gone if I had. I would say that Nottingham has a lot better nightlife than York. I almost dropped out due to having awful flatmates that never left their rooms. I think the main way of socialising here in joining a sports team, which is made easier as we have uni teams for pro/competitive players and college teams for people who want to go on socials and play for fun. I would definitely recommend joining a college netball team as it's a great way to meet people and go out in fancy dress on a Wednesday. I would recommend Notts if you're looking for a big friend group as a lot of people do choose it due to its social/party reputation, whereas York only has a few clubs, most bad. Definitely choose where you think you'd be happier - there's no point choosing York if you're going to be miserable as it will affect your grades, attendance, mental health and you could just end up dropping out, especially with law being such a hard course. Again with law, York's PBL is something you either really hate or really love, so that's something to consider when you're comparing the courses.
Original post by Anonymous
It's great that you were able to have a look around York before you came - I don't think I would've gone if I had. I would say that Nottingham has a lot better nightlife than York. I almost dropped out due to having awful flatmates that never left their rooms. I think the main way of socialising here in joining a sports team, which is made easier as we have uni teams for pro/competitive players and college teams for people who want to go on socials and play for fun. I would definitely recommend joining a college netball team as it's a great way to meet people and go out in fancy dress on a Wednesday. I would recommend Notts if you're looking for a big friend group as a lot of people do choose it due to its social/party reputation, whereas York only has a few clubs, most bad. Definitely choose where you think you'd be happier - there's no point choosing York if you're going to be miserable as it will affect your grades, attendance, mental health and you could just end up dropping out, especially with law being such a hard course. Again with law, York's PBL is something you either really hate or really love, so that's something to consider when you're comparing the courses.


This has been really helpful, thank you so much. I’ll definitely take this on board and consider more carefully.
Is it York that you are studying at now then? 😊
Original post by margauxs
i'm at york, and honestly a walk from campus to city isn't that bad (i don't think it's actually 50 minutes?? might be but doesn't feel like it) and we all take the buses anyway. the nightlife probably isn't as good as in notts (wouldn't know, never been) but it's a lot more lively that you'd expect. a lot of the people i know are pretty party hard types as well. we've got loads of societies and random social events like the races, and so so many formals (at least one for every sport society, andd sometimes two a year for each college). however, if you didn't click with the uni when you visited it just might not be for you and thats ok. i love york but its not for everyone.


Thank you so much, this has made me feel better about York. I’m going to visit again this weekend and see how I feel but that’s very true, it may be something many people love but may not be the same for everyone. Thank you ☺️

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