Sheffield vs Leeds Watch
University of Sheffield
I love Sheffield as a city, it's got everything you need in it.. and the best part about it, is that it really doesn't feel like a city, more of a big town. I've found the people very friendly (compared to where I live) and theres loads of green spaces too. It just has a really nice feel about the place and it is one of the safest cities in the UK.
The department is rated 1st in the country, which is very impressive. However, the course is more of how things are used, rather than the making of things.. (I'd probably prefer the latter!) but it is very broad in what is covered in the course, which I feel is good, as it could lead to all different areas. The lecturers seemed very helpful, and very friendly. The course offers a year work placement too, which would be recognised in the degree.
The accommodation was amazing - it's less than 2 years old.. and very modern! I liked the rooms, and the area around it seemed really nice, and safe. I liked how there was a bar on site, and that it was only a 20 minute walk to the University.
The University has a good reputation, and the student union is awesome, no wonder it's had so many awards!! All the students seemed really friendly, and I liked where the University was situated. The facilities were impressive too!
University of Leeds
I'm not so familar with Leeds, but it seems like a very vibrant city with a lot of things going on. I'm sure they aren't that much different. As with Sheffield, I've found the people very friendly.
The department is rated 4th in the country, which is very good. The course is specialised, and is the only University to offer it (especially at a redbrick) in the country. It's well recognised in the industry too. It focuses on mostly one aspect of what I want to do, and it's more about creating, then how things are used, which is what I enjoy doing. However, I'm wondering if I might get bored of it, or find it that it doesn't give me a very broad understanding of other aspects like the Sheffield course, as it's very focused. The lecturers were very enthusiastic, and very friendly. The course also offers a year abroad, or a work placement.
Unfortuantly, I've been unable to see the accommodation.. and have had to rely on the guide I was sent, and opinions on TSR. The accommodation seems nice, and if I was to choose Leeds, I'd already know what place I'd apply for.
The University has a good reputation, and the student union is awesome! I like how the University is set behind the Parkinson Building, so it is nice that all the buildings are on a campus. I'm not too familiar with the area around the University, it looks alright from what I've seen!
I know choosing a University shouldn't just be about the course, or the location.. but where I feel I'd be most happiest.. unfortuantly, at the moment I have no clue. I feel I'd be happier in one University for certain things, but the other University for other aspects! At the moment, I'm wondering if I went to Leeds, that I could have gone to Sheffield.. and that I may enjoy the experience more, as I prefer more things about it.. but I wonder if I went to Sheffield, and found out the course wasn't exactly what I thought, or if I wasn't enjoying it.. then I'd be disappointed that I didn't choose Leeds... so as you can see, I have a dilema!
Based on what I've just said.. could any of you write your opinions on my thoughts, and what you think I should do with how I feel about both Universities at the moment... it would be most helpful, as I really don't know!
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OP, what subject are you doing?
Ultimately, I'd make it your decision and base it around how much you think you'll enjoy the course, city and general life in both areas.
i was choosing between Sheffield and Leeds and went for Sheffield, its a really nice place to live and you can pretty much walk everywhere!
The town centre is pretty safe aswell, and its the greenest city in the uk
the night life isnt as varied as leeds but for students its great, only a few clubs (Gatecrasher burnt down ) but theres loads of bars etc you won't get bored
seriously, go to Sheffield you won't regret it, it'll become your fav city no doubts
There are more than a few clubs! Embrace, Leadmill, Crystal, DQ, Corp, Academy, Plug, Sanctuary etc and good ol' Foundry and Fusion Perhaps not as varied as Leeds but it's hardly boring.
Same as other people have said really, I don't know anyone who has come here who wishes that they had gone somewhere else...Sheffield is a hard university to be unhappy with.
Yeah, the buildings aren't all on one campus, but Endcliffe Village is all together which makes it really ideal for socialising.
I'm sure you'll be happy wherever you choose though Just pick what feels right to you.
I've heard great things about both, prefer the course at leeds but having visited sheffield yesterday i can't decide. For me the closeness of everything at sheffield, and the fact that the union's so good, means that sheffield would be a great place to study. The only problem is that i'm looking to stay at catered halls, but everything seems to be geared towards self catered at sheffield.
either way i think you'll end up loving wherever you go, from what i've heard they're both amazing.
Both universities are very good and from the sounds of what you've written you want to go to Sheffield deep down but something is holding you back.
I spoke with a teacher today, and he said that the Sheffield course was more academic, but it would lead to a sector with more jobs and a higher salary! Whereas the Leeds course would be in a smaller job sector, and be more competitive... Saying that, it's something that I enjoy doing... whereas with the Sheffield course I feel like I might not enjoy it as much.. but I love everything about Sheffield more.
I still have no idea.
Of course, I can't recommend Leeds enough. And don't judge a univeristy on it's accomodation