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*Laura* 01 Aug 05 - 01:42 PM
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Bunnahabhain 01 Aug 05 - 05:26 PM
R. Padgett 01 Aug 05 - 07:13 PM
Gray D 01 Aug 05 - 08:27 PM
Paul Burke 02 Aug 05 - 10:15 AM
GUEST,DB 02 Aug 05 - 12:31 PM
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Megan L 02 Aug 05 - 02:29 PM
Blowzabella 02 Aug 05 - 04:55 PM
greg stephens 02 Aug 05 - 06:09 PM
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Subject: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 01:42 PM

This might seem kinda stupid seeing as I am from the UK - but I'm in the process of deciding which universities to apply for - and I need some help!!
I realised that other than London, Leicester and the South-West - my UK knowledge is practically non-existant!
I went to Whitby (festival) when I was four, but other than that I've never been further north than Leicester!! I would like to go out of the South-west to Uni - not cos I don't like it (I do - very much), just becasue I'd like to go somewhere different. (i.e. NOT bristol/bath/exeter/plymouth/bournmouth etc) and I'm not all that keen on being in London. But when I try and look up cities on the internet you just get all the promotional stuff.
So what I want to know is - what are some of the more northen cities REALLY like??
And I thought who better to ask than all you British mudcatters!? Hell even some of you non-british mudcatters probably know some of these cities better than I do!!

Anyway - any help much appreciated!

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: gnomad
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 03:11 PM

Try to sample them a bit, the coming festival season is an ideal excuse.

Any city is capable of becoming home (just look how many people call any given place home) but only you can tell whether somewhere can be home for YOU.

If you would express a few preferences we could probably make a few "I would avoid/consider xxx" suggestions, but at a time when personal development is at full steam you are likely to find that your taste will also develop, and not always in the way you might expect.

I think you have the right idea in moving out of the SW, I'm sure that it is lovely, but so is a lot of the rest and you will never have a better chance to try it. What about overseas, or is that too big a step/ruled out by other considerations?


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 03:30 PM

could be a culture shock.....though the whole point is that you're young and a good time is virtually guaranteed most places.

Nottingham is generally reckoned to be a student friendly town with lots happening. My neice was in manchester and while she enjoyed it, the impression I got was that its a big town, too spread out to really get to grips with the whole scene. You need a car for manchester, whereas in Nottingham there are trams most places and buses everywhere else.

there are places where your money will go further, because accommodation will be cheaper.....Hull, I would have thought.

don't you have to go where they are running the course you want?


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: wildlone
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 03:39 PM

How about HERE,
You could say you are studying abroard.
dave


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Little Robyn
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 03:54 PM

Hi Laura,
If you go to Newcastle you can study folk music!!!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: nutty
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 04:10 PM

If you click on "Images" on the GooGle page and then enter the town or city name, you can often get a flavour of places that the promotional info won't give.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 05:01 PM

Top 100 European universities.

This link will tell you that you need to install a programme to read it, you don't need to, just click cancel and it will open.

1.Check out the uni that has achieved the best results for the course you want to do.

2.Check out if you have the passes they require for you to enrol.

3.If you haven't, then choose one in an area you fancy living
in.

Where it is should be your last consideration if you want a good degree?


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 05:19 PM

Laura if you come to Hull try to remember that people who reside in the university district have formed their opinions of students from the frequency their bins are turned over, the number of times they are woken up in the middle of the night by loud raucous singing and screaming, and by the level of litter that pervades during term time and yet mysteriously disappears during the holidays. Why would one trust the future of one's country in the hands of people who are incapable of placng their takeaway litter in a bin? I realise that I have suddenly become my mother during this thread, but the student house opposite has had its alarm ringing since 9pm -and the landlords? well thats another thing........


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 05:21 PM

Thanks everyone.
Yes it should GUEST but it's not just about the degree - it's about the whole experience of going to university. There's no point getting an amazing degree if you're wasting three years of your life living in a place you don't like.
I just looked up Nottingham on WLD's recommendation (thankyou) but unfortunately it doesn't do a course I like. Similarly there is a course I'd love in London - which is the only one I know I'm applying to at the moment - and I don't want to be in London much but if I got in then I'd love to do that course.
Gnomad - preferences.... umm... I don't know really. I like doing.. normal student stuff I guess! Pubs... a good theatre!... Just somewhere with lots going on.
Thanks and keep the city references coming!!

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 05:26 PM

How much more Northern? Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are good cities, and good universities. Glasgow feels a much bigger place. Don't try and get a flavour of Edinburgh for a few weeks, as the city is a little mad in August. Fun but mad....


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: R. Padgett
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 07:13 PM

Sheffield has 2 Hallam and the old University, but what do you want to study?

What qualifications? Do you have?

Sheffield is rich in Folk activity and good dance/English/Irish etc live music sessions and a Festival in October

Very active South Riding Folk Network, Stirrings folk mag covers activities Sth Yorks and down to about Worksop up to Leeds/York ish

Sheffield is now virtually smoke free having been a heavy industrial steel City, see Kelham Island industrial museum; has a modern tram system for getting about


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Gray D
Date: 01 Aug 05 - 08:27 PM

If you're in the South West then Cardiff is probably north of you. Lively city, good uni, touch of foreign culture and they've just built a MASSIVE student accomodation block in Adam Street. Vast majority of people English speaking. Not nearly as hardline Welsh as Aberystwyth can be.

If you must go "oop nawth", as I believe they say it, my ex-student colleagues have a lot of good things to say about Leeds e.g. one of the longest student union bars anywhere and a wide choice of venues for going out.

If you went to Keele - near Stoke on Trent - you might meet one of my daughters who should be a first-year there in October . . . A-levels permitting.

Wherever you end up, have fun.

Gray D


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Paul Burke
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 10:15 AM

If it's any help, the Boy Tom has just finished at Sheffield Uni, and decided (for the moment) to settle there, so I suppose he likes it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,DB
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 12:31 PM

When I first left home, about 35 years ago, I move to the North, just to be different, because everybody else seemed to automatically move to London.
The first city I moved to was Liverpool - and I loved it! It was then a city rather down on its luck but it had bags of variety, character and charm (and still does, of course!). The inhabitants of Liverpool, 'Scousers', like to give the impression of being 'hard' (and I certainly wouldn't choose Liverpool as a place to pick a fight!)but I always found them very warmhearted and friendly.
Unfortunately, this first move didn't work out - which was not Liverpool's fault - and I ended up in Manchester.
I've lived in Manchester, now, for 33 years but I've never really warmed to it (can't imagine living anywhere else, though). Mancunians are just as warmhearted as Liverpudlians and I have many Mancunian friends. Its just that I find the city, itself, ugly and depressing.
Liverpool has the Mersey Estuary and the Docks which give it a great sense of freedom and space. It also has many fine and historic buildings which give a sense of history and continuity.
Manchester, on the other hand, has no dramatic features whatsoever and actively seeks out any interesting buildings and tears them down in the name of 'progress'. At the moment skyscrapers are being thrown up all over the city centre - so now we're going to be blessed with absolutely loads of office space (yawn!).


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 01:15 PM

One other thing.
Scotland is banning smoking in all pubs, and other enclosed public spaces, as of spring 2006. Being able to see, and to breathe in a pub will be a nice change.

Edinburgh and Glasgow are good, Aberdeen is grey, cold and depressing, St Andrews remote and strange. Dundee and Stirling are both nice smaller cities, with universties that feel alot more Scottish than some.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Megan L
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 02:29 PM

ach lassie if ye want to goe forieng try here http://www.uhi.ac.uk/academicpartners/orkney.shtm


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Blowzabella
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 04:55 PM

My favourite cities with Unis are: Lancaster, Durham, York, Liverpool - I have to say, though, it's a bit difficult not knowing what sort of subject you are going to be studying....it is kind of integral to you making the decision as to where to go....


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Aug 05 - 06:09 PM

If you're from the west, stick to the west. That's always been my principle, devon, Cornwaal, Cumbria, lancashire, N Staffs, cheshire.plus Argyll, the ZHebrides, Cork, kerry etc. All the places I've lived and worked. never cross the Pennines!
Lancaster, Manchester and Liverpool. and Stoke/Newcsatle-under-Lyme (Keele University and Staffordshire University) are all fabulous cities with universities, loads of music, and surrounded by incredible countryside. Lancaster and Stoke are small. Liverpool and Manchester are big. If you want quick access to the lakes, Scotland and the sea and the sea, pick Lancaster. If you want a quick run down the M5 back home to oo-aar-land, pick Stoke and go to Keele probably. If you want big cosmopolitan happening cities(why not? now is the chance to sample something other than Somerset) go for Liverpool or Manchester. But it's all good.`


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 01:23 PM

if you like flok music you should go to hull uni, hullgot more flok clubs and sessio9ns than anywere else,    and Adelphi is in student area [its a musioc place].


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,ritchie
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 02:18 PM

laura my dear, listen to Jimmy Reeds 'bright lights, big city' great blues song then head on up to Durham and study there ... it's all about the connections you make for after you've graduated but take a little time of to 'see' the bright lights now and again and pay a visit to 'the toon'.

Hey bonny lass enjoy yourself where ever you go and remember to phone home often.

all the best

Ritchie


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 02:38 PM

first - ahem - greg - 'oo-arr-land!?' lol oh Ok oI guess you moight be roight.

Thanks everyone! I should really make it easier for you shouldn't I - I'm going to be doing english literature, or english and drama, or english with theatre studies - something along those lines.
Unfortunately neither Liverpool or Nottingham, which both look like great places, have a course that particularly appeals. :-( But Durham does have a good course....
But all your city profiles are very interesting and Im hearing good things about cities that I'd heard bad things about so - you're being very helpful and thankyou muchly!
:0)

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: greg stephens
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 02:41 PM

I omitted one of the more famous university cities in a previous post. You could do a lot worse than take a look at Oxford. Famous for many things, folk music being one of them. I would strongly recommend the city, and the university, and, to be even more specific, the Queen's College. Situated in the High Street, with a avery convenient bus stop outside the front doo. Famous alumni include the very distingushed Mr Rose, and his not so distinguished drinking and singing buddy
yours sincerely
greg stephens


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 03:42 PM

Yes Greg I could carry on the family tradition couldn't I.

Sir John made a good point actually - I do like 'flok' music so places with some good sessions going on would be good. I guess going to the city where they do the folk degree would be a good one for finding folkie friends my own age! (of course I love all my folkie friends that aren't my own age too :0) )

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,DB
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 05:02 PM

Interesting comment from Greg Stephens. We hear a lot about the 'North/South' divide but I've always believed, like Mr Stephens, that there is also an 'East/West' divide. As an 'Easterner', living in the West, I sometimes feel the need to cross the Pennines, and get back to 'civilisation', myself!


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 03 Aug 05 - 06:04 PM

Laura, Hull has a drama dept over which Jon Godber resides. If you do come here promise me you will use the waste paper bins and be very quiet as you walk down Hardy Street on your way to Pipers. San Remo is the better Kebab shop.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: R. Padgett
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 08:31 AM

Check out Sheffield University, National Centre for English Cultural Studies English dept Folklore etc but tying in to Music Dept at Sheffield University

I believe have honoured the likes of Doc Rowe and Martin Carthy for folk music work

Ray


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Torctgyd
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 09:05 AM

Definitely Newcastle or Sheffield. Both have got two universities; both have excellent countryside around them; both are great cities to be a student in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Emma B
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 11:57 AM

As a resident of the West Side (of the Pennines that is) Sheffield has become a second home and has a thriving music scene and a large student community.
In just a short distance it is possible to access the surrounding countryside and the Peak District is in easy reach - you can even take the "Folk Train"
Also .....some of the best pubs and brews in the North.

Want to know more?......
look up the South Riding Folk Network web site


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 04 Aug 05 - 03:38 PM

What's Reading like? Ok I know it's not north but it's got a really really good course on it.
Also - I always thought Sheffield was supposed to be kind of scary - but it's got lots of good recommendations!! You're opening my eyes! :-)

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Paul Burke
Date: 05 Aug 05 - 11:18 AM

Reading is VERY expensive to live in, along with everywhere else along the M4 corridor. from London to Bristol and a bit beyond. There's always Slough nearby if you're a Betjeman fan.

Sheffield scary? Wait till you've seen Mansfield. You can start walking in Endcliffe Park, near the University, and walk on footpaths, scarcely a stretch of minor road, right to Glossop on the other side of the Peak District.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 05:55 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: greg stephens
Date: 08 Aug 05 - 08:08 PM

In no circumstances sign up for three years in Raeding. If you are trying to escape form the sotujwest, of the places/universities in this thread that I know well, I should think very seriously about Keele(Stoke on Trent), Lancaster, Hull and Oxford.(I appreciate Hull is in the east, which I am against, but it is the home of Sir JOhn from Hull and the Watersons).


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,The Barden of England at work
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 04:22 AM

I'm surprised no-one has mentioned us lot over here in the south-east. If it's a city you're after then what about The University of Kent in Canterbury? There's the Marlowe and Gulbenkian, plenty of folk music in and around the area, and of couse Canterbury itself. You could do worse.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,Santa
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 05:10 AM

My son went to Manchester (from home near Preston) and loved it because of the gigs available. He would certainly argue that you do not need a car there, unlike the comment on an earlier thread. He has one friend who went to Sunderland, another to Stafford, but all are gravitating back to Manchester. It must have something going for it.

Edain (my daughter) went to (and indeed is still at) Durham, and thinks it excellent. Two very different cities....son was astonished at how small Durham was. She did spend a year at San Diego - which I found to be a very nice city - but perhaps that's a digression.

The message seems to be that as long as you avoid anywhere you really wouldn't like (Salford?), then almost anywhere will do, because it is less what the city/university provides than what you choose to take from it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 05:28 AM

"There's no point getting an amazing degree if you're wasting three years of your life living in a place you don't like."

Oh dear... I'm sorry but you are in for a bitter disappointment.... Sooner or later you will HAVE to live in a place you dislike if you want a decent job for decent money. And if you want the decent job then the amazing degree may well not be the determining point. The job market is not really geared towards people who know how to do a particular job, but to those who are flexible enough to go where no-one else will, do what no-one else wants to do and not complain about it.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Paul Burke
Date: 09 Aug 05 - 09:33 AM

"Sooner or later you will HAVE to live in a place you dislike if you want a decent job for decent money"

You can make the trade-off that suits you. It's not compulsory to go for the highest pay, or the most prestigious job. You can choose these things. I'm not sure I made the right trade-off myself, but at least the place is good to be in.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 01:00 AM

Stirling has a rather beautiful campus, with a castle and a lochan on-site. It has great, international, sport facilities.
Stirling is very close to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but cheaper.

Nottingham is a high-crime area; there are also about 8 girls to every boy at the uni, if you are interested in that type of stat.

I also agree with Greg S about Queens Oxford. Queens Cambridge is also v good from my latest reports. I don't like Bristol, it's spread over too many converted 5-bedroom detached dwellings and it hasn't looked after itself. I used to have a soft spot for Bath, but I am not up to date with it now.

Have a great time wherever you choose, but get the work done too. Get it done in a timely fashion and you'll avoid all that stress. Then you can lord it over your mates who are behind with their stuff.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: mooman
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 04:45 AM

Laura,

If you like the course at Reading, take no notice of Greg Stephens (;>)

OK, Reading itself has now become rather expensive as part of the Thames "silicon valley" but its a great social, campus-based university (the whole university is set in parkland a couple of miles south of the city) with a very large number of onsite halls of residence (I recommend Wantage Hall). The English department has a good reputation. There has always been a good folk club there and many others around the city.

Why do I know? Because I spent three excellent years there as an undergraduate and three more part-time there as an externally-based postgraduate.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Torctgyd
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 07:23 AM

Sheffield is no scarier than any other university town or city in Britain. Like any city there are areas that you'd want to avoid but I lived there for ages and never had a problem. Sheffield also has excellent folk clubs and sessions and the university has a vibrant ceilidh society and plenty of excellent musicians to play with and learn from; plus they go to lots of festivals so you're bound to run into some of them if you go to festivals (look for ceilidh soc t-shirts).


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 04:49 PM

thanks everyone you're all being really helpful!! :-)
xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Bunnahabhain
Date: 10 Aug 05 - 07:01 PM

The Sheffield ceilidh soc are had to miss, and good fun. Thy're currently wearing t-shirts with:

Guaranteed


dancing with members of the opposite

sex


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,janey
Date: 11 Aug 05 - 03:44 PM

Well. I say definitely DURHAM! And they do english!
I went to Van Mildert College back in 1989 (seems like yesterday). I am from Hertfordshire originally so I was doing the northern thing. Durham is a great place to be a student; lovely traditional city, good low key student based night life, small enough to feel like you really belong, ermmm near Newcastle and some lovely countryside, cheaper than down south, most the colleges have guaranteed living in accommodation which creates a good collegiate atmosphere. Bad points back then (for me) was the prevelance of "Rahs" from south with loads of money. oh and having to do some work. Most my friends went on to jobs in London and I would certainly reccommend choosing somewhere where you really fancy living cos no doubt as others have said, you will end up where the work is in later days.
Now I am in Manchester and I love it here...but the student life isn't half as cosy. It is a good city with loads going on (you don't need a car at all, but the students do tend to end up in the rougher areas...and there's more liklihood of getting robbed methinks.

Would love to know where you end up. My brother went to Lancaster. Nice Campus and loads of ex students end up settling there so it can't be bad. Near the lakes too.

I had friends at York. Also campus based which i imagine could become a bit restricting.
I would also certainly take a look at Sheffield or Leeds. Both vibrant cities with loads of student life.

good luck!
ps how did les miz go?


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 11 Aug 05 - 04:58 PM

Ok you've persuaded me I am looking at the Sheffield Uni website right now!
Wow Janey you remembered! Les Mis was SO fun and it went really well and got really good reviews and was just brilliant in every way! :0)

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 08:48 AM

Just to let all you Sheffield fans out there know - you have fully converted me and I'm making plans to go and visit Sheffield!! (I looked at Leeds too but wasnt so keen)
So I'll let you know what I think once I've been there
xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,Cod Fiddler
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 11:13 AM

Firstly avoid anything below Hull in the league tables. If you'te going to get good grades go for a red brick Uni with the facilities and funding to provide dynamic teaching and excellent opportunities.

Edinburgh is a really beautiful city and you won't find a better folk scene. Take another look at Leeds. I did Zoology there and loved it. Great university and fabulous and inspiring teaching. A word of warning - my girlfriend at the time did English, which is supposed to be very good, however she felt it was over-subscribed and there was not enough contact time and student support. Things may have changed now. I am currently at Hull and though certain courses are well regarded, from what I have seen of teaching in the Biology department, I would not make it my choice. Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, Warwick, Liverpool, are all good places. I looked round Nottingham when I was in your situation an felt it devoid of much soul. I was probably wrong, but first impressions count for so much. Good Luck

Richard.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 20 Aug 05 - 01:30 PM

And I was wrong about Sheffield being scary too hehe - well, it might be. But statistically it's the safest city in the uk!
Nice One.
I have relatives who live in Leicester so it would make sense to visit Sheffield, Leeds and relatives all at once.

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 07:49 AM

Given the reports in this weeks press, this may be a moot point. Seems there are not enough university places available to those who have gained the desired grades, regardless of location.

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 21 Aug 05 - 09:06 AM

If the aspect of English literature you're interested in is creative writing, have a look at UEA. Their courses have notched up an impressive string of success stories, not least Ian McEwen. (But maybe they're only post-grad courses.)

Keep in mind that whether you like somewhere will be as much to do with you as with the place. Sheffield could indeed be a good bet, but Nottingham and especially Leeds are really humming these days, so give them serious consideration. Similarly Edinburgh, which would make Greg very happy as it's a touch more west than Bristol.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 22 Aug 05 - 07:18 AM

Nobody has mentioned Lincoln. Its a very nice City with a lot going for students. Everybody thinks its flat, until you walk from the high street up to the Cathedral and Castle at the top. That area is very old worldy.
University Link
http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/
Cathedral link
http://www.lincolncathedral.com/
Castle Link
http://www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_midlands/121/lincolncastle.htm

Lincoln is very close to the coast Skegness being probably the most liked seaside resort.

Lots of good folk clubs in Lincolnshire.

It has a lot going for it, if the studies that you want to follow are available.

pm me if you would like more info that might help.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,Sooz sans cookie
Date: 22 Aug 05 - 12:56 PM

1. If you can't be bothered to use the word university you shouldn't be going.
2. University is about education. You choose your subject and then find a course that suits you, assuming you suit the entrance requirements.
3. You get on with it and find the best aspects of the city you find yourself in.
4. All that assuming you can afford it.

You might think I'm a cynical old fart, but I remember when A levels were the most challenging educational achievement going and a university education was special.
For the record, I graduated from Hull University and my daughter from Leeds, both before everything went to a ball of chalk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 22 Aug 05 - 03:48 PM

Well I didn't ask for your opinion on my grammar or my education or my financial situation - I was asking people about cities in the UK. If I need help or advice in any of the other areas I'll ask for it.

Sorry but there's really no need to go all superior on me, if you don't like my question it's easy enough to avoid it!

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 05 - 10:10 PM

Jeeze no wonder they did away with grants.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 23 Aug 05 - 02:17 AM

Here are some more links about Lincoln. I hope they are helpful.

http://www.ukstudentlife.com/Travel/Tours/England/Lincoln.htm#Introduction

This is a nice link that gives you virtual tours of Lincoln Centre
http://www.visitlincolnshire.com/exec/106195

Another useful website
http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/student_life/student_accommodation.shtml


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 23 Aug 05 - 04:00 PM

"Everybody thinks its flat, until you walk from the high street up to the Cathedral and Castle at the top."

Strange enough, I went to Lincoln today with my 2 daughters. What did they want to do. Youve guessed it. Do the walk up the hill. Bloody hell, now I know why I don't do it very often. Steep, it reminds me of that hill darn sarf. Is it called Gold Hill? The one that the hovis advert always showed.

I was hoping that I could see some of the filming going on in the Cathedral, but they had finished last week. What is the name of the film? And who is starring in it?

Anyway it was very pleasant, except for my knees being knackered up now. Oh to be 21 again :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 23 Aug 05 - 07:16 PM

Thanks for the links - I looked on them it looks really good! I've ordered a prospectus which should arrive soon.

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 24 Aug 05 - 01:11 AM

Lets hope they have what you want. I am sure you would like it here in Lincolnshire.

Are you a folkie musician/singer? If so what do you do?


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 10:42 AM

I play flute - and sort of play fiddle. And I do sing a little - if people poke me enough.
Or buy me enough cider! :o)
Lots of nice long miserable songs about murder and unrequited love and... essential for being a 'proper' folkie - incest!!

xLx


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 11:00 AM

Well that sounds par for the course then LOL :-)

Sounds like you enjoy sessions then!


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 11:07 AM

Don't let the VILLAN get you in his clutches my dear...he'll have you on stage at Faldingworth in no time at all.
However, Lincolnshire is a County of opportunity and Lincoln Uni would I am sure suit you fine....but there are other places...Preston Uni is good and the Fylde has a reputation as a "place to be" if you like Folk music...a deserved reputation I must add...Used to live there but moved away some years ago.
Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 11:08 AM

P.S Preston is not such a large place either....not the sort of place you would get lost in like some.


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: The Villan
Date: 25 Aug 05 - 12:18 PM

Not as nice as Lincoln though Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 03:54 AM

If you are at all interested in sport then visit he BUSA web site and take a look at how each Uni did last year. You can also find links to any University Union web site if you go through the individual site for each Uni. They all look much the same in the end ..Lots of bar, slots of drinking and all claim to be the best!

I have spent time at the following universities either studying or working and enjoyed them all. It is what YOU PUT IN that makes it good.

Strathclyde Uni
Glasgow Uni
Edinburgh Uni
Dunfermline College of P.E.
Liverpool Poly (now John Moores Uni)
Birminham Uni
University of Chester
UMIST
Manchester Uni
Liverpool Uni.

Take your pick!


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: GUEST,ritchie sans cookie also
Date: 26 Aug 05 - 12:39 PM

I put my two penny worth in earlier in the month. I liked sooz's comments and your rather brisque reply.

I'm sure you've either read or someone perhaps will have read 'Brer Rabbit' to you, well if so .....Don't go to Durham...go anywhere but don't go to Durham.

When Jonathan, our eldest of two, graduated in English Lit at Durham, Peter Ustinov was the Chancellor (I think that was his title, but I'm not that bright in remembering things...Jonathan must take after his mother.)

At his graduation we met some of his tutors and a very impressionable lot they were ....great day and experience for us humble parents, so where ever you go bonny lass, make your family proud.

and remember ....phone home (you know, I feel this has the makings of a film!!!) ...now who could we get to play the part of ....,

regards

Ritchie [[d(-o-)b]]


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: *Laura*
Date: 19 Oct 05 - 07:41 PM

Ok you Sheffield fans! I went there today!!
Ok - first things first - get up early - leave the house at 6.45. Get to the train station.
Our train is cancelled.
So is our second train.
Ok... if we wait for the third train we'll miss the campus tour!
So - lets drive!!
Hmm... ok... not too bad. Four hour car journey to Sheffield.

I LOVED it! It's great - the university is great, the course is great, the atmosphere is great, the city is great.... all great then.

We leave Sheffield at five. We drive home with only a half-hour break..... and arrive home at MIDNIGHT!
SEVEN HOURS!!!!
IT TOOK US SEVEN HOURS TO DRIVE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bloody M5!!

SEVEN HOURS

But I don't mind cos I loved it! So thanks for recommending it cos I probably wouldn't have even considered it if it wasn't for you Sheffield enthusiasts!!

xLx

...Leeds next week... just pray the bloody trains are in order!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Barb'ry
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 06:54 PM

Leeds is good - daughter 2 there and loving it, plus it has a great folk club.
I went to Brimingham and daughter 1 is there and it is also a really good city for folk music.
DON'T go to Preston - speaking as one who has the misfortune to live near the place, it is a really unpleasant town (city). I know the university is building up its reputation but I really think you'd be stir crazy within days - I've lived here 8 years and there's no hope for me now!!
Good luck with your choices anyway - it's a tough decision to make. Daughter 3 is in the same position as you and is also trailing around the country - maybe you'll bump into each other on some station or other!


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Subject: RE: BS: Info on UK cities
From: Crystal
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 05:44 AM

Sheffield has a good Ceilidh Soc! And a big green and purple alian monster thing.
Of course Laura if you DO go to Sheffield we shall expect you to become president of said ceilidh soc, and run IVFDF! ;-)


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