Moving to university is one of the biggest transformations a person could experience, so moving to the right place is very important. In the UK, universities generally range from city campuses to country or on-campus establishments. Choosing the right place to go to is arguably just as important as choosing the right degree, because after all it is the environment that you will be spending many years in and it needs to be perfect.
The pros and cons of country of campus universities
For the individual who wants everything they need in one place – the libraries, the housing, the shops and the nightlife, campus universities are ideal. They have more of an inclusive atmosphere because there are so many more people around the campus, so there is always something to do. However, living on campus universities can sometimes feel like living in a ‘bubble’ – because there is everything you need on campus, you can spend your entire time there. Also, many campus universities are quite far away from larger cities and towns, which can be problematic, especially in terms of travelling to towns for nights out.
The pros and cons of city universities
City universities are often much more sprawled out; different aspects of the establishment can be placed around the city, which can be problematic if you have a busy schedule. Also, accommodation is often further away from the lecture theatres and seminar rooms, although some cities universities do have on-campus living. However, living in a city is always exciting – there is always something to do in every sphere of social life; from the nightlife to daytime art galleries and museums. City universities also attract more musicians then campus ones, which is an advantage for music enthusiasts. Cities are also better for the nightlife; it is often more diverse so there is usually something for everyone.
Both campus and city universities have their strengths and weaknesses; campus universities are great for the typical university experience, but city universities can be really diverse. But overall, it is really important to choose the environment you think you will best thrive in.
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