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was just looking some possible uni choices and just wondered if anyone here has been to Durham.
What's it like?
probably full of bitter Oxbridge rejects
dull though it is near Newcastle
as high as possible.
that cathedral, and thinks it's very nice indeed.
it's redeemed partially through harry potter, but only partially.
Guildford cathedral is better
I've never heard of it...
(that was for History - I don't know if it's the same for others).
It's madness, completely, I know loads of people who got into Oxbridge with a couple or none at all.
And you can tell they've rejected you cos of your GCSEs because they reject you at the beginning of January, and quite obviously haven't bothered to consider anything else.
first i've heard of it :( Though I applied for Natural Sciences (just do biology now).
Sorry kiddo. Come up and sleep on my floor.
Or anywhere for that matter. I've declared myself too good for the education system.
guess i'll be fine then...
Well... errr... what do you want to know?
Durham city is lovely and pretty.
Music scene wise, there's not much going on. The vast majority of the club mostly play cheese. There's a couple of indie nights in some of the clubs, and only one club that could call itself an 'indie club' through and through (Fishtank, its awesome).
Student bars are cheap and plentiful. Other bars and pubs are plentiful but not so cheap (but million times awesome)
You don't need a car, everythings in walking distance
Newcastle is but 15 minutes on the train (albeit the ill-timed trains for gigs and such).
Student life is peachy. Lots of cool societies and groups, and lots of nice people (but also a lot of annoying rah-ish types).
People say there's a real town vs gown conflict, but I've never had a problem and I don't think you will, unless you're prone to being a loud-mouthed prick when drunk and end up throwing up on somebody's front garden whilst singing your college anthem that everyone else forgot after freshers week.
Living expenses, well, that'll depend on which college you go to, and to be honest, I don't know. Living in a house outside of college you'll be paying anything between £45 and £80 a week. Supermarkets, there's Waitrose in city centre, Tescos a bit far out, and ASDA even further out.
Pretty much everyone you will meet will have been rejected from either Oxford or Cambridge (me included *sniff*)
Thanks a lot. How'd you know which college to join? I looked at a few and nothing seemed to really distinguish them.
and is Newcastle that good for gigs?
1) There isn't really anything to distiguish them apart from the following:
a) The 'hill colleges' (grey, collingwood, Trevelyan, Van Mildert, Aidan's, Mary's, and Bulter) are all much newer than the rest of them (the 'Bailey Colleges'), and so are more spacious. However, they are further out of the centre of town (especially Aidans and Bulter).
b) Hild & Bede is, again, bigger than the bailey colleges but further out of town. It also wins all the sport, so if you're sporty, go there.
c) St Cuthberts isn't a college, its a society, which means you don't automatically get college rooms in your first year - all the rest you do. (though cuth's has a great bar).
d) the bailey colleges are all pretty small, and old. But then, they're right in the centre of town. However, the science site (+ geography) isn't, so the hill colleges are actually closer to it.
e) don't choose hatfield, because people will hate you irrationally, as it has a reputation for being full of rahs. This is of course bollocks, but bollocks that is propagated by college myth.
f) Bulter is self catering, all the rest are catered.
To be honest, it doesn't matter which college you go to. They're all pretty much the same.
As for newcastle being good for gigs... well... compared to Durham, its amazing. Compared to, say, Manchester or Leeds, it isn't, simply because a lot of touring bands can't be arsed to travel up to Newcastle. But that's ok, you get the big cool bands coming up (or down, had B&S a while back).
Ahh PM us if you need to know owt more.
you're probably right, to be honest. I've had a frickin ace time, looking back, but probably would choose a bigger city if I could again. I mean, Newcastle's pretty ace if you want a uni in the NE.
Used to be the second worst club in Europe, until the worst one burned down. I nearly went in once for a laugh, but couldn't get past the paramedics scraping some poor sod off the pavement.
And that was only because the doormen made the FHM guys pay to get in.
That said, it IS a hole.
Are you saying that if you could rewind time then you'd choose to never meet me?? :-(
Fair enough, I s'pose... Personally, I guess it might have been nice to be somewhere more attractive to bands, but I've got the rest of my life to live in soulless cities. I tell you what I would change though, and that's the degree - why did I waste 3 years of my life on something so dull?
Nahh. Of course, I've had the most brilliant of times in Durham, and made some awesome friends (I love you guys), and I wouldn't swap the time I've had (and having) at Durham for anything.
But, then again, having said that, our friends and us, we haven't really "broken the bubble" much, we still go partying in Klute and go to college formals and stuff. Its not for everyone, and I'm glad I have the chance (and willingness) to do different things and see different people every so often.
If I'm being *really* honest, I wouldn't change anything, except maybe being in a place where more things happen. If I could take all my friends there, it'd be ace. But like I said, I've had a great time here.
Meh. Uni's what you make of it, I guess. I can't sit here and say "You'll have a fantastic time here" or "you'll have a shit time there". Its just not possible.
However! If it sounds like the place you might like, then it probably will be.
well, apart from when i went to university in the vastly superior city of newcastle.
records shops - there's only a small hmv.
bars - lots of chain pubs/bars and a few really nice 'proper' pubs as well as the fishtank where sometimes grubby punk bands play their exciting grubby music.
regular shopping - crap.
there is a bit of student vs locals vibe because a lot of the locals seem to think that the students are all posh wanker who look down on the locals as scum bags.
a lot of the locals are scum.
a lot of the students are posh wankers.
some of each are actually okay.
it's really not as pretty and touristy as people will tell you it is. mainly because theres NOTHING here to see or do apart from stare at the cathedral.
klute - despite what anyone tells you CANNOT be enjoyed in ANY way not even 'ironically' it really is really fucking shit.
for gigs if you don't like the old school punk that inexplicably thrives in these parts you have to go to newcastle. getting home from those gigs means;
a) on a weekday, getting the quarter to 11 train home
b) on a saturday, the last train is ten to 10 so you have to wait until the night bus begins at quarter past 12
c) on a sunday, find a mate with a car and take him with you because you aren't getting home without a lift.
d) any day, expensive taxis.
do seem to really enjoy it and they're about as far removed from the durham rah gitboy student stereotype as you can get.
although most of them are local anyway.
i knew a girl who came from middlesbrough and her flatmates in halls treated her as if she was some kind of servant and the girl i know who came from london apparently had a miserable time until she met her boyfriend because she felt so excluded by the rahs.
but i've never been to the uni so i wouldn't know about them.
Except for that thing you said about Klute. I've had some cracking nights, pissed off my tits, screaming at full lung volume the rap in the middle of Spice Girls' "Wannabe". Not even ironically.
he loves it, raves all the time about the nightlife - the college bars are good apparently, and theres enough clubs to keep you sane inbetween trips to newcastle.