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Unread 26 May 18, 12:14 PM  
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We did this 2 years ago. The first ones we went to lots of the talks about finance etc. But eventually we realised they were all very similiar. So we focused on the talks about the actual course. Walking around the campus and looking at the accommodation.

We probably spent about 3 hours at Nottingham which is where she ended up going.
Much longer at Newcastle and Edinburgh which were the first two.
thats really helpful, thanks.

Our first open day is Greenwich, end of June, which is DD's current 1st choice. The week after we have Bangor, then nothing until September, when we have Heriot Watt and Edinburgh unis. Aston in Birmingham was on the cards, but that clashes with Bangor dates (and Aston is an easy 1-hour drive from us so we can put that one back until Autumn).
Of the 4 we've scheduled, one we will do round-trip on the day, the other 3 will be an overnight (Travelodge, PI and Air BnB here we come).

DD is really looking forward to these visits, she can't wait to get to uni.
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Unread 26 May 18, 12:25 PM  
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We have Cambridge, Nottingham, Liverpool and Edinburgh booked.
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Unread 26 May 18, 01:19 PM  
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DD is just finishing her final year in Leeds I was saying to her last night its 5 years since we did uni visits where has that time gone? This year she has worked for the uni and is now the student stood doing the talk etc on open days.
We are also in Wales and student finance is different but has changed again since DD started. Due to the fact that partial tuition fees are paid DD ( not sure if this has changed this year) was not entitled to any bursaries in lots of unis that she would of been entitled to otherwise which although understandable has had an impact on her living costs. Also trying to get advice about student finance for her year in industry was difficult as they were only geared up to English students.
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Unread 26 May 18, 01:27 PM  
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DD is just finishing her final year in Leeds I was saying to her last night its 5 years since we did uni visits where has that time gone? This year she has worked for the uni and is now the student stood doing the talk etc on open days.
We are also in Wales and student finance is different but has changed again since DD started. Due to the fact that partial tuition fees are paid DD ( not sure if this has changed this year) was not entitled to any bursaries in lots of unis that she would of been entitled to otherwise which although understandable has had an impact on her living costs. Also trying to get advice about student finance for her year in industry was difficult as they were only geared up to English students.
I haven't looked into it thoroughly yet, but I believe that partial tuition fees are still paid. I hadn't realised that would affect bursaries, as her college has told her to look out for any bursaries, so that is useful to know. It does show that the colleges don't seem to have the full details of student finance in Wales either, so it isn't easy to know exactly how it works.

My DD really likes the look of Leeds but discounted it due to her self-imposed 3 hour distance rule. I felt she should look at Leeds as it was one of her favourite prospectus's. How did your daughter find the travelling, does she drive, or rely on parent's lifts, or has she used the train? Only DH drives, so we feel this may be awkward due to work commitments, and she would need a reliable back up such as trains to come home for holidays etc.
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I go to University of Leeds, albeit a mature student living in Leeds.

Leeds train station is very large and can get you to almost anywhere, depending on your local situation. Theres also a bus directly from the train station to outside Uni for 1 (I think). It is walkable but from train station to Uni its all uphill!

The Uni is situation directly next to Leeds Beckett University as well. theyre both on the edge of the town centre with an easy walk into town or to off campus accommodation in Headingly or Woodhouse. Bus routes for both also available.
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I go to University of Leeds, albeit a mature student living in Leeds.

Leeds train station is very large and can get you to almost anywhere, depending on your local situation. Theres also a bus directly from the train station to outside Uni for 1 (I think). It is walkable but from train station to Uni its all uphill!

The Uni is situation directly next to Leeds Beckett University as well. theyre both on the edge of the town centre with an easy walk into town or to off campus accommodation in Headingly or Woodhouse. Bus routes for both also available.
Thanks ely, I think i will try and get DD to take another look at Leeds, and look at train links there.
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DD has loved Leeds. Travelling has generally been a lift at start and end of the year and train all other times we are in North Wales so journey is just over 2 hrs drive or 3 hrs by train (has to change in Manchester) most of her friends there are from the south and the train is quicker for them than driving. In fact door to door by train there wasnt much difference in the time it took from her Leeds house, home to what it was from her London (placement year ) house, Home.
D D would of been entitled to a bursary due to low income family but many universities would only give it if you paid full tuition fees.
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We are also going to Exeter next weekend and have Birmingham to come (plus Nottingham - her favourite - and Leicester) in June and maybe Lancaster and Sussex in September - but they are "if I don't like..."

She wants to study English with the view of teaching English as a foreign language abroad... IN KOREA!

(Basically wants to go as far away as possible from us oldies - as kids are wont to do)
My son has just finished his first year studying Maths at Exeter its a lovely Uni in a lovely area, (though LOTS of hills) the accommodation is quite spread out, he had uni accommodation that was actually near the train station and a hike up to uni every day,
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