When applying for uni there are a few cities that stand out, the big places that just seem more appealing. As it happens that one place you could see yourself studying at for the next three years of your life is a lot smaller than you thought, however, there are advantages when it comes to going to uni in a small city. Here are just a few of the little things that make the move to a small city university that little bit brighter.
When it comes to the big city’s everything just does cost a little bit more, it’s not much, but it all adds up when you’re a student. First-year accommodation is going to be expensive no matter where you go, but for on-campus housing, the prices do matter, when living in a big city, you’re going to be paying around £135 a week where as a smaller city is going to cost you around £128. This will be a big difference in the long run. If you want to see this in a way that’s a little easier to get your head around, in Sheffield a grande Caramel Macchiato is £3.50 in Lincoln £3.25.
Picture this. Its 5 to 9, your class starts at 9 AM and you’re still trying to wash last night’s club stamp off your hand (more on this shortly) what are you going to do? Big city goers are frantically sending an apology email to their tutors to let them know they’re going to be late, hoping that for once the bus might show up on time to get them to the class before it finishes. Small city students, have texted a mate to say they’ll be a couple of minutes late and might just make it before the lecturer. With everything no more than a 20min walk from where you are. The most you’re going to miss is them trying to turn on the projector.
There are pro’s and con’s to this, in a small city trains come once an hour and you might have to travel through every rural town possible before you get home, but it’s a good time to catch up on that little bit of work that you’ve been procrastinating the past 3 weeks. The major bonus points about the small city are that you’ll never need to order a taxi, catch a bus, or really even need to bring your car. The routine of getting the taxi driver to do go through the McDonalds drive through is a thing of the past since you’ll be walking past and home before it’s cold.
I’m not going to lie and say that when you see you best mate from back home at yet another gig of the latest big band isn’t going to be annoying, but there’s a few things that you’re going to have that they don’t when it comes to a big night out. In a city where you get only a few fleeting visits from big bands, the whole community will turn up for it, every show will feel like a sellout and it’ll be way more exciting than the half full show you saw on snapchat.
There’s nothing worse than then having some random person grinding against you on your night out, but when you turn around and realise that it’s someone you know, it makes things seem a little less cringe-worthy. You’ll know almost everyone in this city, you’ll never lose your mates again, you’ll just find another one stood at the bar. You ‘ll hear a lot from people about their big night out, but what they won’t understand that for big city students their pub crawl down a busy street in the city centre, is nothing when compared to your entire city rampage, not only that but with most places being free entry and 95% of them offering you low priced drinks your nights going to be cheaper and messier than anything they’ve experienced.
There’s nothing wrong with a big city, but there’s plenty that can be offered from one that’s a little smaller, and the best thing is, with friends scattered all over the place you’re still going to be able to see what it’s like to be a student in the big cities and then get to come back to the sanctuary of small city life.