Belfast or Glasgow?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by hewho, Jun 2, 2023.

  1. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    Uni decision time is rolling around, and I'm dithering picking a firm choice! So, of course, internet friends are the way to go.

    The courses are almost identical, the required grades are similar. If you've got any reasons for liking either city, martial arts related or not, let me know!
  2. Mangosteen

    Mangosteen Hold strong not

    @hewho - are you doing a masters? Which uni will you be attending?

    I live in Glasgow so Glasgow.

    - I live here, IRL MAP meet! Occasionally OG map member Chadderz teaches at my club.
    - it is super green if you live in the west end
    - theres lots of decent clubs: griphouse for very competitive bjj (current multiple belt level world champion shay Montague is teaching and training there), mnbjj if you're in southside, new life for next generation MMA. I train at newlife as they are just incredibly nice people and a very personal gym.
    - the weather is spectacular in summer
    - the sectarian rubbish is less drastic compared to Belfast
    - great transport links in the west end
    - walkable neighbourhoods
    - great cafes
    - Central Glasgow has a very manhattan feel, they filmed Batgirl and Indiana Jones here because its like a grungy new York with all the old finance buildings, tenements and art nouveau
    - incredibly friendly people
    - housing is relatively cheap

    - some parts of the city can feel a little dodgy but I actually find it less dodgy than Leeds. Glasgow has undergone huge social development in recent years and is one of the few places in the UK that everyone will agree that life is better than 20 years ago.
    - we have a litter problem
    - theres a housing bubble because of the students but it depends on your budget.
    - there is sectarian stuff but it plays out in football matches instead of day to day interactions.
    - The weather in winter is wet, dark and grey, rarely snow but definitely depressing.
    - its not Belfast.
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  3. hewho

    hewho Valued Member

    @Mangosteen It's an undergrad degree, but as an old man (late twenties mature student, so ancient to 18 year olds!).

    Thank for that, very helpful :) I've put Glasgow as firm and Belfast as insurance, exams all finished so just waiting on results day. If I end up in Glasgow we'll have to get some sessions in!
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  4. Mangosteen

    Mangosteen Hold strong not

    Definitely get some rounds in!

    Also mature students tend to do better (more focused, determined and better at reaching out for help) than younger students (according to my wife, a previous academic and lecturer.
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