When choosing a university, most people primarily consider the course and the cost, as well as the reputation of the university. Location can also be an important factor, particularly if the student in question wants to stay near home or be near a boyfriend/girlfriend. However, considering whether the school is in a city or on a campus in a less populated area can also be an important part of the decision-making process. There are a number of advantages to going to college in a city.
Living in a city almost certainly means better transport links. You will be able to move around the city itself quickly and easily, but you will also be able to move around the country with the minimum of fuss. This can be a real advantage if you want to travel home on a regular basis. You are also likely to find that you can keep travel costs to a minimum because you will have a choice of travel options and can choose the route that best suits your pocket. You should also find that there is no need for a car, which can save a lot of money.
Living in a city is ideal for those who value their independence. Accommodation options are likely to be much wider than they would be in a smaller town university, which means you don’t necessarily need to live with fellow students. You also have more opportunities to move elsewhere if you aren’t happy with where you are. Living in a city is particularly ideal for those who like their freedom and don’t like everyone around them knowing their business. However, there is still the safety of knowing that there is a base at the university if it is needed.
Wider social life
Without a doubt, there is much more to do in a city, from the point of view of access to sports facilities, the arts, restaurants and night life. Your every interest will almost certainly be catered for. As a result, you will be able to meet a much wider and more diverse set of people, from both within the university and without. This can help develop your communication skills, providing you with excellent experience for your future career. Networking opportunities will also ensure that you have better access to job leads when you come to graduate.
Better job options
Many students need to work their way through college in order to pay for tuition and/or living costs. Job opportunities are naturally much greater in cities because of the volume of businesses available. In smaller places, jobs could be limited to a handful of shops and restaurants. In cities, there is also a greater chance that you will be able to find a job that fits in with your future career plans. Internships are likely to be more widely available too, which will provide you with invaluable experience, networking opportunities and potentially a future job.
Better access to resources
It is easy to presume that, because so much is available on the Internet these days, it is not necessary to be near to libraries, museums and other resources that can be useful for students. However, there are times when it is necessary to see and experience things in reality. In the case of social science degrees, for example, access to people relevant for research purposes is obviously much easier in cities. City universities and colleges may also attract better staff and visiting lecturers, simply because they are easier to reach and are better known.
There are obviously a lot of advantages to going to a university based in a small town, including a lack of distractions to studying. However, depending what you want from your college experience, choosing a city university may just be exactly right for you.