I just go two offers to two of the universities that I was most serious about. Now I can't decide where to go. Semester doesn't start until early March, but because of accommodation offers I have to decide pretty soon where I want to go, and pay accommodation acceptance fees which are non refundable. So I was wondering if some people could give me their advice where to go. I'll just list the attributes of each uni:
University of New England - Armidale: Good graduate satisfaction reviews, affordable housing, town: 20,000 pop, five or six hours north of Sydney but the train is pretty cheap for visiting some family, interesting courses such as criminology and a more practical English. Overall pretty affordable to live
University of Wollongong - Wollongong: Also good grad satisfaction, although I think that UNE is slightly higher, not as affordable, better ranked university, coastal town, Wollongong: 285,000 pop, more subject and lots more unit options. Can get quite hot (negative) and there are cockroaches (I don't like them). Much larger university. About 1 hour south of Sydney and about 3 or so hours north east of Canberra (where my dad lives).
So I can't decide where to go. I could go to "better" universities (I am still enrolled in ANU) but all of them are in places I don't want to live, like Sydney. I really don't want to live in a big city again, I severely dislike living in them, which was why Armidale seemed so appealing, being nice and small. I am worried that it will be too small though, as I have never lived anywhere like that. Wollongong is also a sort of an industrial/surfy type of place, and I am concerned that there won't be many people that I get along with, because I am more sort of liberal arts orientated, and I don't drink or swim. But I think the ocean is pretty.
I plan on leasing a horse while at uni next year, and I would have to travel more to get to the horse in Wollongong, and it will probably cost a bit more for agistment, but I think it will still be affordable.
What do people think? I am completely torn, I'm not really leaning to either one more than the other.