I am studying abroad to Europe and am trying to decide between the University of East Anglia, University of Kent or University of Manchester. I am looking for an active community with a great night life and affordable traveling! Any information about these universities would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
I grew up in Kent and i now live in Liverpool (right next door to Manchester). Kent is a very beautiful part of the country and Canterbury (where the University is) is a really lovely city. One of the most picturesque in the country. However the night life is fairly limited. Manchester is not a pretty place but it does have a great night life and is cheaper than Kent. As I said before Manchester is also right next to Liverpool which is a much more interesting city to visit architecturally and aesthetically than Manchester and with just as good a night life. So if you decide to go to Manchester you will have 2 great cities at your disposal. There are also 2 big airports. Manchester airport is huge with flights to anywhere in the world. Liverpool is getting very big and has lots of budget flights from there as Ryanair and Easyjet both have bases there. KLM has just started flying from Liverpool too so you can now fly to anywhere in the world (that KLM fly to) from Liverpool.
Kent = beautiful countryside and a lovely old city that feels like you have stepped back in time (in a good way).
Manchester = great night life and airports and is cheaper.
I don't know anything about the University of East Anglia though I am afraid.
If it's lively you're after, I would go for Manchester as first choice - it's certainly on the 'A' list when it comes to bands and nightclubs, and it has really good transport links to the rest of the UK and to Europe, for cheap travelling.
UEA is at Norwich, which is one of those underrated small cities that people don't think of when going through the standard list of cities. It's a characterful place and I'm sure the nightlife would be good, but I'd put it below Manchester mainly because your travel would be slightly hindered by the paucity of good transport, and because it would certainly be a notch lower in the high profile nightlife stakes.
Canterbury is a nice town, but is certainly the quietest of the three.