I’ve been thinking about the same thing!
I see fb groups for admitted/incoming students of past years, but nothing for 2020 yet. For what it’s worth I think it’s probably set up by the faculty because all of the pay groups look very consistent in formatting/presentation.
Hello all! So i have a dilemma. I've gotten into both UVic and UofA and I'm still slightly undecided, although I will say I am about 85% for UofA at this point. I just want to make sure I am making the right decision, as you all know it's a big one.
Background: I have spent the last two years working full time out of the country. I did my undergrad at UBC, but I'm not from there. I've never lived in Alberta and actually have never been to Edmonton. I'm very left-leaning. Whichever one I choose my long-time partner will be moving with me so his job prospects also need to be taken into account.This also means I don't really want to live in student housing so that doesn't take into account.
This is a big one. When I was doing my undergrad at UBC it was hell to find decent apartments in Vancouver and get by, and that's the main reason why I didn't apply to UBC. I am worried that Victoria is just a *less* expensive Vancouver and looking at rent prices it kind of seems like that. One day I would like to own a home as well. Also, I worry that job prospects post graduation in Victoria are low and that most grads end up in Vancouver, which honestly I don't want to happen. UVic tuition is lower than UofA which is a plus, but not sure what the bursary/scholarships are really like for either.
2. Post-grad job prospects and hands-on learning:
I really like Uvic's co-op program but also have heard really good things about UofA's career services. (?) I also think that Edmonton, being a larger city would have more job prospects especially if I end up going into immigration.
One thing I've heard about Uvic is that the class is generally very friendly/non-competitive and class sizes are smaller. This really appeals to me although I've also heard similar things about U of A being friendly, although their class sizes are bigger it seems.
Finally, the thought of moving to a new city with a completely fresh start in Edmonton REALLY appeals to me. I have some not-so-great memories on the west coast so thats also a smaller contributing factor.
Thoughts? It would be really helpful to hear from current students of both!