I've been to Scotland, tried Irn Bru, been to the North of England, tried haggis, etc.
But, most importantly, I've visited the four universities I liked the most: Bristol, Durham, St Andrews and Edinburgh (in that order).
I will upload some pictures later this week, with better explanations. But in case somebody doubts, yes, I have made a ranking of them. In my order of preference:
1. Durham: I've fallen in love with Durham, I'm afraid, so everything I'll say about it from now on will be hugely biased.
2. Bristol: The city was a tad big and rather hilly, but the uni was okay and the department of Politics seemed brilliant.
3. St Andrews: The town's okay, the uni is quite good, the IR dept is one of the bests in the UK, but it's very windy and cold, not really big, far from kind of everywhere, a bit expensive and rather posh.
4. Edinburgh: The city is beautiful to do tourism, but I'd never, ever live in Edinburgh, not even if I was paid for it, it's huge, cold, and I found it rather... poor - plus the uni was a really huge one, most buildings not being especially nice, a weak department in Politics and way too expensive to be Scotland, knowing it's a year more than in England.
Even if I don't get free tuition fees, I believe, now more firmly than ever, that England is my place. Scotland has kinda disappointed me. It's beautiful, but I don't think I'd like to live there. It feels "abroad", while England doesn't (if that makes sense at all). Irn Bru and haggis are good, though.
Durham (and I guess all the North East) is rather cheap, believe it or not, a wee cheaper than Barcelona (yes, I have also learned some Scottish words :D). It's not really far away from the South of England (45-minutes-and-£30 flight), it's very near from Scotland (an hour by train), plus you are 20 miles away from one of the biggest cities in England, Newcastle upon Tyne.
I know I may sound a tad crazy wanting so firmly to move up North, but I just liked it so much.
Bristol was really nice, but it's more like a really big city (which I've found out I don't want to live in when at uni). I might manage to live there, but if I can make it, I still prefer a smaller city.
St Andrews felt right, but I'm still not sure.
Edinburgh... I don't even want to speak about it. Seriously, no offence for Edinbourgeois(es), but I didn't feel comfortable enough in the city to live in. Plus I didn't like the uni, and the admission ratio is like 1:40 for my course, so I won't waste one of my choices in a place I know so clearly I don't want to go. 'Edinbra' (yes, I have baptised it that way in my head) will not be my home for the next few years.
So now I have to choose my fifth choice. Bath, Sheffield or York? I'm basically doubting amongst those, though I accept any suggestions (I will send my application on the 8th of October so you may imagine this is quite urgent). My four choices so far are Bristol, Cambridge, Durham and St Andrews (in alphabetical order).