I've applied for college this year to do architecture in DIT and UL, after taking the past year to do a portfolio course. After recently receiving the results of my interview (I somehow managed 100 points in the interview, and I thought I did horrible in the interview, so I was certain I was going to end up doing architecture in UL) and suitability test results for DIT, so I now know the points I have, and they were well above the acceptance level last year. I have also passed the UL portfolio assessment, which now leaves me with the decision on where I plan to begin college in Autumn.
I know that DIT has a good reputation and is accredited while UL is a relatively new course and currently does not have full accreditation, I'm having to weigh up the pros and cons. I've confirmed my place of accommodation in UL, and I'm very attracted to campus itself. Obviously, DIT does not have a campus of such, nor provide accommodation, and therefore accommodation in Dublin is not going to be as easy to avail of. And as I'm sure you're aware, one's living environment has great influence on one's work and also creativity, let alone travelling to and from college in the morning and eveing may also be draining. As well as that, UL is just over an hours journey home, while Dublin is two and a half to three hours journey, on a good day. I find the option of work experience abroad in DIT very appealing, and was disappointed to find out on UL opening day that they do not have such work experience.
So, as you can imagine, I'm having trouble making my final decision, and was hoping would anyone be able to provide any further information or advice that would be of any benefit. I've read all the threads on such discussions before, but this is more specific, so please, any help would be greatly appreciated. I've only two weeks to make up my mind.