They are both 'red brick' universities, both want the same AAB from his A Levels, both are welcoming and have similar accommodation styles. The differences are that one is close enough to come home whenever he wants, so close that he doesn't have to live away from home (that's apparently not an option). Some of the university accommodation for first years is affordable but the majority is expensive in comparison to most places. The other one is a couple of hours away from home but the accommodation is quite cheap in comparison to the first one. I've explained to him the expensive accommodation is only for the first year and after that a house share is cheaper and that I'm willing to take him shopping for food whenever necessary which I can't do if he's somewhere two hours from home but at the end of the day the decision is his and if he's two hours away then he's two hours away. The time for independence has arrived and it's scary. My firstborn is 45 mins away at her uni and that's bad enough.
What will be will be and it's the next stage of HIS life. I need to remember that.
So anyway on with the happy days. Today was the final trip and was an accommodation viewing day at the close to home university. This bunting was cheerful and therefore was my happy moment captured