So I have 2 PhD offers at the moment for Theoretical Physics. Both of them are to work on quantum gravity/strings etc. One is at Liverpool University and the other is at Swansea University. I am not sure how to decide between them. At the moment, I have: Liverpool>Swansea: (i) Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group and Swansea is not (ii) Liverpool is a bigger city so there is probably "more to do" Swansea>Liverpool: (i) Apparently Swansea has the joint third biggest research group in the UK for theoretical physics whereas Liverpool is a bit smaller. This would put Swansea up with Cambridge/Imperial etc in terms of department size (ii) Good location on coast. Lots of outdoors-y stuff to do which I enjoy. Essentially, I wanted to know if anybody had any experience of either of these places (academically or not) and was willing to offer advice. Of course, I would like to hear any advice even if you don't have any direct experience of either. Thanks very much.