The existing reviews for Middlesex seem very negative so I'm writing this to redress the balance a little bit.
I studied at Middlesex from 2004 to 2007 and I had as very positive experience.
I studied at the Cat Hill campus. It was very easy to get to, with two tube stations nearby and several bus routes going in all directions. The locality was very nice, quiet and peaceful but with shops, food outlets etc. so convenient. The building wasn't terribly modern but was perfectly functional, there was plenty of studio space and good facilities (better than at some of the more prestigious universities I toured) such as wood workshops, print rooms, dark rooms and a brand new really nice digital editing suite. As well as a reasonably well stocked art supplies shop there was an old fashioned refectory and a little coffee shop which were both reasonable priced. My favourite thing about Cat Hill was the little pond on site where you could sit and watch the terrapins and herons on a sunny day!
I lived i halls at the Enfield campus which I believe has since closed so I won't go into too much detail, but the rooms were clean, well organised and had an ensuite bathroom which was a big bonus. There was adequate parking, good security, a gym and a student union bar.
While at Middlesex I met a variety of people from all walks of life and from all over both the UK and the world. I had friends from London, Liverpool, Cumbria, Devon, Birmingham, Scotland, The USA, Japan, Greece, Cyprus, Australia and Egypt.
I found the quality of teaching to be excellent, I had a personal tutor who I stayed with throughout my course who was very helpful and inspiring and always made time to help out or discuss work. The other tutors I came into contact with were all knowledgeable, approachable and helpful. As I was on a course which was largely self directed there was an element of getting out what you put in involved and there are always students who aren't willing to put much in, this is not the fault of the teaching staff!
As part of my degree I had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad which was a wonderful experience and again I met many more interesting people and learnt a lot from this.
One thing I really liked about Middlesex was its inclusiveness. I think its great that people fro the local comprehensives were able to go to uni and were encouraged and supported. Middlesex does a lot of outreach work to schools and colleges in North London to promote higher education amongst people who might not have thought it was a possibility for them, even though they had the ability. This can only be a good thing surely?
My review is in three parts: Students, Campus and Halls
Most students taking Computer related subjects at Middlesex are originally from the London area. A lot of the school leavers seem to have already met each other before the start of the first semester. If they dont already know each other, then they are likely to live within 10 miles, at home with their parents.
This creates an insular community, making it difficult for outsiders to really fit in. Having said that some of the people I met who came from outside London, and some open minded Londoners, became good friends as we immediately had common ground.
Also the London colloquial language used these days is quite impenetrable to someone originally from the West Country. And as a white mature student, it is daunting to be a minority. Im not choosy about ethnicity when it comes to being friends (or anything else) with someone, but I would prefer a more mixed, cosmopolitan environment, like Londons supposed to be.
The biggest disappointment for me is that approximately 95% of the students I spoke to came to Middlesex because they got poor grades. I was disappointed as I tried really hard at college and chose Middlesex because of its vocational courses, not its easy entry.
The general consensus between me and my friends is that we all dislike Middlesex, except most do not dislike it enough to do anything about it.
Middlesex is spread over various campuses (Cat Hill, Enfield, Hendon, Trent Park and New Southgate). When I studied at Hendon, virtually no student union events were held there (except an rnb night called The Pressure Cooker). The student union shut at 7:30pm and music came courtesy of a home stereo. Students could bring in CDs to be played but unless they are bhangra or hip hop then they are not going to be played for long, unless you wait until around 6pm when its less crowded.
The thing about Hendon is that it doesnt feel like a university. Everyone goes home after 7pm.
The halls local to Hendon are: Usher (opposite the campus), Platt and Writtle (near by in Colindale) and Ivy Hall (3 miles away in Cricklewood). I can only speak for Ivy as thats where I lived. The building isnt too bad except there is no common room. The running of it is, quite frankly terrible. There were mouse and cockroach infestations the whole time I was there, regardless of how many complaints were made. When a girl told the caretaker she saw a rat in her room he told her you must be dreaming. When I first arrived, the kitchen cupboard doors were either non existent or hanging off. The fridge doors never shut properly and as a result, the fridges always smelt.
My room was a total disgrace. The curtains were hanging off the rail, the carpets were sticky and stained, the walls were heavily marked and my heating was broken for at least half of winter 2005. Despite all this I did actually like the features of the room, it was a corner room and had 3 windows and was actually quite pleasant, once I got used to the slightly musty smell (couldnt get rid of it no matter what I tried).
I'm in cat hill,the art department.
the facilities are ok but unfortunately the student's level it's really low.
it seems like the get what other university refuse....
It's quite sad but there are really untalented people up there,the way of teaching it's obsolete.
They treat you like a child (and you even do childish stuff)
I went there as I heard that was good (maybe that was the law department not the art one for sure!) so I declined other offers.
I'm going to leave them asap as I'm just waisting my time.
I suggest you look for something else if you are after an art course!
I am currently studying at Middlesex University. I am not impressed! The mentality of the students at the Hendon Campus is wrong. No urgency in their actions. All people seem to do is send each other ringtones. People have distorted ideas about the university because of the name. It sounds decent.Its not. The courses seem diluted, the teachers take free learning to the highest extreme. On certain topics there is no seminar so all you have is a lecture. This is alright if your learning Key Stage 3 P.E but when your doing Accounting for the first time it causes problems I am currently trying to get a transfer to another university, but I'll probably be stuck here. Dont make the mistake I made, look somewhere else. DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE NAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!