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Nottingham Uni is Great :)
University of Nottingham in general
Member Name: 19lou85
University of Nottingham in general
Date: 18/02/08, updated on 18/02/08 (1054 review reads)
Advantages: Stunning Campus, Great Facilities, Great nightlife.
Disadvantages: Can be expensive to live in student housing and crime can be an issue for some
Personally I think that Nottingham University is great. Here is why:
Campus: The campus is gorgeous! It spans abour 300 acres, has large areas of open green space (where they hold a music festical every summer after exams), botanical gardens and a large park complete with boating lake. Its a great place to live in your first year and a great place to study for the entire length of your course. There is none of the dreariness found in city campuses and its great having everything in one place. If you have lectures in one of the other campuses then there are free buses put on so there is no problem getting there. The campus is only a ten minute bus ride from town, so you are still close enough to everything to have a good time!
Student Housing: There is an abundance of student housing in Nottingham. Rent ranges from £50 to £80 a week depending on where you live and how big your house is.
There are 3 main areas that students usually choose to live in. The first is Lenton. About halfway between uni and the city centre (about 20 mins walk) its the perfect place to live. The place is full of students so there are lots of bars, talkeaways, gyms, and there is even a small cinema! Its quite lively, but if you are after a 'work hard party hard' lifestyle then this is the place to go. Its fairly expensive to live here (about £70 per week is average) but its prime location.
The next place in Dunkirk. This is right next to uni, so if you have issues getting out of bed in the morning this is the place for you! The average rent is around £55-60 per week so its cheaper than lenton, but there isn't really much to do. There are no supermarkets, bars etc. so you will spend a lot more money on t axis and buses into town.
The last place in Beeston. This is where to live if you want a quiet life. Its a small suburb on nottingham with its own little town cente. Its got more charity shops per person than any other part of the country! There are loads of nice pubs and plenty of shops to do your shopping. Its on the whole a lot more chilled out than lenton.
Crime: this may put some people off coming to uni. Stats say there is the highest level of burglary here. You can't really argue with that. I hd my room broken into while I was in halls, but as your rent in the first year covers insurance, I got a new computer straight away and the campus security fixed my window and all was fine. I've not had any trouble since moving into private accomodation and I'm in my fourth year now!
The Students Union: This is mainly all situtated in the Portland building on campus. There are two main student bars here, Mooch and The Venue. The Venue is where club nights, live music and stand up comedy all take place. Its where the Ark used to be for all those who knew Nottingham well a few years ago! Mooch is a chilled out bar with comfy sofas, pool tables and cheap tasty food. Also situated in the portland building is an Endsleigh Insurance Shop, Student Radio, Print Shop, Hairdressers, Chapel, Record Library, and most of the societies have a base here.
The Sports Centre: The sports centre is great while you are living on campus as its so close and the facilities are great. The only downside is that it can be quite expensive. Once you have moved away from campus, its quite easy to find local sports centre that cost a lot less money to use.
I can't really think of anything else to talk about now! I really like it here. Its got a really nice atmosphere, the study facilities are great for my chemical engineering (can't really comment on other courses), and the town inself is great. If you get the chance to attend an open day I would really recommend it, that way you can make up our own mind. :)
And as Hillcrestan has commented, Nottingham has a great music scene. Rock City is one of the best 'non arena' venues I've been to and there are a whole host of smaller venues that cater for small and local bands. Check out Captain Dangerous (an up and coming local band) on www.myspace.com/captaindangerous. :) Great Stuff
Summary: Great place to live and work. Visit an open day to check it out for yourself!
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