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The country's most popular uni for a reason
University of Nottingham in general
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University of Nottingham in general
Date: 17/05/08, updated on 23/05/09 (460 review reads)
Advantages: Campus life, nearby city, study abroad opportunities, pretigious university
Disadvantages: Student Union bar could be bigger
The University of Nottingham is renowned for its stunning campus which is a major factor as to why this university is so popular. Not only is the campus beautiful with a wealth of flora and fauna including its own woodland, but it also has a tranquil stream and lake which is home to a good deal of wildlife.
On the campus there are 11 halls of residence each of which has its own community and common rooms. After living in a hall of residence you get a sense of belonging. I lived in Hugh Stewart Hall for my first year and loved it. During my time there was a popular bar, nestled in with the willow trees, and was the hub of activity, but this has now, I believe, been changed into a café.
A short walk from the Halls are the academic buildings. The architecture of the buildings adds to the charm of the campus. There are a variety of buildings some from the 60s, the atrium which holds the bookshop, restaurants and student shop has newly been built, but the gem of Nottingham's buildings is without a doubt the Trent Building.
Aside from learning in a beautiful location, the University of Nottingham benefits from it social and sporting activities, there is always something going on to get your teeth into. Nottingham is considered one of the UK's finest universities and is regularly in the top ten universities. I think a major reason for this is the university's encouragement to try different forms of learning. There are many schemes for students to study abroad, and I spent my third year in America which was the climax of my studies. They have a campus in Malaysia and are linked to universities all over the globe. The encouragement to travel and study is, I think, part of the understanding that you don't just learn in a library but you learn through life experiences too.
The university is situated 30 minutes away from Lenton which is where most students live out in their second and third years. Lenton is an area of regular housing but is unlike any normal city living as this area houses predominantly students and so has a great community spirit.
The university has regular transport into Nottingham which is an up and coming city. The history and shopping are well combined to appeal to all. Bars and restaurants are aplenty and allow a welcome break from study.
The University does have a student union bar on campus, but this is very small compared to other unis. This is partly due to each Hall having its own bar, but there may be plans to increase the size of the union. I think the union really needs to be made bigger as it would encourage more performances and more socialising on campus. Each year the summer party is held on the downs - a grassy field which is surrounded by the Halls. The summer party is a great Nottingham tradition as it celebrates the end of exams and has a fantastic festival feeling.
The University of Nottingham continues to be one of the most popular unis as there are often 10 applicants per place - depending on the subject of course.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Nottingham and think that this stunning campus university encourages the right blend of academia and socialising.
Summary: A beautiful university with excellent academic and social opportunities