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Best three years of my life
University of Nottingham in general
Member Name: sarahjane87
University of Nottingham in general
Advantages: The friends, the people, the landscape...
I graduated from the University of Nottingham this summer (July 2008) with a 2:1 in Law, and I can say without a doubt it was the best three years of my life. Everyone hears the cliches about University life being the best you'll ever have, and I took it with a pinch of salt, but Nottingham has certainly changed my mind on that one.
I don't know how much can actually be attributed to the University itself, but my confidence has grown beyond belief, I've learnt to be independent and I've gained a qualification from a University that's top 10 in my subject.
Above and beyond this, however, are the friendships I've made. The people I've met, lived with, spent hour upon hour with, laughed and cried with are honestly people I can say I'll be friends with for the rest of my life. And I do think that's got a lot to do with the University's selection process. I've never met such a wide variety of people - different backgrounds, different cultures, different interests and upbringings, but there's something about being in the same situation and going through the same things that just creates a bond between you.
The University itself is absolutely stunning - it's set in acres of gorgeous, gorgeous landscaped surroundings and this was honestly what set Nottingham apart from all my other choices during the visit days - it was such a beautiful place, and I could really imagine myself living there. Yes, the city does have a reputation as being the gun capital of the UK, but you really don't see a lot of that when you're on campus, and as long as you're careful and sensible around town, particularly at night, then I really do think the reputation is a little bit exaggerated.
Aside from this, the teaching is top class, the staff really seem to care (which I found out when I was having doubts about my course) and the facilities are moe than you could ever need. There are somewhere around 12-14 catered halls on campus, and every one of them definitely has its advantages. They'll make you feel incredibly welcome, with lots of freshers week events to allow you to make friends. I was in Lenton and Wortley Hall during my first year, and they'd actually arranged the rooms so that we were grouped together by interest (such as those who played a musical instrument) - it really helps when you have a starting factor in common! There aer also a number of self-catered halls off campus for first years, but that does more than double your commute to lectures, and a lot of people I knew said their halls didn't quite have the community feel that the on-campus catered halls had. They did, however, have the freedom to cook the food they liked when they liked, rather than queuing up for sometimes questionable hall food!
In conclusion I'd have to say that if anyone's even remotely hesitant when considering Nottingham as a University, I really would urge you not to be, as you'll have the time of your life.
Summary: Absolutely loved it.
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