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Fantastic place to go
University of Nottingham in general
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University of Nottingham in general
Advantages: city, people, course, nightlife
Disadvantages: my time there had to end
* The Campus:
Having visited a number of campuses, I would say Nottingham definitely is the most beautiful. It is definitely the greenest, and it has a stunning lake in the centre (complete with swans, ducks and boats) and the Millenium Gardens are a beautiful place to walk around. As well as buildings for lectures, there are bars, eateries, Blackwell's bookshop, Boots, a Student Union shop and even a hairdressers. The Lakeside Arts Centre is the perfect place to take the parents for a bite to eat and to see a showcase of local artistic talent, and there is a fantastic sports centre complete with swimming pool and several tennis courts (though be warned the joining fees are extortionate!).
* The Courses:
Obviously I only took the one course (Classics), but I cannot rate the teaching high enough. The lecturers are friendly and extremely helpful, and genuinely interested in your opinions (which makes a nice change from school!). Nottingham offers a wide range of courses, although it is particularly science based (and consequently facilities tend to favour these subjects). Unfortunately a lot of the courses get over-subscribed, on the day you sign up for modules I would recommend getting up early to avoid disappointment!
* The Societies:
Nottingham Uni has a huge range of clubs and societies to join to keep any student occupied. There are the usual sports clubs, political, religious and course-related societies, and the more unusual clubs, such as Hide N' Soc (a club solely devoted to playing games like Tig and Manhunt that you used to love as a kid) or Cocksoc (the unfortunately named Cocktail making club).
* The Nightlife:
Nottingham boasts more bars per square mile than anywhere else in the UK, which means a great range of bars and clubs to suit all tastes. For the more up-market there is Coco Lounge and Tantra, for the alternative crowd there is the indie hotspot the Bodega and the Cookie Club, and for those looking for a cheap and cheerful night out there is Ocean and Oceana. If you're too lazy to leave campus, the Uni has a range of entertainment available. There is the New Theatre (the Uks only entirely student run theatre), Mooch (the staple bar) and Campus 14 (the famed bar crawl around all 14 bars on campus).
Nottingham doesn't have the best reputation concerning crime - in my third year I was two blocks down from the most robbed street in the UK (Kimbolton Ave) and the cash machine most likely to get mugged outside of (next to the Savoy cinema). But I must say, in my three years not one incident happened to me - of course you hear about things happening, but providing you always lock doors and windows, and make sure you don't walk around late at night on your own, Nottingham isn't that dangerous!
* The City:
The city centre is a fantastic place for shopping, eating out and generally having fun. There are a number of galleries and museums dotted around, Nottingham Castle (for Robin Hood enthusiasts), parks such as Wollaston Hall and the oldest pub in Britain!
Summary: A great place to go, you will have the best time of your life!
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