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University of Nottingham in general
Member Name: taker4376
University of Nottingham in general
Advantages: Great Facilities and Courses
Disadvantages: Nottingham crime rates
I am just about to enter my final undergraduate year at Nottingham university. I had originally meant to go to Kings College London but due to illness and home sickness I took a gap year and decided to go to Nottingham instead. And there has not been one moment that I have regretted this decision.
Nottingham has recieved an enormous amount of bad press. Its high gun crime and burglary rates are well publicised. But you will find none of this at Nottingham university! That is what is so great about going to unversity with a campus. The main campus is situated outside the city centre just off the ring road, between Lenton and Beeston. This is a perfect location. There is plenty of convenient and easy public transport links into the city centre. Its near residential areas and so easy for students looking to live out in their 2nd and 3rd years and right next to the Queens Medical Centre and so perfect for nurses and doctors.
The campus itself is large, green and hilly. It has a picturesque lake near the north entrance and many large green areas to relax or play on a warms summer day. I dont think i've ever been on to campus without seeing a squirrel which is fantastic lol. There are also loads and loads of magpies around which is great if you're superstitious ;) There are absolutely beautiful buildings on site including the Trent and Portland building. The Portland building houses the Student Union. The library is called Hallward library and is just undergoing a renevation so will be all new and shiny soon. It has 4 floors in total with thousands of books and is accessible only with a swipe card. It has photocopying, computers, internet cafe, micro-film viewers and everything you would expect from a library. Dont ever be late handing in a short loan book though as the fines are hefty.
There is a brand new bar and nightclub on campus. They're not huge but they have a great atmosphere. Of course all prices are reasonable as its for students. There are many cafes spread out around the place and most halls of residences have their own bar. The fitness centre and sports centre are open to everyone if you pay the joining fees although they aernt cheap. However I absolutely love the fitness centre and dont mind paying for it. Its got everyhting you want from a gym, you can also hire headsets so you can listen to music or the t.v.s if you havent got your own music. People of all ages and sizes can be found in the gym which proves there is a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
I cant tell you much about the halls of residences on campus as I was never in one of them. There are quite a few scattered around all of them catered. You are given a dining card so that you dont have to return to your halls during the day for lunch. There are set meal times but I'm told they are quite open and happy to accomodate difficult eating arrangements or needs.
I was in an off campus accomodation called Broadgate Park which is literally 2 minute walk on the West of the campus. Its located in Beeston, 5 minutes from a massive Sainsburys. I was in a flat with 5 others with a shared kitchen but ensuite facilities. You really do get what you pay for on Broadgate Park. I loved my flat but I paid the higher prices. If you dont then the quality drops a lot. There are other off campus accomodation at St. Peters court and Raleigh Park which are also self-catered. These are further from the university located nearer to Lenton and could take up to 20 mins to walk to the unviersity from here.
There is a doctors and dentists on site. All students are expected to register with the health service. Which is convenient especially when NHS dentists are so hard to come by. There is a boots pharmacy right next to the doctors and a boots is also located in the Portland building. The university counseling service can be found in the Trent building and they offer a number of courses to help with any problems you may have as well as one to one sessions.
There is a careers service also located in the Portland building with a good careers library and plenty of information to try and guide you. The Portland building also has an insurance agency, a travel agency, a Blackwells bookshop, hairdressers, HSBC and a Nat West.
There is a great student support system for anyone with disabilities or problems. They will make arrangements for note takers, library browsers, transport and DSA or anything else they can think of to help you. This is located in the Portland building too.
There is a wide range of courses that are available for you to take. From Ancient History to Medicine to Engineering. Nottingham is one of the top universities in the country. The student population is extremely diverse, all races and ages study there. There is a course for everyone. There are also hundreds of different societies to join, all of which can be find promoting themselves at the annual freshers fayre when you arrive. This includes an active theatre company who perform at the unviersities lakeside theatre.
Nottingham City also greatly caters for the student population there are great deals around in town for money off and the bars and clubs have special nights for just university students.
I have greatly enjoyed my first two years here and am looking forward to embarking on my third year. I think Nottingham is a great campus university with fantastic facilities and a beautiful setting. I would definately recommend any perspective student to go and look around the campus and think about studying at Nottingham University.
Summary: One of the top uni's in the country for a reason!