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I am a student at the University of Birmingham in my first year of the popular course; Sports and Exercise Sciences. Although it is a difficult university to get in to, there are hundreds of different courses to choose from if you are not accepted on your favoured course. Also, they are quite lenient with grades as I did not achieve the expected marks but still got in... shhh!
So what made Birmingham my number one choice? As soon as I arrived at the open day and got a walk around the campus I knew this was the place for me. Not only is it one of the leading universities in the UK for my course it is a beautiful place to study with its landmark clock tower, luscious all weather pitches and modern redbrick buildings. I felt right at home here and could picture myself studying here for the future.
The Campus is located in Selly Oak, a small town with plenty of student housing and all the essentials to go with it, including countless pubs, fast food chains and supermarkets such as Sainsbury?s, Aldi?s and Tesco express. Bristol Road runs straight through Selly oak alongside the university campus ensuring easy transport. There is also a train station on site which runs to New Street. Birmingham is the only university in the UK to have a train station on site. This proves very helpful for getting around. The student housing around Selly Oak is favoured for 2nd and 3rd years as the majority of students will move into halls of residence for their first year and there are plenty to choose from. Victoria Halls is I Selly oak, meaning you can roll out of bed 15 minutes before lectures and still grab a good seat. There are plenty on the Vale, just a 5 minute walk from campus. These include: Mason, Elgar Court, Shakleton, Maple Bank, Tennis Courts, Pritchatts Park and Ashcroft. I was lucky enough to be in Hunter court; a private hall of residence. There are several of these located within a close proximity of the university such as Douper Hall, The Beeches, Jarrat Hall and IQFive. Although, a bit expensive and slightly farther a field. These accommodations are luxurious, mostly with en suite.
The University of Birmingham comes equipped with some great facilities. Firstly the Guild of Students. There are plenty of things to do inside the guild. There is Joe?s bar, which is ideal for a few drinks with your mates or a couple of games of pool. If you are more of a nightlife person then there is ?Fab n Fresh? on a Saturday night in Joes bar for a few more drinks and music. Those of you who like your food as much as I do there is a subway inside, which has managed to clear out my wallet for most of this term. To counterbalance this you may want to search for a job you can find everything you need in the guild if it?s food from Spar or just a cash machine to dig into that student loan.
If you want time to study your books then there is an astounding library in the centre of Campus with well over a million books and documents to satisfy your fancy. The sheer size of this Library will take your breath away.
Alternatively, there are great sporting opportunities to be had if you lead a very active lifestyle like me. The hundreds of different sports teams cater for everyone. Each club has social events to help you bond with your teammates. The Monroe sports centre on Campus is the centre of Birmingham?s sporting community, providing a fully equipped Gym and swimming pool, basketball and badminton courts and an outdoor 400m running track for athletics events. Birmingham is a very competitive university for sports and is near the top of the league for most sports. So you will be guaranteed to have a great experience representing the university no matter what your sport.
Finally my favourite topic? Nightlife. I love a good night out with my friends from Birmingham down Broad Street for plenty of drinks and good music. Birmingham has loads to offer the keen clubbers. No matter what night you chose to go out you shall not be disappointed. My personal favourite has got to be Gatecrasher! It runs various events throughout the week such as ?Loaded? on a Monday night, playing classic dance anthems and ?Propaganda? on a Friday if you are more of an Indie fan. Occasionally celebrities will come to DJ at propaganda if you are lucky. Recent sets have come from The Mighty Boosh cast and Hot Chip.
Tuesday night why not head to Barracuda for ?Stupid Tuesdays? and enjoy cheap drinks. Wednesday has got to be RISA!!! A great club which will not empty your pockets as most drinks are just £1!! For Thursday nights Oceana is always thriving with the famous ?Vodbull? meaning a single vodka and red bull is just £1.25. This club has several rooms to cater for everyone?s fancy. On the other hand, if you enjoy a bit of cheesy 80?s music then Reflex is the place for you.
I would HIGHLY recommend Birmingham University for upcoming undergraduates. The opportunities are endless and make sure u make the most of Freshers week? Best time of my life!