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I was not exactly adventurous when I left home in Leicester to go to university in Nottingham. I had considered Sheffield, Leeds, Durham and Manchester, but in the end opted for somewhere nearer to home. I was able to make an informed decision about which university to choose as I had attended open days at all the universities I had applied for. This also meant I got to miss double Maths on Wednesdays while I was at the open days, which was a bonus.In this review I hope to outline some of the main good and bad points about the university, and hopefully give anyone planning to study there an idea of what the university is like.
CAMPUSThe university campus is for me the main selling point of Nottingham University. The campus is segregated from the rest of the city about 3 miles out from the centre, and as a result there is very little traffic indeed. The campus is very lush and green, and definitely in a lot more peaceful location than a lot of the universities I visited. Having said that, you are slightly isolated from the city centre, so it's swings and roundabouts. The campus is dominated by the imposing facade of the Trent Building, which is located next to the tranquil lake. It's especially nice to be able to walk around the lake or even take a boat out onto it.
COURSESWell, pretty much everything you fancy from Arts, Law, Social Sciences, Education, Science, Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine. The university scores consistently highly in league table of teaching, research and funding, and is generally well regarded in all subjects.
ACCOMMODATIONIn the first year you're likely to live in one of the halls of residence located on the campus. A few of them are a bit old and run down, although they are generally well-managed and comfortable. Meals are provided and the standard of cooking is OK. The room I was in was very basic and stark, so you have to make the best of what you've got. Many people living in halls don't venture off the campus for days (or even weeks) on end as everything is provided for you.
In the second year I moved into university flats just outside the campus, near the small town of Beeston. These are very good value, and I really appreciated not working, eating and sleeping in the campus - you need to break away! Most of the flats have 5 bedrooms sharing a bathroom and a kitchen. They are more modern that the halls, and you have more independence as you do your own cooking. The major bonus is that the heating is on all the time and you get a friendly cleaner visiting once a week.After the first year a lot of students rent properties in Nottingham, and the most popular area is Lenton. Dodgy landlords aside, when I lived in Lenton in the third year the accommodation was good. Lenton is about 30 minutes walk from the campus (and it's uphill), so by the end of the year you can crack walnuts between your thighs.
SPORTSI wouldn't really know, but according the prospectus "excellent facilities are provided for indoor and outdoor sports".
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