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User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 901 times:

Yesterday, delegates from 25 universities visited our school, and I was very interested in the University of Nottingham - very nice looking campus, excellent reputation, etc... can anyone tell me anything more about the city? I am very curious about things like student life, nightlife, cost of living there, etc... everyone told me it would be much cheaper to study there than going to a university in London.

Also, how does it compare against Manchester, Liverpool, London & Leeds in terms of student life?

Thanks in advance!

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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 899 times:

It's the gun crime capital of the UK. But stay in the nicer areas and it is a decent place. Being in the midlands it will have cheaper living costs than in London or the South East. Nightlife will be excellent, as almost any university town will have numerous options and a decent night scene.


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User currently offlineOli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 875 times:

I actually studied in Leicester (which is just down the M1) but experienced Nottingham several times.

Student life in general in that area is very good. You have Nottingham, Loughborough and Leicester all in close proximity, so you'll never get bored!

The nightlife in Nottingham was great! We used to travel accross occasionally with the Boat Club and on our own and participate in pub crawls and the likes. Good bars, from the huge to the small. Night clubs aren't bad either.

As far as price is concerned, I don't really have much to compare it to (as I was raised in the Netherlands) but for a 4 bedroom semi-detached house, we paid 170/month each. I heard stories from friends in London that they were paying 100+/week!! So bargain if you ask me! Food and drink is standard UK prices.
In Pubs and Clubs it depends really, whether you go on student nights or not. I remember paying about £1.50 for pints in the union and dedicated student bars. Clubs more like £3.

London - One of the greatest cities in the world, and full of students. Soo much to do there as there are plenty of Universities. London prices are a killer though. As mentioned earlier, I had friends who were paying £100+ per month just on rent. Drinks etc cost a lot more. When I go out in London (even when crashing Uni events) expect to pay £3+ per drink minimum!

Manchester- My brother studied there and he absolutely loved it! Went to visit him several times and had a good time each time. Found it to be a bit more pricey that Leicester, but hey, it's considered amoungst many as the new London.

Leeds - Visited it only once but had a good time whilst i was there. Apparently it has a good student life too. I would have though it would be much cheaper too, as in general, the rule in the UK is that the further North you go the cheaper things get.

Liverpool - Never visited as a student so can't really help you there. But if it's anything like Manchester, i'm sure it's a blast!

Nottingham isn't that far from London (about 90 mins on train) so if you fancy London for the weekend, it's easily done.

Lastly, I would say that wherever you go, you will have a great time!!! I've spoken to many of my friends who went to Univeristy all over the world (from Brisbane to San Fran to NYC to Port Elizabeth) and each and everyone of them though that theirs was the best!


User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1707 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 868 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
It's the gun crime capital of the UK.

I live in Nottingham and I can assure you that Nottingham is NOT the crime captial. There is far more crime in Manchester, Birmingham and London than there is in Nottingham.

Like all places in England (and I have lived in quite a few of them!) each place has its' good and bad parts. You cannot compare Brixton with Mayfar, or Bournville with Birmingham. Nottingham has some of the most expensive real estate in the country in its' city centre. It is undergoing a huge renovation and there some lovely buildings, a modern transport system, one and a half hours from london, with 33 direct trains per day.

It is centrally located and makes many parts of the Midlands, Wales, North accesible.

I am not from Nottingham, by the way, I am from Burnham On Crouch in Essex, so I am not being patriotic.

Don't let people put you off with saying that Nottingham is not safe, because it is safe and the night life is amazing.



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User currently offlineDemoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 861 times:

Hi,

I lived in Nottingham for 3 years as a student at the University of Nottingham.

It's a great student city, can't fault it. However, for the size of city I have to say it does seem to get more than its fair share of crime. The nightlife is great, although saturday nights in the city centre ain't the nicest of places!

Apart from this, its a great city but I am not from there so it's never going to be my 'home', which I feel is Manchester - where i'm currently at University doing a one year Masters.

If you got anymore questions or anything just gimme a shout, glad to share my experiences.

Mark



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 853 times:

Quoting Raffik (Reply 3):
I live in Nottingham and I can assure you that Nottingham is NOT the crime captial. There is far more crime in Manchester, Birmingham and London than there is in Nottingham.

I said specifically gun crime. And that is only on certain estates dominated by gangs (and drugs).



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User currently offlineZarniwoop From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 843 times:

To be honest most large UK cities (nottingham, birmingham, leeds, manchester, etc) are pretty similar apart from London which is expensive big and smelly (in my opinion).
I grew up in Birmingham and spent 4 years at uni at Nottingham and really enjoyed it. The campus is brilliant, the city is really nice. Lots of shops, pubs, clubs, etc. The local countryside is really nice and it is easy to get to places like buxton if you want to do some nice coutryside walks.
Campus life is great, 14 relatively small halls of residence which all have their own canteen, bar, etc. Campus itself is self contained with all the halls, teaching building, etc with lots of grass, trees and open space.
Just be carefull where you choose to live off campus. I would recomend either close to campus in Dunkirk or on the Beeston side rather than heading into the Lenton area (I was lucky my house on Lenton Boulevard never got broken into!).
I did a masters degree in Electronic Engineering there and the standard of teaching is very high as with all the engineering degrees there.


User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 827 times:

First of all, thanks for all those who have contributed to the thread.

Zarniwoop, If I choose to go to Nottingham, I will probably live on campus. How are the dorms there?

What i've heard here has added to my initial impression that its a great place, and I am seriously considering it over London as it seems to be a great place to study. But, the biggest problem for me is that they require 3 As at A Level for studying law, something that is quite difficult to achieve.

Out of Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London & Leeds, which would you guys say has the best student life?


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 825 times:

Quoting QR332 (Reply 7):
But, the biggest problem for me is that they require 3 As at A Level for studying law, something that is quite difficult to achieve.

TBH, most unis would require similar grades. Law is a popular course in the UK, and the universitys will only take the best.

I hear Leeds is also excellent, as it is a small city, but is very cosmopolitan. It also has 2 universitys, many other academic institutions (art and design, and nursing).



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 815 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 8):
TBH, most unis would require similar grades.

3 A's at A-Level? Have A levels been dumbed down to that extent?



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 815 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
3 A's at A-Level? Have A levels been dumbed down to that extent?

Yep - they're much like an old CSE now  Wink



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User currently offlineDemoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 810 times:

In terms of student life, Manchester and Leeds top the list really, thats not to say the other cities with uni's ain't good, its just Manchester and Leeds have the largest student populations in the UK apparently.

I lived in Uni accomodation for 2 years at Nottingham, alot of it has been rebuilt or refurbished since I started, Broadgate Park is the main self catering accomodation, the building I was in has been demolished and completely rebuilt in the past year so it's of a much better standard.

The halls on the campus itself are generally older, but have all the facilities you need. You can choose to go en-suite or shared bathroom.

Jubilee Campus is a mile from the main university park campus and is where I stayed in my second year, it's only been open a few years and the halls there are of a very good standard.

In my 3rd year I shared a house in Dunkirk with mates, a popular student area right next to campus with everything you need but with less of a dodgy reputation than the main student area, Lenton, up the road.

Mark



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 810 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
3 A's at A-Level? Have A levels been dumbed down to that extent?

A = 80%+, and is the highest grades.

Most students only take 3 (plus general studies), so it is quite a demanding target.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 807 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 12):
A = 80%+, and is the highest grades.

Most students only take 3 (plus general studies), so it is quite a demanding target.

general studies is not a subject.

Its an excuse to doss - well it was in my day. We just used to go down the beach when that was on....



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 800 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 12):
A = 80%+, and is the highest grades.

Most students only take 3 (plus general studies), so it is quite a demanding target.

Well, it was, fifteen years ago and more when only the top 1% ever got an A grade. But nowadays they seem to dish them out like confetti. Or perhaps we're meant to believe that current students are that much brighter than everyone else since the dawn of time.  Yeah sure

That's why the better universities have started to re-introduce entrance exams, because they can't actually tell who's a good student and who isn't, because they've all got the same fantastic grades. When I was at school, the likes of Oxford and Cambridge didn't necessarily insist on 3 A's, because they could actually trust the results.

Worst thing about it is the poor students themselves. They can only do what's in front of them, but imagine getting 3 A's and still not getting a place at university (as has happened several times now) because the colleges haven't got any faith in the results.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 787 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 14):
Well, it was, fifteen years ago and more when only the top 1% ever got an A grade. But nowadays they seem to dish them out like confetti. Or perhaps we're meant to believe that current students are that much brighter than everyone else since the dawn of time.

That's why the better universities have started to re-introduce entrance exams, because they can't actually tell who's a good student and who isn't, because they've all got the same fantastic grades. When I was at school, the likes of Oxford and Cambridge didn't necessarily insist on 3 A's, because they could actually trust the results.

Worst thing about it is the poor students themselves. They can only do what's in front of them, but imagine getting 3 A's and still not getting a place at university (as has happened several times now) because the colleges haven't got any faith in the results.

Exactly - which is why my D's in Art and Psycology and my ungraded in Agricultural Science actually mean something  Wink



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User currently offlineOli80 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 784 times:

Quoting QR332 (Reply 7):
Out of Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool, London & Leeds, which would you guys say has the best student life?

Personally, i'd say out of that list, London or Manchester. Just because they're big (or in Londons case, massive!) cities so there will always be something happening every night of the week.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 776 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 15):
Exactly - which is why my D's in Art and Psycology and my ungraded in Agricultural Science actually mean something

Art, Psychology and Agricultural Science? Plus (it seems) General Studies?

That's four A-Levels in bugger all. Tell me, have you actually got any real qualifications? Big grin



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 775 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 17):
Art, Psychology and Agricultural Science? Plus (it seems) General Studies?

No - we rightly didn't bother doing exams in General Studies - just as well really.

Quoting Banco (Reply 17):
That's four A-Levels in bugger all. Tell me, have you actually got any real qualifications?

Of course not - thats why i'm working in aviation  Wink



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 772 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 18):
Of course not - thats why i'm working in aviation

So, changing the subject completely, how are the losses this year?  Wink



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 746 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
So, changing the subject completely, how are the losses this year?

Well my current clients Delta, Alitalia, Olympic and Northwest seem to be as delighted with my services as my old clients Swissair, Ansett, Transbrasil, Jetsgo and Air Liberte were Big grin



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User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 732 times:

Nottingham is the 2nd worse city to live in the UK.
i lived there for 2 years. Some areas are nice.
the university is nice and big. excpect 40% of your classmates from china.
The city is a lot described in its negative parts and not in its possible
Ahla wa sahla. come here
PS: a friend of mine from Jordan came to Nottingham Uni to do her law masters degree.
Some of the halls are very nice especially silitoe court. Avoid lower broadgate as they are tiny and stinky

[Edited 2006-04-03 23:15:48]


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User currently offlineMANYQB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 721 times:

QR332,
I can't really help you out with nightlife in Nottingham... but from what some of my fellow Law grads and friends said about the Law course there it is excellent. Both Nottingham and Nottingham Trent have good reputations for Law courses and the demand and standard is reflected in the entry grades. Out of the others, Manchester has a very vibrant student culture... it has one of the largest student campuses inn Europe and you should find plenty of nightlife, either in mainstream entertainment or more eclectic/diverse music.
Paul
PS good luck with Law if you choose it.



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User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1707 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 718 times:

Quoting Soups (Reply 21):
Nottingham is the 2nd worse city to live in the UK.

This is from a poll carried out a few years ago. Since then, Nottingham has seen major investment- the city is a lot safer, and there are lots of student orientated Bars, Clubs and eateries. One difference I find, as I grew up in London, is the fact that the people are nice and friendly. They are talkative, and in London, people tend to keep to themselves.

Nottingham is multicultural and vibrant. There are some areas of the city that you wouldn't want to go anywhere near- most famously the St Anne's council estate. However, places like The Park, Southwell, East Bridgford are all considered to be lovely, middle class places that are nice to visit.



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