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I got into Nottingham University as my insurance choice after missing out on the grades to go to Loughborough. I am doing Management Studies at the Universities Jubilee campus and am staying at the self catered Broadgate Park, just outside the university.
I chose Nottingham University as two of my six UCAS choices as I loved the campus. Although quite large and slightly intimidating at first, finding your way round the campus will soon become second nature to you and it's a very nice campus with plenty of greenery and a lake, near the north entrance.
The people who go to Nottingham vary, as you'd expect however there is no doubt a large number of public school students. As a consequence there are quite a few snobby students, who attach a high self-importance to themselves. There is also a large Asian community due to Nottingham having campuses in Malaysia and China. These students as you'd expect like to stick together amongst themselves.
The location of Nottingham University is pretty good. It's a nice campus University and has enough within the campus to occupy your time here. However the main city centre is only a £2.70 return trip on the bus away. Nights out in the city will be slightly more expensive though, with taxi fares to consider. Costs in general are quite high with a self catered hall in Nottingham costing the same as catered halls in many other Universities.
Now to the course. Management studies at Nottingham is highly regarded and is consistently in the top 10, top 6 even, in most newspaper league tables. The fifty minute lectures will often contain up to 400 people and basically consist of a lecturer going through a series of slides, which can be hard to follow with people walking in and out throughout. Tutorials are better, though a lot of the work is left up to yourself, with extensive reading lists. The business library is quite well run, though many of the books on reading lists are always out on loan within hours of the reading lists being given out.
Other things to mention include the sports centre, which includes a mandatory minimum payment of £65 if you want to use the facilities. There are many clubs and societies, though some are better well run than others. The Student Union isn't as active as other universities, though they do do good deals on tickets for places in town.
Overall, the general impression I get of the University is that it is going downhill. The students in their final years of their degree seem to take this viewpoint and don't seem too disappointed to be leaving soon. However my own personal opinion of the University is quite positive. University life at Nottingham is pretty carefree and I can see why it's high up the student satisfaction table, as everyone is cruising around in second gear. Whether it'll offer me the "best time of my life", is yet to be seen..
Written by Artist365 on 19th Oct 2007