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I only studied at Northampton for a short period of time, that was a short period of time too long! As I came from Newcastle upon Tyne where we have 2 fantastic universities I used this to compare my experience at Northampton to that which I have had at home when out in Newcastle and sitting through taster sessions at Northumbria and Newcastle. Although I agree this may not give me a full flavour of what university is really about it give me a fair idea of what to expect from a good university.
Never mind, the bottom line is northampton failed to measure up. It had a poor and very small library with hardly any texts, in fact only three or four rows of business texts let alone accounting texts, of which the ones there were out of date. As for the teaching, it was also very poor although there was one brilliant teacher who taught the accounting module, as for the rest expect to learn more about their families or their past and not the program. I found that some of the tutors would quite happily sit and ramble on about their families and not the course or what they expected of you and give you a lecture for not understanding something. I found the teaching quality the biggest factor in my decision to drop out and return to a new university next year.
Northampton has a great nightlife with reasonable but not cheap student nights. Despite this some of the nightclubs are not student friendly with their prices in the region of £2-£2.50 a pint with a £5 door charge. Some of the best pubs in Northampton are Nb's and Crush or Bar Soviet for vodka shots. Avoid the student union at all costs as it is expensive and nothing goes on at all in the union: there are never any bands or quiz nights just one boring dj and his dated cd collection which he adds very little new stuff to.
There are good student halls, however the places are very limited and there is plenty of student accomodation in Northampton which is considerably cheaper than the halls. Although the student shared houses are excellent and spacious some areas of the town dont like students.
I would advise anyone thinking of Northampton to visit before you go because some of the courses are alright but all in all not a fantasic uni.
I found the locals were a bit or very wary of students but young people who were not students were warm and welcoming. All in all they were generally friendly people.
As I have already said I don't rate the university as a brilliant uni but this may be because my home city has two very good universities with more going on. To be completely honest, the people I lived with were the only thing that kept me in Northampton. If I did not like them I would have run the minute I arrived. It is a college that does not even look like a college, trying and failing to run degree programs.
Written by craigmitch on 28th Jan 2008