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The Accommodation provided at the Halls of Residence was fine and cheap. It did the job and was really close to campus, it had laundry facilities in the center and your very own cleaner. When I moved out, I moved closer to the town centre to a house recommend by an approved landlord. I have graduated now and the house was cheap but suited me fine whilst being a student.
There are plenty of IT facilities, lots of computers in the Octagon building and plenty of edit suites in the main rooms. The library was great, quite a lot of DVD's which were being added too. Some "World Cinema" DVD's too so it was good to see something a little different. There were also lot's of books about Cinematography, Lighting etc so perfect when writing my dissertation.
The nightlife is fairly quiet but it is a little town so don't expect super clubs and raves! But lots of nice little pubs serving proper CIDER! There are plenty of shops and Stoke wasn't too far away and Manchester was a little further. Again it is not a city centre, so don't expect everything.
There are quite a few good societies, Rugby, Netball for the ladies etc. It's a small campus but there is enough to do. The sports facilities include a Gym and Astro Turf for Hockey and 5 a side football, it's enough really and they're all quite cheap, good old student discount. The student union has a little Bar, not many ladies but it's alright because I knew it was a faculty of computing when I went there. But Hanley is close by and if you are after ladies then go out there.
As far as teaching goes I learnt quickly it is what you make of it. The lecturers do know their stuff but you do have to ask questions to get better information. They won't spoon feed you the information, but will point you in the right direction. The course was great really, plenty of cameras, HD available, lots of cameras and equipment, great providing you book early, just don't leave it until the last minute. There is loads of equipment, fantastic studio and compared to my friends at other universities, it was a hell of a lot better.
It prepared me for the world of work, but because of how tough the industry is to get into they can't get everyone a placement. You have to work for it yourself. I managed to get a place at the BBC over one summer, I've graduated and got a position as a Jr Editor. Now I've got another job, 5 months later at a T.V channel and I look back and I think that it was great.
The exposure that I gained from helping and volunteering in my spare time really paid off. I worked weekends and I was able to help in evenings etc. It was well worth it really. Just don't expect to turn up to the lectures and think you will be great because they set the foundations for you to build your own learning upon.
Written by williscoping on 22nd Oct 2008