Location: Nottingham, UK
Size: 25,000 Undergrads.
Percent women: 51%
Tuition fees: £9,000/year, plus living costs and rent which vary according to accomodation chosen.
Most popular courses:Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Pharmacology & Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Law and Physics.
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, courses, study abroad and grades, visit the University of Nottingham's website at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/in...
Why Choose Nottingham?
“Ultimately it was the Open Day that sold me, our campus must be one of the nicest in the country.”
“When I came on an open day to Nottingham I just loved it. The campuses were so green and pretty and I was told that the nightlife was very good and it definitely is!”
“A good balance - Russell Group and academically acclaimed but also known for having a good social life and lots to do!”
“I chose Nottingham because it was a campus university that was also really close to the city centre. The campus was really pretty because of the hills and greenery compared to other dull university landscapes.”
“The University has an incredibly good reputation for both its education and also its careers support. Whilst I’ve been here it’s been named the Best University for Graduate Employers in the country!”
“I love that this is a campus university and a little community, but that we're also really close to the city centre for nights out and shopping.”
“It feels like Nottingham is constantly trying to improve your chances as a graduate - constant emails from the careers centre”
“Every student at Nottingham has to try out the Campus 14 - basically a bar crawl of the Hall’s bars on University Park. It’s good fun and a great chance to see all the different Halls and explore campus!”
“The campus was really pretty because of the hills and greenery compared to other dull university landscapes”
“Some of the opportunities available to students aren't well advertised and you have to search them out - i.e careers events, scholarships and study abroad opportunities.”
“Dislike - every third person I bump into I either know from home, or I have so many mutual friends with I may as well know them. Nottingham's a very small world.”
“I dislike when I have to change campuses between lectures, even with the hopper buses I always miss 5/10 minutes of a lecture.”
"Some of the university staff haven't been as helpful as I would have liked them to be."
“I honestly can't think of a single thing that's bad about studying here, I have loved every experience. I think my only complaint is all the hills on campus!”
“Although we have a lovely big campus, the disadvantages are that it means a lot of walking. When the typical UK weather hits and you have a full day of classes, it can be a pretty miserable experience.”
New Collegiette On Campus
'There is separate accommodation for first year students. [See Dorm Life]. They differ quite a lot so it’s worth looking at the kind of options available and thinking about what will suit you'.
'Orientation depends on the department your course is in. Generally you’ll have a week of introductory lectures where they’ll explain your course, where to go for support if you need it and how to use facilities like the library. You’ll also get to meet your personal tutor, and lots of schools have a peer mentoring scheme where you are looked after by a second or third year student'.
'The first thing you’ll experience as a first year is Fresher’s Week. There are events on most nights, coordinated by Week One reps (second year students who sell tickets and go on nights out with you). You’ll get to check out all of the hotspots in town! There are also alternative events put on, such as movie nights'.
All About Academics
"To complete an undergrad degree you must fill 360 credits worth of modules. Most course programmes allow you to take a couple of modules from outside the department and many offer the chance to study abroad at some point in your degree".
"History and Life Sciences have the biggest intake at the University".
“A dissertation is compulsory in some degrees. It can be pretty heavy. I had three essays and an exam to work on over Christmas!”
“I think it's difficult to compare workload because it really depends on how much you're willing to do outside of contact hours. The harder you work the better your results are going to be, but I think it is possible to pass just from following the lectures/seminars.”
"Libraries can get overcrowded and noisy - I sometimes like to work in LASS (Law and Social Sciences) where there are usually less people so I can concentrate better. The campus has so many study spaces so you can go wherever fits your mood!"
“Majority is independent study - I've probably spent more hours in Hallward in the past semester than I'll spend in lecture theatres over the next three years put together.”
“In first year we had a lot of class time. Now it's more independent which I prefer.”
“Nottingham has so many libraries - Hallward (Arts), George Green (Sciences), Jubilee (Business), QMC (Medical). When exam time hits you have to get in really early if you want a spot!”
Learn From The Best
" Some of the native Spanish lecturers are incredibly cute. There is a bunch of South American staff who teach the language classes who are all lovely. They explain things clearly and although they may laugh when you make a mistake, they are very happy to correct you. The lecturers make you feel relaxed and the speaking classes have always been my favourite". - Spanish
"At the moment I'm enjoying my Families and Social Divisions Module with Elisabetta Zontini. It's interesting and what is expected of me is clear". - Sociology
"Nick Heffernan is very popular on our course. Also Stephanie Lewthwaite is lovely and approachable". - American Studies
"Kevin Harvey's linguistic lecturers are brilliant - he throws a bad dad-joke in every five minutes!" - English
Interests & Involvement
"Nottingham has one of the biggest and most active Student Union’s in the country with over 200 different societies - from Cake Soc to Lego Soc!"
"Fresher’s Fair is the best way to find out about all the societies on campus and grab lots of freebies! The Volunteering Hub is also a really popular hands-on way of getting involved."
“In my second year I went a bit crazy with societies and joined China China, Mexican, Flair, Indian Dance, NUSEX and maybe a couple more. I was a drifter and would go to different sessions each week, meeting different people and having fun. I think it doesn't matter how popular a society is, as long as you enjoy spending time with the other members doing activities that you like.”
“People either seem to be heavily involved in university life, taking parts in lots of sports and societies, or not at all.”
"Getting involved with societies is the best way to make friends. Go to as many beginning of term socials as you can - some of my closest friends now are people I met randomly on society bar crawls in first year!"
"There are so many cool charity campaigns to get involved in - I've already been to events organised by Amnesty, UNICEF and CoppaFeel. I think I might apply for a committee next year."
"Being involved in other things besides studying and going out is so refreshing. I'm taking part in the Asian Cultural Show this year and it’s been a great way to meet people that I otherwise wouldn't have bumped into."
"There are so many opportunities to find new hobbies at Nottingham. I'm quite sporty so I tried rock-climbing for a laugh - I wasn't very good but I had a really great time!"
"There’s lots of opportunity to get involved in sport at Nottingham. There’s pretty much a team for everything, including Rugby, Cheerleading, Water Polo and Korfball! Sports teams are known for having a lot of socials, but there isn’t a separate athletics culture as such"
"The most popular event is the Varsity Series, where University of Nottingham teams compete against Nottingham Trent teams. The Ice Hockey is always guaranteed to sell out because it gets quite aggressive!"
"Girls in Nottingham are very creative and enthusiastic when it comes to fashion - you won’t find a female student on campus in a tracksuit or sportswear unless they play for a team."
"Nottingham has a very active Women’s Network, who organise campaigns, events and even have their own magazine. Very recently a Feminist Society has also been set up."
"Nottingham has slightly more female students than male ones but it doesn’t really make much of a difference on campus - however Notts does have a slight reputation for its ‘lad culture’."
"I feel so supported as a woman at Nottingham. They provide discreet counselling services for us so we always have someone to turn to."
"The Women's Network organises really interesting events for us to attend. I've attended magazine meetings and everyone is really friendly and inviting."
"Nottingham doesn't have any issues with the gender ratio. Everything feels equal and I've never been concerned or worried about it."
Food & Drink
"Every on-campus hall has its own dining hall - and all first-years on-campus are provided with a meal card to buy their meals. There are also self-catered halls for those who like to cook! Portland has many food options, including the Baguette Bar, Starbucks, and the SU Shop. The Food Court on the top floor is generally packed out at lunchtimes!"
"Mooch, the SU’s bar, is very popular for food or a quick drink with friends. But for all the good restaurants, you’ll have to head into town or Beeston."
“There are many cafes in major buildings on the campus and the SU has so many places to choose from including Starbucks, Chicken Joes (one of my favourites), a Juice Bar and many more.”
“Mooch's new menu is good and the prices are good for the student budget.”
“You definitely have a lot of choice and it's all good quality and fairly inexpensive”"Boots' meal deal is where it's at!""Once you move off campus after first year, food can seem a bit pricey. Most second and third years tend to make or bring our own lunches onto campus - saves so much money!""So many great restaurants in the city centre! Tamatanga, Marrakesh and Turtle Bay are musts"
"There’s always lots to do on Friday and Saturday nights, but the biggest nights out for Nottingham students are Ocean Friday and Stealth on Saturday. Ocean is notorious - they play really cheesy music and you’ll either love it or hate it. You have to experience an Ocean Friday at least once in your time at Nottingham! The majority of nights out are during the week, so be prepared for a few early lectures with a hangover!"
"If you’re not in to clubbing, there are lots of other things to do in the city. Second and third year are good for house parties on weekends. If you want something a bit tamer, the Savoy Cinema in Lenton is very cheap for students, or there are loads of good restaurants in the city".
"It’s easy to make friends at Nottingham University. While a lot of people remain close to their friends from Halls, you can meet people through nights out, societies, lectures and seminars and other student organisations like Karni".
"Nottingham also has a great choice of societies. They’re a good place to meet like minded friends".
"There are 20 hall options, mostly for first years. 12 are catered on University Park, 2 catered on Jubilee Campus and 6 self-catered off-campus (one of which, Broadgate Park, is the largest student accommodation in Europe!) The dorms vary a lot – you’ll normally get your own room and you can chose en-suite or communal bathrooms."
"Most students move into a house from second year – Lenton is the hotspot for Nottingham students! It’s roughly a twenty minute walk from campus depending where in Lenton you live, and about the same distance from the city centre".
"Nottingham is a small medieval city, with a lot of history, culture, and amazing nightlife! It is very student-oriented, as the two universities (including Nottingham Trent) make up a lot of the population. All of the main shops surround Market Square, but Nottingham has a lot of hidden gems and vintage stores, such as in Lace Market, and 2 big shopping centres, Victoria and Broadmarsh. The music scene is thriving, and there is a huge variety of restaurants and things to do."
“I like how there are always gigs going on, there are so many good food places and meeting locals on nights out at gigs is super nice.”
“I think it is good that there are night buses on the weekends that go through Lenton to campus”
“Nightlife is ridiculously diverse, there's literally something for every music taste and it's all so so cheap. Buses are a £1!”
"I like how compact Nottingham is, the walks between Uni, Lenton and the city centre are manageable so not having a bus pass isn't a problem."
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Nottingham
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