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Best wise: The staff & students are mostly welcoming and make you feel at ease when you first move in. Additionally, there is plenty of space to wind down and either do some studying or just relaxing in your own peace. Worst aspects: There is not as much ethnic diversity as to what I am used to (I'm originally from London) so it's been hard connecting to people and making conversations with others, as they usually gravitate to people who are from their background. Moreover, there is a heavy drinking culture here (It's not that I'm sober 24/7 but some people make drinking their whole personality trait which can be boring honestly) so it's hard just meeting chill people. But it's not that bad overall, it's only 3 years (which goes by pretty fast & I'm sure I'll find my people soon haha)
Best wise: They do try provide activities/ talks to further engage with your degree - but it seems very limited most of time as compared to what I've seen at other universities such as LSE, UCL ect. Worst aspects: some of the lecturers have typically dull modules imo (Political Theory) and they don't exactly make it any more engaging either - they'll read off their printed out notes (it's all just quotations and pictures on their slides) and just leave you to do the grovelling for extracting the main points of their arguments (which tbf fair enough).
Most like: It's 5 mins away from my lectures/ seminars - ideal for someone who most of the time sleeps in! Dining hall is near so able to make a quick run down to breakfast and just in time for lessons starting. Catering staff are a gem apart from one old lady who always has the same stern facial expression every morning. Nonetheless, it's a great location - not very pretty but at the end of the day we're all gonna be getting a night's sleep eitherway, whether that be in a King size bed or single haha. Least like: the wifi can be very slow/ not working sometimes - a pain.
Great places to study, clean and very safe campus
Seminars sometimes lack usefulness
Prevalence green space and wildlife
Good amount of contact time
Good location close to rivers and trees Like the facilities least
There are plenty of facilities available, although food and drinks could be cheaper
Flip learning isn’t very effective
Far location, but very nice facilities
Archie does it
Archie lives there
Some fantastic modules & teaching staff; some incredibly tedious modules (mostly the compulsory ones) with very dry lecturers who don’t provide sufficient support. Also, the university campus is nice in some areas but very run down & disappointing in others.
I lived in a block that was extremely cramped and uncomfortable to live in.
I was in first year during covid and the university made sure to put on as many activities as possible which made it very welcoming for a fresher. The campus is a great place to socialise and study, love all the different cafes and bars
Would definitely like more feedback sessions with tutors
The catering was really good during the week, I was in a house of 15 but with only three bathrooms so maybe an increase in bathrooms
Overall support could be improved. The joint honours course is particularly lacking
The lack of contact hours and communication between the two departments for joint honour dissertation is very disappointing
Students aren't listened too, mental health services are appalling and there aren't enough study spaces.
We're not given the tools to solve climate breakdown, it's all about getting a corporate job.
Far too expensive to live