(Original post by Craig_D)
1) The university is particularly known for attracting Chinese students, but I've certainly met (and heard) a lot of Americans. I'd guess that US students make up the 2nd highest numbers of overseas students.
2) Well, anywhere is a step down from New York in terms of things to do! University Park itself has several bars, an art gallery, a theatre, a few shops, a swimming pool and sports centre. The city as a whole has a couple of theatres, a few cinemas, several museums, a lot of bars and clubs, a few live music venues, a castle, an art gallery or two; in terms of sport there's a fairly successful ice hockey team, 2 professional soccer
teams, a cricket team. There's a lot of shops too. The city centre is relatively small and compact, yet nonetheless had the second highest GDP of any city in England a couple of years ago (after London obviously). It will
feel tiny next to New York though, there's no hiding that. (Oh and Wollaton Hall, which is literally right next to University Park, is the new Wayne Manor in the Dark Knight Rises, which is pretty cool; inside it's a museum, and its grounds are nice to walk around.)
3) It's fantastic! There are the grassy fields, sandstone cliffs, there's the boating lake, areas of (sort of) woodland, there are areas with dense buildings and areas with hardly any, a real mix of scenery. See my Flickr
to get something of an idea of what it looks like. Bare in mind though that I haven't covered even a fifth of the campus yet!
4) In terms of ranking it is put next to places like University of California, San Diego; Boston University; Georgia Institute of Technology; University of Texas at Austin, and so on. Arguably of potential
Ivy League standard therefore.