(Original post by Lauren__x)
I'm thinking about firming UWE to do English Language and Lingustics and I just wanted to hear some opinions on a few things as I havent been to an open day yet. I was just wondering if anything had any opinions on:
The general rep of the uni
Quality of teaching
Price of living in Bristol
Nightlife/Music scene in Bristol
What kind of people to expect there
If anyone actually does English Language and Lingustics there.
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Hey, I'm a second year at UWE, doing your course!
Teaching quality - some teachers are fantastic, other suck. There seems to be a 50/50 divide between English lecturers and foreign lectures in this subject, which was a massive surprise to me - I couldn't understand why a German guy was teaching me English Language! But you get used to it.
You'll be in uni eight hours each week most likely, and the first year workload is more than manageable - so you'll have plenty of time to get a job or pursue other hobbies. Your first assessed pieces of work will be due in Dec/Jan, and if you're anything like me, you'll do **** all for the first two months before starting them.
A word of advice - the reading list they give you in the first term, there's not much point buying any of the books because the first semester is coursework-based so you'll use the books mainly for referencing in your essays. They'll give you chapters to read, but if possible just hire the book from the library. I've got so many books just sitting around that I didn't really need. Definitely buy the recommended books in the second semester though, it's all exam stuff! Generally, the first semester and second semester topics are different - so what you cover in the autumn won't come up on your exam in the summer, so after Xmas you can forget everything if you so wish
You'll have to double-check it's still the same, though.
I stayed in Carroll Court on campus, which was alright, obviously the Student Village is gorgeous though. Marketgate is the party halls from what I've heard, and slap bang in the centre, great for shops and buses. I'm not sure but you may have to fork out for a bus pass. (Look into it before you rush into buying one, though. See how many times you're in uni each week, how much annual/termly/monthly bus passes are and calculate which one will save you money! For example, I'm in twice a week so spending £250 on a bus pass is a waste of money for me, when I only spend £5 each week travel-wise.)
Depending what crowd you fall into, the nightlife in Bristol is pretty normal. There is a good dubstep scene if you're into that. The shops are pretty normal too.
I was expecting the typical student to be dressed like a mad artist, but all the 'arty' courses are based on the smaller campuses and you'll be on Frenchay, so everyone dresses rather normal! It was a culture shock for me, being with people who'd been to private school and had rich daddies and stuff, but there are plenty of paupers too
there are also plenty of hot boys. The majority of people are southerners, though you will come across the odd Northerner (like me)!
Compared to Manchester, Bristol is pretty warm and doesn't rain that often, which is cool.
Freshers' week is fantastic, make sure you get involved
Feel free to reply/PM with more questions!