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Hello everyone,
I'm hopefully moving to London to study media and culture, but still can't decide which uni to choose.

Roehampton seems to have a better reputation (it beats middlesex at media studies according to the rankings), but the campus is kinda old (Digby Stuart) and situated in the middle of a giant grimy council estate. All the amenities are pretty far away (Putney).

Middlesex's Trent Park campus looks like a decent place to study, although the surrounding areas are quite dull too.

btw I'm an international student and will be renting a room in the private sector.
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dont go middlesex i live near there and the area is very dull and the uni is also not very good
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dont go middlesex i live near there and the area is very dull and the uni is also not very good
the Trent Park campus?
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dont go middlesex i live near there and the area is very dull and the uni is also not very good
Near where? Middlesex uni is based at several separate campuses, as varied as Trent Park and Hendon.
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Near where? Middlesex uni is based at several separate campuses, as varied as Trent Park and Hendon.
yes hendon which is ment to be the best one lol
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yes hendon which is ment to be the best one lol
Ah.. so that won't be very useful for the OP who'd be studying at Trent park.

My course is taught at Cat Hill and I've heard a lot of good things about the Trent Park campus, even if the halls are a bit basic.
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wonder what those good things are, I think it's kinda isolated
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(Original post by marschak)
Hello everyone,
I'm hopefully moving to London to study media and culture, but still can't decide which uni to choose.

Roehampton seems to have a better reputation (it beats middlesex at media studies according to the rankings), but the campus is kinda old (Digby Stuart) and situated in the middle of a giant grimy council estate. All the amenities are pretty far away (Putney).

Middlesex's Trent Park campus looks like a decent place to study, although the surrounding areas are quite dull too.

btw I'm an international student and will be renting a room in the private sector.

I'm at Roehampton at the moment in my first year! What do you mean the campus is old??? Digby/southlands/froebel are all quite modern campuses with loads of work going on over the summer to modernise it even more (new bar!!). Some of the buildings do admittedly look quite old, but in terms of the university its quite modern.
I think if you've only visited once the look of the estate might put you off the uni, but its really not that bad at all. The main campus itself is outside of the estate, and i'm renting off campus with a group of friends in the estate next year and we're not worried about it at all. Don't let the look of it put you off because its really not that bad.
In terms of the location, Roehampton is a bit out of the way, but it only takes about 20mins to walk to putney or 10 mins on the bus. Buses run right outside the uni reguarly throughout the day (every 10-15mins) to putney, hammersmith, shepards bush (westfields!!) richmond.
If u have any more questions just ask :-)
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Thanks for the info!
Is Putney the cheapest place to rent a room outside roehampton's estates?
Too bad Richmond is so expensive to live in :hmmm:
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Putney will be a bit more expensive obviously than Roehampton but not as expensive as Richmond. A couple of friends are renting in Hammersmith next year and they've found quite a cheap place. I think its just a matter of searching for the cheapest place you can. Why don't you want to stay in halls?
Obviously staying in the Roehampton area would be much more of an advantage to you because you'd be close to classes/library/computer suites and student union events.
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Well, guess it beats living in North London/Enfield anyway
What about Roehampton's facilities?
I've heard that there have been some problems with organisation and that Roe is known for being one of the most religious universities in the UK
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go to roehampton, its an amzing uni in a really good location close to wimbledon and putney and not far from central. i went there and had the best time of my life, i dont know much about middlesex but i would def choose roehampton, the facilities are really good ,theres a gym , a bar , a resteraunt and internet cafe all in whitelands alone, the main campus has a library ,bookshop, 2 bars .and the su.
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(Original post by bansheeee*)
It's not a very good uni,and the degree is as useful as a years work experience ,i lived in the area for a year ,it's in the middle of the largest high rise council estate in the world ,in my degree i had modules which barely related to what i was studying ,completely random modules ,i use to fail essays because when i handed them in the office would lose them and say i never handed them in at all,one lecturer failed me an essay and claimed i never handed it in ,i told my tutor and she told the lecturer i did hand it in then she said 'she found it' and marked me 40% when it was clearly worth more ,I even handed in an essay I had written by an author of chemistry books ,just before i left ,and they failed the essay . Roehampton residents also like to bring pitbulls for walks with no lead but the police are too afraid to do anything about it ,when you order a pizza the delivery people wont even drive up 'holybourne avenue' after it gets dark .
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ok, so I chose Roehampton. Does anyone know where is the best (the cheapest) place accessible by bus to rent a room outside the uni and those council estates?
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middlesex is accredited as a media skillset university.
but im not sure about their course. roehampton's didn't seem that good though, the media open day felt like a waste of time
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middlesex is accredited as a media skillset university.
but im not sure about their course. roehampton's didn't seem that good though, the media open day felt like a waste of time
can you please tell more?
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i can only tell you what i felt at the open day but try to get in contact with students that are already there.

but roehampton's course was strictly theory, and it seemed like they get you to do a lot of non-work which isn't helpful for getting in the industry. Also roehampton uni is better known for performing arts, and they didn't seem to have as strong links to the industry. I did like the area, and the campus was nice but the media talk didn't excite me or attract me.

middlesex has a few more practical units, and are moving to a new arts centre in Hendon (NW london) its also a skillset academy:

"The Skillset Media Academies form a network of colleges and universities across the UK which are centres of excellence in television and interactive media.

The Skillset Screen Academies are institutions which the UK film industry has identified as those offering the highest quality of skills training for film."

Hope that helps a bit.
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and what about the staff? are the lecturers helpful?
I've heard that roehampton is very disorganized :erm:
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