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    I've applied for Biomedical Science at Sheffield, I'm on a gap year so I already have my A level results (see my sig) but I don't have GCSEs, and I retook my entire first year of AS levels. Am I likely to be asked for interview? If I am, should I prepare a lot for it? In my personal statement I said I was reading a couple of books (though I carefully worded it so that I did not claim to have finished reading them related to genetics. Are they likely to not give me an offer if they grill me on it and find out I've only just started them?

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    What's the best self-catered accomodation in Sheffield for the first year?
    If you have the time, could you rate them from 1-10 (10 = best) for:
    Distance from uni (and effort? Is it uphill?):
    Room and flat quality (decorations, cleanliness, age of furniture...):
    Room and flat space (how big are the rooms, flat and kitchen):
    Nearby facilities (Common room, student cafeteria, 24/7 supermarket, gym, library):
    Safety (any dark alleyways on the way?):
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    I don't know anything about your first question but as for the accomodation...

    What's the best self-catered accomodation in Sheffield for the first year? Imo it's Endcliffe - it's bigger than Ranmoor and seems to have a better feel to it. When I was there the Edge had better opening hours and events than the Ridge, but it could be different now. And Ranmoor was brand new then so it's atmosphere has probably developped a bit since. The en-suite rooms are the same in both.
    If you have the time, could you rate them from 1-10 (10 = best) for:Distance from uni (and effort? Is it uphill?): 8 (slightly uphill on the way back and you can avoid the big hill if you go Glossop Road way on the way there)
    Room and flat quality (decorations, cleanliness, age of furniture...): 9 (cleanliness totally depends on your flatmates!)
    Room and flat space (how big are the rooms, flat and kitchen): 9 (rooms are fine, can fit 2/3 people sleeping on the floor, our kitchen didn't really have enough cupboards for 10 people but we had a dining area + sofas which is better than some other unis I've seen)
    Nearby facilities (Common room, student cafeteria, 24/7 supermarket, gym, library): 8 (The Edge has a bar, laundrette etc but the nearest shops are 10/15 min walk away - Tesco Metro is VERY uphill on the way back, libraries are near uni so 20 min walk away)
    Safety (any dark alleyways on the way?): 10 (well lit, lots of houses near by, nice area)
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    (Original post by ~*starlight*conquest*~)
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    I've applied for Biomedical Science at Sheffield, I'm on a gap year so I already have my A level results (see my sig) but I don't have GCSEs, and I retook my entire first year of AS levels. Am I likely to be asked for interview? If I am, should I prepare a lot for it? In my personal statement I said I was reading a couple of books (though I carefully worded it so that I did not claim to have finished reading them related to genetics. Are they likely to not give me an offer if they grill me on it and find out I've only just started them?

    Accomodation:

    What's the best self-catered accomodation in Sheffield for the first year?
    If you have the time, could you rate them from 1-10 (10 = best) for:
    Distance from uni (and effort? Is it uphill?):
    Room and flat quality (decorations, cleanliness, age of furniture...):
    Room and flat space (how big are the rooms, flat and kitchen):
    Nearby facilities (Common room, student cafeteria, 24/7 supermarket, gym, library):
    Safety (any dark alleyways on the way?):
    I know nothing about biomedical science at Sheffield but I currently live in Endcliffe village. I'm in a single sex flat of 10 with an en suite bedroom. I really like it here:

    Distance from uni: Its about a 20-25 minute walk depending on which block your lecture is in. I was a bit put off my the walk but its really not a problem once you get here. Effort: to get out of Endcliffe there is a fairly steep still (which is horrendous in the snow) but the rest of the walk is fairly flat. Its a safe walk aswell as there are about 1000 students living here so there's always someone around. There's also a taxi rank on sight and a bus stop at the top of the hill which will take you right into the uni campus for 50p if your feeling lazy.

    Room and flat quality: Overall is good. The furniture in the flat isn't amazing but it isn't battered. I know people who live in Endcliffe Vale though and its a bit more battered in there. (Shared bathroom block) It's a bit older and my friend even has a fold up camping bed instead of a proper bed (Y) lol. Cleanliness isn't really a problem because you get a cleaner that comes in once a fortnight to clean the communal areas.

    Space in the room/flat: The rooms are big enough, not massive but OK. The flat is alright again, the kitchen is smallish. As I said I'm in a flat of 10 and not everyone can go in the kitchen at the same time so we stagger it.

    Nearby facilities: Theres a tesco about 20 minutes walk away but I think most people order online to save walking all that way with loads of bags. On site is 'The Edge' where you can get food from and also has a small bar upstairs. On the way into uni you walk down a highstreet which has loads of off licenses, a veg shop, a boots and quite a few pubs. There is a gym but its about a 10-15 minute walk away. One of the uni's libraries is called the IC and its 24 hours, has most books and, I think personally, is really good

    Safety: is perfectly fine. There are no dark allies that I can think of on the walk between the accomodation and uni. As I said there are always hundred of people around whatever time of day and taxis are reasonable anyway. I don't know if your female or not but there is also a womans only mini bus that will take you too your door for £1.50
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    Just want to point out that you don't have to go up the huge hill in order to get from Endcliffe to uni (and it's probably quicker not to) as I know it can seem off-putting when you first see it, especially when it's icy!
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    Thanks for the replies so far! Is there less of a community feeling in the city and central campus accomodation?
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    (Original post by -honeybee-)
    Just want to point out that you don't have to go up the huge hill in order to get from Endcliffe to uni (and it's probably quicker not to) as I know it can seem off-putting when you first see it, especially when it's icy!
    And if you end up living in Crookes in second year it seems tiny in comparison...
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    (Original post by Kt.b)
    And if you end up living in Crookes in second year it seems tiny in comparison...
    Agree with this!
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    (Original post by ~*starlight*conquest*~)
    Thanks for the replies so far! Is there less of a community feeling in the city and central campus accomodation?
    Yes I would say quite a bit less. The people I know who have lived in City did actually regret it. Endcliffe/Ranmoor are practically the same thing and both have great social opportunities. City less so.

    However, all accomodation that is part of the Uni is lovely and I'm sure there are opportunities to meet some great people wherever.
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    (Original post by mollymustard)
    Yes I would say quite a bit less. The people I know who have lived in City did actually regret it. Endcliffe/Ranmoor are practically the same thing and both have great social opportunities. City less so.

    However, all accomodation that is part of the Uni is lovely and I'm sure there are opportunities to meet some great people wherever.
    Thanks! Pretty much exactly what I needed to know.

    One more question: when I visited 2 of my friends who are already at uni, they both lived in halls with shared bathroom/toilets. I found it made things much more sociable because it meant that you were much more likely to get out of your room and see each other (if only just to chat to a passing roommate as you wait for the shower/toilet to be free). I looked at accommodation in Endcliffe and Ranmoor but a great majority of them seem to be ensuite. I dont want to apply to a shared bathroom accommodation and then find myself in a old rundown flat completely separated from other flats or with only 3 people in my flat. Has anyone had flats with shared bathrooms at Endcliffe or Ranmoor? What was it like? (sorry sounds like a really weird question)
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    Can mature students make accommodation in the Halls at Sheffield Uni?
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    (Original post by moonlight_caster)
    Can mature students make accommodation in the Halls at Sheffield Uni?
    Yeah - I was doing a postgrad and got put with other postgrads, and there were a few mature undergrads too, so I think they tend to put them with older people, rather than 18 year olds, but they can and do stay in halls.
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    (Original post by ~*starlight*conquest*~)
    Thanks! Pretty much exactly what I needed to know.

    One more question: when I visited 2 of my friends who are already at uni, they both lived in halls with shared bathroom/toilets. I found it made things much more sociable because it meant that you were much more likely to get out of your room and see each other (if only just to chat to a passing roommate as you wait for the shower/toilet to be free). I looked at accommodation in Endcliffe and Ranmoor but a great majority of them seem to be ensuite. I dont want to apply to a shared bathroom accommodation and then find myself in a old rundown flat completely separated from other flats or with only 3 people in my flat. Has anyone had flats with shared bathrooms at Endcliffe or Ranmoor? What was it like? (sorry sounds like a really weird question)
    Ensuite is still sociable, the flats are self-contained from about 6-10 people (11 in Ranmoor) and you have your own kitchen and living area so there should usually be someone in there. Personally, I can't imagine myself socialising with someone in the bathroom
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    As far as accommodation is concerned, I'm staying in Ranmoor this year and it is a couple years newer than Endcliffe, it's all really clean and stuff and I've seen more problems with rooms in Endcliffe than Ranmoor. Ranmoor is probs quieter as well as its smaller and the Ridge often closes earlier than the Edge at night (this is probably the only bad thing I have to say about where I'm staying). They're both a 20-30 mintute walk from uni as well, and I think theyre roughly the same price
 
 
 
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