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Im going to be doing MPharm and was wondering which one is better for social life? I dont mind cooking etc. Just want to know which is btter. Are uni park students seperated from the rest and vice versa? Thanks
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Im going to be doing MPharm and was wondering which one is better for social life? I dont mind cooking etc. Just want to know which is btter. Are uni park students seperated from the rest and vice versa? Thanks
definitely, definitely go for uni park halls. The social experience in BGP/Raleigh does not compare, its just far easier to make friends if you're in uni park. You can meet people at dinner in the first few weeks, and you're just generally more likely to have a bigger network of friends than if you're in self-catered.
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I'd have to completely disagree with the above poster.

I would recommend BGP. It's great in that you throw flat and block parties and are always meeting new people. The people I've met in self catered have a much wider range of friends because they're given opportunities to socialise with the 2,000 people living in broadgate as opposed to the 200 living in catered.

To be honest you're going to have an amazing time no matter which you choose, it really comes down to whether you want to cook for yourself or not.
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I'd have to completely disagree with the above poster.

I would recommend BGP. It's great in that you throw flat and block parties and are always meeting new people. The people I've met in self catered have a much wider range of friends because they're given opportunities to socialise with the 2,000 people living in broadgate as opposed to the 200 living in catered.

To be honest you're going to have an amazing time no matter which you choose, it really comes down to whether you want to cook for yourself or not.
oh, you have had a much better time than I did (although I was in Raleigh):cry2:
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I lived on university park for my first year, and I definitely wouldn't recommend it. Not that I didn't have a fantastic year, it was amazing. My best friend however lived in BGP and I probably spent the majority of my time there. The social life and the atmosphere is generally better, despite what you might think. I thought catered would be better, believing that meal times would mean it would be more sociable than self catered, however most of us never went to dinner and cooked using the microwaves provided instead (the evening meal was that brutal). People at BGP would tend to know everyone in the flats below and above because there was always flat parties. Whereas on university park, because people were in single studies there wasn't really room for such big gatherings, therefore you'd only know some people on your corridor enough to say hi to because you'd never had the chance to chat properly. It just depends on what suits you, the only real con with BGP is its a bit further to walk to lectures and stuff but theres a hopper bus which comes every 15 mins or so. And if you aren't a fussy eater (And have an iron belly) the evening meal on university park is manageable. Lunch and breakfast were always good though.

Though I ought to write a long drawn out post because I asked the same question last year on the student room and I wish someone who knew the pros and cons of both types of accommodation could have told me this.

Good luck whatever you choose
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(Original post by veggie4life)
I'd have to completely disagree with the above poster.

I would recommend BGP. It's great in that you throw flat and block parties and are always meeting new people. The people I've met in self catered have a much wider range of friends because they're given opportunities to socialise with the 2,000 people living in broadgate as opposed to the 200 living in catered.

To be honest you're going to have an amazing time no matter which you choose, it really comes down to whether you want to cook for yourself or not.
I'd say this-they're both damn fun and it really depends on whether or not you want to cook. I know people in BGP with a small circle of friends who didn't enjoy themselves and I know people in halls in the same situation. Its you who determines what happens not the hall.
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definitely, definitely go for uni park halls. The social experience in BGP/Raleigh does not compare, its just far easier to make friends if you're in uni park.
I think the above comments shows this is not true.
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To be honest, From having read almost every one of these threads over the last few months, every halls has a few upsides and downsides, but they're all too different to compare on an equal basis. The few things that my Notts experience and these threads seem to agree on;

Catered Halls - The food is low quality, for fifty quid a week you could live like a king in self catered
Self Catered - More potential for flat parties/in house socializing, but you have to make an effort to get to know people, as well as the social aspect of cooking together.
Self catered is slightly further than the oncampus, but its literally a few hundred metres more for BGP so that doesn't bother me

I think everything else seems to depend subjectively on the person. I'm going to BGP
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I lived on university park for my first year, and I definitely wouldn't recommend it. Not that I didn't have a fantastic year, it was amazing. My best friend however lived in BGP and I probably spent the majority of my time there. The social life and the atmosphere is generally better, despite what you might think. I thought catered would be better, believing that meal times would mean it would be more sociable than self catered, however most of us never went to dinner and cooked using the microwaves provided instead (the evening meal was that brutal). People at BGP would tend to know everyone in the flats below and above because there was always flat parties. Whereas on university park, because people were in single studies there wasn't really room for such big gatherings, therefore you'd only know some people on your corridor enough to say hi to because you'd never had the chance to chat properly. It just depends on what suits you, the only real con with BGP is its a bit further to walk to lectures and stuff but theres a hopper bus which comes every 15 mins or so. And if you aren't a fussy eater (And have an iron belly) the evening meal on university park is manageable. Lunch and breakfast were always good though.

Though I ought to write a long drawn out post because I asked the same question last year on the student room and I wish someone who knew the pros and cons of both types of accommodation could have told me this.

Good luck whatever you choose
blimey! I'm going to university park, hugh stewart hall... chose catered cos I'm a crap cook, and didn't want my first year to be taken over by cooking disasters/starvation; getting second thoughts now though xD
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definitely, definitely go for uni park halls. The social experience in BGP/Raleigh does not compare, its just far easier to make friends if you're in uni park. You can meet people at dinner in the first few weeks, and you're just generally more likely to have a bigger network of friends than if you're in self-catered.
Can you give a brief summary of the food? I don't exactly have an iron belly, and I'm going into catered, uni park, hugh stu :]
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Can you give a brief summary of the food? I don't exactly have an iron belly, and I'm going into catered, uni park, hugh stu :]
There's a menu for the first term on the Nottingham Hospitality website - it looks pretty good, just make sure you love potatoes.
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forget the first reply its BGPark all the way woooot!!!!!!!!! cant wait.
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