(Original post by Anne*UK*06)
I have also posted this in the Notts subforum, but seeing as more people are in here and I can use everyone's opinion, I hope you don't mind
Here's the thing:
I got an offer for American Studies at Notts and I really, really didn't think I would! I don't know why I was so pessimistic about my whole application altogether, but I was. So Nottingham was the only "good" uni I put down. Which, by now, I regret, but different story! Basically, I love the sound of the course and I know the uni has a very decent reputation. So seeing that I have the chance (offer's unconditional, already have my qualifications), I might as well go to a good uni instead of to a regular one.
I haven't visited any so far, so I don't have my own opinion yet. I'll go and look at them in February. Up until today, I was considering either Plymouth or Winchester, because I love their courses. However, Plymouth apparently is a bit rough and chavvy and that's not for me. Plus, it's really remote, which sucks as I am from Germany and I would like to be able to have good connections to London for going home. (cheapest flights to Hamburg go out of Gatwick and Stansted) So Winchester's closeness to London is a big bonus. Also, I am not a smalltown girl, but Winchester seems like a lovely place and I have a friend there who loves it. The uni itself, even tho not prestigeous, seems really friendly and caring, too. So basically, as I really wasn't expecting an offer from Nottingham, I was thinking I'd probably end up there.
But now everything's different!
I hear Nottingham is dangerous etc, but maybe ppl are just exaggerating?
Here's what I am mainly concerned about:
1) Seeing as Nottingham is a campus uni, will you be really isolated if you do not live in halls? Because I can't. I'll have to live off campus because I'm bringing my dog. Don't start telling me how my dog will be holding me back, there's no way around bringing him !!! Also, how much do you reckon private accomodation will be?
2) Please, please don't be offended, I really don't mean to sound like a *****, but do they have a strong accent in Nottingham? I am not used to British English at all (sound really American myself and learned it that way, too) and I find it really difficult to understand people from Liverpool, for example. I know the English spoken in the south is generally considered more "proper", so that's part of why I choose only souther places, except for Notts. My English is really good, it's just really American. Will I have trouble understanding people?
3) This is the last thing and not as important, but seeing as Nottingham is one of the "better" unis, I was wondering how much the workload and expectations are likely to differ from the ones at a smaller place like Winchester? Don't mean to sound daft or lazy, I'm devoted to the subject and I'd obviously enjoy the work, but I am just not the type who has spent her high school time studying and only studying ...
Okay, sorry this has become soooo long! But I'd like to hear what people have to say! Thanks