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    I have an offer from Lancaster for Maths but am torn as to whether to make it my firm or insurance (alternative is Durham). The problem I have is they are both very different. I would appreciate some opinions from current students. 1. How well did you settle in Lancaster. Was it easy meeting people/new friends etc. 2. Social life. Is it good. Is there much for a non drinker to do? 3. Food. Is it a hassle organising food/cooking for self. 4. On open day all the buildings/accommodation I saw were modern. Are the teaching rooms like this? Any help or advice would be great. Thanks.
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    1) Yes - everyone is looking to make friends. I think they try to put a good mix of people in each flat to maximise the chances of living with someone you'll get on with really well.

    2) For its size, yes. Compared to a big city, no. Really good variety of pubs, bars and a few clubs if that's your thing. Tons of societies too, so you're not bound to drinking to meet people!

    3) No more than at any other university.

    4) Depends on the department, I think the maths department is pretty s****y, all normal lecture theatres I'm aware of are up to date in terms of having projectors and whiteboards. Individual departments might have some older teaching rooms, but really you should be focussing on what the lecturer is saying/writing than what the room looks like!
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    1. I settled in really easily. Everyone is lovely, and looking to make friends.
    2. If your are into the nightclub/bar scene there are lots of places and variety both on campus and off. There is over 200 societies, something for everyone.
    3. Each flat has a nice big kitchen shared between 4-8 people. 2 supermarkets on campus. Also supermarkets in town, food is also easy to get delivered from tesco/asda. Plenty of places on campus eat at as well.
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    Lancaster is modern. Its isn't a very old uni (<100 years old). The lecture halls are all really good, and have all the essentials. The maths department gets the largest ones, as the subject is very popular. Some workshops/seminars aren't in particularly nice rooms but that isn't too much of a problem. The maths department is based in Flyde, but certainly for the first year you won't be in there much.

    If you need any more information quote me!

    Btw the maths department at Lancs is one of the best in the country. Not that I'm trying to encourage you to come here or anything
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    1. I settled in really easily. Everyone is lovely, and looking to make friends.
    2. If your are into the nightclub/bar scene there are lots of places and variety both on campus and off. There is over 200 societies, something for everyone.
    3. Each flat has a nice big kitchen shared between 4-8 people. 2 supermarkets on campus. Also supermarkets in town, food is also easy to get delivered from tesco/asda. Plenty of places on campus eat at as well.
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    Lancaster is modern. Its isn't a very old uni (<100 years old). The lecture halls are all really good, and have all the essentials. The maths department gets the largest ones, as the subject is very popular. Some workshops/seminars aren't in particularly nice rooms but that isn't too much of a problem. The maths department is based in Flyde, but certainly for the first year you won't be in there much.

    If you need any more information quote me!

    Btw the maths department at Lancs is one of the best in the country. Not that I'm trying to encourage you to come here or anything
    Is there always something going on on campus if you wanted to go? Also when you first moved to the uni did you find it hard work and a hassle cooking? Was it extra pressure?
    Do you do maths?
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    Is there always something going on on campus if you wanted to go? Also when you first moved to the uni did you find it hard work and a hassle cooking? Was it extra pressure?
    Do you do maths?
    There is nearly always an activity going on in one of the bars around campus every weekend(from scavenger hunts, to fancy dress to a gambling night). Most bars have a weekly quiz as well. And on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday clubs in town hold a student night.
    Nah, it wasn't too bad cooking, I like my pasta/noodles/rice and bacon butties! If you don't want to cook you could always go for catered accommodation!

    I do maths as a minor, so 5 out of the 10 modules. I know pretty much everything about all the modules available in first year though, as 3 other people in my block do it as well. Anything you want to know in particular?
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    There is nearly always an activity going on in one of the bars around campus every weekend(from scavenger hunts, to fancy dress to a gambling night). Most bars have a weekly quiz as well. And on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday clubs in town hold a student night.
    Nah, it wasn't too bad cooking, I like my pasta/noodles/rice and bacon butties! If you don't want to cook you could always go for catered accommodation!

    I do maths as a minor, so 5 out of the 10 modules. I know pretty much everything about all the modules available in first year though, as 3 other people in my block do it as well. Anything you want to know in particular?
    Was it/extra pressure having to think about cooking for yourself? Do you know how many choose the catered option? Also am I right in thinking they focus on pure maths and statistics. And how challenging is it, having done further maths will it be a huge step up?
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    Was it/extra pressure having to think about cooking for yourself? Do you know how many choose the catered option? Also am I right in thinking they focus on pure maths and statistics. And how challenging is it, having done further maths will it be a huge step up?
    Nah not really.
    Ehrm 4 out of the 8 colleges offer the catered option. So quite a few students are catered.

    Yeah lancaster is heavy with the pure maths and stats, mechanics modules aren't actually offered by the maths department.

    The modules progress from further maths, there is a further maths content in Math101,102,112.
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    (Original post by AJCSShp)
    Nah not really.
    Ehrm 4 out of the 8 colleges offer the catered option. So quite a few students are catered.

    Yeah lancaster is heavy with the pure maths and stats, mechanics modules aren't actually offered by the maths department.

    The modules progress from further maths, there is a further maths content in Math101,102,112.
    Would you say though that by going with the catered option you miss out on that social time with flatmates etc
    Are all the staff helpful and approachable if stuck?
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    Would you say though that by going with the catered option you miss out on that social time with flatmates etc
    Are all the staff helpful and approachable if stuck?
    Ehrm no, in fact it is more sociable as you will sit and socialise with your flat for the whole meal. You can also get to know other members of the block as well during meals.

    Yeah, you have a tutor for each module, who you can go to if you get stuck. The lecturers also have office hours. They are all very nice and welcoming.
    There are also advisers who can help you with non-academic matters.
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    (Original post by AJCSShp)
    Ehrm no, in fact it is more sociable as you will sit and socialise with your flat for the whole meal. You can also get to know other members of the block as well during meals.

    Yeah, you have a tutor for each module, who you can go to if you get stuck. The lecturers also have office hours. They are all very nice and welcoming.
    There are also advisers who can help you with non-academic matters.
    Hey, I'm possibly starting BSc Economics in October, would it be pretty easy to combine Maths with Economics from my first year and carry on to do a combined degree? I have an A in A level maths so that shouldnt be a problem. I've asked before but I just want to know how simple it would be to get it organised. Thanks
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    Hey, I'm possibly starting BSc Economics in October, would it be pretty easy to combine Maths with Economics from my first year and carry on to do a combined degree? I have an A in A level maths so that shouldnt be a problem. I've asked before but I just want to know how simple it would be to get it organised. Thanks
    Yeah that should be fine. As long as you do the required modules in the first year. They will let you switch the degree. I've spoken to a second year, who has done exactly what you want to do. You could if you wanted speak to someone about at your enrollment, and they may change your degree there and then.
    I'm assuming you are planning on taking Maths as your minor then?
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    (Original post by AJCSShp)
    Yeah that should be fine. As long as you do the required modules in the first year. They will let you switch the degree. I've spoken to a second year, who has done exactly what you want to do. You could if you wanted speak to someone about at your enrollment, and they may change your degree there and then.
    I'm assuming you are planning on taking Maths as your minor then?
    Yeah maths will be my minor for sure, my plan would be to minor in maths in the first year (maybe half my modules in maths and economics each or whatever) and then combine it into second year onwards. But yeah I could ask about it at enrollment. Also its good to hear its been done before Damn it, just talking about this is getting me want to go now! haha, 6 months yet...
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    (Original post by staveley30)
    I have an offer from Lancaster for Maths but am torn as to whether to make it my firm or insurance (alternative is Durham). The problem I have is they are both very different. I would appreciate some opinions from current students. 1. How well did you settle in Lancaster. Was it easy meeting people/new friends etc. 2. Social life. Is it good. Is there much for a non drinker to do? 3. Food. Is it a hassle organising food/cooking for self. 4. On open day all the buildings/accommodation I saw were modern. Are the teaching rooms like this? Any help or advice would be great. Thanks.
    1. I'm a first year and settled in so easily. The college system is brilliant here and makes you feel like you are part of something smaller and you become a really close community quite quickly. In Freshers they organise so many events you are constantly busy and make so many friends quickly and easily! At least this was my experience Also you have Freshers Fair where there are all the societies etc and I'm sure you will find something you're interested in! There is something for everyone and joining a society is a great way to make friends! Personally in Hiking and Gospel Choir I'm just in my third term and still meeting so many lovely people all the time!

    2. I'd say so! I didn't want a crazy big city personally, so Lancaster is perfect for me. It has the right balance, lovely places to eat out, good clubs, cinema, good pubs, basic shops, Williamson Park etc so really has something for everyone! And then there is campus which has 9 bars itself and places to eat, so there is always something going on somewhere!! As for a non-drinker, definitely! I'm not a big drinker and one of my flatmates doesn't drink and we're always doing things. Events in college or through a society, always something you can get involved in if you so wish that doesn't revolve around drinking.

    3. It was a little at the start, but once you get used to it it becomes the norm, really not much of a hassle just to cook for yourself. Spar is handy on campus for your basics, pretty expensive though. I personally do online shop as it saves me going into Town for my shopping! Although there is a Sainsburys in town

    4. All the buildings I am taught in (studying History, Philosophy and Politics) are modern, as is my accommodation. I am in Furness, upgraded standard.
 
 
 
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