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    Hi,

    I'm a 3rd year student who's graduating soon and I've decided to make a thread to combat the majority of your fears!!

    Accommodation:
    I've lived in both Brook Street and Hughenden so I've got good experience! Ultimately choosing which halls to live in is a trade off and you have to decide what matters the most to you, but hopefully the lists below will help you out!

    Brook Street:
    - Cheapest option
    - Only 5 mins walk from the uni campus
    - Perfect if you're sociable and love courtyard parties
    - Don't get a lot of peace as there's always something happening
    - Share a flat/bathroom/kitchen with 9 other people. (10 per flat)
    - Oldest halls residence, looks like a prison which brick walls and is quite run down.

    Hughenden:
    - Middle range option
    - 15-20 mins walk from the uni campus
    - However there's a bus that runs from directly outside the halls straight into town. The bus is free (just show your Bucks ID card) but finishes at 9.30pm.
    - En-suite bathroom which is always a bonus.
    - Only share with 5 other people
    - Whereas Brook Street has a courtyard where different blocks can socialise, Hughenden doesn't have such a place, unfortunately.
    - Only built 4/5 years ago, fairly new, and looks quite upmarket

    Windsor:
    - Most expensive option
    - Halfway between Brooks and Hughenden so only about 10 mins away.
    - Built in rown so can be quite noisy.
    - Very plush and upmarket but not a lot can afford the price.
    - Only built in Summer 2012.

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    Night life:
    SU:
    Our SU is utterly amazing. We are the ONLY SU in the ENTIRE UK that do NOT have to pay for entry, thanks to a little something called The Big Deal (more on that below).
    The general weekly schedule goes a little something like..
    Monday - Alternate nights
    Tuesday - Alternates between Comedy Central and Suck My Acoustic
    Weds - FRAT - BIGGEST STUDENT NIGHT! Tends to be society takeovers!
    Thurs - Crash or Clarity
    Fri - FLIRT - Tends to be themed nights and probably the SECOND biggest night out!
    Sat - Unisex
    Sun - Rock and Roll Bingo. Always win up to £100 in cash.

    The SU has a range of themed nights including Foam Parties, UV Parties, Popcorn Party, and Silent HeadPhone Disco Party to name just a few.. Guaranteed that you will NOT want lecs at 9am on a Thursday Morning as Weds nights are the biggest nights out every week!

    Yates:
    There's a Yates next door to Windsor House. Their student nights tend to be on a Tuesday.

    Pubs:
    Fairly large range of pubs including Yates, Wetherspoons, Butlers, Antelope, Hobgoblin, Beaconsfield Arms, The Falcon and O'Neils - just in case that takes your fancy!

    Although there isn't a massive nightlife in High Wycombe, the SU definitely has an event on every single night and to be fair, there's always a massive variety. Not only that, in case you ever fancy a change, London is only 35 mins away on a train and there is Revs in Beaconsfields as well. However, I've been here for 3 years, and I've loved it!

    Entertainment:
    There is a Cineworld and AMF Bowling Alley in the town centre called Eden. Student cinema tickets cost £4.20 which is actually a bargain! There's also an Empire's which is about 15/20 mins away.

    Jobs:
    Ample opportunities for part time jobs. The Eden Centre has plenty of retail shops and restaurants that are constantly hiring and can be quite flexible with students. Just make sure you have a CV ready and get in early.
    The SU also hire for the Bars in the SU as well as other jobs. Make sure you check out the Bucks SU website (http://www.bucksstudent.com/)

    Restaurants:
    Nice host of restaurants in the Eden in case you ever fancy eating out.
    There is a Nando's, La Tasca, Wagamama's, Frankie and Benny's and Zizzi's in the Eden.
    There's a Noodle Nation straight outside the university campus.
    There is a TGI Friday's and Frankie Benny's next door to the Empire Cinema about 15/20 minutes away.
    Plenty of fast food and pizza places including: Domino's (Which deliver until 5am AND you get awesome vouchers in the Freshers Fair), Pizza Hut, Chicken Cottage, Kebabish, Dennis's etc.

    The Big Deal:
    The Big Deal. Is. Amazing. Basically, as BNU student you will not have to pay for any events, activities, societies or the SU because The Big Deal will take on all of your costs. Whether you want to join the netball society, Bucks Newspaper, go to Thorpe Park, learn to water-ski, gain new culinary skills, speak Spanish etc - YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY!! IT'S TOTALLY FREE! If you join a society, you don't have to pay for equipment or uniforms because The Big Deal pays. The amount of opportunities that come your way is utterly ridiculous but I will 100% suggest getting completely involved because you will be so much better for it!! No other university offers this, but this is definitely our worthwhile Unique Selling Point.

    Contact Info:
    Official New BNU Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bucksnewuni
    Official Bucks SU page: http://www.bucksstudent.com/
    Official Website: http://bucks.ac.uk/
    BNU Freshers Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5731...74921/?fref=ts
    BNU SU Pics: https://www.facebook.com/BucksSuPhotos201213?fref=ts

    Top Tips:
    - Find out what you want from university, and shop around for the best university
    - Join a clubcard according to where you're living and where you'll be doing your main shops
    - Don't be afraid to get stuck in.
    - Use social networking sites to meet coursemates, flatmates etc in advance
    - TALK to students who've studied at the uni and make sure it's a varied demographic to gain an accurate review
    - Come down for the Open Days and get a feel for what the uni is like. If you're spending 3 years in a uni, minimum, then make sure you've picked the right place.
    - Your experience is what you make it. Remember that.
    - Your time at university will FLY past. Don't have regrets.

    Feel free to post questions below and I hope that I've helped! Like all student towns, Wycombe does have it's fault but I've been here for 3 years and I've had an amazing time. Best of luck, Freshers! x
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    Thank you so much for all the information! Im due to start in September on a Business & Marketing course and cannot wait However, I now feel very reassured about which accommodation I want to stay in (BROOK STREET) and I cannot wait for the SU nights

    If anyone is studying Business & Marketing or staying in Brook Street feel free to chat
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    you forgot to mention the bit about most of the lecturers being useless, the university being useless and the degree you get at the end not being worth the paper its printed on.



    i am also a third year at bucks.
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    (Original post by bronemillie)
    Thank you so much for all the information! Im due to start in September on a Business & Marketing course and cannot wait However, I now feel very reassured about which accommodation I want to stay in (BROOK STREET) and I cannot wait for the SU nights

    If anyone is studying Business & Marketing or staying in Brook Street feel free to chat
    You're more than welcome! Ahhh, glad to hear that it has helped you make your mind up!! Student life as a whole is awesome! At the end of the day, it is what you make it Enjoy x

    (Original post by djlinus)
    you forgot to mention the bit about most of the lecturers being useless, the university being useless and the degree you get at the end not being worth the paper its printed on.



    i am also a third year at bucks.
    Depends on your course. I personally enjoy most of my lecturers, so definitely varies per person. Really? I disagree.
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    (Original post by bronemillie)
    Thank you so much for all the information! Im due to start in September on a Business & Marketing course and cannot wait However, I now feel very reassured about which accommodation I want to stay in (BROOK STREET) and I cannot wait for the SU nights

    If anyone is studying Business & Marketing or staying in Brook Street feel free to chat
    Hey I'm going to do accounting and finance and I think the business subjects share quite a few modules/seminars xx
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    (Original post by alisonsarah)
    Hey I'm going to do accounting and finance and I think the business subjects share quite a few modules/seminars xx
    Ah wicked are you looking forward to it? Where are you looking at staying? Xx


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    You're more than welcome! Ahhh, glad to hear that it has helped you make your mind up!! Student life as a whole is awesome! At the end of the day, it is what you make it Enjoy x



    Depends on your course. I personally enjoy most of my lecturers, so definitely varies per person. Really? I disagree.
    Thank you very much x


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    (Original post by bronemillie)
    Ah wicked are you looking forward to it? Where are you looking at staying? Xx


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    Yes, so much!! Haha are you?
    And I'm not entirely sure yet, I'm leaning towards brook at the moment cause I've heard it's a lot more sociable than hughenden....what about you? Xx
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    (Original post by alisonsarah)
    Yes, so much!! Haha are you?
    And I'm not entirely sure yet, I'm leaning towards brook at the moment cause I've heard it's a lot more sociable than hughenden....what about you? Xx
    Yeah same I cant wait! Hopefully I get the grades to get in Same as me I will put that as my first option definitely. Well hopefully i'll see you in September xx


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    (Original post by bronemillie)
    Yeah same I cant wait! Hopefully I get the grades to get in Same as me I will put that as my first option definitely. Well hopefully i'll see you in September xx


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    I'm pretty sure you'll be fine, don't worry!

    Actually, you won't . I'm a 3rd year, so I'm leaving :'(. Final exam is on Friday and I'm gone. Trust me when I say that you will have the best 3 years of your life!!
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    What about the Uxbridge campus?
    Do we have to travel to High Wycombe to go to SU?
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    (Original post by djlinus)
    you forgot to mention the bit about most of the lecturers being useless, the university being useless and the degree you get at the end not being worth the paper its printed on.

    i am also a third year at bucks.
    Hello Djlinus, We are sorry that you did not have a good experience with a number of lecturers on your course at Bucks. We would like to look into this case further.
    Please can you contact [email protected]

    Many thanks
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    (Original post by Bucks New University)
    Hello Djlinus, We are sorry that you did not have a good experience with a number of lecturers on your course at Bucks. We would like to look into this case further.
    Please can you contact [email protected]

    Many thanks

    i really dont see the point i had a meeting with the head of department at the start of my 3rd year about numerous issues that were of a big concern not only to me but other students, this was following a pretty large email detailing them after the uni replied to me being rather public about airing my concerns. after the meeting i was told a lot of them would be addressed and would be kept up to date about how things are progressing. following the meeting. I heard nothing and nothing was resolved so whats to say these are going to be sorted now or my experience will be any different. I graduate in a few weeks with a crap grade mainly due to the uni's incompetence what is going through all that again going to resolve now?

    NOTHING!
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    (Original post by djlinus)
    i really dont see the point i had a meeting with the head of department at the start of my 3rd year about numerous issues that were of a big concern not only to me but other students, this was following a pretty large email detailing them after the uni replied to me being rather public about airing my concerns. after the meeting i was told a lot of them would be addressed and would be kept up to date about how things are progressing. following the meeting. I heard nothing and nothing was resolved so whats to say these are going to be sorted now or my experience will be any different. I graduate in a few weeks with a crap grade mainly due to the uni's incompetence what is going through all that again going to resolve now?

    NOTHING!
    Your post was really helpful thank you! I'm going to study Dance and Performance at bucks this September (A MONTH AWAY) and I'm so excited, and after reading your post it's just made me more excited! haha PERSONALLY from what I've seen and experienced within the uni has been amazing so far (hence why I choose this one).. I'm living in Brook Street and have found most of my flat mates already I can't wait to start my course and get thrown into dancing and performing. and again thank you for the useful information!!

    PS.. to the person who's posting loads of stick about bucks... most of the people on these post's are freshers, they have been accepted and will be attending this uni in the next month and are probably, if not or more excited then I am! Therefore they probably do not wish to read your moany and bitter posts about whatever you felt about your time here.. after all, as you stated.. you were there for 3 years.. therefore had a million opportunities to leave or switch courses/uni's ... must not of been so terrible if your were willing to endure it for that length of time
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    How you Freshers all feeling? I graduate in about 2 weeks and I CAN NOT WAIT..

    That said, I would give ANYTHING to be a fresher again because its the best time of your life!!!

    If anyone wants any advice, on absolutely anything, let me know! I've lived at both Brook Street (for a year) and Hughenden (for 2 years) so have a lot of experience there too! Good luck x


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    Therefore they probably do not wish to read your moany and bitter posts about whatever you felt about your time here.. after all, as you stated.. you were there for 3 years.. therefore had a million opportunities to leave or switch courses/uni's ... must not of been so terrible if your were willing to endure it for that length of time
    Ah, if only it was that simple...
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    (Original post by laaaaaureenn)
    PS.. to the person who's posting loads of stick about bucks... most of the people on these post's are freshers, they have been accepted and will be attending this uni in the next month and are probably, if not or more excited then I am! Therefore they probably do not wish to read your moany and bitter posts about whatever you felt about your time here.. after all, as you stated.. you were there for 3 years.. therefore had a million opportunities to leave or switch courses/uni's ... must not of been so terrible if your were willing to endure it for that length of time

    Perhaps you don’t realise yet how important is going to be your Uni degree in your life. How important is going to be the skills you learn, the marks you graduate, and your degree. You might want to live in a fairies word. I wish had known in advance the problems of some tutors during the degree, so I’d have avoided them. If I do a postgraduate course, I’d like to know if there is anything wrong at the uni, course or lectures where I’m going to study.
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    sorry laaaaaureenn but like dingo said it wasnt that simple im a mature student with 12 years IT industry experience before coming onto the course so you could say im a lot more mature and established than your average fresher who has never lived away from hime and the whole concept of university is exciting and full of late nights drinking and early morning starts. from my perspective i had come to the course to learn rather than loaf.

    as i said the uni is a pretty big joke, hardly any of the course delivered what it said on the tin at the open day and in the nice pretty brochures. as for the proceedure for complaints there isnt one that will get you anywhere, at the start of my 2nd year i was working 1 day a week in the industry which then turned full time over the summer and then for 3rd year i just remained full time and did 1 day a week at uni. i chose to do this simply as regardless of what grade i got i was still going to have this position when i finished uni and how the course had gone so far i was of the mindset that i may as well just finish it rather than drop it for my 3rd year.

    when i chose to do this i was told i would get the full support of the uni as i was work ing in the industry but what really happened was i got no support whatsoever. one other thing that happened was i got a meeting with teresa moore at the start of my 3rd years because of comments i had made on public facing intertnet sites with the intention of these problems being sorted out. again what really happened was i was put in the room for an hour promised the world but eventually delivered nothing. the whole point of the meeting really was to be told not to expose the uni for the joke it is and keep my mouth shut. it wasnt just me that was having problems the whole group had issues with the course and its shortfalls but again nothing happened of it.

    dont get me wrong bucks has a few truely inspirational lecturers but it also has a lot more truely crap lecturers whos idea of marking work leaves little to be desired. one such incident was some group work we had in the 2nd year where we were told close to handing that we had to have no more than a group of 4 where we had a 5, this left us no choice but to split the groups for handin but everybody just did twice the work so 2 versions of the same wok were handed in. when it came to the marks one group got a 1st the other a low 2:2 when in reality the 2 pieces were slightly reworded versions of each other.

    there were many other examples of this throughout the 3 years and quite frankly the course has been of no benefit to me in attempting to change careers which i have done completely off my own back and not with help from the uni. as for the comments about why did i not simply change to another course it wasnt that simple, im a mature student , this was my one and only chance of getting a degree and it was done off my own back without the support of mummy and daddy which im sure a lot of the people on here are getting. because of this maybe my expectations are a little higher than others or maybe its because i didnt look at uni of 3 years of my life where all i want to do is get pissed every night.

    anyway im done trying to explain myself to a stroppy teenager.
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    (Original post by djlinus)
    sorry laaaaaureenn but like dingo said it wasnt that simple im a mature student with 12 years IT industry experience before coming onto the course so you could say im a lot more mature and established than your average fresher who has never lived away from hime and the whole concept of university is exciting and full of late nights drinking and early morning starts. from my perspective i had come to the course to learn rather than loaf.

    as i said the uni is a pretty big joke, hardly any of the course delivered what it said on the tin at the open day and in the nice pretty brochures. as for the proceedure for complaints there isnt one that will get you anywhere, at the start of my 2nd year i was working 1 day a week in the industry which then turned full time over the summer and then for 3rd year i just remained full time and did 1 day a week at uni. i chose to do this simply as regardless of what grade i got i was still going to have this position when i finished uni and how the course had gone so far i was of the mindset that i may as well just finish it rather than drop it for my 3rd year.

    when i chose to do this i was told i would get the full support of the uni as i was work ing in the industry but what really happened was i got no support whatsoever. one other thing that happened was i got a meeting with teresa moore at the start of my 3rd years because of comments i had made on public facing intertnet sites with the intention of these problems being sorted out. again what really happened was i was put in the room for an hour promised the world but eventually delivered nothing. the whole point of the meeting really was to be told not to expose the uni for the joke it is and keep my mouth shut. it wasnt just me that was having problems the whole group had issues with the course and its shortfalls but again nothing happened of it.

    dont get me wrong bucks has a few truely inspirational lecturers but it also has a lot more truely crap lecturers whos idea of marking work leaves little to be desired. one such incident was some group work we had in the 2nd year where we were told close to handing that we had to have no more than a group of 4 where we had a 5, this left us no choice but to split the groups for handin but everybody just did twice the work so 2 versions of the same wok were handed in. when it came to the marks one group got a 1st the other a low 2:2 when in reality the 2 pieces were slightly reworded versions of each other.

    there were many other examples of this throughout the 3 years and quite frankly the course has been of no benefit to me in attempting to change careers which i have done completely off my own back and not with help from the uni. as for the comments about why did i not simply change to another course it wasnt that simple, im a mature student , this was my one and only chance of getting a degree and it was done off my own back without the support of mummy and daddy which im sure a lot of the people on here are getting. because of this maybe my expectations are a little higher than others or maybe its because i didnt look at uni of 3 years of my life where all i want to do is get pissed every night.

    anyway im done trying to explain myself to a stroppy teenager.

    Well im sorry you've have such a bad experience with your course and the university, but from what I've heard from people on my course who are currently going into their 3rd year, they say it's amazing and it's everything they wanted So I'm happy with that! Also I have friends who are currently studying here and they love it too! So there's good and bad opinions. I'm sure that at every uni there is courses that are better than others and what not.. but from what I've heard and seen about mine im not complaining at all, im just excited! Plus mine is a very different course to yours! As I'm doing dance and performance I will find out myself thank you and if i happen not to enjoy it (which I hope I do enjoy it) i will think of other options then. And im not trying to come across as a 'stroppy teenager' ... you said your piece about the uni and I said mine simple! Not everyone's going to agree with your word, especially freshers. I'm 18 years old and looking forward to uni... im bound to be excited as it is a new experience for me and everyone else.
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    that was a really good post you just did until you got the the last sentence and qualified everything in my argument lol
 
 
 
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