I don't know about Manchester.. but I've put Nottingham down as my firm because I am pretty certain that it's the University for me! The campus is brilliant, and the nightlife in the city is good..
Have you visited both yet? You'd be hard pushed to make a decision based on reputation, because they are basiclaly equal I think.
Notts accomodation is ok if you get on university campus, dreadful if not.
I thought you'd decided on manchester, what changed your mind?
As I said in the other thread... if you've got nothing to seperate the two - you need to go with your gut instinct!
i was very taken with nottingham when i went on an open day. the campus is lovely and green. the accomodation was alright; the girl showing us around said that hugh stewart halls were the best but they looked a bit shabby. anyway i was pretty much decided on nottingham as being my first choice. however i still had an interview to do at manchester (somewhere i wasn't really bothered about) a couple of weeks later. nottingham city itself is great: the victoria shopping centre is one of the nicest i've seen and there's plenty of nightlife and venues (rock city, junktion 7, rescue rooms, the ice arena). crime is not something that concerns me as i live in neighbouring derby and it's not all over the news every night as that **** reid guy seems to think.
i got to manchester for the interview and absolutely fell in love with the place. it was like london but smaller and therefore less intimidating. i loved the sound of 5th avenue (club) - like a larger version of derby's amazing bluenote. the uni itself is very prestigious and will have an even better reputation with the UMIST merger (probably overtaking nottingham in the end if not already). the library and facilities were breathtaking and i was in total awe. the city was so cosmopolitan and diverse; i was with my dad for the day and after the interview we wandered into the centre, got eversoslightly lost and ended up down a backstreet of the city's chinatown where we stopped and had a gorgeous lunch. the buses and metro service were also regular and fast. all in all i was really impressed, so in the end i chose manchester over nottingham. it sounds like your mind is made up anyway!
I think most people on here know my bias by now, but if I had to choose between the two, I'd go for Manchester. Especially for computer science, I think Manchester is particularly top notch for it. As somebody mentioned, the UMIST involvement will open doors if you want to be involved with the big guys in the industry, especially internationally. Put simply, I think Manchester is a bit more on the map than Nottingham for these things.
I've been to Nottingham on an overnight course thing, so got to saty in the accomodation there, on the main university campus. I stayed in Cripps, which had nice big rooms, but they weren't particularly nice...although we did meet some people staying at the other end of Cripps who said it was alright, so I think some rooms have been refurbished.
One of my other friends went on the Medlink course, and stayed in Hugh Stewart, and thought it was really nice.