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Hi everyone!

So I am currently on my gap year and will be attending Nottingham Trent September 2015. Although I didn't plan to take a gap year it has given me more time to prepare and have recently looked into private accommodation for first years in halls.

Firstly I would like to know of anyone that has done this and whether it is completely different to normal halls as from what I can gather it isn't much different apart from the fact second and third years are sometimes placed with you.

My main reason for doing this is that I have been looking at Gill street South which would cost over £6200 a year (not even covered by my loan!) And so was looking for somewhere with a similar style. Mansion Square is where I have been looking and it comes out around £4200 which is certainly more affordable but I am just worried that I will be left out of all the social gatherings and be stick with 3rd years. I love Mansion Square and am sure that sharing with 4 people will give me the social aspect. I'm not up for partying 24/7 as I'm not a heavy drinker so please give me your opinions and advice as I'm worried!!

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Hi everyone!

So I am currently on my gap year and will be attending Nottingham Trent September 2015. Although I didn't plan to take a gap year it has given me more time to prepare and have recently looked into private accommodation for first years in halls.

Firstly I would like to know of anyone that has done this and whether it is completely different to normal halls as from what I can gather it isn't much different apart from the fact second and third years are sometimes placed with you.

My main reason for doing this is that I have been looking at Gill street South which would cost over £6200 a year (not even covered by my loan!) And so was looking for somewhere with a similar style. Mansion Square is where I have been looking and it comes out around £4200 which is certainly more affordable but I am just worried that I will be left out of all the social gatherings and be stick with 3rd years. I love Mansion Square and am sure that sharing with 4 people will give me the social aspect. I'm not up for partying 24/7 as I'm not a heavy drinker so please give me your opinions and advice as I'm worried!!

Thanks guys!
Hey! I'm starting NTU in September too and I'm having the exact same dilemma! I'm worried that Private Halls won't give me enough of a social life, but I really like the look of Trinity Square and Mansion Square - and they are so much better money wise.

I've had a year after finishing school too and am more of a pub person than a heavy drinker. You won't be the only fresher in private halls and I guess it's about making the friends who are right for you. I'm going to view Trinity Square today so I'm going to ask them about the amount of Freshers who live there and about socialising.

I'm worried too! What course are you on btw?
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Hey! I'm starting NTU in September too and I'm having the exact same dilemma! I'm worried that Private Halls won't give me enough of a social life, but I really like the look of Trinity Square and Mansion Square - and they are so much better money wise.

I've had a year after finishing school too and am more of a pub person than a heavy drinker. You won't be the only fresher in private halls and I guess it's about making the friends who are right for you. I'm going to view Trinity Square today so I'm going to ask them about the amount of Freshers who live there and about socialising.

I'm worried too! What course are you on btw?
Hey! Glad to hear its not just me! I phoned up Mansion Square just to enquire as I can't go and visit as its 4hrs away! From what I can gather they do have a lot of people from other years but loads of fresher's as well, and all fresher's are placed together mainly so we won't miss out there! From my friends already at uni they said they mainly socialize with those in halls and people they've met through the course they're doing or through friends of those they live with. Therefore to be honest I'm less worried now but I would definitely ask if your unsure. I've decided I'm going to stay in private halls :-)

I will be studying English what about you?

Hope this helped at least a little!
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Hey! Glad to hear its not just me! I phoned up Mansion Square just to enquire as I can't go and visit as its 4hrs away! From what I can gather they do have a lot of people from other years but loads of fresher's as well, and all fresher's are placed together mainly so we won't miss out there! From my friends already at uni they said they mainly socialize with those in halls and people they've met through the course they're doing or through friends of those they live with. Therefore to be honest I'm less worried now but I would definitely ask if your unsure. I've decided I'm going to stay in private halls :-)

I will be studying English what about you?

Hope this helped at least a little!
4 hours?! Where do you live? After viewing Trinity Square I think I'm going to book it, it's so lovely and so close and they seem to have a lot of 1st years. They also said that it has a student rep who gets Trinity involved in all of the inter-hall events. I don't know about Mansion Square but it would be worth asking if they have that too. I liked the look of Mansion Square but for me it was a little to far to walk to campus with big pieces of work (as I'm doing Fine Art) where as Trinity was over the road from campus. I'm sure we'll be just fine in private halls and much better off money wise
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Hastings, so ages away haha! That's good I know there's always people involved with the unis around most private halls or so I've heard. I think important thing is that you like it and seems like it doesn't make much difference whether its private halls or regular ones! Sounds like a good idea, at least we'll actually have money to spend on going out because I know the other halls I was looking at weren't even covered by my student loan!

I've booked a place at Mansion Square now :-) it'll be all good when we get there, everyone worries!
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Oh wow that's a trek! Yeah I think private's the one for me too, I'm just so indecisive and scared of making the wrong choices. I'm really excited for September! I guess everyone's in the same boat and has the same worries so there isn't too much to be scared of! Hopefully see you there in September
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I'm looking to dgo for private too, as the campus sites seem expensive considering what you get for it. Any recommendations on where to stay?
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I'm looking to dgo for private too, as the campus sites seem expensive considering what you get for it. Any recommendations on where to stay?
I've been looking at Trinity, Mansion Square and Victoria Halls. They're good value for money!

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Haven't looked at those, but I will do. The glasshouse looks good too.
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I'm looking to dgo for private too, as the campus sites seem expensive considering what you get for it. Any recommendations on where to stay?
I found private provide better quality accommodation for your money, I think I'm staying at Trinity Square, but they all look really nice!
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Mansion square looks amazing. I've just looked at it and it is definitely on my shortlist. Trinity Square also looks great, as well as being perfectly located. I think I have it down to those two and the glasshouse to choose between
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Mansion square looks amazing. I've just looked at it and it is definitely on my shortlist. Trinity Square also looks great, as well as being perfectly located. I think I have it down to those two and the glasshouse to choose between
I agree they're all so nice, it was location of Trinity Square that swung it for me - a minute to the uni is perfect (can you tell I'm super lazy?)
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What are you studying there?
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What are you studying there?
Fine Art, you?
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Fine Art, you?
Business Management, which don't sound quite as interesting.
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Business Management, which don't sound quite as interesting.
It does! I wish I was business minded!!
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Hi, i see that these posts were last year and I'm just looking at private accommodation now, what was your experience like? is it similar to the normal halls as i don't want to miss out on meeting people?
Thankyou!
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