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IM hoping to study biomedical science or medical science at oxford brookes in september, just wondering what you like and dislike about the uni, didn't go to an open day so haven't been able to look around. Pros and Cons?
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IM hoping to study biomedical science or medical science at oxford brookes in september, just wondering what you like and dislike about the uni, didn't go to an open day so haven't been able to look around. Pros and Cons?
Like:
- My course
- The lectures are OK. Some really good some really bad (every uni is like this)
- They actually take attendance really seriously
- The people I've met. I don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed making friends here.
- The new building is really nice and love having seminars int here and going to the library that's fun.
- Everything is moderately close by - like the campus isn't too big (even though it's split between 4 but you'll only be at 1).
- Maintenance team at Clive Booth Village are wonderfully sufficient
-cafe is real nice here. Like I would go there everyday (if it wasn't overpriced)
- I find Clive Booth to be a close knit family if you get involved though!

Dislikes:
- How ridiculously crap the Union is. Like the. Worst. Ever. I honestly don't even get how crap they are. Everyone hates it cause it's just ****e.
- Freshers was horrendously crap (subjective I got the OX wristband rather than the Brookes ones)
- How everything is so EXPENSIVE - but everything, I mean everything in and around Oxford is uber expensive which is why I don't go out that much.
- The majority of the cleaners at Clive Booth are absolute tossers with so much attitudes but everyone just avoids them. (They do a real good job though tbf).
- In Oxford in general, there's no superstores or supermarkets. Unless you live in Wheatley or Cresent Hall, then you'll end up doing shopping online. Which is annoying because they always give you things that have like 2 days before the expire!
- Nightlife is terrible. Like honestly, don't even get me started. Having said this, it's a matter of taste so this is subjective. But most people I know says it awful. However, when you're off your face, you don't really notice how horrendous clubs are (in general).

Even though I have a lot of negs, compared to positives, it is a decent uni. It would be really good if the union was just better and doing its job. It's awful. And I think the Union have the most important job of satisfying their students.
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Like:
- My course
- The lectures are OK. Some really good some really bad (every uni is like this)
- They actually take attendance really seriously
- The people I've met. I don't know anyone who hasn't enjoyed making friends here.
- The new building is really nice and love having seminars int here and going to the library that's fun.
- Everything is moderately close by - like the campus isn't too big (even though it's split between 4 but you'll only be at 1).
- Maintenance team at Clive Booth Village are wonderfully sufficient
-cafe is real nice here. Like I would go there everyday (if it wasn't overpriced)
- I find Clive Booth to be a close knit family if you get involved though!

Dislikes:
- How ridiculously crap the Union is. Like the. Worst. Ever. I honestly don't even get how crap they are. Everyone hates it cause it's just ****e.
- Freshers was horrendously crap (subjective I got the OX wristband rather than the Brookes ones)
- How everything is so EXPENSIVE - but everything, I mean everything in and around Oxford is uber expensive which is why I don't go out that much.
- The majority of the cleaners at Clive Booth are absolute tossers with so much attitudes but everyone just avoids them. (They do a real good job though tbf).
- In Oxford in general, there's no superstores or supermarkets. Unless you live in Wheatley or Cresent Hall, then you'll end up doing shopping online. Which is annoying because they always give you things that have like 2 days before the expire!
- Nightlife is terrible. Like honestly, don't even get me started. Having said this, it's a matter of taste so this is subjective. But most people I know says it awful. However, when you're off your face, you don't really notice how horrendous clubs are (in general).

Even though I have a lot of negs, compared to positives, it is a decent uni. It would be really good if the union was just better and doing its job. It's awful. And I think the Union have the most important job of satisfying their students.
thanks for your help, some really useful stuff , that is **** that the union isn't better
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IM hoping to study biomedical science or medical science at oxford brookes in september, just wondering what you like and dislike about the uni, didn't go to an open day so haven't been able to look around. Pros and Cons?
I live with two biomed students and they really enjoy the course. The first semester they said seemed like a pointless recap of A level and GCSE science but they are getting onto more complex stuff now. The lab work seems fun and the lectures are good but sometimes a bit long apparently. Occasionally disorganised too but generally they like it a lot.

I'll start with cons

Union- Like the previous poster said, the union is rubbish. As far as I know they don't get the same funding as other unis give their unions but what they provide is still dire. Apart from the safety bus I really don't know what purpose they serve. The bar is really small considering how new it is and closes really early and you don't really get special guests or speakers like you do at other unis. Tbh the union being ****e hasn't really affected my enjoyment though.

Price- The cost of living in Oxford is massive. It is the most expensive place for students outside London. Most people I know people up north who pay about £80 per week rent for their house. Ours is £105 and we got in early to find a house. The general cost of buses, food etc. does seem high.

The Uni also seems to have clocked onto the fact that a lot of rich people go here. You'd expect the various sandwich shops on campus to be student price friendly but most are completely the opposite.

Nightlife- Again as the previous poster said, the nightlife isn't great. I wouldn't say it is terrible though. It just isn't as good as places like Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle etc. but those are all at least twice the size of Oxford so I suppose that is to be expected. You can still have a good night out in Oxford though and I usually do. Clubbing on a Friday (unless at a student night club) or Saturday is stupidly expensive though.

We do have some decent student nights like Fuzzy Ducks, Go Eskimo etc. which play cheese music usually but everyone is so drunk that you have a good time anyway. These are £5 entry for a 'student' night though which is a bit absurd.

The other poster mentioned freshers. There was a Brookes wristband and an Ox Events wristband. The Ox Events will try to tell you on Facebook how good their nights are but to be honest they are rubbish (as is their alternative freshers fair may I add). The Brookes one looked far more fun and better value for money. Most people I know actually really, really enjoyed freshers.

Traffic- If you can't be bothered to walk 20 minutes into the city centre from the Headington Campus (where biomed is taught) then the traffic can be a bit infuriating, especially at rush hour. Buses can take ages and there are roadworks everywhere but the services are very frequent and only cost £1 each way (or free on a BrookesBus).

Gym- Too small (like at most unis though)


Pros:

Facilities- The facilities we have now are absolutely amazing. The JHB is a new hub sort of building with lecture theatres, social learning spaces, union, cafes etc. and a really good library and is on the Headington campus next to Sinclair which is being refurbished and is where Biomed is. There is also an on site dentist, medical centre, bank and small supermarket. It is refreshing to be able to study in such nice, shiny surroundings which are purpose built for modern students needs with loads of plug sockets, wifi etc.

The building is 24/7 access so you can work there at any time (although it has a weird atmosphere at 3:30AM. It becomes more of a brothel if yik yak is to be believed)

Lectures- You actually learn things in lectures and put them into practice straight away. The lecturers are actually nice, approachable people generally (instead of being stuck up on research) and always seem willing to help

Social life- To be expected at any uni but the social life is really good here. Made so many friends

City- Oxford is a beautiful city. It is big enough that there is plenty of stuff to do but not too small that you get lost easily. It has all the shops you could need (and there are supermarkets near the accommodation despite what the other poster said and in the city centre too). The main shopping centre in the city is being expanded at the moment and because there are so many students from Brookes and Oxford there is a youthful feel to the city. A lot of 2nd and 3rd year students live in Cowley which is south of the uni and has lots of nice pubs and bars. I think almost 1 in 4 of the population of Oxford are students.

Accommodation- If you are staying in Clive Booth or Cheney (the two main student villages and nearest ones to the main campus where biomed is taught) then you are only 5 or 10 minutes walk from the campus. The sports facilities are also really close (next to the campus) and the accommodation is quite new (about 15 years old if you are in en suite). It is well kept and you get a cleaner once a week to clean the oven and kitchen floor and things like that.

Uni support- As the uni is not a huge size you know exactly where to go for counselling, help with a CV etc. It could be a bit overwhelming in larger unis but at Brookes it is made very clear to us exactly where we need to go for help with any problems we have. There are services offered by the uni for checking essays, finding a house, writing a CV. There are also free workshops on things like time management and coping with stress. It makes a difference that all of these services are well organized and advertised by the university.

Sport and societies- Lots of sports opportunities obviously. Specialist sports as far as I know are rowing and hockey but I think there are about 50 sports you can do with teams and non competitive events too. Obviously there are lots of societies too which are advertised at the freshers fair

Friendliness- A bit of a strange one but we apparently have a reputation for being a really friendly uni. The staff and students do all seem to really enjoy themselves and it does have a 'happy' feel to the place. It is certainly a nice environment and that makes a big difference.

Location- Oxford has great transport links to other parts of the country if you wanted to visit friends at other unis. When you enrol at Brookes you are given a BrookesKey which gives you free travel on BrookesBus services to campuses and the city centre. It also gives you discounts on other bus services within the city and you can get a return fare on the OxfordTube and X90 Coach services to London for only £10.
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I live with two biomed students and they really enjoy the course. The first semester they said seemed like a pointless recap of A level and GCSE science but they are getting onto more complex stuff now. The lab work seems fun and the lectures are good but sometimes a bit long apparently. Occasionally disorganised too but generally they like it a lot.

I'll start with cons

Union- Like the previous poster said, the union is rubbish. As far as I know they don't get the same funding as other unis give their unions but what they provide is still dire. Apart from the safety bus I really don't know what purpose they serve. The bar is really small considering how new it is and closes really early and you don't really get special guests or speakers like you do at other unis. Tbh the union being ****e hasn't really affected my enjoyment though.

Price- The cost of living in Oxford is massive. It is the most expensive place for students outside London. Most people I know people up north who pay about £80 per week rent for their house. Ours is £105 and we got in early to find a house. The general cost of buses, food etc. does seem high.

The Uni also seems to have clocked onto the fact that a lot of rich people go here. You'd expect the various sandwich shops on campus to be student price friendly but most are completely the opposite.

Nightlife- Again as the previous poster said, the nightlife isn't great. I wouldn't say it is terrible though. It just isn't as good as places like Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle etc. but those are all at least twice the size of Oxford so I suppose that is to be expected. You can still have a good night out in Oxford though and I usually do. Clubbing on a Friday (unless at a student night club) or Saturday is stupidly expensive though.

We do have some decent student nights like Fuzzy Ducks, Go Eskimo etc. which play cheese music usually but everyone is so drunk that you have a good time anyway. These are £5 entry for a 'student' night though which is a bit absurd.

The other poster mentioned freshers. There was a Brookes wristband and an Ox Events wristband. The Ox Events will try to tell you on Facebook how good their nights are but to be honest they are rubbish (as is their alternative freshers fair may I add). The Brookes one looked far more fun and better value for money. Most people I know actually really, really enjoyed freshers.

Traffic- If you can't be bothered to walk 20 minutes into the city centre from the Headington Campus (where biomed is taught) then the traffic can be a bit infuriating, especially at rush hour. Buses can take ages and there are roadworks everywhere but the services are very frequent and only cost £1 each way (or free on a BrookesBus).

Gym- Too small (like at most unis though)


Pros:

Facilities- The facilities we have now are absolutely amazing. The JHB is a new hub sort of building with lecture theatres, social learning spaces, union, cafes etc. and a really good library and is on the Headington campus next to Sinclair which is being refurbished and is where Biomed is. There is also an on site dentist, medical centre, bank and small supermarket. It is refreshing to be able to study in such nice, shiny surroundings which are purpose built for modern students needs with loads of plug sockets, wifi etc.

The building is 24/7 access so you can work there at any time (although it has a weird atmosphere at 3:30AM. It becomes more of a brothel if yik yak is to be believed)

Lectures- You actually learn things in lectures and put them into practice straight away. The lecturers are actually nice, approachable people generally (instead of being stuck up on research) and always seem willing to help

Social life- To be expected at any uni but the social life is really good here. Made so many friends

I will try to remember to add more tomorrow. I know there are more negatives than positives but thats because I'm getting tired of writing. Honestly though I love it at Brookes and wouldn't swap it for any other uni now.

Thanks for being so helpful, do they not just teach biomedical science on campus?
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pros: "oxford"
cons: "brooks"
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Thanks for being so helpful, do they not just teach biomedical science on campus?
No problem. I've expanded the pro section a bit so it looks more positive now

They do teach Biomedical Science on the main campus (Headington). Sinclair is just the name of the building they teach it in (I think). Sorry if that was a bit unclear
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The sports facilities are not great considering the budget of Oxford Brookes. The gym is just awful and is actually worse than my previous Sixth form gym, not to mention a lot more expensive than most other uni gyms to join! If you want to play tennis you have to take a 30-40 min bus to Wheatley, the most depressingly dull campus at Brookes. It depends on what sport you play tbd but overall I was disappointed with the lack of quality and quantity of the sports facilities, especially on main campus.

Another problem is that Cheney student village halls are the most expensive halls at brookes (due to the long period of renting and £140 odd a week) but half of the kitchens are refurbished extremely well and look fantastic leaving residents of the other, un-refurbished half feeling like they've got a very bad deal! This hasn't affected my social life at all but Brookes should have at least charged less for the worse kitchens. My kitchen has not been refurbished and whats more is very small compared to the others (around half the size). Having a kitchen thats about the size of two halls rooms between six people causes a lot of problems! One main problem is the fact that it always looks untidy no matter how clean you are. This is where I explain to you about the wardens. "Six Student Community Wardens have been appointed by Oxford Brookes University to build and strengthen positive relationships between students and the wider community." Basically they are postgrads that are supposed to keep an eye on thing in halls and make sure no ones breaking the rules to an extreme extent. The idea behind them being students is so that they have a better understanding of the student residents and so they can get along with them. Most are very nice and get along with everyone without much fuss. Other seem to have a vendetta against new students having fun which i can only put down to their being jealous of other students ability to make friends by actually being nice.
My flatmates and I had a few friends over (totalling around 8 of us) for a christmas roast last year. If you've ever cooked a huge meal before you'll know that during the cooking there will be things all over the sides and it will look a general mess. This mess was obviously amplified by the size of the kitchen. Unfortunately the fire alarm went off halfway through, causing the wardens to come up and check our kitchen was not on fire. We were all called up into our kitchen but the wardens and they started telling us off (as if we were children) about how "dangerous" the "mess" was and how this "really shouldn't be happening". They proceeded to completely ignore us when we were trying to tell them that we had 8 people round for lunch and that we were halfway through cooking but all we got back in reply was the threat of a £50 fine for each of us if we carried on trying to explain our case. This, apparently, is £600p/m rents worth of "building and strengthening positive relationships between students and the wider community". I've heard a lot of other stories of wardens being stupendously unfair over the last few months. One of which was some girls from another block in Cheney went just outside the front door of their block and were sentenced to litter picking in the university for not having their student ID cards on them at all times. They were literally outside their own doors in pyjamas! According to the girls the warden was p***ed off that the girls had woken her up by giggling and lashed out with this obscene punishment. Bare in mind that everyone in these halls are at least 18 years old and above.

Apologies for the poor story telling and bad English but i thought this might be relevant. Oxford Brookes as a Uni is great but i'd advise against Cheney Student Village to make your time more enjoyable.
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If you're very social at home or love going out where you live, and you don't like chart music and rubbish clubs then don't come here. I'm in my first year and transferring home because it's boring here as I'm from London and nothing really compares
To that. And I have a rubbish flat of people and have made barely any friends.
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