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    Hey guys!

    I'm a third year student (currently on placement) at Northumbria and I'm here to take any questions you may have about uni life or Northumbria in general.

    If you have questions geared towards Northumbria's accommodation, please post them here!

    I'll try be online once a day, so if anyone has any questions, post away and if I can't answer them I'll try direct you to someone who can!



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    Thanks for what you're doing here. My question is regarding career fairs and actually help from the University in employment. How does the University assists students in getting placements and work positions?
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    Hello GreekFreak

    Northumbria is currently reviewing its courses and we are hoping to offer placements in the majority of courses from 2017

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    (Original post by GreekFreak)
    Thanks for what you're doing here. My question is regarding career fairs and actually help from the University in employment. How does the University assists students in getting placements and work positions?
    It's a pleasure, I love helping out here! The university run multiple graduate and career fairs each year (normally two or three), and there are different events every week (the careers office email students about them) ranging from companies coming in and talking to practice interviews, skills workshops and bookable CV advice sessions.

    Each department also has a Placement Team who help students find placements. They run similar CV workshops and practice interviews and also email out and collate placement schemes and individual placements for the students.
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    What would you say the nightlife is like?
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    (Original post by Ehhh)
    What would you say the nightlife is like?
    Easily one of the best places in the UK for nightlife - there's everything and more that you could want - from cheap student trebles bars to the more lavish jazz bars; quiet cafes to multiroom nightclubs; and clubs/club nights that cater to basically every type of musical taste - I've never heard of someone who couldn't find a nice night out in Newcastle.

    Without sounding like an advertisement for a sec, there's so many places in Newcastle that I'm still finding new places in my third year. And there's always a lot of change too, so a lot of new student nights start up or move to other clubs.
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    When will the 2017 entry prospectuses be out? I'm guessing the Northumbria official account will be the one for this question?

    Also how would you rate Northumbria as a university? CUG league table has them rank 60 whereas from what I've heard of it (friends and general reviews) it should be much higher, especially for business related courses!

    Lastly, say I did go to Northumbria. I've just arrived, unpacked and met my flatmates. What things would you recommend doing/signing up for as soon as possible?

    Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by bbvii)
    When will the 2017 entry prospectuses be out? I'm guessing the Northumbria official account will be the one for this question?

    I assume you can expect a 2017 entry prospectus during the summer months (the next open days are in June, so probably round about then) . You can order one here.

    Also how would you rate Northumbria as a university? CUG league table has them rank 60 whereas from what I've heard of it (friends and general reviews) it should be much higher, especially for business related courses!

    Not gonna lie, if you look at Northumbria's ranking for on either CUGS or The Guardian, we are pretty buried. We have got a few awards though - the Business School won Business School of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015 and has been got an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB international) double accreditation in business and accounting, which less than 1% of business schools have worldwide. The library is also ranked second best in the UK.

    In my opinion though, I really do like Northumbria and wouldn't pay much attention to the league tables. The courses are really well taught, the lecturers are helpful and knowledgeable about their subjects. We're in the best location and have plenty of facilities and a really good SU, so I can't complain.

    Lastly, say I did go to Northumbria. I've just arrived, unpacked and met my flatmates. What things would you recommend doing/signing up for as soon as possible?

    First off, try find your flatmates on Facebook before you arrive - the SU sets up official halls groups (they're the ones without all the promoters in) to help, and introduce yourself beforehand.

    When you arrive, get to know them. It might feel a bit awkward at first, but you'll all be in the same scenario (parents just left, new start) so ask if anyone wants to go to a Fresher's Week event. Speaking of which, get a Fresher's Week wristband and pick it up on the day of your arrival. They're normally about £30-£40, but get you into every SU event for free.

    Don't drink too much and be sure to go to your inductions to get a feel for your course and meet your course-mates. Same situation, try find them before you go - here and Facebook are good places to start - and ask them to go for a drink or something after lectures.

    Lastly, be sure to go to the societies fair (where you can learn about/sign up for societies) and the Fresher's Fair, where you get bags of free stuff!


    Thanks in advance!

    No problem! Any more questions, just drop 'em below!
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    I'm really struggling to decide what is important to me for somewhere I'm going to live. I've narrowed it down to Stevenson and New bridge. They seem like very different options but was wondering if you could tell me if the extra money is worth it? If you have totally different places to recommend thats cool too!Thanks
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    (Original post by charlie25)
    I'm really struggling to decide what is important to me for somewhere I'm going to live. I've narrowed it down to Stevenson and New bridge. They seem like very different options but was wondering if you could tell me if the extra money is worth it? If you have totally different places to recommend thats cool too!Thanks
    In my mind, I'd go with New Bridge Street, but that's probably based on the fact I like new, shinier accommodations and it's ensuite haha. They're both good accommodation (or so I've heard from people who've been there) - they're both close to uni, the city and the local convenience stores and they both has similar facilities (laundrette, 24hr security), but there are a few differences which will hopefully give you a better idea :

    1) As I said above, New Bridge is ensuite - lots of people (first years especially) prefer ensuite rooms because they don't know the people they're living with and like to have their own bathrooms.
    2) New Bridge Street has bigger rooms on average - there's not much difference tbh - the average room size in Stephenson is 11.52m2 whereas in New Bridge it is 14m2. Both have plenty of space though, so I wouldn't worry about that.
    3) New Bridge has double beds, whereas Stephenson only has singles (personal preference again).
    4) Stephenson has an underground car park; New Bridge has no parking.
    5) Stephenson is £28 cheaper per week, so if you can live to share a bathroom and have a single bed, I'd go there.

    As another recommendation, I was going to put down Liberty Quay, but if you want to apply through the university, have you thought about Camden Court (cheaper by £8 per week, but ensuite)?

    Hope that helps you!
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    What course are you studying?
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    (Original post by aspiringbuddhist)
    What course are you studying?
    I study Computer Games Programming, which is currently being phased out in favour of the new Computer Science with specialisation courses (Computer Science and Games Development would be the replacement).
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    Hi,
    Does fresher's week start on your UCAS start date which for me is the 12th of September or is it the week before your UCAS start date?

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Mark.C98)
    Hi,
    Does fresher's week start on your UCAS start date which for me is the 12th of September or is it the week before your UCAS start date?

    Thanks.
    It'll be the UCAS start date. Officially, Fresher's Week takes place over Induction Week, which is where you get introduced to the university, facilities and your lecturers and coursemates. The week after that is when lectures/seminars properly start.
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    (Original post by dp247)
    It'll be the UCAS start date. Officially, Fresher's Week takes place over Induction Week, which is where you get introduced to the university, facilities and your lecturers and coursemates. The week after that is when lectures/seminars properly start.
    That's great. Thanks for your reply!
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    I'm looking at accommodation for this year, but not too sure as to which one to go for. I quite like New Bridge Street and Camden Court as they are both en-suite and close to the uni. What is the social life like in both of these halls, are they similar or is one more social than the other?
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    Do you find that many students go further afield for accommodation? I've booked into the verde in a studio, but I know a lot of newcastle students book into the accommodations near st James park.

    im also not into partying/ drinking etc, do you think there's many other things to be doing around and about the area even though it is known for its nightlife.

    What course are you doing?
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    Hi, I've got an offer to study business (London campus). Don't know if it's still applicable but could you tell me about student life,overall campus feel, accommodation, graduate prospects, what lectures are like? How many students per class?
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    (Original post by An97)
    I'm looking at accommodation for this year, but not too sure as to which one to go for. I quite like New Bridge Street and Camden Court as they are both en-suite and close to the uni. What is the social life like in both of these halls, are they similar or is one more social than the other?
    They're pretty similar. During term time you see lots of beer bottles lined up on the windows of Camden Court from all the flat parties. I imagine NBS is pretty similar, as the flat sizes are about the same (4-6 in Camden; 4, 5 or 7 in NBS). As always though, your social life is how you make it, so it's up to you to get to know your flatmates and other people in the block/accommodation .

    (Original post by Jessicalw23)
    Do you find that many students go further afield for accommodation? I've booked into the verde in a studio, but I know a lot of newcastle students book into the accommodations near st James park.

    im also not into partying/ drinking etc, do you think there's many other things to be doing around and about the area even though it is known for its nightlife.

    What course are you doing?
    For first year, the majority of students apply to student accommodation through the university rather than go with private lettings or rentals. The reason why this is is because it's managed by the university and so people feel more secure in their applications - but you'll have a good time no matter where you go! I know one of the private accommodation blocks near St James' is exclusively for Newcastle students, so that's why they go there haha.

    There's still plenty of things to do here that aren't parties or involve drinking. Firstly, I'd recommend signing up to societies and clubs - they meet at least once a week and there's around 70 to choose from. The SU also have events such as Fast Friends, BBQs, quizzes and shows on occasion (especially during Freshers). Outside of the university, there's still lots of things that can be done - the beach is about a 20 minutes Metro ride away (obviously you're not going to go on a Saturday night, but it's still really nice (and Di Meo's is the BEST ice cream shop ever - that's in Whitley Bay)), and there's also things like cinemas, late night shopping, late night cafes and other attractions in the city. Lastly, not everyone drinks or likes parties, so I'm sure you'll find other people are very much in the same boat.

    I'm doing a soon to be dead course called Computer Games Programming, which is literally what it says it is haha.

    (Original post by blackswan91)
    Hi, I've got an offer to study business (London campus). Don't know if it's still applicable but could you tell me about student life,overall campus feel, accommodation, graduate prospects, what lectures are like? How many students per class?
    Unfortunately, I've never been to the London Campus, so I'm not sure I can help you (and I don't want to mislead you). The site has plenty of information though, which is here.
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    Hi, I'm applying for a 2 years master in business, with an internship placement in year 2 at the school's clinic. Do you have any information about that internship? And how is the part-time jobs opportunities for international students there? Thanks for answering
 
 
 
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