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Hello, I've been offered an unconditional offer at Brackenhurst Campus studying Animal Biology. I am in love with the modules that the course offers and have already visited the uni to see what animal facilities they offer. Unortunately, I was not able to ask many questions during my trip to their open day. Whilst the surrounding scenery are beautiful the distance from the city life is frustrating. I have read from a few pages on this website that there have been a few students who have chosen to live within the city centre and their reviews have been very helpful but outdated. I was wondering if there are any students that have actually done what I'm considering; commuting to brackenhurst campus.

If you are able to answer any of my following questions I would greatly appreciate it.
1. How has your experience living in the city centre and commuting to Brackenhurst been?
2. How many lecture days are there for the animal biology course?
3. For anyone living in brackenhurst campus is food shoping expensive?
4. The city acxomodation will obviously be mixed students studyig different courses but has this been a disadvantage? Whereas, brackenhurst students mainly consist of animal, vet burse and equine students.
5. How reliable is the bus service from city campus to brackenhurst?
6. Are there many students that commute from the city campus to brackenhurst?
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(Original post by GracieB97)
Hello, I've been offered an unconditional offer at Brackenhurst Campus studying Animal Biology. I am in love with the modules that the course offers and have already visited the uni to see what animal facilities they offer. Unortunately, I was not able to ask many questions during my trip to their open day. Whilst the surrounding scenery are beautiful the distance from the city life is frustrating. I have read from a few pages on this website that there have been a few students who have chosen to live within the city centre and their reviews have been very helpful but outdated. I was wondering if there are any students that have actually done what I'm considering; commuting to brackenhurst campus.

If you are able to answer any of my following questions I would greatly appreciate it.
1. How has your experience living in the city centre and commuting to Brackenhurst been?
2. How many lecture days are there for the animal biology course?
3. For anyone living in brackenhurst campus is food shoping expensive?
4. The city acxomodation will obviously be mixed students studyig different courses but has this been a disadvantage? Whereas, brackenhurst students mainly consist of animal, vet burse and equine students.
5. How reliable is the bus service from city campus to brackenhurst?
6. Are there many students that commute from the city campus to brackenhurst?
Hi Grace,

Thanks for your questions and congratulations on your unconditional offer! I've been in contact with one of our Student Ambassadors, Hannah, who is a third year Animal Biology student who has lived in the city during her second and third years of the course and commutes to Brackenhurst for lectures. Here are her responses to your questions;

1. "I personally love living in the city, as much as I love Brackenhurst there's a lot more to do in the city and you're closer to the majority of sports and social clubs. 9ams result in an early start (the bus leaves at 10 past 8) whereas on Brack you can roll out of bed at 10 to 9, but if you can cope with the early mornings it's great! It is a 45 minute commute, but I feel it's worth it to be in the city, with more things to do and a better nightlife (although Brack Bar has it's own charms!)"

2. "Usually there are 3 to 4 days of lectures, it does vary though."

3. "Not at all, there's Brack shop or the co-op in Southwell for any urgent needs, but the majority of big grocery chains deliver (ASDA, Tesco, etc), and there's a fresh fruit and veg stand set up in front of the library every Tuesday."

4. "I don't have a definite answer unfortunately, I spent my first year on Brackenhurst living with zoo biology, environmental and geography students and then moved into a private rented house in subsequent years. One of my housemates from second year though lived in the city first year, and made plenty of friends both on his course and in the city. There are usually ice breaker sessions so you can get to know people on your course anyway. system."

5. Very, Nottingham has full electronic updates for its buses, so at any time you can have a look at the stop and it tells you when the next bus is due. I have only ever known them to be late if there has been an accident or something out of their control. NCT also run N100 buses on a friday and saturday night, which run from Brackenhurst to the city and vice versa until 3 in the morning, making it easier to socialise!"

6. "Yes, a large number of my classmates also commute."

"I hope that helps and answers the questions adequately! Thanks, Hannah"

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Thank you for answering my questions!
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Hi, How expensive is the commuting would you say? I have looked online and it says the brackenhurst campsua is part of the 'further' zone travel and that costs £369! Thank you
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Hi, How expensive is the commuting would you say? I have looked online and it says the brackenhurst campsua is part of the 'further' zone travel and that costs £369! Thank you
Hey Laurenjoseph8

Great to hear you will be joining us at NTU!

Brackenhurst Campus is less-than 30 minutes from Nottingham city centre and has a regular bus service (Pathfinder 100). A single journey from Brackenhurst to the city is £4.15 and a day return ticket is £6 (you can use this ticket for multiple journeys over a 24 hour period). There’s also the N100 that leaves the city centre at midnight, 1.30 am and 3 am on a Friday and Saturday.

If you’re going to travel between the Campus and city centre quite frequently, you can activate your NTU Smartcard to use as a student bus pass for cheaper travel on all Nottingham City Transport buses around Nottingham.

We’ve got loads of info on discounted student travel around Nottingham on our website, which you can find here.

Hope this helps, if you have any questions let me know

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