Northumbria vs Nottingham Trent vs Swansea?

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I've been accepted to all three, but I have no idea how to narrow it down. This is what I know:

Northumbria - Great night life in Newcastle, lots of gigs and wide variety of clubs, shops and restaurants; however across all the university review websites I've looked at it ranks just average. (e.g. ranking about 55th out of 120 on most factors, like Student Union and quality of lectures).

Nottingham Trent - Great night life and accessibility to the city as the first year campus is located in the city centre. Ranked pretty high on social factors, for example I remember reading that they recently were awarded best Student Union in the country or something. However, people frequently say the wifi and accomodation is ****, especially in second year+, and I've heard complaints about lecture quality and laziness/lack of qualifications of professors.

Swansea - Right on the beach of Southern Wales, great for Summer, especially surfing and BBQs. First year accomodation is right next to the Business building as well (I'll be studying Business Management), although the campus is slightly flat and plain looking). But the city is usually described as more of a town, without much atmosphere and a definite lack of chain stores (like Size? or Urban Outfitters or whatever) and music gigs.

If you have any extra info or can correct any of this, please do. Really need your help.
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(Original post by sierraman17)
I've been accepted to all three, but I have no idea how to narrow it down. This is what I know:

Northumbria - Great night life in Newcastle, lots of gigs and wide variety of clubs, shops and restaurants; however across all the university review websites I've looked at it ranks just average. (e.g. ranking about 55th out of 120 on most factors, like Student Union and quality of lectures).

Nottingham Trent - Great night life and accessibility to the city as the first year campus is located in the city centre. Ranked pretty high on social factors, for example I remember reading that they recently were awarded best Student Union in the country or something. However, people frequently say the wifi and accomodation is ****, especially in second year+, and I've heard complaints about lecture quality and laziness/lack of qualifications of professors.

Swansea - Right on the beach of Southern Wales, great for Summer, especially surfing and BBQs. First year accomodation is right next to the Business building as well (I'll be studying Business Management), although the campus is slightly flat and plain looking). But the city is usually described as more of a town, without much atmosphere and a definite lack of chain stores (like Size? or Urban Outfitters or whatever) and music gigs.

If you have any extra info or can correct any of this, please do. Really need your help.
which subject will you be studying?
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I've been accepted to all three, but I have no idea how to narrow it down. This is what I know:

Northumbria - Great night life in Newcastle, lots of gigs and wide variety of clubs, shops and restaurants; however across all the university review websites I've looked at it ranks just average. (e.g. ranking about 55th out of 120 on most factors, like Student Union and quality of lectures).

Nottingham Trent - Great night life and accessibility to the city as the first year campus is located in the city centre. Ranked pretty high on social factors, for example I remember reading that they recently were awarded best Student Union in the country or something. However, people frequently say the wifi and accomodation is ****, especially in second year+, and I've heard complaints about lecture quality and laziness/lack of qualifications of professors.

Swansea - Right on the beach of Southern Wales, great for Summer, especially surfing and BBQs. First year accomodation is right next to the Business building as well (I'll be studying Business Management), although the campus is slightly flat and plain looking). But the city is usually described as more of a town, without much atmosphere and a definite lack of chain stores (like Size? or Urban Outfitters or whatever) and music gigs.

If you have any extra info or can correct any of this, please do. Really need your help.
Hi sierraman17


Great to hear that you are considering NTU as one of your options!

I am a current 3rd year student on placement, studying Business management and Marketing

Have you been to see the 3 uni's you have narrowed down?, If so did you get a feel for potentially living in that city for the next 3/4 years?

It sounds like you know a fair bit about Nottingham and the great social life it has to offer and of course with the uni being located so close to the city centre, everything is within walking distance.

Just to add to your point about the Wifi, I lived in halls 1st year and I found the WiFi fine, even with mutiple devices connected. In second year I lived in a house where we sorted the internet out ourselves and therefore chose how much we were willing to pay for beter WiFi.

In terms of your point about lecturers - My experience has been good and can't say I've ever comes across lazy lecturers. All the tutors I have had have always been there to answer questions whenever I've needed them. They have office hours where you can book a 1-2-1 to discuss your work as well as being able to do so in your contact time sessions (seminars).

If you have any specific questions about NTU, don't hesitate to give me a shout!

Chris
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I am in the exact same boat, I am leaning more to the Northumbria. Let me know what u decide.
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(Original post by sierraman17)
I've been accepted to all three, but I have no idea how to narrow it down. This is what I know:

Northumbria - Great night life in Newcastle, lots of gigs and wide variety of clubs, shops and restaurants; however across all the university review websites I've looked at it ranks just average. (e.g. ranking about 55th out of 120 on most factors, like Student Union and quality of lectures).

Nottingham Trent - Great night life and accessibility to the city as the first year campus is located in the city centre. Ranked pretty high on social factors, for example I remember reading that they recently were awarded best Student Union in the country or something. However, people frequently say the wifi and accomodation is ****, especially in second year+, and I've heard complaints about lecture quality and laziness/lack of qualifications of professors.

Swansea - Right on the beach of Southern Wales, great for Summer, especially surfing and BBQs. First year accomodation is right next to the Business building as well (I'll be studying Business Management), although the campus is slightly flat and plain looking). But the city is usually described as more of a town, without much atmosphere and a definite lack of chain stores (like Size? or Urban Outfitters or whatever) and music gigs.

If you have any extra info or can correct any of this, please do. Really need your help.
Hey sierraman17
I'm a 3rd year student in my placement year. The course I'm studying is Marketing Management in Newcastle Business School (Northumbria).

I would say it's important you visit the universities where possible to get a feel for life there, though if you're unable to do so, we have a student blog on our website with an array of articles about accommodation, life in newcastle & more, that can help answer some of the questions you may have (The Hub).

In my first year I lived in Student accommodation (Trinity Square - Gateshead) with en-suite rooms, and a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer in the kitchen area which I found extremely handy. You can view a 360 tour of some of our residences here:
Trinity Square
Glenamamra House
New Bridge Street
Camden Court

The Student's union has some fantastic entertainment on throughout the year as well as being a great place to meet up with friends during the uni week. Visit the website here

I have personally found the business school an excellent resource & when continuing my studies throughout second year, staff have certainly provided engaging lectures (and were also happy to go through queries or problems in detail, to make sure the workload was understood).

I'd be happy to answer any further questions you have if you want to get back in touch!

Best of luck!
Steph
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Hi are you aware of the whole Business clinic Northumbria Uni has and the relevant clients? Just google it! The Business school and the Business clinic of Northumbria is of award-winning class. I haven’t studied business at Northumbria but when I was studying there we all were aware of the “Business” department of Northumbria. I don’t know about the other unis. In general all are good! But I would advise you especially in Business to look for the links with the industry every institution holds. Enjoy your degree whichever uni you choose. At the end of the day you are the one who makes the difference! Best of luck!
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Hi are you aware of the whole Business clinic Northumbria Uni has and the relevant clients? Just google it! The Business school and the Business clinic of Northumbria is of award-winning class. I haven’t studied business at Northumbria but when I was studying there we all were aware of the “Business” department of Northumbria. I don’t know about the other unis. In general all are good! But I would advise you especially in Business to look for the links with the industry every institution holds. Enjoy your degree whichever uni you choose. At the end of the day you are the one who makes the difference! Best of luck!
Perhaps I can give you more accurate information about Swansea. It is a cross between a small city or a big town. In terms of shopping it has most national stores except the upmarket ones like John Lewis or House of Fraser. You will find Debenhams, M&S, Boots, WH Smith, Zara, Next, River Island, H&M, Top Shop, New Look, Animal, Superdry, Evans, Primark, Waterstones, Wilco and HMV amongst others. Mumbles 5 miles away has lots of boutiques. There is a large indoor market and Tesco and Sainsbury's are on easy bus routes to both campuses.

As for nightlife there is a street with about 20 bars known as Wind Street, a casino, 3 cinemas, 3 theatres, numerous restaurants a bowling alley and a leisure centre.

if you are looking at national bands or upmarket shops Cardiff has these about 50 miles away.

Your best option would be to visit yourself and come to your own conclusion.
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Perhaps I can give you more accurate information about Swansea. It is a cross between a small city or a big town. In terms of shopping it has most national stores except the upmarket ones like John Lewis or House of Fraser. You will find Debenhams, M&S, Boots, WH Smith, Zara, Next, River Island, H&M, Top Shop, New Look, Animal, Superdry, Evans, Primark, Waterstones, Wilco and HMV amongst others. Mumbles 5 miles away has lots of boutiques. There is a large indoor market and Tesco and Sainsbury's are on easy bus routes to both campuses.

As for nightlife there is a street with about 20 bars known as Wind Street, a casino, 3 cinemas, 3 theatres, numerous restaurants a bowling alley and a leisure centre.

if you are looking at national bands or upmarket shops Cardiff has these about 50 miles away.

Your best option would be to visit yourself and come to your own conclusion.
Emm sorry why you quoted my answer??? I think it’s irrelevant to your answer.... I wasn’t even talking about areas, nightlife and shops.
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