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Hello, I recently received an offer and was wondering what the general consensus of UCA is.

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What uni?
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What uni?
Sorry I seem to have messed up, UCA...
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I like it here, it's a cool uni to go to and I've had an unreal amount of opportunities through here that I wouldn't have gotten elsewhere. For my course personally they use our student loans wisely and we can see where the money goes into, but some other courses such as fashion complain that they are required to pay extra for a lot of things that are essential for class.
There's a good student union and you can go to them about anything, and from my experience UCA staff are all really good at what they do. I've never regretted coming here
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oh, and the library is really good too!
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(Original post by effieffie)
I like it here, it's a cool uni to go to and I've had an unreal amount of opportunities through here that I wouldn't have gotten elsewhere. For my course personally they use our student loans wisely and we can see where the money goes into, but some other courses such as fashion complain that they are required to pay extra for a lot of things that are essential for class.
There's a good student union and you can go to them about anything, and from my experience UCA staff are all really good at what they do. I've never regretted coming here
Effie- what UCA location are you studying at? Do you know anything about the animation departments? are students able to get help easy from tutors if needed? Does the staff respond well?
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Effie- what UCA location are you studying at? Do you know anything about the animation departments? are students able to get help easy from tutors if needed? Does the staff respond well?
I'm at Rochester. I don't know much about it to be honest as my course (tv production) doesn't actually run from the Rochester Campus. However, I'm friends with people from all different courses, and I've never found there to be an issue about contacting tutors. We can email them whenever we need to, but they're also available in person most of the time, and even if the particular tutor you're working with isn't available other tutors on the course are always willing to help out. Staff always respond to emails really quickly except for over weekends but even then they usually do you just can't count on them to reply which makes sense. And if you ever need help with general studies, the library staff are amazing, they help out with soo much and will literally just get you relevant books to what you're studying or help you with formatting of any written work. Hope this makes sense!
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I'm at Rochester. I don't know much about it to be honest as my course (tv production) doesn't actually run from the Rochester Campus. However, I'm friends with people from all different courses, and I've never found there to be an issue about contacting tutors. We can email them whenever we need to, but they're also available in person most of the time, and even if the particular tutor you're working with isn't available other tutors on the course are always willing to help out. Staff always respond to emails really quickly except for over weekends but even then they usually do you just can't count on them to reply which makes sense. And if you ever need help with general studies, the library staff are amazing, they help out with soo much and will literally just get you relevant books to what you're studying or help you with formatting of any written work. Hope this makes sense!
Effie--soooo glad you answered me! I am in the USA and applied to uni in UK. I'm looking to go to Rochester (maybe). WHAT is student life in the city of Rochester? Are there plenty of outings to do- cafes, nightclubs...
Is UCA Rochester a small uni feel where you kind of get to know everyone even in other courses?
Please tell me anything you can about UCA Rochester if you don't mind. So exciting...yet I just cannot make my final decision on which uni.
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Haha no problem! I like it here so I don't mind talking about it haha.
Student life in Rochester is admittedly limited, but we all seem to find enough to do. There's 2 main clubs that people go to which is Tap n Tin (my personal favourite) where you could literally go in your pyjamas and they wouldn't care, which is kind of a nice, non-judgemental environment, and then there's casino rooms which is more of a club where people dress up a bit more for, however, I think for the most part people dress up nice for both, just trying to illustrate that Tap is more informal and casino rooms is more formal. Those are the ones closest to the uni and halls, but there are ones that are further out such as Moo Moos which is a town over and that's pretty good or there's Source Bar in Maidstone but that's pretty far to go on a night out and my personal experience there hasn't been very good. Although it doesn't sound like many, as every place has multiple different dance floors all with different music, you don't notice. There are also micropubs along the street where the halls are and they are amazing for a more casual drink (and it's nice to support local companies) or there's also a pub a bit further down where people can go for karaoke. Finally, there are 2 wetherspoons within walking distance, which is perfect!! (i don't think you have wetherspoons in USA?? But you will soon find out what it is when you're here!)
As for cafe's and things to do during the day, you're spoilt for choice in rochester. There are loads of really nice independent coffee shops, and there's also the castle grounds which is free and really nice to hang around in in the summer. There is also a mid-sized field where me and my friends had barbecues in the summer as it's literally right outside halls and right next to the river which is really nice.
In halls you're mid way between Chatham and Rochester. Rochester is really nice for social gatherings and to hang out, but Chatham isn't as nice but is perfect for essentials like groceries, cosmetics, a few clothing shops, banks, all that stuff.
I HIGHLY recommend staying in halls here. The uni is actually fairly big, not massive, but it can be quite difficult to get to know people around the uni if you don't live in halls. Halls however is a great experience and the perfect way to get to know each other. If you're social and want to make more friends, try and get into Sedgemoor House as it's the biggest building and surrounds the smoking area which even if you don't smoke, is the perfect place to meet people. If you're more quiet however, then go for one of the other buildings, but I really recommend trying to get into Sedgemoor as it's pretty much the only way I made friends. Just be aware that because of this, Sedgemoor is louder to live in although I never found this to be an issue and if someone is being a problem you can call the Halls wardens and they will be able to move that person on or quieten them down. I also recommend finding the UCA Rochester Freshers facebook page, as within this you will find group chats for your course and the different halls houses so you can get to know people in the same building as you before you move there and you'll have friends before you even start! These are really the only way you will be able to meet people from other courses.
Laundry and kitchen facilities in halls are also really good, you just need to make sure you keep your kitchen clean as there are cleaners that come every week and if the kitchen is really messy when they come around, you could get into trouble. We never found this to be a huge issue though really, and it was so nice to have other people clean for us lol!
When you go into year 2 you'll need to find your own student accomodation. It's not too hard in this area, however, be aware that some of the ones closer to the uni aren't as nice. You'll always be sacrificing something when you move into a student house, so if you don't mind living right next to uni in a not so nice house, then that's fine, but there are much nicer and bigger houses out in Gillingham, which is about a half hour walk from the uni if you take shortcuts (this is where I am living in a house of 5). There are also very good bus routes, and almost too many train stations in the area, so if you ever need to get to London it's not a problem. It's about 45 minutes on the train. You can also get to the beach on the train in about 30 minutes, but remember that's british beaches, so they aren't the best.
Everything you could possibly need is within a 45 minute bus or train journey. You have your essentials in Chatham, but there are nicer stores in the Bluewater shopping centre by bus, or you can just go to London (but it will be more expensive).
The library at the uni is amazing and they have every book you can possibly need. You can order books from the other campuses and they tend to arrive within the week (there's a system where you can search up relevant books for your topic).
Finally, I find it great to go to a uni where literally everyone is creative-minded. Even if you aren't studying the same things, everyone can relate to you and you don't get many snobby people, everyone is mostly on the same level as each other. Everyone I spoke too was really nice, and even if there are people you don't like it's easy to avoid them, even in halls!
I can't think of anything else straight away, but if you have any other questions feel free to ask!
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