Which City/Town/Place have you found better to be in as a mature student?

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As a mature student, sometimes we do feel a bit disconnected with the rest of our classmates. I feel being in a good place where we can go out or have fun, or even manage part-time work, can make up for it to a certain extent.

So which student cities or towns or places have you found better to be in while doing your course?
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I do not have a single regret about my decision to study later in life, however from a mature learners perspective I do agree that the town or city you are studying in can ultimately shape and define your overall experience of student life!

For me, my decision to live and study in Liverpool was one of the easiest decisions I've ever had to make. The city really does offer it all - culture, sport, open spaces, shopping, food, nightlife, daylife and in my opinion the friendliest people in the world. Initially, I was very conscious of the element of disconnection from my course friends it was something that was really playing on my mind prior to studying, however I've never felt so welcomed and comfortable in my life.

If I could offer just one piece of advice it would be to do as much research as possible, both into the university of your choice and everything it's surroundings have to offer - whether the university is town or city based. Go out of your way to ensure it has everything you hoped and dreamed, you can spend hours or even days collating this research but get out there - meet the people, see what they have to say about their city, explore the culture, have some food and drink and then make your mind up.

There's over 50,000 students living and studying in this city and individually they all have their own personal reason for wanting to study here - take your opportunity to find out what that reason is!
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I do not have a single regret about my decision to study later in life, however from a mature learners perspective I do agree that the town or city you are studying in can ultimately shape and define your overall experience of student life!

For me, my decision to live and study in Liverpool was one of the easiest decisions I've ever had to make. The city really does offer it all - culture, sport, open spaces, shopping, food, nightlife, daylife and in my opinion the friendliest people in the world. Initially, I was very conscious of the element of disconnection from my course friends it was something that was really playing on my mind prior to studying, however I've never felt so welcomed and comfortable in my life.

If I could offer just one piece of advice it would be to do as much research as possible, both into the university of your choice and everything it's surroundings have to offer - whether the university is town or city based. Go out of your way to ensure it has everything you hoped and dreamed, you can spend hours or even days collating this research but get out there - meet the people, see what they have to say about their city, explore the culture, have some food and drink and then make your mind up.

There's over 50,000 students living and studying in this city and individually they all have their own personal reason for wanting to study here - take your opportunity to find out what that reason is!
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As a mature student, sometimes we do feel a bit disconnected with the rest of our classmates. I feel being in a good place where we can go out or have fun, or even manage part-time work, can make up for it to a certain extent.

So which student cities or towns or places have you found better to be in while doing your course?
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I did my BSc with the OU, which I started when I was 25. I spent most of that time working in Beijing and travelling alongside my studies. I moved to Manchester for my MSc, which I did at Manchester Met, starting when I was 31. Moving here allowed me to do an evening class to study Chinese, where I met people. There are loads of good job opportunities and I now work as an Assistant Psychologist here. There are also loads of events, clubs and other things going on.

I didn't know anyone when I moved here, but have made a lot of friends, got a nice place to live and am progressing in my career. It's not too far from my hometown in Yorkshire, too, so I go home some weekends to see family and friends there.

I think any big city will offer similar things - good opportunities and lots of things to do.
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My hometown, purely because living in my hometown made it easier to detach from university, but I am sure I'd have been fine eventually elsewhere.
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Hi!
I did my BSc with the OU, which I started when I was 25. I spent most of that time working in Beijing and travelling alongside my studies. I moved to Manchester for my MSc, which I did at Manchester Met, starting when I was 31. Moving here allowed me to do an evening class to study Chinese, where I met people. There are loads of good job opportunities and I now work as an Assistant Psychologist here. There are also loads of events, clubs and other things going on.

I didn't know anyone when I moved here, but have made a lot of friends, got a nice place to live and am progressing in my career. It's not too far from my hometown in Yorkshire, too, so I go home some weekends to see family and friends there.

I think any big city will offer similar things - good opportunities and lots of things to do.
I am glad you had a good experience studying your postgraduate degree with us!

madygh13 If you have not already started studying, i would recommend you try and visit some universities as the best way to get a feel for a university is to go and have a look around. It may be worth seeing if your universities have any Mature student societies to find others that may be feeling similar to yourself. For example here at Manchester Met, we have a Mature Students Society which is run through our Students’ Union, and is focused solely on the needs of mature students. It offers support as well as a place to socialise and make connections!

I hope some of this helps!
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Hi!
I did my BSc with the OU, which I started when I was 25. I spent most of that time working in Beijing and travelling alongside my studies. I moved to Manchester for my MSc, which I did at Manchester Met, starting when I was 31. Moving here allowed me to do an evening class to study Chinese, where I met people. There are loads of good job opportunities and I now work as an Assistant Psychologist here. There are also loads of events, clubs and other things going on.

I didn't know anyone when I moved here, but have made a lot of friends, got a nice place to live and am progressing in my career. It's not too far from my hometown in Yorkshire, too, so I go home some weekends to see family and friends there.

I think any big city will offer similar things - good opportunities and lots of things to do.
Oh wow! That sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing
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My hometown, purely because living in my hometown made it easier to detach from university, but I am sure I'd have been fine eventually elsewhere.
Haha, yeah I get it. Sadly I am an international student, but I wish we had more local unis.
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I am glad you had a good experience studying your postgraduate degree with us!

madygh13 If you have not already started studying, i would recommend you try and visit some universities as the best way to get a feel for a university is to go and have a look around. It may be worth seeing if your universities have any Mature student societies to find others that may be feeling similar to yourself. For example here at Manchester Met, we have a Mature Students Society which is run through our Students’ Union, and is focused solely on the needs of mature students. It offers support as well as a place to socialise and make connections!

I hope some of this helps!
Yes, that would have cleared a lot of things, but since I am an international student I won't be able to do that 😫 and a lot of the info online are focused on undergrads (for arts and design).

I am currently checking out the SUs and course reviews and trying to get an idea about the courses and cities. I feel as a postgrad and a mature student, I would be left out if I go to an undergrad focused uni, if that makes sense.

P.S. I actually did consider MMU for the MFA Illustration course, but the fee was a bit too much. I haven't finalized anything though so who knows, maybe I might end up in Manchester 😁
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Worst (for support in general) I'd say Nottingham Trent. Best, I can't say for sure as I haven't studied there yet, but York has some good information online regarding Mature Students.

However, depending on what you're looking for, you may not agree about York. Based on what others have said about things to do, maybe a city uni would be your best bet, where York is s campus uni. Myself, I wanted something away from the city as I've no interest in partying, shopping or anything like that. I wanted to be a) in nature and b) close to a library - and that's about it lol.
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Worst (for support in general) I'd say Nottingham Trent. Best, I can't say for sure as I haven't studied there yet, but York has some good information online regarding Mature Students.

However, depending on what you're looking for, you may not agree about York. Based on what others have said about things to do, maybe a city uni would be your best bet, where York is s campus uni. Myself, I wanted something away from the city as I've no interest in partying, shopping or anything like that. I wanted to be a) in nature and b) close to a library - and that's about it lol.
Ah snap! I thought NTU was more research focused and so was considering applying there. Now I am not sure lol.

Yeah, I mean I am also not much of a party person but I feel if its a smaller place then will it also reduce the job opportunities and things to do over the weekend like meetups, book clubs, gallery visits etc.

Since I am not white, I sometimes worry if I will stand out too much. I mean UK is not that racist, but I have heard of some horrible things too.
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Ah snap! I thought NTU was more research focused and so was considering applying there. Now I am not sure lol.

Yeah, I mean I am also not much of a party person but I feel if its a smaller place then will it also reduce the job opportunities and things to do over the weekend like meetups, book clubs, gallery visits etc.

Since I am not white, I sometimes worry if I will stand out too much. I mean UK is not that racist, but I have heard of some horrible things too.
Ahh, in terms of Racism, I'd say Nottingham is a pretty decent city. I can't comment based on experience, but it's my home city and I have friends of colour and when I've been on nights out/public transport/out and about in the city with them there's been no issues at all, and they've never expressed any problems about it. It's also great for the LGBTQ+ scene too, overall a diverse and open-minded city I'd say.

Haha, yeah I've seen the advertisements this year where Trent say they're research based. I can't really comment on all departments/schools, but the ones I was under were Philosophy and Media. I'd say there wasn't anything particularly forward-thinking or innovative about either. I will say that the Philosophy department were incredibly supportive and they have a lovely group of lecturers though - don't want to completely slate NTU haha. But support from the actual support team - not great. But if you're lucky enough to not have the complex issues I had while there, hopefully you won't need them. The doctors are decent. They introduced a policy regarding mental health on the year they terminated my studies, so provided they're implementing that policy it may have improved now.

The method I've used for finding out if a uni is research-focused and innovative in changing the narrative, is look at the masters the uni offers around your chosen subject. Also, find the pages on the uni website that details the lecturers and professors in your school/department and have a look at their specialisms. Through looking at masters, you can sometimes find where your uni is undertaking research projects on your area of study.
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Ahh, in terms of Racism, I'd say Nottingham is a pretty decent city. I can't comment based on experience, but it's my home city and I have friends of colour and when I've been on nights out/public transport/out and about in the city with them there's been no issues at all, and they've never expressed any problems about it. It's also great for the LGBTQ+ scene too, overall a diverse and open-minded city I'd say.

Haha, yeah I've seen the advertisements this year where Trent say they're research based. I can't really comment on all departments/schools, but the ones I was under were Philosophy and Media. I'd say there wasn't anything particularly forward-thinking or innovative about either. I will say that the Philosophy department were incredibly supportive and they have a lovely group of lecturers though - don't want to completely slate NTU haha. But support from the actual support team - not great. But if you're lucky enough to not have the complex issues I had while there, hopefully you won't need them. The doctors are decent. They introduced a policy regarding mental health on the year they terminated my studies, so provided they're implementing that policy it may have improved now.

The method I've used for finding out if a uni is research-focused and innovative in changing the narrative, is look at the masters the uni offers around your chosen subject. Also, find the pages on the uni website that details the lecturers and professors in your school/department and have a look at their specialisms. Through looking at masters, you can sometimes find where your uni is undertaking research projects on your area of study.
Thats good to hear! The general opinion is that people up north are pretty inclusive and friendly.

Ah yes, since I have ADHD it does matter how support is handled at uni. Glad to see they are making changes, but sorry you had such a bad experience. Its already so hard studying and you are spending so much, if we dont get the proper support its just devastating.

That is sooo helpful Saflower! Thank you so much. I will use this to filter out my choices and then finalize it. Ive been so worried about choosing the right place to study since forever 😁
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Thats good to hear! The general opinion is that people up north are pretty inclusive and friendly.

Ah yes, since I have ADHD it does matter how support is handled at uni. Glad to see they are making changes, but sorry you had such a bad experience. Its already so hard studying and you are spending so much, if we dont get the proper support its just devastating.

That is sooo helpful Saflower! Thank you so much. I will use this to filter out my choices and then finalize it. Ive been so worried about choosing the right place to study since forever 😁
Glad I could be of help. And yeah I absolutely understand how crucial a good support system is. I was diagnosed with ADHD and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder last year. I went all the way through school without it being acknowledged. Luckily at school there's a pretty good structure in place and you're still at home, so you have a stable environment - so while my grades weren't as good as they could've been, I was in attendance and got average grades.

Soon as I went to uni everything started going downhill. What with the undiagnosed ADHD and DCD, as well as undiagnosed BPD, depression etc was a bit of a mess - but didn't make it any easier for myself because I got into an emotionally abusive relationship. So yeah hopefully all that explains why I my studies were terminated - I wasn't badly behaved and the work I did hand in was 2:1 when they weren't capped. I wasn't some kind of thug or anything lol.

I guess what I'm saying is, don't follow my example lol. Get clear on your diagnoses before you go (I know you have diagnoses but if there's anything else bugging you, try to get it identified and resolved beforehand) and make your diagnoses clear to the support team and lecturers - and make your needs clear. Keep a good routine and don't put idiots before yourself - but then I suppose that last one is pretty obvious to most people lol.
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Glad I could be of help. And yeah I absolutely understand how crucial a good support system is. I was diagnosed with ADHD and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder last year. I went all the way through school without it being acknowledged. Luckily at school there's a pretty good structure in place and you're still at home, so you have a stable environment - so while my grades weren't as good as they could've been, I was in attendance and got average grades.

Soon as I went to uni everything started going downhill. What with the undiagnosed ADHD and DCD, as well as undiagnosed BPD, depression etc was a bit of a mess - but didn't make it any easier for myself because I got into an emotionally abusive relationship. So yeah hopefully all that explains why I my studies were terminated - I wasn't badly behaved and the work I did hand in was 2:1 when they weren't capped. I wasn't some kind of thug or anything lol.

I guess what I'm saying is, don't follow my example lol. Get clear on your diagnoses before you go (I know you have diagnoses but if there's anything else bugging you, try to get it identified and resolved beforehand) and make your diagnoses clear to the support team and lecturers - and make your needs clear. Keep a good routine and don't put idiots before yourself - but then I suppose that last one is pretty obvious to most people lol.
Lol I know! I felt that too while I was studying. Like all of these classmates can so easily concentrate and work on multiple projects while I am struggling to concentrate and just get started. It was so frustrating and paralysing. Sometimes i feel sad looking at how some people who are unaware just tell me to just get it done without being lazy 😑

Sorry you had to go through all that but hope you are in a better situation now.

'Keep a good routine and don't put idiots before yourself - but then I suppose that last one is pretty obvious to most people lol.'
Lol will keep this in mind always! x
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