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Sheffield or Nottingham for Medical Physics - which should I firm?

Hello, I just want to hear from possibly anybody else that's choosing between Nottingham and Sheffield, not even specifically about physics either.
I have offers from both, both at AAB. So they are both equal stakes to get into.
They're both really great student cities and I can't choose. I think I like the vibe of Sheffield as a city more, and I also saw accommodation at Sheffield and I really liked it, but the physics department didn't impress me as much as Nottingham's because the latter is a larger department that might be a better choice for my interests specifically. Sheffield's student union is better, but Nottingham is closer to home. Nottingham's degree is more flexible and their department seems to be very friendly and helpful to students, but Sheffield isn't bad either when it comes to student support. I don't like the Nottingham accommodation that I've looked at so far compared to Sheffield...
So basically, anyone who had to choose between the two, which did you choose in the end?
Also I feel like I have to say having student support is very important to me so it would also be nice to hear how the student support is for both unis from anyone who already goes there.
Thanks for reading :smile:
(edited 2 years ago)
Have a look at the campus tour fims for each Uni on YouTube - and the tourist films for each city.

Also, look carefully at the course content - each course will have different optional units, and one may interest you more than the other.
And, look for any extras on offer - any study abroad opportunities, work placements etc etc - these add heaps to your graduate CV.
Original post by cloudchamber
Hello, I just want to hear from possibly anybody else that's choosing between Nottingham and Sheffield, not even specifically about physics either.
I have offers from both, both at AAB. So they are both equal stakes to get into.
They're both really great student cities and I can't choose. I think I like the vibe of Sheffield as a city more, and I also saw accommodation at Sheffield and I really liked it, but the physics department didn't impress me as much as Nottingham's because the latter is a larger department that might be a better choice for my interests specifically. Sheffield's student union is better, but Nottingham is closer to home. Nottingham's degree is more flexible and their department seems to be very friendly and helpful to students, but Sheffield isn't bad either when it comes to student support. I don't like the Nottingham accommodation that I've looked at so far compared to Sheffield...
So basically, anyone who had to choose between the two, which did you choose in the end?
Also I feel like I have to say having student support is very important to me so it would also be nice to hear how the student support is for both unis from anyone who already goes there.
Thanks for reading :smile:


Hey,

I am a current 3rd year student at Nottingham.
I don't personally study medical physics but do a science based degree and have been in and around the physics department quite a bit.

I think you are right about the students union in terms of nights out etc. Nottingham has a really nice student bar on campus which also does great food but compared to other unis it isn't the hub of a night out. That being said I don't feel like I have missed out on anything as the city has so many clubs and different student nights every day of the week. There are loads of really nice (and cheap) bars and pubs too.

In terms of student support, whenever I have needed anything the uni has been really good. I think having a good relationship with people that run the course is key as these are the best people to go to for immediate help. You also get assigned a personal tutor who stays with you through your time at uni and these are a really good point of call for course or wellbeing needs. If you join any society there is normally a welfare sec who knows all about the help available at uni so they can also help. I know a few people that have accessed the counselling service and it has been a real help to them.

If you have any questions about accommodation at Nottingham just let me know, I know that they are building a few new ones but where you stay will be based off your preference of self-catered vs catered.

I think the best advice I could give is to look carefully through the modules you can take to see what interests you the most. Also wherever you end up I would encourage you to join as many societies or sports that you are interested in. It's a great way to make friends and build up a support network between students.

Hope this helps but if you have any questions just let me know,
Emily :smile:
Original post by EmilyClarke24
Hey,

I am a current 3rd year student at Nottingham.
I don't personally study medical physics but do a science based degree and have been in and around the physics department quite a bit.

I think you are right about the students union in terms of nights out etc. Nottingham has a really nice student bar on campus which also does great food but compared to other unis it isn't the hub of a night out. That being said I don't feel like I have missed out on anything as the city has so many clubs and different student nights every day of the week. There are loads of really nice (and cheap) bars and pubs too.

In terms of student support, whenever I have needed anything the uni has been really good. I think having a good relationship with people that run the course is key as these are the best people to go to for immediate help. You also get assigned a personal tutor who stays with you through your time at uni and these are a really good point of call for course or wellbeing needs. If you join any society there is normally a welfare sec who knows all about the help available at uni so they can also help. I know a few people that have accessed the counselling service and it has been a real help to them.

If you have any questions about accommodation at Nottingham just let me know, I know that they are building a few new ones but where you stay will be based off your preference of self-catered vs catered.

I think the best advice I could give is to look carefully through the modules you can take to see what interests you the most. Also wherever you end up I would encourage you to join as many societies or sports that you are interested in. It's a great way to make friends and build up a support network between students.

Hope this helps but if you have any questions just let me know,
Emily :smile:

Hi,
First of all sorry for the very late reply, but thank you for all the useful information anyway.
I wanted to firm Nottingham, but seeing how almost all of the accommodation is already booked, is it too late to get a decent room at a decent price? Do you have any recommendations for self catered accommodations?
I was looking at Nottingham Two and St Peter's Court.
I really think Nottingham might be the better choice for me in the long run but the struggle with accommodation is putting me off.
Have a nice day :smile:
Update: I firmed Nottingham in the end
The better prospects were too good to miss out on
No worries at all!

I wouldn't worry about accommodation. From my experience they are all very similar and you get out of it what you put in in terms of socialising etc.
I lived in St. Peters court in my first year so if you have any specific questions about that then just let me know.
Both SPC and Nottingham two are around a 30 min walk away from main campus. So is another popular one Raleigh park. If you didn't want to walk all of the way then you could walk for around 10 mins to jubilee campus and get the free hopper bus. SPC has a free bus put on by the accommodation which takes you to campus too.
Another popular one, owned by the same company as SPC is riverside point. It is slightly closer to campus so only takes around 15/20 mins to walk to campus. There is also a new accommodation opening next to riverside. I believe it is meant to be open for September but I am not sure if it is being advertised yet.

I have left a link below so you can have a look at what each accommodation offers. I would just look at what is most important to you and go with that. Even if one accommodation is no longer an option, the one that has the most similarities will be very similar so you won't be missing out on much.

Hope that helps but if you have any questions just let me know,
Emily :smile:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/accommodation/options/

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