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I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Hi noeminvm!

Keele is a mid-sized campus university and I find it to be a very chilled campus environment. We have around 600 acres (making us one of the largest campus's in the UK) and a lot of that is green space and woodland so there are some lovely woodland and lakeside walks. Whilst our two student's unions - the SU and the KPA - do offer traditional 'nights out' on campus, they also offer more chilled evenings: pub quizzes, craft nights, board game nights etc. And there are lots of clubs and societies on campus that offer alternatives to traditional 'night life': everything from student gardening sessions to gaming nights!

There's also some nice places to go out locally. We're within commutable distance of several National Trust and English Heritage properties, as well as the natural beauty of the Peak District. There's a nice range of bars and restaurants in Newcastle under Lyme, as well as a cinema and some excellent local theatres (the New Vic in Newcastle puts on some brilliant shows). There's also a great boardgame café just opened in nearby Hanley.

You can find out more about campus life at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/campuslife/, and about our courses for 2023 entry at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...aduatecourses/.

Hope that helps!

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Hi noeminvm!

Keele is a mid-sized campus university and I find it to be a very chilled campus environment. We have around 600 acres (making us one of the largest campus's in the UK) and a lot of that is green space and woodland so there are some lovely woodland and lakeside walks. Whilst our two student's unions - the SU and the KPA - do offer traditional 'nights out' on campus, they also offer more chilled evenings: pub quizzes, craft nights, board game nights etc. And there are lots of clubs and societies on campus that offer alternatives to traditional 'night life': everything from student gardening sessions to gaming nights!

There's also some nice places to go out locally. We're within commutable distance of several National Trust and English Heritage properties, as well as the natural beauty of the Peak District. There's a nice range of bars and restaurants in Newcastle under Lyme, as well as a cinema and some excellent local theatres (the New Vic in Newcastle puts on some brilliant shows). There's also a great boardgame café just opened in nearby Hanley.

You can find out more about campus life at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/campuslife/, and about our courses for 2023 entry at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...aduatecourses/.

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise
Thank you very much!
That all sounds really lovely, I'll look into it
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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Hi noeminvm,

I'm Coral, a student ambassador at the university of Exeter. I was based between the St.Lukes campus and the Streatham campus. Both campuses have a vast amount of space dedicated to greenery and nature!. The Streatham campus is known for how peaceful it is, with large landscaped gardens and numerous water features, there is plenty of space to relax in and take a breather between lectures. I was also not too interested in night life when I started University. Exeter is a great city to be located in as there are many other activities that you can engage in that doesn't involve going out clubbing or many people. I loved cycling to Exmouth and Dawlish along the coast on weekends and after uni in the summer. There are dedicated cycle paths on both sides of the river! Alternatively, there are regular train and bus services to both Exmouth and Dawlish. Dartmoor national park is also easily accessible by bicycle, car and bus. Again I spent much of my time at uni exploring Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

Hopefully this gives you an insight into what studying at Exeter could be like for you!
Coral, Exeter Student Ambassador.
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Hey.

Have a look at Swansea University. They have a specialist ASC team (one of the only unis in the country with one). This means you’ll get specialist support and meet other autistic students (if you choose to go to the ASC team run social). They can also help you with accommodation so that you can stay on campus for the entirety of your studies. Accommodation wise, there are quiet, alcohol free and single sex flats available.
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Hi noeminvm!

Keele is a mid-sized campus university and I find it to be a very chilled campus environment. We have around 600 acres (making us one of the largest campus's in the UK) and a lot of that is green space and woodland so there are some lovely woodland and lakeside walks. Whilst our two student's unions - the SU and the KPA - do offer traditional 'nights out' on campus, they also offer more chilled evenings: pub quizzes, craft nights, board game nights etc. And there are lots of clubs and societies on campus that offer alternatives to traditional 'night life': everything from student gardening sessions to gaming nights!

There's also some nice places to go out locally. We're within commutable distance of several National Trust and English Heritage properties, as well as the natural beauty of the Peak District. There's a nice range of bars and restaurants in Newcastle under Lyme, as well as a cinema and some excellent local theatres (the New Vic in Newcastle puts on some brilliant shows). There's also a great boardgame café just opened in nearby Hanley.

You can find out more about campus life at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/campuslife/, and about our courses for 2023 entry at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/underg...aduatecourses/.

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise
Can also vouch for Keele, I've just completed my undergrad there as an introvert and while my friends really enjoyed the nightlife at the SU there are loads of societies for those niche hobbies, I walked around the woods almost every day in my last year to get a study break and I personally found there to be a good variety of study spaces (more relaxed chatty areas as well as strict silent study). As was said above there is a really good bus route that connects campus to Newcastle to Stoke station so it's really easy to get almost anywhere and so living off campus isn't a hassle. I also found they had plenty of support services from academic to pastoral to careers.
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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Hi there

The atmosphere at Durham is a mixture of both buzzing nightlife and a chill environment. You can simply choose not to go out at night and will still be able to experience the Durham culture! In this sense, societies play a very important role because you have the chance of choosing from over 250 societies as per your interests and attending their events. Colleges are also an integral part of Durham since they provide incessant support to students- both personal and academic if required. They are a great way to socialise with people and they also organise various events throughout the year. Some of the ones I remember from my college are formal dinners, festival celebrations like Christmas, Jubilee etc. They even brought pets during exam season to help students destress!

The university offers specialist autism support to those who need it which includes counselling sessions, accommodation throughout the degree, financial support etc. You can read more about it here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/disability.sup...ospective/asc/

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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Lancaster, Bangor, Keele. Reading is a town uni, and the campus is very chill and green.
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Hi noeminvm,

I'm Coral, a student ambassador at the university of Exeter. I was based between the St.Lukes campus and the Streatham campus. Both campuses have a vast amount of space dedicated to greenery and nature!. The Streatham campus is known for how peaceful it is, with large landscaped gardens and numerous water features, there is plenty of space to relax in and take a breather between lectures. I was also not too interested in night life when I started University. Exeter is a great city to be located in as there are many other activities that you can engage in that doesn't involve going out clubbing or many people. I loved cycling to Exmouth and Dawlish along the coast on weekends and after uni in the summer. There are dedicated cycle paths on both sides of the river! Alternatively, there are regular train and bus services to both Exmouth and Dawlish. Dartmoor national park is also easily accessible by bicycle, car and bus. Again I spent much of my time at uni exploring Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside.

Hopefully this gives you an insight into what studying at Exeter could be like for you!
Coral, Exeter Student Ambassador.
I really like green spaces and rivers, so that sounds perfect
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Hey.

Have a look at Swansea University. They have a specialist ASC team (one of the only unis in the country with one). This means you’ll get specialist support and meet other autistic students (if you choose to go to the ASC team run social). They can also help you with accommodation so that you can stay on campus for the entirety of your studies. Accommodation wise, there are quiet, alcohol free and single sex flats available.
That's actually so cool, I've been a bit concerned about accommodation so that sounds great!
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Hi there

The atmosphere at Durham is a mixture of both buzzing nightlife and a chill environment. You can simply choose not to go out at night and will still be able to experience the Durham culture! In this sense, societies play a very important role because you have the chance of choosing from over 250 societies as per your interests and attending their events. Colleges are also an integral part of Durham since they provide incessant support to students- both personal and academic if required. They are a great way to socialise with people and they also organise various events throughout the year. Some of the ones I remember from my college are formal dinners, festival celebrations like Christmas, Jubilee etc. They even brought pets during exam season to help students destress!

The university offers specialist autism support to those who need it which includes counselling sessions, accommodation throughout the degree, financial support etc. You can read more about it here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/disability.sup...ospective/asc/

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It's nice to know that there's specialist autism support around, I'll look into Durham some more then
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Lancaster, Bangor, Keele. Reading is a town uni, and the campus is very chill and green.
Keele has come up quite a bit, I think I'll look into it more
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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Hello noeminvm

It's wonderful that you're considering your needs in a university in advance, it's so important to find somewhere that suits you! What are you thinking of studying? If you're able to, I'd highly recommend attending open days to get a feel for different universities in person. UEA have a virtual on-demand open day that you can access online if that is of any interest to you. Whilst we do have a night life here, we are a campus university situated on the outskirts of the city centre in a lovely green space with 50+ acres of beautiful parkland and walks (we have a lovely lake too!) so I'd say we definitely do have that chill and calm element to our university. It's one of my favourite things about studying here to be honest. There's always somewhere quiet to go, but the city isn't too far away either so it's the best of both worlds

I hope you find somewhere that really suits you and you have a wonderful time! If you have any questions about uni or UEA at all please do feel free to let me know and I'd be happy to help. Wishing you the best of luck with everything!

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Hello everyone!
I'm autistic so I've been looking at universities with less night life and a more chill lifestyle.
I've looked at Exeter and the course I want to study is in the Penryn campus which I've heard is a lot more calm .
What other universities are like this?
Hi noeminvm!
I am a current first-year student at the University of Leicester, the campus is middle-sized, so it doesn't feel too big as all the buildings are within walking distance on the main campus, but it doesn't feel too small at the same time, as there are lots of different places to explore!

Just behind our Engineering building, we have a massive amount of green space, called Victoria Park, which is great for picnics, hanging out with friends and just generally unwinding! If you're not too interested in nightlife, there are lots of different opportunities for you to spend your evenings, such as joining a society- which is also great for finding people with similar interests and making new friends, if you stay in the University's student accommodation, there are events taking place every single night, such as Pamper evenings-where you get a bag full of goodies, Mexican night and pottery night, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to socialise, or chill out in the evening!

I'd also highly recommend checking out as many different campuses as you can, to see if it's suitable for you and if you can realistically see yourself living and studying there for the next couple of years

If you need any support regarding your autism, the University offers lots of help through the AccessAblity Centre, I'll leave a link here if that helps:
https://le.ac.uk/accessability-centre/support/autism

I hope this helps, and please feel free to message me if you have any more questions
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Hello noeminvm

It's wonderful that you're considering your needs in a university in advance, it's so important to find somewhere that suits you! What are you thinking of studying? If you're able to, I'd highly recommend attending open days to get a feel for different universities in person. UEA have a virtual on-demand open day that you can access online if that is of any interest to you. Whilst we do have a night life here, we are a campus university situated on the outskirts of the city centre in a lovely green space with 50+ acres of beautiful parkland and walks (we have a lovely lake too!) so I'd say we definitely do have that chill and calm element to our university. It's one of my favourite things about studying here to be honest. There's always somewhere quiet to go, but the city isn't too far away either so it's the best of both worlds

I hope you find somewhere that really suits you and you have a wonderful time! If you have any questions about uni or UEA at all please do feel free to let me know and I'd be happy to help. Wishing you the best of luck with everything!

Danielle
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I'm thinking of studying geology, and I really like lakes Having the opportunity to try night life just in case is also quite nice. I've tried to visit some universities, but quite a lot of the ones I'm interested in are quite far away, and not all of them offer a virtual alternative, so it's nice that UEA does
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Hi noeminvm!
I am a current first-year student at the University of Leicester, the campus is middle-sized, so it doesn't feel too big as all the buildings are within walking distance on the main campus, but it doesn't feel too small at the same time, as there are lots of different places to explore!

Just behind our Engineering building, we have a massive amount of green space, called Victoria Park, which is great for picnics, hanging out with friends and just generally unwinding! If you're not too interested in nightlife, there are lots of different opportunities for you to spend your evenings, such as joining a society- which is also great for finding people with similar interests and making new friends, if you stay in the University's student accommodation, there are events taking place every single night, such as Pamper evenings-where you get a bag full of goodies, Mexican night and pottery night, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to socialise, or chill out in the evening!

I'd also highly recommend checking out as many different campuses as you can, to see if it's suitable for you and if you can realistically see yourself living and studying there for the next couple of years

If you need any support regarding your autism, the University offers lots of help through the AccessAblity Centre, I'll leave a link here if that helps:
https://le.ac.uk/accessability-centre/support/autism

I hope this helps, and please feel free to message me if you have any more questions
Christine
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I love pamper nights, so that sounds cool! And a university with autism support is really nice too
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Keele has come up quite a bit, I think I'll look into it more
Yay! I'm almost certainly biased but I really do love it there. We've got an open day in August if you wanted to pay us a visit and come see what it's like for yourself . You can book to attend at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/openda...duateopendays/. There's also loads of videos and information about campus life at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/campuslife/ that you might find helpful. And, of course, you can ask questions either here or over at our Keele University sub-forum. We also have a number of our current students available to chat with on Unibuddy at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/chat/.

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