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    Sorry to put yet another uni / applications post up.

    What is Newcastle University like? Is it respected and counted as a "good" university?

    I am going to be applying for Financial Mathematics to them. Really like the look of the uni but know nothing about it!

    How does it compare with Sheffield and Nottingham Trent?
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    Similar to Sheffield (possibly a little better) , and a lot better than Nottingham Trent.
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    Yeah it's in the Russell Group, it's an old redbrick and has an incrreeedible nightlife
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    Thankyou

    I know Newcastle nightlife is great (the main reason I looked the course up there!) and found I really, really like the look of the course there, then I found about about free parking in accomodation Now I find out it is a good university

    Now my first choice!
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    It is respected as a uni and it is a great city.

    The thing I love most is that when you are in the uni you are really in the city as well. Like, one minute you'll be walking through a group of university buildings, some of which look really nice as well by the way, and then you turn a corner and find yourself in a group of jobs. It seems so well integrated. Also it's not related to what you want to do but the course I want to do there looks amazing!

    And yes, I'd heard the nightlife was good aswell
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    I've been out there and trust me it's great

    As for the City and the University, I really must pay a visit - emailed them today to see if I could make a trip up there soon, think Open Days have finished now for a bit!! I've not really looked at the other courses, apart from what I am looking to do.

    Though seeing someone who is applying for Cambridge also applying does worry me a bit, they've gave me great feedback in my emails with them so far and seem keen to have me on the course but I suppose they would rather a fantastic applicant over someone 3 years older than the usual, who is doing an Access course!

    Good luck for Newcastle and good luck for Cambridge too
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    I live in Newcastle, and I refuse to leave it I applied for English Language but am yet to hear from them. How annoying!
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    (Original post by missness123)
    I live in Newcastle, and I refuse to leave it I applied for English Language but am yet to hear from them. How annoying!

    should i go to Newcastle Uni
    Or Queens Belfast?
    which do u think is better?
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    The best thing to do is to go on an open day and get a feel for the city and university. I think the campus is great. Newcastle and Sheffield are on pretty equal footing in terms of how good the university is results wise. I'm from Sheffield and i think the city is great but the uni is too skattered all over the place and the buildings aren't really pretty and interesting like say the arches, courtyard and union in Newcastle. Plus Newcastle as a city wins hands down for me. It kind of feels like the London of the North but friendlier and more compact with everything you need or want close by. I was going to put Durham as my first choice initially as it has an excellent rep and has more than Newcastle in terms of pretty buildings etc and the city is beautiful but I wanted to live somewhere with a great vibe and when i went to Newcastle it instantly felt like the place I wanted to be. Hopefully when you view your uni choices you'll feel something similar that will help you decide where to go.

    As for Nottingham Trent, it doesn't have a particually good rep compared to the other two. What about Nottingham Uni itself? Or are you looking for a city uni and the campus set up of Nottingham has put you off?
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    To pinkmonkey, i'm from Belfast but go to Newcastle uni, so hopefully I can help you out there.
    The reason why I choose Newcastle over Queens (I had offers from both) is that Queens can be very cliquish, and this has been reaffirmed by my friends there now (who all hate it!). The thing is that in Northern Ireland, huge fractions of schools all over the area end up going to Queens, so everybody going already has their established friends, and so they don't really bother with the whole making new mates at uni thing. So Queens really downplays freshers week, and your mates there will really mostly be the friends that you have already.
    I mean, both unis are on a similar footing with regards to academic quality and how well they score in the likes of league tables, but Newcastle is a far more sociable place, and i'm definetely really glad that I came here.
    That said, if you're seriously, seriously academic, I used Queens' new library to study when I was home over Christmas, and it is out of this world, and about fifty times better than Newcastle's main library, made me insanely jealous. That said, I doubt a library is enough to help make a decision, particularly when they both have the same books at the end of the day.
    Furthermore, cost of living in Belfast is far higher than in Newcastle. In Newcastle, socialising in the form of nights out and even just going to coffee shops for lunch is about half the price that it is in Belfast. And if you plan to stay in halls, Elms at Queens is properly deserted at the weekend because everybody goes home, but at Newcastle people seem to only go home once or twice a term.
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    (Original post by pinkmonkey3)
    should i go to Newcastle Uni
    Or Queens Belfast?
    which do u think is better?
    Hey just letting you know that someone has replied to your post. They didn't quote you so you might not have relaised
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    (Original post by peacelovelemondrops)
    To pinkmonkey, i'm from Belfast but go to Newcastle uni, so hopefully I can help you out there.
    The reason why I choose Newcastle over Queens (I had offers from both) is that Queens can be very cliquish, and this has been reaffirmed by my friends there now (who all hate it!). The thing is that in Northern Ireland, huge fractions of schools all over the area end up going to Queens, so everybody going already has their established friends, and so they don't really bother with the whole making new mates at uni thing. So Queens really downplays freshers week, and your mates there will really mostly be the friends that you have already.
    I mean, both unis are on a similar footing with regards to academic quality and how well they score in the likes of league tables, but Newcastle is a far more sociable place, and i'm definetely really glad that I came here.
    That said, if you're seriously, seriously academic, I used Queens' new library to study when I was home over Christmas, and it is out of this world, and about fifty times better than Newcastle's main library, made me insanely jealous. That said, I doubt a library is enough to help make a decision, particularly when they both have the same books at the end of the day.
    Furthermore, cost of living in Belfast is far higher than in Newcastle. In Newcastle, socialising in the form of nights out and even just going to coffee shops for lunch is about half the price that it is in Belfast. And if you plan to stay in halls, Elms at Queens is properly deserted at the weekend because everybody goes home, but at Newcastle people seem to only go home once or twice a term.
    Oh thanks honey bear for quoting me!!

    ahh that's so helpful esp from someone who's sort of in th same situation as me.

    it's so hard cause im scared of leaving home, but newcastle is a better uni. and the ppl already having friends thing isnt that good i suppose. i also hear Newcastle is wayy better than belfast for nightlife. yeah i've heard about that library too, but i'm sure i could cope without it haha . .

    Are the cultures really different?? Like the people, compared with Northern Ireland?
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    (Original post by *Honey*Bear*)
    The best thing to do is to go on an open day and get a feel for the city and university. I think the campus is great. Newcastle and Sheffield are on pretty equal footing in terms of how good the university is results wise. I'm from Sheffield and i think the city is great but the uni is too skattered all over the place and the buildings aren't really pretty and interesting like say the arches, courtyard and union in Newcastle. Plus Newcastle as a city wins hands down for me. It kind of feels like the London of the North but friendlier and more compact with everything you need or want close by. I was going to put Durham as my first choice initially as it has an excellent rep and has more than Newcastle in terms of pretty buildings etc and the city is beautiful but I wanted to live somewhere with a great vibe and when i went to Newcastle it instantly felt like the place I wanted to be. Hopefully when you view your uni choices you'll feel something similar that will help you decide where to go.

    As for Nottingham Trent, it doesn't have a particually good rep compared to the other two. What about Nottingham Uni itself? Or are you looking for a city uni and the campus set up of Nottingham has put you off?
    Honey Bear, are you at Newcastle now? If you are, I've got a place to do English Lit&Lang, similar to your course. I was just wondering whether it's any good? The English department etc? I haven't had the chance to go visit yet, but I have to choose between Newcastle and Manchester and am really stuck with which one to choose!
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    (Original post by electricgirlx.x.)
    Honey Bear, are you at Newcastle now? If you are, I've got a place to do English Lit&Lang, similar to your course. I was just wondering whether it's any good? The English department etc? I haven't had the chance to go visit yet, but I have to choose between Newcastle and Manchester and am really stuck with which one to choose!
    Hi, yeah I've loved the course! In the first year lang and lit students do:

    2 'introduction to lit studies' moduals which runs through from Victorian novels, to Shakespeare, to American Lit, to Postmodernism, feminist plays, race literature, contemporary poetry, milton, john donne and more so you get a general overview of literature, you get to read a huge viraety of texts and this will help you decide what you would like to study in your second year.

    Lit theory - I thought this would be boring but it's actually really interesting. It's about theories such as fraud's psycoanalysis, modernism, formalism, class, gender etc and how you can apply this to your essays and draw that out of other authors work etc. Will be very useful for essays.

    We did medeival literature but I don't think you'll be doing that next year because it wasn't very popular. You'll be doing another modual.

    The literature students also studied fairytales and either took a modual from an outside subject or did some creative writing work. Lang and lit students don't do this because they have their language moduals to concentrate on although in the second and third year if you decide to focus more on literature then you only have to take 2 language moduals (out of 6) and the rest can all be from literature and you can also do some creative writing or do a career development modual etc or even an outside subject.

    On the language side of things you'll be starting off with Syntax and Phonology moduals which are dull but it has to be done, it wasn't too bad and I imagine you'll have to do it whichever uni you choose. Syntax is all about analysing the structure of sentences and breaking them down into tree diagrams. Some people enjoy it and others don't, but if you're one of the ones who don't enjoy it don't worry because the first year doesn't count in your final degree mark. Only two people failed this modual anyway, and once you've got this modual out of the way you'll never have to go near it again unless you choose to in your second year.

    Phonology and phonetics is about how things sound - you'll be learning about which sounds fit into which chategories and which parts of the mouth you use to make them etc.

    You'll also be doing a modual called The Nature of Language which is a really nice modual. It's an essay based exam which is open book meaning you can take notes and books into the exam with you. The questions from past years are often repeated so you'll have a pretty good idea what you'll be able to write about before the exam as well. This covers a variety of things from language aquision, to how the brain works, to how we create relationships through language etc.

    Finally, you'll be doing historical linguistics which is about how language has changed over time.

    I think it's a pretty good variety of things which gives you time to test things out and see what you like and get into the swing of essays and exams and what to expect so you're ready and prepared for the second and third years when things start to count.

    All the seminar tutors I've had have been really good. Really helpful, they go into things in depth from the lectures and help you understand it and discuss it and prepare you well. The lecturers are a mix. They're all really good in terms of facts and good ideas and there's always plenty to write down that is useful and helpful but there are 2 I can think of that are quite boring in the way they present the information. Most are charasmatic and interesting to listen to but some just read off their essay which can be a bit dull.

    Yeah so everything was organised really well when we arrived and you get to choose when you have your seminars so you can keep fridays free and have an extra day off at the weekend if you like! The university has good facilities and our union is being referbished so in your second and third year you'll have a union with all new facilities. There are some really lovely, traditional buildings and parts of the campus. As well as a really modern area around the kings gate. As well as the places to eat and get a drink in the union there is also a coffee shop which overlooks the centre of Newcastle and the Civic Centre park. It's a bit like Starbucks but cheaper! Newcastle is a great city. It's vabrant, theres always plety to do and see, it's compact and the area around the quayside is lovely. I'm really glad I decided to come here.

    Hope this has helped and sorry if there are typos and stuff I havn't got time to read it back - i ended up writing longer than expected!
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    newcastle is incred i went there bare time ago and nights out start at 5 pm and you get pussy all day and all nioght !!111 compared to newcaste, everywhere is a **** hole. even my anus HAHAHA
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    (Original post by *Honey*Bear*)
    Hi, yeah I've loved the course! In the first year lang and lit students do:

    2 'introduction to lit studies' moduals which runs through from Victorian novels, to Shakespeare, to American Lit, to Postmodernism, feminist plays, race literature, contemporary poetry, milton, john donne and more so you get a general overview of literature, you get to read a huge viraety of texts and this will help you decide what you would like to study in your second year.

    Lit theory - I thought this would be boring but it's actually really interesting. It's about theories such as fraud's psycoanalysis, modernism, formalism, class, gender etc and how you can apply this to your essays and draw that out of other authors work etc. Will be very useful for essays.

    We did medeival literature but I don't think you'll be doing that next year because it wasn't very popular. You'll be doing another modual.

    The literature students also studied fairytales and either took a modual from an outside subject or did some creative writing work. Lang and lit students don't do this because they have their language moduals to concentrate on although in the second and third year if you decide to focus more on literature then you only have to take 2 language moduals (out of 6) and the rest can all be from literature and you can also do some creative writing or do a career development modual etc or even an outside subject.

    On the language side of things you'll be starting off with Syntax and Phonology moduals which are dull but it has to be done, it wasn't too bad and I imagine you'll have to do it whichever uni you choose. Syntax is all about analysing the structure of sentences and breaking them down into tree diagrams. Some people enjoy it and others don't, but if you're one of the ones who don't enjoy it don't worry because the first year doesn't count in your final degree mark. Only two people failed this modual anyway, and once you've got this modual out of the way you'll never have to go near it again unless you choose to in your second year.

    Phonology and phonetics is about how things sound - you'll be learning about which sounds fit into which chategories and which parts of the mouth you use to make them etc.

    You'll also be doing a modual called The Nature of Language which is a really nice modual. It's an essay based exam which is open book meaning you can take notes and books into the exam with you. The questions from past years are often repeated so you'll have a pretty good idea what you'll be able to write about before the exam as well. This covers a variety of things from language aquision, to how the brain works, to how we create relationships through language etc.

    Finally, you'll be doing historical linguistics which is about how language has changed over time.

    I think it's a pretty good variety of things which gives you time to test things out and see what you like and get into the swing of essays and exams and what to expect so you're ready and prepared for the second and third years when things start to count.

    All the seminar tutors I've had have been really good. Really helpful, they go into things in depth from the lectures and help you understand it and discuss it and prepare you well. The lecturers are a mix. They're all really good in terms of facts and good ideas and there's always plenty to write down that is useful and helpful but there are 2 I can think of that are quite boring in the way they present the information. Most are charasmatic and interesting to listen to but some just read off their essay which can be a bit dull.

    Yeah so everything was organised really well when we arrived and you get to choose when you have your seminars so you can keep fridays free and have an extra day off at the weekend if you like! The university has good facilities and our union is being referbished so in your second and third year you'll have a union with all new facilities. There are some really lovely, traditional buildings and parts of the campus. As well as a really modern area around the kings gate. As well as the places to eat and get a drink in the union there is also a coffee shop which overlooks the centre of Newcastle and the Civic Centre park. It's a bit like Starbucks but cheaper! Newcastle is a great city. It's vabrant, theres always plety to do and see, it's compact and the area around the quayside is lovely. I'm really glad I decided to come here.

    Hope this has helped and sorry if there are typos and stuff I havn't got time to read it back - i ended up writing longer than expected!

    ^ Thank you Honey Bear that was really really helpful! It sounds like a really decent course. I went to look round the uni last Friday and absolutely loved how compact yet busy it is.

    One last question - which halls are best? And are there any you just want to avoid? I'm an outgoing and sociable person but I also like to work hard and get involved.
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    (Original post by electricgirlx.x.)
    ^ Thank you Honey Bear that was really really helpful! It sounds like a really decent course. I went to look round the uni last Friday and absolutely loved how compact yet busy it is.

    One last question - which halls are best? And are there any you just want to avoid? I'm an outgoing and sociable person but I also like to work hard and get involved.
    Well if you're really social then Castle Leazes and Ricky Road are where most people are. They're both ugly inside and out but the atmosphere is really good, it's something you don't get anywhere else. They're both right next to the university so you can just roll out of bed. Castle Leazes is catered so you don't have to cook and Ricky is self catered. I'd say Ricky is the louder out of the two. Castle Leazes has a bit of a reputation of having a lot of posh rahs in it. I guess there are quite a lot but there is a varied mix tbh, I think it's rare to get a flat full of really posh people.

    Victoria Hall is about a 10 min walk away from the uni. It's lovely and modern inside and has big rooms with double beds and en-suit rooms. It's only been around a couple of years so it's a really nice place to live, the only downfall is that the rent is so expensive and you have to pay most of the rent upfront straight away instead of paying it gradually through the year.

    Bowsdon Court is again a really nice place to live. Nearly all of it has been recently referbished so the kitchens and rooms are all really nice and modern. It's also en-suit and really well priced. There is an asda close by and the metro stop is right accross the road. It's a bit quieter than the other places but that can be a good thing after a few weeks. The downside is that you have to use the metro but there are metros every 5 mins. Also Jesmond is the next metro stop away which is a really nice area with some nice bars and shops where a lot of people live in their second and third years.

    St Mary's College is beautiful from the outside, it used to be a nunnery and there are nice grassy areas around. If you get a referbished flat then it is just as nice as Victoria Hall, not all of them are referbished yet but this year everyone that put St Mary's as one of their choices got a reberbished flat. There is a morrisions around the corner. This place isn't very popular with people, however, as it is a short bus ride away and people prefer to be in the centre. Busses run every half an hour to the university and every 7 mins to the city centre so it's not really bad. Some people walk but I'd get the bus if I was you - it's about 40 mins to walk!.

    Henderson hall I can't tell you much about, I only know about 2 people who live there. Again you have to get a bus there - I think it's somewhere on the outskirts of Heaton. The rooms look pretty basic from the picturers I've seen. Some rooms have en-suit and some are catered.

    Windsor Terrace - very popular as it is next to the uni and en-suit a bit of a wasted choice as it gets filled up with gap year students who get first pick of the accommodation.
    Maris House - again full of gap year and international students as it is right next to Ricky Road and is alot nicer than Ricky Road.
    I do know a few first years who got into these places though so if you really really like them then go for it but have a less popular back up.

    Aparently there's a new place called Castle Court which is meant to be very nice as well but I don't know anyone who lives there at the moment.
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    i'm a gap year student so i think i'll (hopefully!) get first pick next year. i'm thinking about castle court, windsor terrace, castle leazes or ricky road. i'm not particularly fussy about what the rooms look like etc! i know this is an odd question, but are there any accomodations which are known for having many international students?

    thanks for your help and advice btw, really appreciate it
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    I think Marris House has more international students that other places because it's just as close to the university as Ricky Road but is quieter. There isn't one place where international students are put. Newcastle University tends to spread them out more than other universities do and international students get to apply for which halls they'd like to live in just like UK students do.

    Oh that's good - I'd def go for Castle Court then and get your aplication in asap! I wish I'd been a gap year student - you'll know which halls and flat you're in before the A-Level students even know whether they've got the grades they need or not.
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    A question to those who are at university at the moment, Do you think it's worth bringing my car up to Newcastle. The other thing is a train ticket home even with my rail card costs almost as much as the petrol i burn. and i will need to insure the car and stuff anyway when i go back home to get to work and visit friends.
 
 
 
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