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What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed
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Original post by bryantw17
What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed


Most unis publish average cost of living stats on their websites. For example:

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/experience/student-life/living-costs/

The location of uni accommodation is also published so with a bit of help from Google maps, you should be able to work out if you will need public transport or not.

For your other questions, some of the uni reps might be able to help:

@University of Liverpool Student Rep @University of Sheffield Students @Newcastle University @Loughborough Student Community
Original post by bryantw17
What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed

Hi there!

Unfortunately, I can't speak on behalf of the other unis you have mentioned, but I can give you some insight into being a student in Manchester based on my own experiences. Student life in Manchester so far has been great, there really is something for everyone. I quite enjoy a night out but also love a chilled night with my friends so I like to have a variety of places to go to when I'm not studying. There are so many different bars and clubs to go to in the different areas of Manchester. Fallowfield is a great area to go out in if you are conscious of your spending. If drinking isn't your thing, there are so many interesting restaurants to go to as well as museums, art galleries, nice parks etc.
Living in Manchester, like all cities, can be expensive if you fail to budget; as long as you are smart with your student loan, I would say living in Manchester is affordable.
My experience with accommodation at MMU in my first year was great! I stayed in Archway for my first year at uni and I thought the value for money was great. The building was modern, clean and felt very safe. This accommodation was less than a five-minute walk to the University. I now live in a student house as I am in my second year, this is definitely cheaper and I am still only about a 20-minute walk from campus.
Overall, I love Manchester and I couldn't imagine being a student anywhere else.

I hope this helps give you a feel for what it is like being a student in Manchester. Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have, I'm happy to help 🙂

MMU Student Rep, Molly
Original post by bryantw17
What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed

Hey @bryantw17,

I will do my best to answer your questions with respect to being a student in Newcastle based on mine and my colleagues' experiences!

Newcastle is a bustling student city during the day and night! During term time, 1 in 6 people in Newcastle is a student so there is always something on and its a really comfortable city to live in. Newcastle is a medium sized city so you get the big city feel coupled with the cosy feel, you can walk from one side of the city to the other in about 20minutes!

In terms of socialising there is something for everyone! Newcastle is famous for its nightlife with areas like Bigg Market and Greys Street but if you head a little further out of the city centre there are lovely green areas such as Exhibition Park and Jesmond Dene (right in the most popular second year living area!) and places such as Ouseburn and Quayside to explore!

We are also a 25minute metro ride from the beach! And close to the lovely countryside areas of Northumberland!

Newcastle is one of the cheapest cities in the UK which is reflected in day-to-day purchases like shopping and also in your rent in both 1st year and when you move out of university accommodation! You can find a full list of our 1st year accommodation here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/accommodation/university/
If you want to have a look at some other areas where students live, the most popular are Jesmond, Sandyford and Heaton! All of our student accommodation is within a 20minute walk from the centre of campus!

The University is an incredible place to be. Not only is Newcastle my favourite city in the UK due to the friendly people and constant buzz of activity but the university is a great blend of campus community, academic excellence and a thriving social life. We have over 180 different societies (https://nusu.co.uk/activities/societies/a-z), 60+ sports, and loads of opportunities to meet new people and try new things! Newcastle is at the forefront of research and academia, you will find that at Newcastle your tutors and lecturers are learning and studying at the same time as you which makes for the perfect environment to learn and explore a subject you love.

I have continued to live in Newcastle since graduating which says a lot about how much I enjoy the lifestyle. There really is something for everyone. We are also incredible well connected to the rest of the UK, both locally (ie 20min train to Durham) but also nationally (1hr30 train to Edinburgh, 2h40 train to London) so you're never too far from home!

I hope that helps, feel free to reply with any other questions you have!!
Jeremy
Original post by bryantw17
What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed

Hi Bryan,

Hope you are doing well! I am Jivanthika, a student rep from the University of Sheffield and I hope I can clear up any doubts and questions you have regarding life at Sheffield.

What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
Sheffield is known to be one of the more affordable student cities, with the average cost of things 10% less than the national average. In terms of student life, we have over 300 sports clubs and societies that offer a range of different events with sober and non-sober socials. There are popular clubs like the Leadmill and our very own Student Union's Foundry that does themed nights every day of the week. We also have West Street which is notorious amongst students for a good night out. However, there are also several sober activities like the Boardgame Cafe and visiting incredible viewpoints like Bole Hills. Students love Sheffield so much, the city has a 40% student retention rate, which means graduates settle in Sheffield as they love the city.

And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
Our Student's Union has been ranked as the best SU in the country for 6 years running, so the University really assists the students in supporting their needs. I believe the university has great facilities and the lecturers can support your learning when you have any doubts. I really enjoyed my first year at Sheffield as I found it a great city that was walkable filled with lots of nature. Trees outnumber people 4 to 1 here! I find that the balance of city to countryside is great in Sheffield and you can get the best of both worlds.

What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed?
We have 3 university accomodations for first years that can be found from the links below.
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation/ranmoor-endcliffe-0
Ranmoor and Endcliffe are the most popular student accommodation, which is a 20-25 minutes walk from the Students Union. There is also public transport that can also cover this walk, however most students prefer walking through the Botanical Gardens on their way down!

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/accommodation/city-0
There is also city accommodation that is a 5-10 minutes walk to the Students Union and like the name suggests is very close to the City Centre.

Both accommodations are close to a range of supermarkets and facilities so either option are great and would come down to personal preference.

I hope this has answered all your questions and let me know if there is anything more I can help you with!

Jivanthika
Original post by bryantw17
What are the student life and affordability like in theses places?
And how is the uni in general in your personal and honest opinions? Do you enjoy being there?
What are the accommodations like and how much are they? Are they walkable or transport needed

Liverpool is a great city to be a student, I have found it to be a really friendly and welcoming city with amazing and varied nightlife and culture. I've personally loved being there.

The cost of living in Liverpool is relatively low compared to other major UK cities. Accommodation, food, and transport are all affordable.

The university offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from catered halls of residence to self-catered flats and houses. The average rent for a student room in Liverpool is around £100 per week. In terms of travel between Uni and halls, there is only one off-campus hall (Greenbank), but this is only a 15 minute bus from Uni so its really convenient!

Let me know if you want to know anything more about the city or Uni 🙂
Malachy - University of Liverpool Student Rep

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