My University of Cambridge Residential

As a high achieving A-level student from a state school, I have been given the opportunity to take part in a special programme called Higher Education Plus (HE+). The programme is run by the University of Cambridge to encourage potential applicants, from less fortunate backgrounds to apply. Enter me.

The journey to Cambridge included a 5 hour and 30 minute drive on a heavily air-conditioned bus. I ended up sitting next to another girl from a different school, who was hoping to study medicine. I spent most of my journey reading my book, listening to music and staring out of the window. We stopped at a service station for a while and ate popcorn and made use of their WiFi. We had been driving for 5 hours before we saw the first sign for Cambridge, which came as a complete relief. As I got off the bus, I felt a little dozy and drowned by the air conditioning. The bus dropped us off at this gorgeous park and the initial surroundings were fantastic.

We were staying at Trinity Hall College, one of the smaller colleges in Cambridge. On arrival we were rushed straight into the dining hall, as we were running about 1 hour and a half behind schedule. We were given food and not particularly nice food either, I asked for a jacket potato and beans (a fairly standard meal) to find beans were rationed so I had to have some horrible spicy courgette instead. You would think that the top university in the UK could provide you with a simple spud and beans, but apparently not. As we ate we received a quick welcome, which was not very grand and welcoming. The welcome was more of a “I’m just going to talk over the sound of knives and forks” as everyone was eating.

After lunch we headed off to a subject talk, I selected Natural Sciences (Biological Physics). For reference the other sessions available were Archaeology or Linguistics. The talk was held in the “Graham Storey Room”, which was just your typical room to be honest. We were in no grand lecture theatre or anything like that! The talk was tedious as I barely could hear the speaker. It was based on Volvox (algae) and we got to have a look at a sample in a glass bottle. We also got a brief history of the microscope which I thought was quite amusing as on the bus, I was reading about the history of the microscope!

The second talk I attended was Veterinary Medicine, which was much better than the first talk. We looked at horses and the types of movement from gallops to trots to canter etc. We looked at cats and how if you drop a cat from a height it will turn and land on its feet. Although it was ‘medicine’ a lot of the talk was quite physics based and how the cat used angular momentum to turn. I am glad I went for veterinary medicine as I was considering going to Natural Sciences (chemistry) instead. However last minute I heard the chemistry was material science based, which put me off a little. The other talk available was English.

Once our minds had been stretched and our knowledge expanded we got the opportunity to check into our rooms. Trinity Hall had two accommodations open one was a modern block a fifteen minute walk away and the other a traditional on site accommodation room. My group was placed on site in the traditional rooms. My room was massive, it had a fireplace, three chairs and two windows. The room was much bigger than any other university room I have seen elsewhere. However the room was old and a little grubby in places. The door on the wardrobe was broken, meaning the door would not remain closed. The door was half painted in two different colours! The door and the walls were suppose to be a cream colour, but the back of the door had white patches where someone had tried to paint over stains. My desk was surprisingly small, I thought Cambridge students were suppose to study a lot, but obviously not. 😉 I was however pleased with my lovely little vanity kit, that basically included free shower gel, shampoo, soap and cotton buds.

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My room at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

We then had some spare time, where we just reflected on life and had a chill. I spent most of the time catching up with fellow students who attended the other talks to find out how they went. From what I understood the archaeology talk sounded surprisingly interesting. Once we had a chatter, we then headed back to the dining hall for dinner. Being vegetarian I ended up with a vegetable pasty, which was rather stodgy and you guessed it more courgette! For pudding I tucked into a sharp berry cheesecake:

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Once we had dinned we were taken on a tour of Trinity Hall College itself. We were shown the exterior of the various accommodation, we didn’t go in. We saw the grounds and the garden, which did have some lovely vibrant flowers. We had a quick tour of the college library, which was surprisingly very small. One thing I did notice about the college as a whole was the fact that it seemed a bit dungeon based and attic based as well. A lot of the time I found myself going through tiny archways and down steps into dark dungeon type rooms. We had a browse of the student common room, or what other universities would call the student union. It was of course underground in a dungeon, there was a shabby darts board and a ruined pool table, not splendid and grand. The bar was closed and under refurbishment so we didn’t get a look. The college is river based so we did have a laugh as one of the punts lost its pole in the river!

Our short tour of Trinity Hall was over in less than 15 minutes, it really is a small college. Us girls then decided to hit the town or city as I should say. Some people purchased tourist tops with “Cambridge University” branded on them. I was tempted, however I am already a clothe hoarder, so I managed to restrain myself. We walked around the city and had a look around to get a feel for the area. However the night was drawing in and most of the shops had closed or were closing.  We ended up heading back to the college, once back safety we settled in for the night. It was not the most peaceful and refreshing sleeps of my life, I was woken up at 6 am by the sun beaming into my room. Only to find the worlds biggest spider above me, after that there was no lie in for me.

Breakfast consisted of a cooked English breakfast minus the sausage, bacon and egg…..essentially beans on toast. The toffee flavour yogurt was rather nice though. After reflecting on last nights tour of Cambridge we came up with a plan. We had the option to go back out into Cambridge, but this time visit the other colleges. We desperately wanted to visit Kings College, as we had seen it the previous evening and it looked fabulous. We spoke to the porter who let us in to have a look. Kings College was phenomenal, it was absolutely jaw dropping! I was amazed, this is what I thought Cambridge would be like. I was filed with awe and bewildered by the beauty!

We then headed over to Queens College. I wasn’t a huge fan of Queens and I just could not see myself there. The college had a Tudor type theme and some of the buildings looked as if they were suffering from wood worm, even the modern accommodation looked a little grubby in places. The so called “Mathematical Bridge” is awful. The bridge is not mathematical it is actually called the “wooden bridge”. It was not designed by Issac Newton, who was already dead and buried and there were certainly bolts in it! Not impressed.

We had a look around Corpus Christi College, which did have the most friendly porter by far! The porter man was lovely and you could see excitement in his eyes when we told him we were prospective students. The college seemed nice and a close community feel. We could hear people in the common room playing ping-pong and some Taylor Swift music was playing, so a friendly college. We also viewed St Catherine which did have a grand feel to it, not quite as grand as Kings College but still majestic. After browsing a few other colleges we went back to Trinity Hall to do a personal statement workshop. Most of which we already knew and it was more of a reinforcement than learning. The day continued with lunch. Although hot food was available I went for a cheese sandwich and some fruit. Once lunch had finished we headed back to the court yard to have a group photo before heading off.

There we have it a rather long but somehow brief description of my short stay at the top university in the country. My overall impression was that the buildings were rather grand and the scenery was spectacular, although I didn’t go much on the actual talks by the lecturers. Which is fine as nobody goes to Cambridge to learn anyway! 😉

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University of Surrey Open Day

Arriving at the open day was a breeze, we managed to park directly outside the main entrance. The university has a massive car park which was free to park in and meant we did not walk far at all. Once we arrived we had a really swift check in, no queuing at all! We dropped off our registration bar code in a box and collected a campus map. My first and initial impressions were good, there is a lovely fountain water feature at the entrance.

We headed over to the “Innovation of Health Learning Laboratory” aka the science labs. The foyer was bright and cheerful, with a clean feel to it. We booked our self onto the next lab tour, which was unfortunately 30 minutes away. So we decided to take a quick browse at one of the Band D accommodation rooms first. I was actually surprised to see how big the rooms were, they were huge! Each room had a proper desk, that is large enough to spread out all my paperwork on! The en-suites were also much larger than I expected, with nice showers. I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of accommodation, it certainly is a lot better than the accommodation in other universities I have viewed. However the price of the accommodation was unknown, it didn’t say on the door or in any booklet I had picked up. Based on accommodation I have seen in other universities I expect it is quite high.

After checking out one set of accommodation we went back to the venue for our tour of the science lab. After the whole organised booking and receiving a ticket they didn’t even ask to see the ticket, which makes me think I could have got onto the earlier tour with out booking in the first place, never mind! The tour of the lab, wasn’t really a tour so to speak more of a viewing. I say it wasn’t a tour because we only went into one room, it wasn’t exactly a tour of the facilities more of a viewing of one room. The laboratory room seemed rather vast and could hold 200 students at one time, it was also very modern. The laboratory had only been opened in February, so it certainly did have a new fresh style to it. I had ago at one of the practical demonstrations, which was a fake urine analysis. The lady doing it said the practical was from the biochemistry course, however I would have argued it was more biomedical science instead. They also had a rather interesting mobile phone samples, where they had grown all sorts of bacteria and fungi from volunteers phones. There was also some sort of pond dipping/lake water type demonstration going on, which was part of the ecology module in biological science. While in the lab we got to wear the classic white lab coat and had to disinfect our hands on exit, which is standard protocols.

From the tour we headed straight out and other to a talk which was on “Biosciences, Microbiology and Veterinary Biosciences.” The talk itself was very good, the lecturer was hilarious and really captivated the audiences attention. I certainly didn’t get bored during the talk and I actually had fun! The only thing I can say is that the talk did appear to have more of a biochemistry focus, the lecturer was a biochemist and 3 of the 4 students helping out were doing biochemistry. Both microbiology and veterinary biosciences were barely touched upon, with just a quick over brief. There also appeared to be quite an emphasis on doing a year in industry or a placement year, which the university will find for you.

Once the talk was over, we went to the on campus shop to buy lunch…to find they had ran out of sandwiches! We then had to trek around the campus and eventually found another cafe to eat. The cafe was full of the student ambassadors which made me feel a little awkward as I felt like we were not suppose to be there. Not only that the food was poor, my sandwich was vaguely edible and my mocha was more of an overly sweet hot chocolate.

We then decided to explore the campus more on what I believe some people would call a “self-guided tour”. The overall buildings did look a little untidy here and there, with a few coats of paint required or that might be me being picky! The library was rather odd, based on the fact that it didn’t start on the ground floor, but the first floor. However it did look like you standard library: plenty of study space, computers and books. However there did seem to be fewer group study rooms than in other universities.

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The surroundings of the campus were spectacular. They have a massive pond and water features.  The campus seems to be situated in a beautiful area, full of natural wildlife and greenery.

The student union was by far the worst I have seen, so far! There was absolutely nothing happening, the place looked abandoned and derelict. The entrance made it look like some dodgy kebab shop! I wasn’t even sure if we were allowed in to be honest, but the door did open. The place was messy and full of random cardboard boxes, almost like a store room. Feeling rather uncomfortable we quickly moved through the building into what I believe was the bar and student club. The place was called “Flirt”… not the best name ever, it sounds more like some lonely dating agency if I am honest. The place was very dark and had flashing lights of pink and blue colour, there was what looked to be a dance floor and a stage, which lead into a bar. The music was playing loud rap type music and the lights were flashing, yet the place was empty. The whole venue looked like the top floor of a multistory car park, the leather seats in the bar gave me an uneasy feeling. I felt totally out of place like we were not suppose to be there, so we quickly left. In the whole student union I didn’t see any nice cafes or a nice social spot to sit down and have a chat.

We then went on to view two more accommodation options. One of which was another ensuite which was very similar to the first one we viewed. The other one was a Band C, which basically means it has a shared bathroom. The actual rooms were again a decent size and had their own sink. The shared toilet and shower didn’t look too gruesome and not overly grotty. However this time it was the kitchen that got me! The sink looked like a trough that you get to wash your dishes up on a campsite. The hobs looked medieval and full of rust, the whole kitchen had a very basic feel to it.

The information fair was a large marque which had lots of stalls inside and free coffee. I collected booklets on all the bioscience courses. I tried to find out some information on scholarships and bursaries available however nobody seemed to know. It seemed to be a common theme that was running, nobody knew anything about the costs. Nobody could tell me accommodation costs, financial support available or even additional costs. It seemed like the finance department hadn’t sorted out their budget yet.

Overall I was impressed by the science labs and how well equipped they were, the talk was very good and the lecturer was great. The course itself for me is what sells it, the course I want to study looks very interesting and it is an accredited course, which is like the cherry on the cake. However through out my day none of the student helpers spoke to me, not one. They all seemed very shy and nervous, almost frightened. I didn’t get a very welcome feel from the university and I felt a little left to my own devices so to speak. There also didn’t seem to be many student helpers about, I’m not sure if most of the students had already moved out or they struggled to recruit them.

Imperial College London Open Day

Arriving in the heart of London was not as problematic as I first expected it to be. We did get stuck in traffic and queues going into London, which was as expected. We parked in a near by car park which was obviously expensive! On arrival at the university we ended up walking in through the back entrance, so arriving wasn’t as grand as you may expect.

We were greeted with a free bag which contained some highlighter pens, an information booklet and a fold able plastic water bottle. Once signed in, we headed over to a room full of stands. We got a free coffee, which was actually really good and then went to my first talk.

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Talk number 1 was on Medical Biosciences, it was a 90 minute talk taking place in the rather posh Sir Alexander Fleming Building. As we arrived we received a free pen and some more booklets with information. The first part of the talk involved us sitting in a rather small conference room, rather than a large lecture theatre. We were told to begin with about Imperial College as a whole, what life was like as a student there and the clubs and societies on offer. The next part of the talk focused on the course and how it was structured, with information on the modules that will be taught and the hours of lab time. We were then told about the admission procedure, which has a lower than 6% acceptance rate! The typical grades were AAA, but realistically you need to be looking at A*AA to stand a chance. After the talking was done, we were taken into a side laboratory where we had to do a practical, yes a practical! This involved the classic extracting of DNA from a strawberry, which was rather fun and enjoyable. However I wasn’t expecting to be thrown into a practical like that!

After the first talk we had a break ate some food and prepared for talk number 2. The second talk was to be on Biochemistry. The talk took place in a grand lecture theatre. It started off poorly right from the start, they had an IT issue which meant they had to restart the laptop they were using. Which to be honest must have been awkward for the guy running the talk and an embarrassing mistake to make in front of a hundred people. Once the laptop rebooted itself the talk began. The beginning of the talk was similar to the first and involved some data about Imperials history. Then the gentlemen started talking about biotechnology instead of biochemistry, it was quite a shambles! After a rocky start a lady took over for the second part of the lecture. She was a professor and decided to dive right in to a taster lecture on proteins. She seemed to have lost most people as there was no warm up introduction, just straight into undergraduate level biochemistry with no prior warning. Most people lost attention as she went off on one about the isolation of proteins. By that point most of the people there were truly fed up and were itching to leave. The woman ended her rather odd talk by saying “right that is it, I’m off to a meeting now.” Which just caused confusion as the talk was suppose to be 90 minutes but we had only been there 30 minutes. Everyone was half way out of the door, when some PhD student walked in to do the 3rd section of the talk. By now 40% of the people were already gone and the rest of us were up and out of our seats. So we just carried on and left, I did feel sorry for the man after her as everyone left before he could talk!

Once out we headed back to the information stands in the main building, I picked up some leaflets on finance and accommodation etc. Along with a few free pens of course! We then jumped onto an accommodation tour. The accommodation we went to see was about 5 minutes away from the university (it was literally across the road). I was wowed and amazed by the halls, they were so nice and modern. The entrance was rather stylish even down to the fine details such as the lights in the stairs. We looked at 3 types of room: twin, single en-suite and premium en-suite. The twin room wasn’t to bad there was a divider type board in the middle and the en-suite was obviously to be shared. However I don’t think I could deal with sharing a room, even though it is much cheaper the lack of privacy and the worry of not getting along with your room mate would be too much! The en-suite room was rather spacious and was much nicer than any university room I have seen. The premium version was a little bigger with a double bed, rather than the single. As you could imagine the rooms were rather pricey! The kitchen was clean and tidy, with a lockable cupboard and eating space. The common room wasn’t as good as I was expecting. It didn’t feel like a common room, more of an empty wide corridor that someone had left some sofas in by accident. The common room was very long and narrow, which didn’t give it a social and homely feel to it.

Overall I was in awe with the prestige and academic excellence of the place, I did feel a little daunted by the large city. However I would not get bored, there would be plenty to do and the National History Museum is next door along with the science museum and Royal Victoria Albert Museum. The overall buildings did look cool and had a real glow to them and the accommodation was lovely. However my biggest worry is that it is practically impossible to get in! The entry requirements are very high and even if you meet them there is no guarantee you will get in. Also the cost of living in London is crazy and the accommodation prices are just overwhelming!

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Warwick Open Day Experience

Image result for university of warwickArriving at the open day was complicated and tiring. After a 2 hour car ride we had to queue to get into the ‘car park’. (‘car park’ being a dusty old field). The queue of cars took us about 30 minutes. Then we parked up and had to get into an another queue, this time a queue of people which took 40 minutes. This was all for the park and ride service the university was offering, as they didn’t want visitors parking in their car park as there would not have been enough room. Oddly we managed to park next to one of my friends from school, which was crazy considering we had know idea she was coming and we had driven 2 hours away from home and yet in a car park full of about 2000 cars we managed to park next to each other, truly amazing.

The queue didn’t seem so bad as we had someone to chat with and there were plenty of buses. The bus ride its self was not great, I ended up sitting on what I think was an heating vent. Even though it was a hot day June it appeared the heating was jammed on. Not only that we had to sit at the top and the windows had to be kept open due to the heat. However when we drove through the narrow roads with low hanging branches, tree debris and leaves fell on us!

On arrival we had our bar code scanned and an open day booklet given to us. We said goodbye to my friend from school and headed towards the Student Union. We bought a plain standard coffee and sat inside the main part of the student union. There were bright coloured chairs, that looked like something you would find in a nursery play room! The overall appearance of the Student Union did not look too bad though, it did have a modern clean feel. In the student union they had a hair dressers, cafe, bank, bread shop, pool tables, arcade games, bar and what looked to be a music room.

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We then decided to walk around campus and found our self in the sports centre. We didn’t have a proper look around, mainly because I wouldn’t classify myself as a ‘sporty’ person. I saw the main sports hall, which looked pretty standard with 4 badminton courts. There was also an indoor climbing wall, which I wasn’t too impressed with it was more of an indoor climbing cave, rather than wall.

I decided to have a quick browse of the chemistry department, we walked in saw the stands and then walked out again. We didn’t stop and speak to anyone, there did seem to be more going on, but I was conscious that I hadn’t booked or anything. Not only that I am not really interested in studying chemistry anyway. Afterwards we went to the library which was a little disappointing, there didn’t seem to be many books! Instead everything was computerised and the so called 1.2 million books were actually ebooks. There just seemed to be endless amounts of computers and plenty of study space.

We then headed towards an accommodation that was en-suite, we once again queued at the entrance. The kitchen was nice and stylish, there was a large table for people to eat around. With two cookers (8 hobs) which would be shared for about 8-12 people. The room seemed fairly average and typical of a common uni room. The en-suite did have a bath tub though, instead of just a shower.

Giving our self plenty of time we decided to leave the main campus and head to a side campus known as Gibbet Hill campus, where they teach medicine and life sciences. This was really what I was interested in and came for. The campus was about a 15 minute walk away from the main campus, but the walk there was breathtaking (in a good way). The pathway took us through a beautiful woodland area, where there were lots of trees and wild plants. We walked across a scenic little bridge across a stream. It felt so refreshing like a break from the busy campus life style a spectacular little walk in nature. In the Summer month of June the sun was beaming through the green leaves and the area felt full of life. I could picture the gorgeous blue bells that would appear there in the spring and a glittering blanket of frost in the winter. I loved how the life sciences campus was separate from the main campus, it somehow made you feel important and special. It was lovely to know only scientists and doctors would walk down the path and that you were valued and treated differently from everyone else.

As we entered the life science campus we were greeted and given a plastic wallet full of information. It was truly incredible the plastic wallet was sturdy and strong in an aqua blue colour, the wallet is practical and can be reused. Inside was a nice notepad of paper with “Warwick life sciences” printed at the bottom accompanied by a free working pen! But best of all there was a £5 gift voucher to be spent in any university run cafe! Wow, we were truly valued by the university. We had a lovely tour of the science labs where we spoke to one of 12 lab technicians. It was also reassuring to find out the first 2 practicals did not count, so we could get a feel for what a proper practical was like before being assessed. We then went into a room known as the ‘Orchard’ as it had 120 APPLE IMAC COMPUTERS! Yes, one hundred and twenty! I was amazed about how much value was in one room. We then went to a mini-library place known as a ‘biogrid’ to be fair it was a bit rubbish, there were only 3/4 book shelves and a tiny group study area. The group study looked as if it would be noisy and rowdy.

After the tour we attended a talk on life sciences, which was a 45 minute talk covering all the life science subjects. This included biomedical, biological sciences and biochemistry along with something else called “Global sustainability” or something similar. For me the talk confirmed that biological science was not for me, but I could do either biomedical or biochemistry. It was also reassuring to see that 80% of those who graduated were doing something useful, whether it was working within the field or further study. The other 20% went into different fields such as banking etc. We then headed down to the onsite cafe and had sandwiches, crisps, cake and tea.

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the demonstrations as such because I didn’t know where they were. We saw the poster display, but there didn’t look to be anyone demonstrating anything. I didn’t want to ask “Where is the demonstration?” just in case they replied “this is it!” and then I would have to awkwardly do the “ohhh”

We then headed back to main campus and looked around some more accommodation we went into another en suite place which was very similar to the first except the kitchen was a touch smaller and the desk in the bedroom a little smaller. We then viewed the cheapest accommodation open which was a shared bathroom. The room itself didn’t look too bad, in fact the room was bigger than the en-suite rooms. I did like how the toilet was separate to the shower. The kitchen didn’t look much different to that of the other places except just a touch smaller. I think the biggest difference was the fact that 19 people could be in that one kitchen, compared to the max of 12 elsewhere. I know they say people have different schedules and stuff, but with 19 people and only 4 toilets and 8 hobs. There must be times where you have to wait.

Overall I liked the layout of the campus it was like a mini town. However for me there was too many cafes, bars and restaurants. To me everywhere you went there was a cafe in some places 3 or four cafes in one building. It makes you wonder if the students actually cook, I do think I could potentially get bored there after a while. Especially since there felt like there was no life outside the campus, it wasn’t next to a big city or anything! The student ambassadors were friendly and the were visitors friendly too. Overall I enjoyed my day there, even though getting there was a nightmare!

 

My University of Bristol Open Day Experience

Image result for bristol universityYesterday I hopped onto the bus, armed with my campus map and braved the 25 degrees heat to head out to the University of Bristol Open Day. As you can imagine the weather was marvellous, it was bright and sunny…just like the photos in the prospectus!

Getting there was challenging, I got off at the wrong bus stop (I think it was too early) which meant I had to navigate free hand. To make matters worse I had no data on my phone, so I couldn’t just get a map up and get some directions. Instead I had to ask random members of the public for directions, I got quite lost and ended up in some antique market. After I kept asking different people, I slowly came closer and closer to the university. Then it was quite a long walk up a rather steep hill to the top where the university is located.

Once I arrived there was no time to take in views or anything, I was straight of to my first talk of the day ‘Cellular and Molecular Medicine’. To be honest going in I knew little about the course, so was simply keen to get a better insight. I was actually quite surprised the course sounded quite interesting and something to consider. Afterwards I headed to their cafe in the Chemistry department, where I ordered a rather expensive latte. From the cafe I walked down the corridor and had a quick browse of the biomedical library.  The library was not that big to be honest and there appeared to be quite a lot of ancient books.  However there was some good study space and plenty of desks, some of which had computers and a nice view across the city.

Afterwards I went over to their labs to have a look around at their displays. I found the biochemistry and biomedical science displays, which was what I was interested in. I spoke to a biochemistry first year student who briefly explained the difference between the two courses. Then I went to biomedical science and asked one student if she knew if the course was accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Scientist, surprisingly she did not know. Which was quite surprising really considering the fact that she was studying the course! However the whole area was quite busy with people so I didn’t really speak to many people there. Looking back on it, I think I should have spent a little longer at the displays and asked some more questions.

Once I had checked out the laboratories, I headed into the city centre to look at the city accommodation. First I went to a rather nice place that was extremely modern and newly refurbished. Location 1 was a short walk from the department I would be at, which is a bonus. The rooms however were very small, it was quite literally shoe box living. What made the rooms appear even smaller was the fact that they had a double bed, which meant the floor space was rapidly reduced. I don’t know about you but I would rather be able to walk around my room, than have a large bed. The en suite was practically a cupboard, but was clean and tidy. In location 1 they had a nice communal room and a good launderette. However the corridors were extremely narrow and tight, with what felt like endless stairs!

Also in the city centre was Location 2. Location 2 was cheaper and older. The rooms were on the whole larger and you could easily walk around. The beds were single, but the desk was much larger. Yet the room was very dull and poorly lit, with one small window. The light was kept on even though it was in the middle of a very sunny day. But the worst part had to be the en suite, it was very grubby and grim. The floor was stained, to the point where I would consider wearing flip flops in the shower!

Once we finished snooping around the city centre accommodation we headed back to the biology and chemistry departments. We managed to attend the biomedical science talk, which was ultimately the one I most wanted to go to, however it was “fully booked” however not everyone turned up, so we managed to get in. The talk on the whole was disappointing, it was practically identical to the “Cellular Medicine” one I went to a few hours earlier. Straight afterwards I had the biochemistry talk, which was much more engaging. The lecturers really grabbed my attention and rather than just rambling through the modules, they gave examples of what you would be learning.

The last thing I wanted to do, was check out some more accommodation. The next location was a lot further away and required quite a walk, so it didn’t quite tick the whole location box! Once I arrived I realised that they were basically closing. So I only got a real quick peek at the rooms. I viewed an en suite room and was very impressed, it was a lovely big room, with a sink for cooking (yes cooking!) and an en suite! The only thing I can say is that I dread to look at the pricing of a room like that! The kitchen itself, was not quite as nice as other places. The whole grounds on the whole was amazing, it was like entering a stately home: a beautiful historic entrance and extensive gardens. However time was of the essence and I was only able to view one of the two locations.

Getting back home was equally challenging, as the bus decided to pick me up from a different stop that it dropped me off! Nevertheless I managed to get home safely and avoided getting sun burnt!

Overall the day was good, I enjoyed the talks and displays. Most of the student ambassadors were helpful and none of them were rude. However I wasn’t overly keen on the whole location, it was all very hilly and spread out, which meant a lot of walking. The student ambassadors were only directly outside the university, so actually finding the place was challenging! It would have been nice to have people spread out a little further to direct people towards the university, which would have saved people like myself endlessly walking up and down.