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  • SystemSystem Forumite, Community Admin
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    ok thats sounds better! i didnt do it online.... i filled out the form!!

    freshers week= getting !!!!!! basically?? thats all ive really heard abt it.. what else happens?

    i live in london and going to nottingham.. does anyone know of any cool places there?

    i think im slowly and gradually becoming ready for uni!

    thanx a lot!

    Om
  • David_BrentDavid_Brent Forumite
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    I don't know Nottingham very well, but im sure you will like it there and there will be pleanty to do. Freshers week is a big drinknig session and a big bonding session with fellow flat mates/friends which is really important and you have to make sure everyone that your living with is comming out and not being boring because there is nothing worse than living with people that you don't know very well and who haven't made the effort.
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  • FranFran Forumite
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    Doesn't it work both ways? Ie "there's nothing worse than living with people that you don't know very well and haven't made the effort". Someone who judges people by whether they go out for a drinking session (like you) should also make the effort to get to know people who prefer to stay in shouldn't they?
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  • SystemSystem Forumite, Community Admin
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    ok that sounds like cool! i dont mind staying in or going

    out! as long as we all get along! theres plenty of

    bonding stuff we can do indoors! it does sound like fun

    tho. im thinking of taking quite a few electrical items?

    good idea? i think i need to do a list of what to take?

    cos im gettin a bit confused about what im taking!

    when u moved in.. did you share the shopping? and the

    housework or everyone just does there own bit!
  • Lucie_2Lucie_2 Forumite
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    and the housework or everyone just does there own bit!

    What you'll find is that no-one does any of it & they're all expecting a magic house fairy to come in & do it! Don't be shy about letting people know if they're not pulling their weight, otherwise you become lumbered with it all yourself because you don't want to upset anybody. I had a nightmare housemate during my second year at Uni, she was a complete psycho! You only really get to know people by sharing a house with them.
    Start buying stuff now while you've got money - I'd get a huge pack of loo roll, washing powder, washing up liquid etc It won't go off & it's the kind of stuff you forget about when you go - til you need to wash your clothes that is!!
  • David_BrentDavid_Brent Forumite
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    Doesn't it work both ways? Ie "there's nothing worse than living with people that you don't know very well and haven't made the effort". Someone who judges people by whether they go out for a drinking session (like you) should also make the effort to get to know people who prefer to stay in shouldn't they?

    Yes you should make the effort, that was my point, and to go out you don't have to drink if you don't like alcohol.
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  • fragsterfragster Forumite
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    i was quite lucky cos a guy i was living with had already done and failed a couple of years at uni so was a rather experienced student, and had already lived in nottingham for a year before starting so knew all about it, and he also can afford a car which is useful though i try not to take the p too much :)

    there is an absolute TON to do in nottingham, loads of places to go and things to do, going out of a night is quality. i live in kent bout 25 mins train from london and go nottingham too, there are some things u have to do up there though depends what music u into.
    big breakbeat scene up there, the best nights i've been to so far are the firefly raves at the garvey (not the ones at the bomb, not quite as good) which are pretty legendary, some big breakbeat and techno guys playing, amazing nights. there is also big DnB night called Detonate at Stealth nightclub if u like it, i went to see transit mafia at and was quality stuff, skibadee up there too.
    in 1st year u will most likely end up going to tons of cheesy nights tho til u get sick of em anyway, that'll be works, palais+zone, isis, ocean :O, jumping jacks and a few others, then there are tons of bars, prob find yourself in the big weatherspoons on market square pre club. when u feeling a bit more classy venture down to hockley, some nicer (but more expensive) bars there, dogma recommended! Also try and visit tantra at least once, nice but pretty pricey coctails, when i went there they were half price at £6 each, £12 would have been harsh!
    remember just enjoy it!
  • alison6692alison6692 Forumite
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    The best advice I can give you is think carefuly when asking for more money - loans and overdraft facility.
    I had two jobs and had a nursing bursary and thought I had been very clever in sweet talking barclays to keep increasing my overdraft - and now I am 24 just bought a house and am still paying for my over indulgent student days.!!!!
    Just think when you have that well paid job with loads of dosh you don't wanna be giving a large chunk over to the bank, its sooo depressing. :(

    Ah you are going to have so much fun ;). It was the best time ever at uni. I loved it.
    :heart2:Mum to my little Daisy 3 and Archie 1.:heart2:
  • lellielellie Forumite
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    what is this £1000 grant you're all going on about.. there is NO Grant unless you're either in wales or doing a medicine degree or similar..

    you can get your tuition fees paid if your parents don't earn enough though..

    as for not getting forms in on time.. meep. That isn't good at all. you might not get a loan at all for the first term as my friend who was only a day late last year got nothing as they refused to sort it all out. :S
  • johnllewjohnllew Forumite
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    what is this £1000 grant you're all going on about..
    It's the Higher Education Grant payable from this September. Read about it here.
    Higher Education Grants - New for 2004/2005 students

    New students from September 2004 may be eligible for the new Higher Education Grant. This annual grant is to help with the costs of living and studying. The amount of help you get will be assessed on your or your household income. You do not have to repay this grant.

    The Higher Education grant will be worth up to £1,000 a year. The amount you receive depends on your income and the income of your family. If this income is £15,200 or less, you will be entitled to the full amount of grant. If the income is between £15,201 and £21,185, you will receive part of the grant. If the income is over £21,185, you will not receive any grant.
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