11 things only University of Nottingham students will understand
1. The 901 or the 903?
Let's kick off the list with a lesson learned during the first year. Of the two double-decker hopper buses to and from the main University Park campus, one is the five-minute journey to Jubilee, and the other is a forty minute journey to the Royal Derby Hospital. With only one digit different between them, it's easy to jump on the wrong one when you're rushing home after lectures and not paying attention. It's a mistake you only make once #fail.
2. Free cardio training on behalf of University Main Campus hills
So. Many. Hills. Don't worry about going the gym. Walking up Portland Hill alone will work off that 4 am Big Mac meal you had after a night out.
3. The maze of Portland Building
It's full of endless corridors that make you feel like an extra in The Maze Runner and specific paths to specific areas. One staircase can only take you to the food court, while another takes you to the seminar rooms. I know which I'd prefer.
4. ...Including the secret underground tunnel
It connects to the Trent building and, no, I'm not joking.
5. The tropical conditions of Hallward library
Best bring a change of shorts and some sandals if you don't want to be sweating it out after a few hours of revision.
6. The curse of a huge campus
Bring some running shoes because, depending on your timetable, you will probably find yourself with back to back lectures and seminars at opposite ends of campus at least once during your time here. Having five to ten minutes to sprint from a lecture in the Law and Social sciences building to a seminar in Pope is arguably the biggest challenge of the semester - time to channel your inner Usain Bolt.
7. The geese own the place
Students will often find their paths blocked by a horde (horde, not flock) of geese. You soon learn you're allowed to walk about the place only at their behest, and even the buses don't put up a fight when they block the main roads. Talk about 'fowl' play.
8. The wonderfully weird buildings of Jubilee Campus
Seriously, go and look. The spiral island of Djanogly library is fantastically wacky all on its own. Add the red-checked theme of the rest of the buildings with a somewhat alarming slanted structure, and you feel like you're in some futuristic optical illusion village.
9. It's not all concrete jungles and noise pollution
While the city centre is only a short bus ride away, the main campus exists in a vast bubble of greenery that soothes any countryside cravings. And if the acres of grassy fields and hundreds of trees weren't enough, we even have a freakin' lake on main campus. Let your inner hippy frolick.
10. The assumed snobbery
When people ask which uni you're attending, Uni of or 'the other one', and you reply the former, you'd best prepare to be branded with a metaphorical top hat and stiff upper lip. For some reason, people think we spend all our time in the library and don't have nearly as much fun as other students. All I'm saying is if they saw me eating cheesy fries outside Pryzm at night or doing laundry in my PJs, then their illusions of mandatory poshness in Russell Group uni students would be shattered.
11. The mandatory photo in front of the colourful mosaic 'Nottingham' sign
If you haven't had a photo in front of it in your graduation cap and gown, did you even go here?
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