Aston University, Birmingham
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Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.8 / 10
 

(based on ratings in 2016)

2017

"The only downside of the location is that they should invest more in the gym facilities and the sports equipment."
"There should be more places for students during exam time as it was very difficult to find somewhere quiet and peaceful enough to do work."
"The location of Aston University is great as it is right in the city centre and everything is nearby (both leisure and academic necessities) or transport is easily accessible as the New Street train station is only a 15-minute walk away. Although it's in the city, the campus is very spacious and contains greenery so it doesn't feel like you are in the city centre at all. Most student accommodation is on campus, which is a huge bonus. There are also many facilities on campus including student support at the Hub (super useful) or the library. There are areas to hang out and relax with friends both on and around campus and we're in the city centre if we need any more entertainment."
"The campus is great as it's in the city centre and surrounded by everything you need. It also has a coffee shop, sandwich shop, Tesco, stationery shop, library and gym among other things. I lived in halls for my first year and was very happy with it. They're secure, clean, cosy and all have en-suites as well as being roomier than I thought. Broad Street, The Mailbox and Brindley Place are great for nightlife and I have heard that Hurst Street is too. We have plenty of green spaces not too far away including Lickey Hills, Canon Hill Park and Sutton Park among others. Star City has restaurants, a cinema, rock climbing, bowling and mini golf. The Bullring is great for shopping and there are the Botanical Gardens, Back to Backs and Black Country Museum for a bit of history. Walks along the canals are lovely and Digbeth is close by and has its fair share of local funky places to eat and drink."
"The location is great as it's in the middle of the city, making it easy to get to the shopping facilities and nightlife. The campus itself is a little lacking in vibrancy and could do with more character. The facilities are apparently wide ranging but it took me a while to find the gym, library and canteen etc as the campus is set out a little confusingly."
"The location is great, being in the centre of Birmingham. The gym could be much better but the student accommodation included a bathroom, which is a plus. As it's in the centre of town, there are many things to do and many places to eat within a short walk including great restaurants and every fast-food chain you can think of."
"The location is great as it's a short walk from the city centre. The campus location is also great as halls are close to lectures. The accommodation is slightly expensive compared to other unis, which might be because of the location. The accommodation itself is nice and simple and all have en-suites, which is great. We have good sports facilities but they are slightly on the expensive side, which is why I opted to go to a gym in the town centre as it's cheaper. During the day there's lots to do, such as shopping."
"The location of Aston University is ideal because it's within the city centre. The campus has recently expanded massively with many new accommodation buildings. Being new, they are in very good condition. The wider facilities on campus are very good especially the gym, which is great. The campus generally feels like it offers everything a student could need including small shops, cafeterias, pubs, sports facilities, a Tesco, a students union and a library etc. Everything is nearby so sometimes we don't even leave the campus because we get so comfortable in it!"
"Aston is located right at the centre of the city and it's only a ten-minute walk from the Bullring shopping centre. We have a Tesco on campus so you can always nip into it if you need something really quickly. There are also taxi services right on campus all day so, even if you don't use Uber, you can be assured that you can find a taxi. The main building and the library are open 24-hours a day during the exam season and the main building is always open regardless of whether it's exam season or not. In order to have access to the main building or any building at the university you need to use your uni ID card so there is no need to worry about security. There are a lot of societies to join if you enjoy sporting activities including badminton and many others. The gym membership fees are not too high and Aston students are given a discount of some sort."
"The location is perfect as it's only a ten-minute walk from the city centre and a 15-minute walk from all central train stations. The campus is a car-free zone with many green zones that are very well maintained. There are a lot of things to do including cafés, shipping centres near by, a cinema and many pubs."

2016

"Good location. Nice campus. Good facilities. Student accommodation is okay but going up in price and becoming expensive."
"The location is perfect with many places to eat and go shopping. We have an on-campus shop and the library has many resources available as well as different floors for different types of study. The sports centre is available to all for all sorts of sports such as basketball (although it can be a bit pricey to book the courts)."
"The town is vibrant and the nightlife is really good. Student accommodation is overpriced. The library is nice but there's not always enough space."
"Really close to the city centre and the station is so good for both commuting and the nightlife."
"It's a bustling city and not far from every convenience you might need. Being based in the city centre does raise all prices though."
"It's a good location and not far from the Bullring. The campus is also very nice."
"Everything is within a five minute walk. This includes lectures, accommodation, the gym and the library."
"It is very close to the city centre, which is a plus. The library has lots of resources and is very helpful."
"The location is great as it's in the city centre, as is the accommodation. However, the accommodation doesn't seem to be of a very high quality despite being only a few years old."
"The university is in central Birmingham. The campus is quite small in comparison to other universities, which I prefer as the library and my lectures are within walking distance. There are also various study spaces around the university."

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