University of Birmingham

Cons

What are the worst things about studying at your university?

2018

"Some departments are a bit disorganised. Because it is such a big university, you don't always know who to go to with a request or a problem, as there are a lot of members of staff and administrative bodies."
"A few lecturers read solely from lecture slides which was neither helpful nor stimulating to learn as a student. Most feedback given from coursework was late or very brief and unhelpful. Food and shops are very expensive on campus. Expensive student union compared to other universities I have visited. Gym membership and classes for students are very expensive again compared to other universities I have visited."
"Poor mental health facilities, admin for departments is slow and often need hassling, library needs more study spaces."
"The city is very big, it's easy to feel lost."
"The fees, the price of food on campus, the fact that mental health support is severely lacking."
"There have been time tabling issues resulting in me missing out on some crucial lectures."
"Infrastructure: limited amount of study spaces (library too small for amount of people studying at peak times), sports facilities too expensive and with too little space as well as limited possibilities to eat properly as food and drinks overpriced."
"Some lecture theatres and buildings are quite dated and the food available to buy on campus is quite expensive."

2016

"Security around the first year accommodation is poor."
"Expensive compared to much of the North for housing and nights out."
"Sometimes the department is disorganised and there are large discrepancies between staff markers. Also, Selly Oak is quite dangerous and prices are rocketing, which seems unfair."
"Finding a computer in exam season is a bit like trying to bag a sunbed at a busy holiday resort."
"Some departments are poorly organised. Most of the plugs on campus don't work."
"Sometimes study spaces are too busy, there are not enough plug sockets. Short loan items/not enough long loan books, the crime rate in Selly Oak makes students anxious."
"Finding a learning space with a plug socket is sometimes difficult due to the volume of students and lack of learning spaces."
"Selly Oak isn't that safe for a student area. Disciplines that aren't located near the guild of students are sometimes unaware of events on. Some aspects of how my course is."
"Student living area (Selly Oak) has quite a lot of crime and robberies, which can feel worrying."
"It is not as culturally diverse as I had expected."

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