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Hem...hi! [Mar. 26th, 2008|09:11 pm]
The Exeter University Community - Ayyy!

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Well, as the title says.. hi! My name is Elisa and I'm a Venice University student who is going to spend her next year in the University of Exeter as part of the Erasmus project. Well, I can see that this site is not frequently updated, but I hope that amongst you there are some current Exeter students who are so gentle as to help me with some doubts and questions I have about your university (for example what you think about the accomodations or if you suggest some university classes instead of others, and so on..). If you can help me let me know through e-mails, PMs or comments. I just can say that I can't wait to be there and meet a lot of new friends!  ^_^ Your university seems such a great place!
Thanks so much for your future help.
Wish you all a lovely week,
Ely
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[User Picture]From: shelest
2008-03-26 10:46 pm (UTC)
oh, no one posted anything here for ages :)
if you'd like help, it is wise to ask direct questions, in my opinion. so what is interesting to you?
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[User Picture]From: ely_baby
2008-03-27 03:11 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right. I just wanted to gather my ideas a little to think about what to ask, and also wanted to see if there would have been someone that answered me on this community.

Thanks so much for answering my post. ♥

I have quite a lot of things to ask here, but I don't want to become too insistent with my doubts and stuff, so I'll start to post what I really need to know.

1. As an Erasmus student I don't think I will be able to apply for catered residences. Is there a canteen in the University? I know that there are shops and restaurants or bars, but isnt' there something cheaper?

2. I'll have to stay there not less than 40 weeks, and the residences that they propose on the Unveristy web-site are Lafrowda, Cook Mews and Llewellyn Mews, James Owen Court, St David’s (Brunel Close,Kingdom Mews) or Northernhay House. I would prefer to stay at Lafrowda because it's the closest to the university centre, but what can you tell me about the other accomodations? Is there some places that are better than others? I mean, the prices are quite different on the price list, there must be a reason for that, right?

3. I'll have to follow courses of English, English literature, French, French literature and an exam of Philosophy.. I guess (hate philosophy..!), do you know/have you followed any good courses that you would suggest me?

For now it's all, there are still thousands of things that I would like to ask to the students, but they can wait!
Thanks again for answering me!
^_^ With love,
Ely
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[User Picture]From: shelest
2008-03-27 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh well, the first two are quite simple ones.

1. Can't see, why you cannot apply for the catered halls, do they explicitly say, that you can't do that? Even if they ask you to leave after the 31st week, you can ask them about summer accomodation in some other hall.

Yes, there is a large catering facility in the Streatham campus, they have several departments there to satisfy different budgets. You've heard probably about the taste of the local food? Finally, you're getting used to it. :) I'd say the prices are from 3.30 for the main meal and down to 1.50 for a burger and chips. And it's the cheapest - cheaper it can be only if you cook yourself.

2. The choice of the residence depends of course on what kind of life you prefer. Lafrowda is the cheapest and the largest hall and it's down to earth. There is a student night club the Lemon Grove - "Lemmy" - right in front of the residence, and a lot of partying is going on even inside the halls. If you're aiming for a quiet life - choose James Owen Court, St David’s Brunel Close, Northernhay House or Bonhay House. They are also building a big residence on the New North Road, I'm not sure if it's already open for booking...
Personally, I'm staying in private accomodation, the price is the same usually, but much less people in the house, and much quieter. There is a link http://www.exeterstudentpad.co.uk/exeter/Accommodation-Search.asp

If you'd like to choose the private one - go for the St.Davids, Pennsylvania, Central Exeter or St.Thomas areas. Sometimes there are amazing offers in Horseguards. The funny thing is, shortly before the term starts, there are veryexpensive and rugged, but immediately after the start the number of offers increases and they are all cheap and good.

3. Sadly, can't answer this question, I'm not doing any courses here, I'm doing PhD in physics, it's mostly research.

If anything else interests you, ask away, don't worry to appear bothersome. ^_^P
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[User Picture]From: seori
2008-03-27 08:23 pm (UTC)
I am in my third year of English at Exeter - feel free to ask me questions about any modules that you might be looking at. The lecturers are all excellent, fortunately!

I was going to throw my support behind Lafrowda as well. The actual residence is a bit rubbish, especially aesthetically, but I think it's the best place to make friends.
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[User Picture]From: ely_baby
2008-03-28 01:24 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks a lot to all the people that answered. You're really lovely, and I'll surely contact some of you to have more information. ^_^

Well, everybody seems to agree that Lafrowda is not the best place where to live.. But I've already spent a semester in China last year and I lived in an international campus there, so I'm well prepared for pretty much everything. :D *grins* Thanks a lot for the link about private accommodations, but I'd really love to live in a campus. I loved the experience I had in China! Unfortunately there are no campuses here in Italy.. -_- Anyway, thanks so much for all the pieces of information you gave me, I treasure them all.

>> I'm sure that I read somewhere that Erasmus students can't apply for catered halls, but I can't find the link anymore.. anyway, in the page for the Erasmus' accommodations there are no catered halls, so well.. :)

Thanks again for your help, and be prepared because I will surely ask many more things through your private addresses. ^_^
With love,
Ely
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