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If you’re after proof of a university’s success, look no further than Aston University. Consistently ranked in the top 30 universities in the country, Aston University isa long established, research-led institution, renowned for the quality of its teaching.
And if location is your thing, Aston University is located just five minutes from Birmingham’s Bullring Shopping Centre and its plethora of shops, restaurants and bars.
Aston’s notable alumni include: comedian Frankie Boyle, ex-BP boss Tony Hayward, journalist Laura Jones and John Lodge of Moody Blues fame!
Situated in the heart of Birmingham, Aston University is a rare, truly city-centre campus university, combining both the excitement of a busy city and the tranquil calm of a green and leafy campus. Aston University campus living offers the safety net of a student community with the independence of living in a busy city.
Birmingham is home to over 50,000 students and much of what’s on offer is catered towards the student community. Due to Aston University’s fantastic location, everything can be found on your doorstep, from bars and restaurants to theatres and galleries.
Renovation is currently underway, transforming Aston University and its green and leafy campus into an incredibly inspirational place to study. Improvements include a £22 million extension to Aston business school, a £5 million refurbishment of the campus sports centre, and a £6 million extension to the university library.
There are three halls of residences on campus: New Residences (consisting of the William Murdoch and James Watt buildings), Lakeside and Stafford Tower. For those who shudder at the thought of sharing a bathroom, New Residences and Lakeside both offer en-suite accommodation.
Starting from just £72.00 per week, student accommodation is a city-centre bargain that should not be missed. This price even includes all utility costs and communal cleaning charges. Meal plans are also available for the kitchen phobic: around £290 a term will buy you two meals a day.
Aston University is charging tuition fees of £9,000 for full-time undergraduates who are starting degree courses in 2012. Sandwich placement year fees/year abroad fees will be £1,000, so if you’re doing a sandwich course you will not be charged the full £9,000 for your year out.
Your money stretches just that bit further in Birmingham, as living costs are comparatively lower than in many other UK cities. The majority of Aston University’s on-campus accommodation is relatively cheap too. The university’s 39-40 week campus accommodation contracts are £600-£1,500 cheaper per year than many other UK universities. Also, as the city centre is just five minutes’ walk away from campus, you can save money on travel.
Aston University awards Aston Bursaries of £500 to all new 2011 entry UK students with family incomes of less than £25,000. This is paid directly to students in two instalments each academic year (March and June). There are a number of undergraduate scholarships available across the different departments and, as Aston University will be charging £9,000 in tuition fees in 2012, it is putting together a package of scholarships and grants for those with a household income under £42,000.
Birmingham’s nightlife is most certainly enviable. Whether you’re after a cinema, a bar, a pub, a club or a casino, you name it, Birmingham’s got it. And with many places hosting regular student nights, with discounts and offers, going out doesn’t have to break the bank.
Broad Street, Brindley Place and the Mailbox are popular areas to have a night out and there are lots of places to eat and drink next to the city’s famous canals, including Zinc Bar, Living Room, Gatecrasher and Bar Epernay.
Birmingham’s club scene offers everything from dance, house, indie, dubstep and drum and bass. Clubs such as Air and Oceana play host to top DJs and attract clubbers from across the world. The Birmingham O2 Academy is the place to go to see live music, as well as hosting club and student nights throughout the week.
Aston Students’ Guild runs student nights at the B4 Bar, which touts itself as the perfect pre-bar for all the best student nights in Birmingham. And here’s a fact for you: there are over 100 pubs within a one-mile radius of Aston University!
Students at Aston University get automatic membership to all sports facilities, and with the opportunity to join over 80 different clubs and societies, there should be something for everyone.
The sports centres on campus are open from 7.30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 5pm at weekends. Prices are set with a student budget in mind, so they offer great value for money.
Welcome Week at Aston University is designed to make those first few days at university an enjoyable experience. Second and final year student volunteers (a.k.a. ‘Aston Aunties’) offer help and guidance, as well as showing you around the campus and Birmingham. Many of Birmingham’s famous clubs and bars host special Freshers’ events. Aston Students’ Guild runs a full calendar of Freshers’ Week events; highlights in 2011 included a Pyjama Party, Foam Party, UV Bubble Party and Karaoke Night – topped off with the Super Fresh Ball. Aston’s Careers and Employability Centre offers support during your studies and after you graduate. It provides advice on all different types of career opportunities, and its strong relationships with employers make it a valuable resource if you’re studying at Aston. They also have a careers library, stocked with specialist careers literature to help you decide on your next step after university.
Aston’s Careers and Employability Centre offers support during your studies and after you graduate. It provides advice on all different types of career opportunities, and its strong relationships with employers make it a valuable resource if you’re studying at Aston. They also have a careers library, stocked with specialist careers literature to help you decide on your next step after university.