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How NUL Found its Way into My Heart

How Newcastle University London found its Way into My Heart

How I made one of the most important decisions of my life and why Newcastle University London (NUL) became part of it.

View of the River Thames

Getting started!

It took a great deal of motivation for me to start applying for a postgraduate course. There were so many universities offering exciting courses and I was totally overwhelmed. So, I decided to narrow my search and consider what the most important things were to me. I knew I would enjoy studying in the beautiful city of London and it would also enable me to continue working for my current employer.

I started by looking at the league table of the best universities in London and I came across NUL. It combined everything I was looking for; a small campus, a great location, the ideal postgraduate course and competitive tuition fees for EU-students. Such a decision is always a matter of money, too!

Receiving offers does not make the decision any easier

After applying for a handful of universities in and around London, I received the first offers. From here, I was sure that I would spend a year of my life in the capital – this feeling was indescribable! However, this meant that another decision needed to be made.

To help me make my decision, I decided to visit the individual university campuses to see where I would feel the most comfortable. The first time I left Liverpool Street Station and made my way to the NUL campus, I felt the special vibe of East London. The family atmosphere I experienced during my first visit at the campus fully convinced me that this was exactly the university I was looking for.

A few weeks later, I received the absolutely surprising news from NUL that I had been awarded a Business Excellence Scholarship and this finally confirmed my decision. Another convincing factor, the Sunday shoe market in front of the university building!

Shoe market

Between red buses and black cabs

My first days in London were super exciting! I decided to bring my bike in order to explore the city like a real Londoner. I found a small, cosy room in Whitechapel in a flat that I am sharing with a German actor and a French design student. My two room-mates turned out to be a reliable source in finding the best spots to visit in Shoreditch, the lively area close to our campus.

Just a few days later, the serious side of life began and I spent my first day at university. It was packed with introductory events, plenty of useful information and a lot of fun. No wonder then that a room full of strangers soon turned into well-known friends.

The benefits of being a fresher

During my first weeks at university, I tried to participate in as many activities as possible. Trips, fares and musical visits organised by the student union were not only helpful in order to discover multicultural London, but also an opportunity to meet students outside my course. I warmly recommend making use of these fantastic opportunities! It could even be as simple as hanging out with your fellow students in the Master’s Suite or at our favourite pub, the Astronomer. I soon experienced that ‘studying’ means more than just lectures, it’s a whole way of life – with new experiences every day!

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