For the amount of teaching hours and work that is put into us achieving our degree, university is not worth 9,000 a year- though that seems to go for anywhere. I was surprised by how much we are expected to do ourselves, which makes sense, but for 9,000 I expect more than a 1 hour introductory lecture and just the expectation that we'll do 40+ hours of reading on that topic ourselves.. Having said that, I enjoy my Geography course and find it incredibly interesting. I enjoy going to lectures to just listen to the interesting facts that my lecturers have to say on a topic, though researching on my own can be a little more daunting. We have about 10-13 hours of lectures a week (mostly 9am's annoyingly), then 2 hours of tutorials with 8 other people once a fortnight, though I feel more lectures are needed. Tutorials are always incredibly awkward and, as they are run by PhD students, they don't always seem well prepared. The Lancaster Environment Centre however is very modern and useful, though not many know of the well hidden computer room (and perhaps I like it that way!). I don't like how we are suddenly thrown into exams with no practise, having only written 2 marked essays throughout the whole of first year (the results of which varied wildly), so I felt very under-prepared.