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University of Bolton

Bolton | North West England

Town

Ucas code: B44

With a student body of around 13,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton. You will be based on a modern, compact campus where no-one feels anonymous and, with small teaching groups on many courses, you can be sure you are a name, not just a number. Bolton itself is a friendly, thriving town close to the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool.
Source:University of Bolton website

What students say about this university

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    • Facilities

      The library is a good facility. It has a lot of books which cover all subjects that you can think of. The university also has a...

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      2012, 2nd year, Others In Creative Arts & Design

      Facilities

      The library is a good facility. It has a lot of books which cover all subjects that you can think of. The university also has a library system where you can type in keywords and search for a book without having to waste time wandering around looking book in a specific subject. The great thing is these computers are free to use and are right outside the library. Checking in your books can be quite a hassle which is why the library has a machine that allows you to scan your books in and leave them there. This saves valuable time. The University is appropriately broken up into specific sections. There is a creative building for creative arts course (music, games, english literature, programming) and right across the road is another building that normally serves as the social hub where students can meet up in either the lounge, the cafe, or the social club upstairs. There is also a university shop for a student to buy materials, food and drink for low prices. The university does generally have good facilities. Students can rent out a decent laptop to use for around 3 hours to do some social things or to work on assignments while on there break. The library is kitted with good workstations that include all office programs so getting work done in there with tons of books surrounded around you is a good thing. In regards to more demanding courses like animation, 3D or game courses. The university has very powerful computers to deal with very demanding softwares. This makes working on briefs much smoother.

      2012, 2nd year, Others In Creative Arts & Design

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    • Everyday expenses

      The cost of train fare goes up and up! SU for food and drink is good also the cafe opposite the SLZ is good.

      2012, 3rd year, Graphic Design

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    • Everyday expenses

      The cost of living in Bolton is fairly low, so managing you cost is quite easy. There is plenty of supermarkets as well as...

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      2012, 1st year, Civil Engineering

      Everyday expenses

      The cost of living in Bolton is fairly low, so managing you cost is quite easy. There is plenty of supermarkets as well as Bolton market to look for bargains, while the student union has dropped its prices the prices in town are also quite low so as long as your willing to experiment with places you will be fine. The local train station provides good costs of travel and there is plenty of part-time work available.

      2012, 1st year, Civil Engineering

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    • Sport

      they do like fitness injury recovery in bolton one

      2014, 3rd year, Automotive Engineering

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    • The downside

      Definitely the night life side of things, the students union is the most pathetic excuse of a place to go for a drink I've ever...

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      2012, 3rd year, Computer Games Programming

      The downside

      Definitely the night life side of things, the students union is the most pathetic excuse of a place to go for a drink I've ever known, they put on very few good nights (DJ's comedy nights, even a cheap drink night would have helped) and when they do it's ALWAYS cheaper and a better experience to just go out in Bolton town centre (which is an awesome night out, surprisingly)

      2012, 3rd year, Computer Games Programming

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    • The upside

      Some lecturers will really help you if you struggle, many of them will make themselves available for 1 to 1 tuitions if needed...

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      2012, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      The upside

      Some lecturers will really help you if you struggle, many of them will make themselves available for 1 to 1 tuitions if needed by appointment. Also within Psychology you are each assigned a personal tutor to help you with any issues you may have.

      2012, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.
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Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Student score 80% MED

Overall student satisfaction

82%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

6,320

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

82%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

31%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

56%

of students are female

Young / Mature

35%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

8%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

71%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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