Going away to university can be a scary prospect, but starting afresh, meeting new people, and exploring a different place should always be a great experience!
Here’s one of our first year Events and Festivals Management students, Alicia Carpenter, talking about her time as a Shrewsbury student and what she’s been getting up to in her free time.
“Moving to university, away from family and friends is probably the most daunting thing you will ever do. Yet I think moving to Shrewsbury is probably one of the best ideas because, with such a small university everyone knows each other, you become friends with everyone and everyone becomes friends with you.
“You’ll enjoy the small classes, being able to have more assistance than many other universities. You may even get an amazing tutor like us and go for your Christmas dinner at Nando’s! UCS is very much one huge family, and not just a university.
“You will get lost down the small alleyways, and appreciate the scenery. But you will also discover some amazing pubs and cocktail bars as well. You will know which your favourite is the moment you walk in – with each bar being different to the others. Libertine, Blind Tiger, Porter House and the Pour House are some of the most popular among students. This could be because they’re all within a two minute walking distance of the accommodation or because they are all so different.
“Wednesday night is student night, and in Shrewsbury that often means starting your night in Montgomery’s Tower (or ‘Spoons’). Then, more than likely, you’ll end up in The Beach, a small nightclub – perfect for students – with cheap drinks and a jet ski to sit on.
“Pubs and bars are busy on Fridays, and with one on every corner there’s plenty to explore and something for everyone’s taste.
“Saturday night is probably Shrewsbury’s biggest night with the Buttermarket and Inferno offering free rides from outside ‘Spoons’ to their nightclubs. Free entry and cheap drinks before 12 and then the rest of the night to dance to the different choices of music they have to offer.
“Not quite a city, yet a large town, Shrewsbury is full of new and exciting things! Here’s a few photos to show you what I get up to – whether it’s pranking friends when we’re out, going for evening meals and looking up at a painting of a giant elephant, or just chilling out with friends with a few drinks.
“But the one thing I would always tell students, new and old, is nightlife and activities are what you make them. Don’t sit there and be quiet. Stand up, smile, have fun, meet people and make memories.”
If you're interested in visiting UCS, our next Visit Day takes place this Saturday (18th March) where you can find out more about our courses, meet academic and support staff and talk to current students.