My name is Josh and I lived in Broadgate Park (BGP) in my first year at the University. I'm about to start my fourth year at the University however I'm going into my second year as a Theoretical Astrophysics student, that's a long story for another time. I enjoy snowboarding and video gaming, I play the bass and love going to gigs. I've worked for BGP for the last 2 year, on open days and moving in weekend, there is a good chance you've already met me probably showing you round the rooms you could be in. I know what Broadgate has to offer to you as a student and how the staff can help. I'm hoping by blogging about events and stuff happening at BGP I can help you get the most out of living at Broadgate.
So, I guess I should start by congratulating you, you got into an amazing University and the best accommodation that the Uni has to offer! The main campus is the main hub of the University and it's where most of the courses are taught. The campus is huge with a Starbucks, SU bar and loads of places to eat, along with all the beautiful green space for you to relax and socialise, while studying of course! There is also tons to do in town, from shopping and eating out during the day to clubbing and pubs at night, I'd suggest you make a trip into town week one and have a good look around. It's only £1 on the bus and they run from both the main gates of BGP. We also have the little village of Beeston behind us (opposite direction from the Uni). The high street boasts some big brand shops; New Look, Boots and CExchange are just some, this is also where the two big supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsbury's, are located. You can get food delivered to Broadgate but it's only a 5 minute walk to the shops and you can get the bus back to BGP if you've bought too much stuff. I spent most of my 1st year in Beeston getting my shopping or going to the pub.
I remember when I was packing for moving in 1st year I thought I needed everything and I mean everything my parents had in their house. Now things are a lot more compact and I'm only bringing things I'll actually use, but this is something you can only learn by doing and then having your mum say "I told you, you didn't need a 23 piece cutlery set" or "did you ever use that cook book we bought for you?" I also remember that I spent a lot of time worrying about who I would be living with and what it would be like not having my parents always there. I know some of you will be in this boat and I want to let you know you have nothing to worry about. When you move in you are all in the same situation, you are all away from home with strange new people and once you realise that you all feel the same becoming friends just kind of happens. Your flat will become your home and people will want you to feel welcome and safe there. Trust me after week one you won't even think about home you'll be far too busy "studying!" I lived in an ensuite room in my first year and I'm doing the same this year, I'm far too lazy to get up early and shower. However a large amount of my friends were in shared bathroom/kitchens and they loved it. From what they said they never had any problems with sharing. I sometimes wonder who got the better deal.
Well that's all I've got for now. I'll be writing another post before we all start moving in to tell you all about week one and moving in weekend.
Josh (BGP Blogger)