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Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) reviews

125 reviews
3.83 / 5 based on 125 reviews
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
5.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I never had any problems expressing what I wanted to say, but naturally, my English improved loads during my stay in Manchester. As I had never been to the Northern part of England before, I had to get used to the Northern accent. I liked it a lot, and in the end, you start picking up the accent, too.
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Personal savings<br> Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
The prices for housing are higher than back home in Graz, and I had a worse room in a worse area for more money than back home in Austria. When going to clubs in England, you usually have to pay to get in. Drinks can often be cheap, on student nights especially. However, mind how you get back home. I usually took a cab to get back, Manchester's not safe, so I preferred spending money for cabs rather than being attacked on the streets..
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Overall, Nightlife, Travel, Housing:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Watch out for flyers to get into the clubs for little money, watch out for announcements in the papers, watch out for offers in the supermarkets! :-)
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I loved "Readings of Myth", a second year course. The teacher was absolutely great.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
No complaints about my department at all. The teachers were understanding and helpful, my coordinator was top. He said right at the beginning that Erasmus students are there to get to know the English culture, way of living, etc., and wouldn't stress academic life too much. Well, you still had to work, tough.. Yes, but they tried to make things easier for Erasmus students.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
4.0/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
Not really. I guess I knew everything I needed to know beforehand. You never know everything. But if you want to get infos on Manchester, there are lots of webpages to check out, and your university coordinator will be able to help you, too.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
It's not the best university you could choose for academic reasons. But generally, I liked the university, and it was great to have my Erasmus experience there.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
Manchester is well-situated, so if you're into travelling, this is your city - whether you're into short trips (to nearby places like Liverpool or the lakes) or into longer ones up to Scotland, for instance. Get informed about possible train or bus discounts at Piccadilly station or the National Express bus station.
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Student life dominates the city
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Manchester's well-known for its club scene. Clubs open and close, so it's hard to give recommendations. Make sure you do not miss out on the bars on Canal Street in the Gay Village, and explore the nightlife in Castlefield. It's top!
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Claudia
Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Graz, Austria
Literature, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Manchester Metropolitan University
2.5/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I like being with other people, but I do not like being with lots of people (like in a hall of residence) all the time. In a shared house, you have a couple of people you are living with and you can get to know them well. When you want your peace and quiet, you go to your room. In a hall of residence chances are that it'll be loud and noisy all the time.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
As an Erasmus student, I was sent material about my possibilites beforehand. The Manchester Metropolitan University, the MET, organises this pretty well, and if it's your first long-term stay abroad, you may be grateful for this help. You can also just go to Manchester, see the notices around & find a house on your own. Check out whether you've got to make a contract for at least 10 months!!
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