I found Computer Science really welcoming; all the staff were friendly and it was a chilled out environment to be in. I have enjoyed the independence of university life; being able to do whatever you want whenever you want to. But I have also enjoyed the Computer Science part of my course - learning new and interesting things.
I loved Maths at college, but I didn't want to just do straight Maths and so I chose to do a joint honours degree. I picked Computer Science as I had always been good computers and it sounded fun.
I found Computer Science really welcoming; all the staff were friendly and it was a chilled out environment to be in. I have really enjoyed the independence of university life; being able to do whatever you want whenever you want to. But I have also enjoyed the Computer Science part of my course - learning new and interesting things.
Another fantastic part of uni life is all the new friends you instantly make and how friendly everyone is to you, especially during freshers week.
If you choose to do a joint honours with Maths like me, you will find that you won't spend that much time in the Maths building, but you still have a tutor with Maths if you have any specific Maths problems. Within Computer Science, all the group projects have improved my team-working and listening skills.
Hours-wise, it is a very demanding course. It helped me to be prepared and organised in meeting weekly deadlines, you can't just cram revise at the end of semester to pass this course; there is a lot of coursework.
I didn't join any societies in the first year as I spent most of my time either at uni, working, or out with my friends. However I would definitely recommend joining as many as you can in first year as you don't have as much time in the second year to do non-uni work things.
One of the most useful skills I have learned from Computer Science is how to get a job. The department teach everyone how to write CV's and cover letters and how to complete online assessments, which is really useful if you choose to do industrial experience or apply for graduate jobs. The Careers Service at the University helped me to secure an industrial placement.
Manchester is big but really easy to find your way around it, furthermore the constant buses make it really easy to get anywhere in Manchester at any time of day. It's an amazing city with everything you could need fairly close to the University.