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11 Things You Need To Know Before Studying at Staffordshire University

You either love oatcakes or you hate them.

1. There are campuses all over the place.

You wouldn’t be the first, nor would you be the last, to apply to Staffordshire thinking you’ll be in Stafford and suddenly find yourself miles away in one of the three Shropshire campuses or Stoke-on-Trent.

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2. You’ll have to learn the local language.

As an outsider, there’s a high chance you’ll find the locals difficult to understand at first, and a 100% chance you’ll be referred to as “Duck” or “Kidda”. The worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) part is, you’ll find yourself picking it up sooner or later.

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3. Nothing divides people like their oatcake opinions.

If you’re in Stoke, oatcake will become your new Marmite. You’ll either love it or hate it. There is no in between.

First batch of Oatcakes #done #stokeoatcakes

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4. Joining a society is a must.

When in a strange and unfamiliar territory, making friends can seem daunting. Thankfully, there’s a great amount of societies to join at Staffordshire, from Star Wars Soc to Table Tennis Club. During my time at Staffs, I was helped to settle in by friends that I made at the Christian Union.

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5. The Ember Lounge will save your life on more than one occasion.


I think I have ordered too much food #lush #food #foodporn

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6. It’s a crime to mention the K word.

Who do Keele even think they are?

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7. The nightlife leaves a lot to be desired.

From Stoke to Newcastle-Under-Lyme, there’s not a great deal to choose from.

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8. But you’ll miss the LRV after you leave.

Staff’s very own cheap and cheerful nightclub might not be the most impressive of places, but it will always have the most special of places in your heart.

At Staffordshire University today marking students work…bringing back memories 😭😛👯🍸🎶

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9. If football’s not your thing, you’ll need to avoid Stoke on match day.

Stoke City currently play in the top flight of English football, so go watch them if you want to experience high quality live sport. But if football doesn’t float your boat you might want to stay in when they’re playing.

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10. There are pretty parts of campus if you’re willing to look for them.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Stafford, you're not so bad yourself… #walk #Momentum2016 #trees #fields #sun #clouds

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11. And, in spite of all of its flaws, you’ll fall head over heels in love with it.

So make sure you enjoy it while you can!

Sun sets on another open day @staffsuni

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