It’s been now exactly 2 months since I arrived at Manchester. But when I think about how much I’ve already experienced here and how many new friends I’ve got, it feels like I’ve been here for so much longer. On the other hand, the time is flying and weeks passing by incredible fast!
The weather here is awful especially this time of year. So windy and wet that it’s a miracle if you get to a club without having a wet hair. But after a couple of weeks you just get used to it and don’t even bother to carry an umbrella around.
I’m studying here at the University of Salford among over 20000 other students. The campus is really big and attractive. There are for example 24/7 open library, cafeterias, student store, a pub, student union lounges and so much more. Also student accommodation is located at campus so I actually live in the campus as well.
The best thing in the University of Salford are the societies. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll find a society that suits you for sure here. They vary from Rugby to Pole dancing and from religious groups to drinking clubs. I joined the European society and Salford Snow, which is a society for snowboarding and skiing. Societies are an amazing way to meet new people and get new experiences! One of the things I’m most looking forward to is a holiday in Pas de la Casa in Andorra. One week of skiing, snowboarding, partying and having fun with the society is going to be once in a lifetime experience.
The lectures and seminars aren’t that different compared to my home university Tamk, but at first it was challenging to keep up with others since the teaching language is English and the vocabulary quite difficult. After a couple of weeks you get used to it and it doesn’t feel that challenging anymore.
As a Finn, I’m really used to having great internet connection and unlimited data on my phone wherever I go. Here it isn’t a no-brainer. You can be walking in the city of Manchester without any internet connection in your phone at all. So if anyone else has as bad sense of direction as I do and is planning a trip here, I’d strongly recommend downloading maps from google maps offline.
I’ve also gotten to know many other Erasmus students from all over the world. It’s been really eye-opening to work and have fun with people that are from different cultures. On our spare time we hang out together which usually involves food and music. We also went bowling and driving pumper cars one evening which was really fun! I don’t really get homesick here because there are so many things happening all the time and friends to hang out with. All it takes is a bit of courage to go out there and get to know people and you won’t regret it. British people are extremely friendly and appreciate foreigners who can speak English.
So briefly said; I’m so happy I took the chance to go abroad and get all these new experiences!