Irish student Katie O'Neill sitting in a patient room in Biomedical Engineering

Katie O'Neill

Republic of Ireland

Katie's a Year 2 student studying on our Prosthetics & Orthotics course within our Department of Biomedical Engineering. Find out what she thinks about her Strathclyde experience.

What do you think about the University?

I think the University is good. It's quite big...you don't know you're in it until you're in it because it's incorporated into the city. I think there are lovely people here and the facilities are great.

What help did you have from the University during the application process?

The University sent me a letter asking if I wanted to apply to live in the on-campus accommodation which I did and it was really good. You learn all the bits of the Uni very easily because you're in it, and it's really handy in the morning because you won't get lost - well, you'll get lost in the buildings! But you won't get lost actually finding the Uni because you're living in it.

What was it like living in halls of accommodation?

Oh it was great, I'd really, really recommend it. People in halls are fantastic. Because you're all strangers, you get to know people really quickly and you make really good friendships. It's a really good thing to do.

Where do you live now?

At the moment I'm living in the West End with someone I met in halls. I love the West End - it's really pretty and feels more like home to me because I'm not used to city centres and tall buildings and there's a lovely park behind me which is great. 

How did you find your rented flat?

We found our flat through a letting agency. I'd advise people to start looking earlier in the year, around March/ April time and you'll find something easier. We put it off until June and it was definitely more difficult to find a place.

How much does it cost to live in the West End as a student?

If you want to live in the West End, I'm presently paying around £400 a month plus about £30 a month for bills. 

What do you think about the city?

It's great. The urban life and nightlife here is brilliant - you're a student, you have to get into it! I'd recommend the Riverside Museum, that's really good and I just love walking along the Clyde and seeing all the bridges and buildings down there.

What advice do you have for other students thinking about coming to study at Strathclyde?

If you're moving here to study, make a list around mid-summer and make sure you've got everything you want to bring with you. When you get here, make sure you join some clubs and societies too - you'll meet loads of people that way very quickly.