Personally I really enjoyed my life at Aston University (I divided three main factors)
As a second largest city in the U.K, Birmingham is a great place to live as an international student. From Aston University, you could easily go (it’s walking distance! Less than 15 mins) Shopping centre, Cinema, Open markets, restaurants and attractions. More importantly, living costs are much cheaper than London. According to UKBA Agency, they stated minimum of 800 pounds per month for living expense (based in London 1000 pounds). The amount could vary depending upon individual lifestyle but you could certainly save your huge amount of money by benefiting of advantages of Urban Settlement.
Excellence of faculty
One of the most important factors could be academic excellence of faculty regardless of undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Aston University provides quite practical taught courses and subjects for students. When I attended first term modules, I was quite surprised that Aston recruits many practitioners as faculty to deliver up-to-date knowledge. Although some tutors don’t have PhD, they give latest industry insights.
Opportunities for scholarship and career
Aston provides variety of scholarship schemes for prospective students. http://www.aston.ac.uk/international-students/finance/internal-scholarships/
Also, I have experienced excellent supports from career advisors. Students can get detailed advice regarding job-seeking on a one to one basis. Furthermore, Postgraduate Career Advisor hold career session ever weekday afternoon at 2nd floor. So students get quick questions about their queries without appointment. Additionally, Career service at Aston provides latest job market information and a variety of job fairs