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Living in Nottingham
There are two universities in Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham. You can still visit a lot of the historic areas, like the castle and old Lace Market but the centre of the city is particularly well developed, with some great shopping to be found.
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1. IKEA. Take advantage of the massive IKEA just outside of Nottingham for all the bits you need for your new accommodation. Keep an eye on studentbeans.com and you might even find some offers you can use whilst you’re there.
2. Fancy a drink? Pub-lovers and those who appreciate a “proper pint”, get along to the Robin Hood Beer Festival every October at Nottingham Castle. Oh, and pay a visit to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. It’s the oldest pub in England.
3. Goose Fair. The annual Goose Fair in October is a good laugh, not to be missed.
4. Gigs. Music fans keep an eye on Rock City and Rescue Rooms for some quality gigs, and it’s worth sticking around for the Splendour music festival in the summer. Also try Bodega and the Corner for emerging artists.
5. Pizza. There’s a Dominos in Nottingham, Beeston and West Bridgford, and you get a fat 25% discount on orders over £25 with your NUS card – very handy for when you can’t be bothered to cook.
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6. Flicks. The Broadway cinema shows some great films that don’t make it into the mainstream cinemas largely just because they’re not brainless Hollywood blockbusters.
7. Cycle. Bring your bike – according to a recent survey, Nottingham is the UK’s no.2 city for cycling!
8. Public transport. The tram is great for getting around in Nottingham, and it runs until midnight so it can get you on the way to your nights out too. Get a 3 month or 12 month student pass to save money.
9. Free time in the day? When you’re stuck for something to do during the day, Market Square often has something going on. Yearly highlights include the Christmas Market, a winter ice rink, Nottingham Food and Drink Festival and a ferris wheel.
10.Nottingham Uni students. Get involved with the rag group Karnival – it’s the biggest student-run charity in the whole of Europe and comes highly recommended by students as they organise some awesome events.
Only in Nottingham
- For pubs there’s a wide choice, but aficionados may want to head to ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’, and down a brew in the oldest pub in England. The Robin Hood Beer Festival takes place every October, in the Castle grounds.
- Goose Fair: This doesn’t actually involve geese any more (what a festival that must have been!) It’s a massive funfair that visits once a year. Well worth getting along to.
- City of Caves: One for the history buffs. People have been digging caves into the hills of Nottingham for centuries, using them for homes and workplaces. Now protected by the council, it’s possible to take a tour and discover this underground city.
- Bike: A recent poll found that Nottingham is the second best city in the UK to cycle in. Hooray!
- Tram: As well as a very efficient bus system, Nottingham has a set of trams around the city centre. It’s very handy, but if you have a car DO NOT drive on the tramlines. There are signposts for Tram Only roads, but they can be missed if you’re not on the lookout... It will be the most terrifying thing you will ever accidentally do. Plus they’ll fine you.
- Everywhere else: The M1 runs up past Nottingham, connecting you to the rest of the country. There’s also a good train network through the city.
Read Nottingham Reviews
Nottingham city centre is a good place to live whilst at university. With great energy and night life. The market square always has something going off for a cheap day out. The tram service can take you anywhere in the city and I had some great shopping experiences there too. Nottingham really does have everything you need.
I lived in a gorgeous flat for so much less than my friends in other cities were paying. Also the nightlife in Nottingham is incredible - there's so much for everyone! If you're wanting 'classier' cocktails and food etc there's so much for you in that respect as well. There are some gems, including the hidden cocktail bar, Boilermaker, and also Tilt is a wonderful place to spend an evening, with live music every night. Also the transport links are great, buses to and from the uni every 5-7 minutes, and trams running through the city centre to the station often - and almost finished links all the way through to the uni as well. A wonderful city! Great shops as well, two shopping centres and luxury shops like Space NK etc too
Some areas can be quite expensive to live in for students but are generally worth the money. There are hundreds of options of eating out, ranging from anything you can think of. Nights out are absolutely fantastic and there are a range of different things to do from club nights to bar crawls. Public transport is also extremely good with buses running to pretty much everywhere and also a very good modern tram service which has recently been significantly extended to outlying parts of Nottingham.
Coming from London, Nottingham feels rather small however it also feels homely. The people are kind, the city centre is decent however the list of shops is not extensive and the nightlife is very student driven with a night out for every day of the week.
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Nights out are great, so many places. The city itself has something for everybody. Plenty of places to go shopping. Easy to get around. Generally pretty nice people.
Can be quite expensive, suppose anywhere is if you're a student though...