Lincoln is officially ranked as one of the UK’s safest cities, which should make your parents feel a bit better about you going off to study at the University of Lincoln. It’s not a big place, but it’s got style.
You’ll find the city is roughly split into two sections, locally called Uphill and Downhill. For everyday shopping you want the Downhill area nearer the river and the University of Lincoln campus. Lincoln is small enough to get around easily on foot but Downhill has all your essentials, including high street shops and a cinema. The bus and train stations are also at this end of town.
If you’ve ever sat through an episode of Downton Abbey you’ll feel right at home in Uphill. It’s the posher end of town where you’ll also find Roman ruins, Lincoln Cathedral (which gives free entry to Lincoln students carrying their student cards), and the castle. While you’re there, look out for the golden postbox set up for Sophie Wells, the athlete who won gold in the team Equestrian event at the 2012 Paralympics.
Uphill and Downhill are connected by a pedestrian route called Steep Hill. This road does what it says on the tin and it’s cobbled so wear your sensible shoes. Even the cars have to take a short detour around it, but on the plus side the street has a lot of independent and vintage shops so it’s an interesting walk with lots to see and do and eat. There are regular markets round here, and if you happen to stay during the holidays there’s also a very popular Christmas fair held in the same area, often with a lot of free samples!
Pulse: Turn up on Fridays for Students Only night ‘Superbull’.
Sports fans might want to check out the Lincolnshire Bombers, an impressive roller derby team. If you’ve not seen it played before then imagine American ice hockey, but without the puck or most of the protective padding!
Home: This nightclub has eight bars and six rooms, each covering a different style of music, so chances are good that there’s something in there for you.
Food and Drink:
Pang City: Recommended by students as the best Chinese takeaway in town, they will deliver to campus.
The Cheese Society: A shop selling, you guessed it, cheese! There’s a small café attached for lunches, and we promise they also sell other kinds of food than cheese. A little more upmarket, but worth visiting at least once.
Dogma: A smart little pub/bar with a good range of burgers. Food half price on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Quite an expensive city, but so beautiful, loads of shops, restaurants and plenty to do on a night out. Can't rate the transport fairly as I've only ever used the train which is the same as all trains across the UK.
Lots of bars and restaurants however only a few clubs worth visiting. Usually end up going to the same places on a night out because there's not much range.
Shopping is OK, wish there was more choice sometimes.
This city is fantastic. They have just finished improving the shopping centre and there is a wide range of clothes, accessory, food shops, etc. and in terms of eating out: you couldn't ask for more choice. Eating at one of the restaurants on the water front on a sunny evening is perfect, and there are also a great choice of non chain restaurants in town. Night life is amazing. There are enough clubs to have a decent choice every night of the week, and there is almost always a student night on somewhere - plus, if you come from down south, the prices will make you feel like you are robbing the clubs it is so cheap!!! And if you like culture, a short (if not slightly tiring) walk up steep hill will take you to the stunning cathedral and castle, as well as an array of beautiful vintage shops, boutiques and tearooms - I love this city.