Lincoln

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Lincoln is a friendly, beautiful city with a lovely balance of old-fashioned and modern. Plenty of great restaurants and coffee shops to visit, plus I thoroughly recommend a peaceful walk around the Lincoln Arboretum.


By member550771 on 26th August 20

Study in Lincoln

Lincoln is a city in the East Midlands and is one of the world’s great historic cities. There are two universities, they are the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.

 

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University of Lincoln

University of Lincoln is located in Lincoln city centre and prides itself on award-winning teaching, research and close links with industry. The university is organised into four colleges which are the College of Arts, College of Science, College of Social Science and Lincoln International Business College. Teaching at Lincoln has been recognised with a gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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Bishop Grosseteste University

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been educating students for over 150 years and received full university status in 2012. It is a small and friendly university with a supportive and inclusive community of just over 2,000 students. The university is among the very best for teaching in the UK having been awarded a Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. 

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Lincoln Student Life

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 there. It’s not a big place, but it’s got style.

Cost of Living

I think that for a student, the cost of living is pretty minimal compared to other cities. I was also thinking about moving here after uni and I believe housing pricing to be pretty reasonable also. There is access to budget food shops like lidl, farm foods and Herron foods, but morrisons isn’t too bad if you know how to spend money.

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member827129
29th August 2020

Everything is in walking distance…

Didn’t get much public transport as everything is in walking distance.

jesswoodthorpe
28th August 2020

Train station really central…

Great city centre that isn't too big. Train station really central.

member749258
11th June 2020

Although public transport isn't required…

Although public transport isn't required for a lot of students due to most of the uni being in or around campus, the public transport I've used has been standard

Csengaaaa
27th March 2020

Public transport is excellent…

Public transport is excellent, everything is within walking distance. If you need to catch a bus, it’s not expensive and you can do even to Skeggy. The train station is easily accessible and a return to Nottingham in railcard is only £12

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You’ll find the city is roughly split into two sections, locally called Uphill and Downhill. For everyday shopping you want the Downhill area, it has all your high street shops. Uphill and Downhill are connected by Steep Hill, this cobbled pedestrianised road does what it says on the tin (so wear sensible shoes!). 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 around here, and if you happen to stay during the holidays there’s also a very popular Christmas fair held in the same area.

Top 5 Pubs

  1. The Swan
    An award-winning SU pub, it’s on the edge of UoL campus with a prime waterside location. It has a relaxed atmosphere with a wide range of drinks and locally produced food.
  2. Birdcage
    Students love this quirky and friendly pub. There’s a great selection of real ales, ciders, wines and spirits as well as home cooked food that includes vegan and gluten-free dishes too.
  3. The Strugglers Inn 
    This warm old-school style pub is ideally located near Lincoln Castle and has a great beer garden to enjoy their real ales.
  4. Lion and Snake 
    A popular classic inn, they boast a large beer garden and often have live music. You can enjoy a great drink selection as well as pub grub favourites.
  5. The Joiners Arms
    It’s a small pub but has a great atmosphere in the West End area of the city. It has pictures of bygone years of Lincoln on the walls that add to its charm.

Top 10 Lincoln Accommodation

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Valentine Court 4.43 /5

Really modern rooms, even the average rooms are big enough with a LOT of storage, it’s very well designed, nice to have a washing machine/dryer in the...

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Saul House 4.43 /5

Amazing accommodation with a great view and a comfortable facility where all shops are accessible. Would definitely recommend this appartment....

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Park Court 4.42 /5

Stayed through the lockdown and it’s been great - cleaning and security is top notch. 24 hour staff, always willing to help. Emails when parcels arriv...

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Danesgate House 4.4 /5

The maintenance team is amazing, we’ve had small jobs for ‘regular’ maintenance and they’ve been fixed on the same day every time. The reception staff...

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Student Castle Lincoln 4.4 /5

The staff have always been kind and professional, dealing with any issues that have arisen in the best way they possibly could. The vast majority of ...

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The Gateway 4.29 /5

Great student accommodation, seconds away from the university. I live in a Studio and can’t recommend this place enough, most maintenance issues are f...

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The Junxion 4.09 /5

I've lived in Junxion throughout all three years of my degree and highly recommend it to any student moving to Lincoln. The location is ideal with ...

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Brayford Quay 3.99 /5

I've had nothing but a great experience staying at Brayford Quay for my first year at uni. Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful with anything we ...

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iQ Pavilions 3.36 /5

Lived at Pavilions in my first year of University in 2015. Amazing place to live in your first year, made all my friends their including my boyfriend ...

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Lincoln Courts 3.36 /5

I do really love Lincoln courts, great little student village and easy to meet new people. Definitely better than what other reviews make it out to be...

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10th February 2021

I love living in Lincoln,...

I love living in Lincoln, it is quite a small city but the nightlife is still really good. read more

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10th February 2021

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Social experience in Lincoln is very good read more

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8th February 2021

Love living here. Everything...

Love living here. Everything you need is here read more

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5th February 2021

it smells a bit funky...

it smells a bit funky in some places. read more

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27th January 2021

Many clubs and bar but...

Many clubs and bar but very less place to shop read more

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27th January 2021

A small town, but rich...

A small town, but rich in history. Very walkable and safe. read more

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25th January 2021

Decent amount of shops...

Decent amount of shops and restaurants, nightlife is good! read more

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22nd January 2021

Everything is very central...

Everything is very central with excellent facilities! read more

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22nd January 2021

Excellent value for money....

Excellent value for money. Everything is maximum a 15 minute walk read more

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member1053508
16th January 2021

Everything is great expect...

Everything is great expect haven’t used public transport as much, lots of nice restaurants and take always on Just Eat etc read more

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member953325
6th January 2021

Everything is in walking...

Everything is in walking distance and lots of restaurants read more

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member853297
5th January 2021

Barely any public transport...

Barely any public transport unless you’re looking to go uphill or on the train somewhere read more

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3rd January 2021

I barely use public transport...

I barely use public transport unless I'm going back home but beside that, everything is in with walking distance ngl read more

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member853110
12th December 2020

Lincoln is a beautiful...

Lincoln is a beautiful city and a lovely place to live in general. Everything is close by so you don't have to worry about getting transport everywhere either. You can walk everywhere, even to campus and it's not too big a city and not too small, which is great. read more

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29th November 2020

Not enough actual clubs...

Not enough actual clubs but good shops and train station close read more

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member952645
29th November 2020

Love Lincoln city centre...

Love Lincoln city centre - uphill and main high street are great read more

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29th November 2020

Could have a few more...

Could have a few more clubs but great mix of shops and restaurants read more

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24th November 2020

Lincoln has everything...

Lincoln has everything you need within walking distance. read more

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member1152491
23rd November 2020

Cheap and quiet city...

Cheap and quiet city to live in with lots to choose from for food and drink read more

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member452444
20th November 2020

Nights out a bit difficult...

Nights out a bit difficult right now, but with all the clubs I've seen a great potential for night life!! read more

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member452126
14th November 2020

I really enjoy studying...

I really enjoy studying in Lincoln which I feel is a great 'in between' where it doesn't feel to large and daunting but at the same time has plenty going on for students. The main high street has plenty of shops to buy essentials, whilst there are also supermarkets a further walk away. There's a good range of retail shops and a shopping centre which make a good shopping day out. There are a range of places to eat out at near the city centre but also along the Brayford Pool. These include independent and chain restaurants, cafes, and takeaways, although more unique independent shops can be found along Steep Hill. There are some great clubs for nights out in Lincoln that are all quite close together, so you can walk to them with friends if you live close to the city (most student accommodation is) without needing a taxi. The train and bus station is also near the main high street. read more

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13th November 2020

Most accommodations are...

Most accommodations are expensive but there are plenty of restaurants to choose from read more

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12th November 2020

Lincoln has everything...

Lincoln has everything students read more

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member1252061
12th November 2020

Lincoln is a small city...

Lincoln is a small city with a small amount of things you can do read more

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member952048
11th November 2020

Great city, especially...

Great city, especially if you love History! Everything you want from shopping, to restaurants and location. There is even a castle and a waterfront. We love to visit. read more

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Ella Ferry
11th November 2020

Good transport links,...

Good transport links, amazing clubs with dedicated student nights read more

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member852005
10th November 2020

Everything’s a nice price,...

Everything’s a nice price, you don’t really need transportation because everything’s so close read more

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member651482
8th October 2020

For a small city it has...

For a small city it has everything you could want and can still have a really good time so it’s unfair to compare to a big city like Newcastle x read more

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8th October 2020

Great nights out at a...

Great nights out at a reasonable cost read more

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20th September 2020

Lincoln doesn’t have...

Lincoln doesn’t have a lot of going out areas read more

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29th August 2020

Wish there were some...

Wish there were some bigger clubs and more shops, but lots of restaurant choice read more

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29th August 2020

Didn’t get much public...

Didn’t get much public transport as everything is in walking distance. A lot of restaurants! read more

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jesswoodthorpe
28th August 2020

Great city centre that...

Great city centre that isn't too big. Train station really central. read more

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jnewall1999
28th August 2020

Everything is in walking...

Everything is in walking distance, lots of restaurants. More shops would be great! read more

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26th August 2020

Lincoln is a friendly,...

Lincoln is a friendly, beautiful city with a lovely balance of old-fashioned and modern. Plenty of great restaurants and coffee shops to visit, plus I thoroughly recommend a peaceful walk around the Lincoln Arboretum. read more

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14th August 2020

It’s a small city so...

It’s a small city so limited activities read more

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member1150373
11th August 2020

Lincoln is a lovely but...

Lincoln is a lovely but very small city. The best part is the independant cafes and restaurants. The Bailgate is where i recommend going to really see lincoln in its best light read more

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10th August 2020

I’ve never been in England...

I’ve never been in England before, therefore Lincoln was a good start to learn more about England and get to know the culture :) read more

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member1249872
13th July 2020

Liked the city a lot,...

Liked the city a lot, good nightlife read more

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member749258
11th June 2020

Although public transport...

Although public transport isnt required for a lot of students due to most of the uni being in or around campus, the public transport I've used has been standard. Shopping is also good, with a lot of options on the high street. Cost of living for Lincoln is good compared to that of friends living in other cities. read more

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member1349175
8th June 2020

Small city, and feels...

Small city, and feels it. Nightlife is okay for a city this small but only 2 real clubs that you'd go to. One has a problem with dodgy bouncers who can be really horrible. Not many places to eat compared to other large towns/cities and transport links are okay via train but that's about it. Barely any shopping as they are all situated on the one high street. read more

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member548613
22nd May 2020

Lincoln is just great....

Lincoln is just great. Can’t say anything bad about it read more

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27th March 2020

I think that for a student,...

I think that for a student, the cost of living is pretty minimal compared to other cities. I was also thinking about moving here after uni and I believe housing pricing to be pretty reasonable also. There is access to budget food shops like lidl, farm foods and Herron foods, but morrisons isn’t too bad if you know how to spend money. There way too many options to eat out for such a small city. The nights out are really good to me but if you don’t fancy it, Nottingham is only an hour away by train. Don’t come here to shop - the amount of high street shops are pretty minimal so if you want to buy shoes, you have the options of: sports direct, budget jd, and Office. Public transport is excellent, everything is within walking distance. If you need to catch a bus, it’s not expensive and you can do even to Skeggy. The train station is easily accessible and a return to Nottingham in railcard is only £12 read more

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member746379
4th March 2020

Good accommodation facilities...

Good accommodation facilities (off campus). Not much to do in lincoln to be honest - very limited and boring! read more

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CygnetG
16th February 2020

Beautiful city with lots...

Beautiful city with lots to do in regards to shopping and activities. The nightlife is great, especially as a student. Public transport isn’t really needed as most places are within walking distance! read more

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7th January 2020

AMAZING! better than...

AMAZING! better than the big cities, I moved from Leeds and still live in Lincoln. Absolutely love it. Night life is amazing read more

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member944497
19th December 2019

It's a relatively cheap...

It's a relatively cheap place to live if you get the right landlord and shop right. Letting agencies are con artists, the student union shut down the one decent club night because it 'wasn't making enough money'. They then proceeded to buy a barge (With the student's money) and turned it into a cocktail bar where the profits don't even go towards the student union. read more

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13th December 2019

It’s actually quite more...

It’s actually quite more pricey than I thought. The main food shops around are like Tesco,Morrison’s, Asda these are quite pricey in comparison to other ones. Clubs can be good but some play strange music. The shopping centre has a lot of shopping places but not many of the main key ones read more

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member1243732
17th November 2019

Small city so public...

Small city so public transport isn't relevant with plenty of local services and lots to do! read more

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15th November 2019

Decent city just a shame...

Decent city just a shame about the train going through the middle of it, means you have to really go out of your way sometimes when the train tracks paralyse the road for sometimes 10 minutes. read more

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8th November 2019

The city is very small...

The city is very small and easy to navigate, some very good restaurants and bars for a good social life at an affordable cost. read more

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elmasivo
9th October 2019

Everything's close together...

Everything's close together and cheap enough, there's a good range of pubs, clubs and shops and it's a pretty nice city in general (has the cathedral, castle, and all the cathedral quarter shops/pubs, making it a nice city to meet your parents in etc). read more

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7th October 2019

There are tons of pubs...

There are tons of pubs to chose from. Very accessible. read more

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member542138
13th September 2019

Lincoln personally wasn’t...

Lincoln personally wasn’t my cup of tea, I’ve realised I like bigger cities with more atmosphere, the clubbing isn’t to bad considering it’s a small town, but after a while it becomes boring as I was a regular at going out. The bars in lincoln are good considering how small it is, but personally I wanted to go to a university where the city surrounding it was exciting and full of events, the club events are a real let down, and if your in freshers don’t bothwr buying the wristband as it limits you to bad events. The university club was a bit like a children’s disco but was good if you where intoxicated enough. read more

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23rd October 2018

I love living in lincoln....

I love living in lincoln. Trains are pretty cheap if you book in advance and being students there are loads of deals so you can eat our really cheaply - we try and do it once a month as a minimum with our whole flat!! Cinema is a bit expensive. Shopping is good and has got better over my two years here. read more

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30th March 2017

In comparison to where...

In comparison to where i'm from (little town) everything is quite expensive here but I think you find that with cites. There are plenty of places to eat out and it is one of my favourite things to do so I have tried a lot of the places around here and they are all pretty nice to be honest. The nights out are not quite the same as what they are at home but I think that is because a lot of students like to get so drunk that they are sick everywhere. The shopping isn't bad its just a bit spread out so you have quite a walk to all get to all the shops. I don't really use public transport but I have used a taxi firm called Handsome Cabs are they are great and really reliable. The only problem I have with Lincoln is the amount of homeless people and how many burglaries I hear about, I know of 3 people in my accommodation who have be robbed of their belongings. read more

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22nd July 2015

Living in Lincoln for...

Living in Lincoln for 11 years, growing up and socialising here really couldn't be better read more

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21st July 2015

very pretty city, friendly...

very pretty city, friendly people, big student vibe, generally feel safe! read more

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19th July 2015

Lincoln is a nice place,...

Lincoln is a nice place, good overall in terms of things to do with regards to shopping and eating. Home is a great night club, bouncers are plebs but don't always ruin a night out. read more

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16th July 2015

Quite an expensive city,...

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. read more

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LKS2705
14th July 2015

Great nightlife and safe...

Great nightlife and safe place to live. Not a big range of shops available but really pretty town centre. read more

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member1011031
10th July 2015

Its not as big as some...

Its not as big as some cities for nightlife but it makes you feel more safe and confident. read more

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member410934
10th July 2015

everything is close,...

everything is close, great night life, variety of shops read more

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member610751
10th July 2015

Lots of bars and restaurants...

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. read more

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JKF
5th July 2015

Lincoln is a nice resourceful...

Lincoln is a nice resourceful place, however it doesn't come close to a major city like Nottingham, Manchester (etc.) with respect to shopping and night life. read more

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member89672
2nd July 2015

Some really awesome places...

Some really awesome places to eat, especially alongside the brayford and if you're up for a walk there is everything you can ever need. read more

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member129586
1st July 2015

A very small city, but...

A very small city, but definitely a nice place to live, shopping could be improved, but I can't afford to do that anyway read more

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member109424
29th June 2015

Lincoln has plenty of...

Lincoln has plenty of pubs,clubs and bars to go to. Along with plenty of restaurants and cafés. The train station allows you to escape to other places like meadow hall etc. read more

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jodie.butterfield
22nd June 2015

Can't really rate public...

Can't really rate public transport as i've never used it. Certain shops i usually go to are not available, so trips to meadowhall are often. read more

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member129180
17th June 2015

Not many good clothing...

Not many good clothing stores just the usual next, Debenhams and house of Fraser. Plenty of bars and restaurants around Brayford areas with nice views and reasonable prices read more

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KJ93
23rd April 2015

This city is fantastic....

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. read more

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