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I'm starting Uni in Nottingham in about a week's time. Anyone got any good info/advice/suggestions about the city?
If you are wearing pointy white shoes.
I ran for my life back to The Social.
wearing white pointy shoes and had no problems! What happened?
I was meant to be going tonight, but it fell through :( It's awesome fun though. Page 45 is one of my favourite shops in the world. It's a comic book shop (but don't let that put you off) with some really interesting stuff. Selectadisc is a brilliant record shop, very cheap too.
Apart from that, it's a pretty open minded city that is nowhere near as bad as certain media outlets make it out to be and aside from the aforementioned there's the Rescue Rooms, Rock City, Social, Escucha, the Maze, Junktion 7 and the Mill @ Mansfield putting on awesome shows most nights of the week.
Stealth, Social, Speak Easy, Rescue Rooms, Junktion... Some of the club nights they have are awesome-o.
The bus drivers don't give change.
That is all.
i should know, i freakin live there
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The cmapus is beautiful, the city is ace and the university is a good'un.
make sure you go down Mansfield Road, there are lots of quirky, interesting shops down there but I didn't discover it until the end of my final year. I wished someone had told me about it!
Also, go for walks around the lake on campus and have a campfire in the caves down there.
...i would suggest that The Social is a good place to start. Or the Rescue Rooms. Don't go to the former at the weekend. Do go to the latter on a Saturday night. Do get there before 10 or pay five quid. Getting a job at either of these will ensure free entry to gigs/club nights at Rock City/ Rescue Rooms / Stealth / Social and lead to endless drug/drink fuelled after parties, as well as being great places to 'network' or just meet people who could help you out if you choose to pursue a career in anything related to music in the future. (Be prepared to stay at work forever though).
Find the Alley Cafe for vegetarian lunch. Find 'homemade' next to Hogs Head on Pelham street for your Sandwiches, Holly's on Upper Parliament Street for your greasy Saturday/Sunday morning fry-up. Watch your big football matches standing up in Horn in Hand. Live through the metal and rawk at Speakeasy on Thursday nights for pound a pint. Buy your rekkids at Select-a-disc. Buy your blank cd's at CD-republic next to the Thurland Hall pub by The Social. Avoid entering the Thurland Hall pub at ALL costs. (Ditto: Yates'; Ocean; Oceana; Jumpin' Jak's;). Go to the Bell Inn (yellow, market square) to see pensioners playing live jazz Sunday lucnhtimes and Monday and Tuesday nights. Have some change ready for when they come round with the collection tin.
Buy a bus/tram city-rider pass from the NCT office on Market Square the day you arrive. Take note of the above post that the bus drivers don't give change.
Go to gigs. See Lovvers; You Slut!; Late of the Pier; Swimming.
Drink along Mansfield road at every oppurtunity. Go to the Playhouse to watch plays. Go to Caste (the bar at Nottingham Playhouse) to sit outside supping pints on a sunny afternoon.
Smoke class C drugs/ play frisbee/ football/ sunbathe in the Arboretum. Don't go to Goose Fair alone. Forest Road west is the Red-light street. Avoid or explore as you desire. Don't get nicked curb-crawling. Pick up and read (free) LeftLion magazine from various bars/shops. Rendevous with friends at the Left Lion outside the Council House on Market Square -it's just what you do ok. Be polite to the beggars, but be prepared for the sheer quantity of them. Go to the Broadway Cinema on Broad Street for your art films. Go to the rather indie Lee Rosy's tea room opposite for every kind of tea you could dream of, cakes, sandwiches, occasional gigs and very nice people. Don't play in the fountains, you're not six.
Book more than a week or so in advance and get to London on Midland Mainline for £6. Nottingham. Is. Awesome.
also bunkers hill fo a lovely choice of crisps to go with your mint.
cdrepublic, selectadisc and horn in hand are regular haunts of mine.
also check out the european supermarket on canning circus and the chinese one on mansfield road for some great (and cheap) food
just made me overwhelmigly nostalgic for my student time in Nottingham. I want to go back, dammit :(
And it is absolutely spot on.
bus/train ticket to derby....think, wow, nottingham is way better (i'm from derby) and then go back and make friends with someone. don't support forest, support county (cheaper and the oldest team in the country and the team that juventus got their kit from)
they only come out at night
this all is really helpful, thanks. especially thanks to shambo, that was truly epic. it's got me even more excited now.
oh, and i'm studying english and living at broadgate park [near the west entrance of the campus, i believe].
with real ale and *amazing* food then you should go to The Victoria which is right next to Beeston train station. (about 15 mins walk from Broadgate Park). They also have lots of live Jazz bands on too.
Everything that Shambo said is 100% spot on.
Nottm Uni campus is nice in a Tellytubbyland kind of way, but the Union bar is crap so definitely make a point of exploring the city straight away.
And there's nowt to do in Beeston at all aside from going to Sainsbury's. And actually there's a small organic supermarket just opposite there which is much better anyway :)
engineering students very rarely have *any* thoughts. ;)
actually, Nottingham's gun crime and violent crime figures are skewed by the way the metropolitan area is smaller than the area the crime stats cover, which sounds stupid but is actually true. We're less dangerous that Manchester, Liverpool and somewhere else that I can't remember. I've lived in Hyson Green for 3 years, wear an iPod and have fucking daft hair and have yet to be attacked and/or killed.
Stay out of the way of morons, and you'll be safe.
but I've lived for extended periods in Nottingham, Liverpool and London...and Nottingham is by far the edgiest city I've ever lived in. I don't miss the place.
Great music scene though (in terms of gigs going on) and most people who go there seem to have a great time.
i'd feel safer going to an al-qaeda secret meeting with a George Bush mask on and an "Allah Iz Teh Gayzor" new-rave style shirt than i would spending a night in liverpool
Nottingham is just full of irate elderly people wanting to know why we needed to remove the old square and replace it with a modern and accessible civic plaza for the 21st century with water feature and exciting lighting.
although the Meadows crew will then have to be temporarily moved to elsewhere, else they'll moan that the St Anns massive have the Viccy Centre and there'll be a turf war of sorts. At HSBC on Long Row.
so, there's an upside!
he is a legend! i'm half tempted to ask him to join the Damo Suzuki improv show
I want to throw things at him!
I miss xylophone man.
blues man > one-armed acoustic protest singer man
but I think you're right.
i'm the Lord Mayor's PA after all.
Technically he's not one-armed, he's one-and-a-half-armed.
...got a plectrum-fitting on that stump?
but it would seem he has!
what about the new guy near waterstones you plays a really nice silver mt zion like guitar run through lots of reverb? he can't sing though
best not take the v-c from ma homeboys
we Radford/Hyson boys have been short changed.
and the Dixy Chicken. They seem to be popular hang outs!
Does this help?