A Fresher’s Guide to the University of Nottingham

With moving-in day fast approaching, there are probably a million and one things playing on your mind: where will I do my food shopping? How do I actually get into town? Where should I go for my nights out? Well, there’s really no need to panic because here is all you need to know about being a fresher at the University of Nottingham.

Weekly shop

If you are living in self-catered halls, it’s important to find the most affordable stores in order to stay within your budget. If you will be living on or near University Park, the closest affordable supermarkets will be in Beeston, where you can find a Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Lidl, and it only takes around 10 minutes to walk there. A new Co-op store will also be open on University Boulevard, Beeston, which is perfect for those of you with an NUS card as you can save 10% off each shop.

For those of you living on or near Jubilee Campus, there is a Lidl and a Tesco Express which you can get to in under 10 minutes. Alternatively, there are SPAR shops situated on both campuses; these are great for when you need to buy something in a rush, but if you want to pay the cheapest prices, then your local supermarkets are probably your best bet.

Cafés & Takeaways

Since Nottingham is such a student-populated area, there is an abundance of places you can choose to eat from. Popular choices for takeaways are Milano’s for pizza, The Taj of Beeston for Indian, and Intrigue for Chinese. The White Horse Café is a popular choice for students who live near Jubilee Campus, and if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet cravings, you could head down to The Garden Dessert Lounge. And if none of these places sounds appealing to you, there are Domino’s literally everywhere, so there is no need to fret!


Nottingham is renowned for it’s buzzing nightlife, with different clubs offering a variety of sounds from R&B to House. However, in order to have the best nights out, you should get familiar with which clubs host student nights.

Monday: Pryzm (Lemonade Mondays – UoN Night)
Tuesday: Pryzm (Tape Tuesdays – Trent Night)
Wednesday: Rock City (Crisis)
Thursday: Pom Pom, The Market Bar (Shapes)
Friday: Ink, or Stealth

Freshers’ Week tickets

For Freshers’ Week, the best place to buy Freshers events tickets is through the University of Nottingham’s Student Union website, as the clubs are booked out specifically for first-year students. Transport is covered by the university too, making it safer and easier for you to enjoy your nights out with your new friends.

Student Services

Student Services is where you go if you have any issues with registration, module enrolment, examinations, appeals and timetabling. All Student Service Centres are open Monday to Friday both in and out of term time, except for University closure days. There are eight Student Services centres, all of which can be located on maps found on the website.


A number of bus services run between Nottingham city centre and the university’s campuses at University Park, Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and King’s Meadow. Using the buses to get into the city centre is easy, and a full timetable for all campuses and services can be found here.

The University of Nottingham provides free hopper bus services that run between the main University Park Campus and Jubilee, Sutton Bonington and King’s Meadow campuses, and the Royal Derby Hospital Centre. If you live on University Park and feel super lazy, you can easily catch the Hopper Bus to avoid walking to the other end of campus as the bus loops all the way around.

There is also a tram which directly links the campuses to Nottingham train station and Nottingham city centre, with stops at University Park, Queen’s Medical Centre and King’s Meadow Campus.

Hack: To avoid the hassle of trying to find the exact change for your fare, you can get a Robin Hood card which can be topped-up online and scanned when you get onto a Nottingham bus or tram.

Where to live for the 2nd/3rd years

Although it is quite a while away, it can’t hurt to start considering your options for next year’s living arrangements after you have settled into Nottingham. Popular student areas include Lenton, Beeston and Dunkirk, with each offering ease of access to supermarkets, restaurants and entertainment. Take it easy, and focus on finding the right mix of people you want to live with first. You can then spend your time exploring Nottingham and getting a feel for what suits you best.

Alternatively, if you feel like you would like to live in halls again, you are able to do that too. Here is a guide put together by the university’s Student Union which will give you a more detailed insight into your options.

My best advice to all Freshers: just go with the flow. The beauty of being a Fresher is it is completely acceptable to have absolutely no idea what you are doing because everybody is in the same boat! You will hack student life in no time, as long as you get out there and make the most of your experience.

If you have any questions in regards to life in Nottingham, I am more than happy to help!

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