The English City of Caves, also known as the "Queen of the Midlands "- Nottingham is a delightful melting pot of history, culture, exciting entertainment options, haute couture, and influence. Nottinghamshire is built on rocky mountains on the north bank of the River Trent, 206 km north of London, 72 km northeast of Birmingham and 90 km southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.
Nottingham is not only popular for its historic landmarks, Sherwood Forest tales along with the local legend of Robin Hood, beautiful scenery, and bustling city life; but also for its high-quality academic options, making it a perfect platform for ambitious students.
Nottingham has many famous student areas, all of which are well connected with public transport- in Nottingham, you're never too far from anywhere. According to the 2018 UCAS undergraduate acceptance data, NTU is the first in the U.K. for accepted offers and in the top ten for the number of applications. Not only are a huge number of students choosing to study with us, but a massive 93% of our current students would also recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2019). The city is home to two major universities- The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, attracting more than 60,000 students. Students moving to Nottingham for their studies should know these five tips so they can have the best time in Nottingham -
1) Remember must-known facts about Nottingham.
Before moving to the city, It is important to know about the things which make that city special. Nottingham has pleasant weather throughout the year with an average temperature of 22 degrees celsius in the summer months of June and July, the average low temperature of 1-degree Celsius in the peak winter months- December and January which can also lead to Snowfall. The best time to explore Nottingham is during the summer. The official language of Nottingham is British English, and its residents speak in the East Midlands dialect. Interestingly, 2.2 % of the population also converses in Polish due to migration between Nottingham and Poland dating back 200 years.
Many personalities from the diverse fields of science & technology, religion, politics, art and literature were or still are from Nottingham including Rebecca Adlington, and famous romantic poet- Lord Byron, Jake Bugg is almost certainly Nottingham's most successful music star, Pete Dalton, aka MistaJam is best known for being a D.J. and radio presenter for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra and many more.
2) Start your accommodation hunt a bit earlier.
Well, Joining a University of your choice is a pretty great deal. There's a reason why everyone is telling you that University Life is going to be some of the best years of your life.
Right from deciding on a University to choosing an ideal off-campus accommodation; starting off at University can be all super exciting and fun- until you think about finalising the accommodation part! Being a student-friendly city, Nottingham offers a range of budget-friendly student accommodation options spread throughout the city. Finding the ideal accommodation can be the most challenging task. So, It is important to deeply research, read all the reviews available on the internet, and check those ratings online before choosing any accommodation.
Students can either choose to live in University of Nottingham accommodation ( on-campus student halls ), which usually include a shared bedroom and shared bathroom, kitchen and living area. Students wishing to stay in the cosy private space offers high- quality student accommodation options which are available all-the-year-round. Students can choose from the range of PBSA's or Nottingham student accommodation according to the budget, location and preferences.
3) Know the leasing policies as well.
If you are living anywhere in the U.K., the leasing policies are based on per week. Usually, the preferred method is every month, but students can fluctuate a lot in terms of stay. Therefore, weekly basis rents are curated to make it flexible for the landlord to have a tab on the lease due. Also, most of the U.K. properties demand guarantors before renting out the property to the students. Don't forget to keep these important documents whether you are finalising your accommodation offline or online -
●Passport + Visa,
●Copies of your Passport, VISA and I.D.
●Letter of acceptance or any other document from the University.
●Travel insurance details.
●Birth certificate and
●Translation books if you are an international student.
4) Get around the city with excellent transport system in Nottingham.
Nottingham Express Transit (NET) is the city's modern tram system which provides a quick and easy way to get across Nottingham. The Tram is the best, and affordable way to travel in and around Nottingham. Tickets are bought from machines at tram stops (cash and card are accepted) or from the NET shop in the city centre. You must purchase a ticket or validate a travel card before boarding, or you risk a fine and imprisonment.
Nottingham bus services are provided by two main companies, trentbarton and Nottingham City Transport (NCT). You will never be short of buses to get you around. There are also buses available travel to/from the University of Nottingham & Nottingham Trent University, making it easier and convenient for students.
Students can purchase the Robin Hood student academic year or season pass, which is more convenient than buying a ticket with cash – the card works it all out for you. There are options available- Adult and Under 19 for use on the Tram and most bus operators. You can top-up your card and add amounts of £5, £10, £20 or £50 at any on-street ticket machine; maximum balance is for travelling around the Robin Hood Network. Keep a check on your card balance; maximum balance you can have on your card is £100.
Bonus tip - Students can also use When is tram (Nottingham) / NCTX Buses app you to know the live tram timings in your pocket and NCTX makes bus travel easy with its accurate timetable.
5) Download the Must-have Apps.
Choices of Apps differ from person to person, but Here are a few of the top-daily apps that students should definitely have in their phone because these apps won't only help them save money but will also help them get through their student life smoothly in Nottingham.
When is tram(Nottingham)/ NCTX Buses
When is Tram you have the live tram timings in your pocket and NCTX makes bus travel easy with its accurate timetable.
myNTU- This is the app for students studying at Nottingham Trent University so that they can access their timetable, find an available P.C., register your attendance, and much more on or off-campus so that you can be up-to-date about everything going on in the University.
Duolingo is the most popular and best-known language learning app.
HeadSpace- The meditation app with guided exercises to calm your mind; If you are having trouble with stress, You will benefit from it.
Nottingham Jobs.com - This app is the one for you if you're looking for an internship or part-time jobs while studying so that you can get more experience while studying there.
Mint- Mint is the most-recommended money app because it is user-friendly, free, secure, and easy to operate no matter where you are in the world.
UniDAYS- Unidays brings the best college discount online and in-store with all the popular brands and merchants in many varieties, including fashion, entertainment, and technology; you need to be a student.
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