living and studying in Nottingham

For many years Nottingham has attracted students from all over the country. With two highly regarded universities and it’s convenient location right in the heart of the Midlands it has always been a popular choice. It is obvious from the quantity of Student accommodation Nottingham has to offer, such as the new purpose built apartment blocks popping up all the time, as well as the more traditional shared housing options that the student population is continuing to thrive. So apart from the outstanding reputation held by the two universities, what is it about Nottingham that makes it such a great place to live and study?

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Well although Nottingham is a city with all the attractions and amenities you would expect to find elsewhere it is still fairly compact. With a reliable bus network and a tram system that is currently undergoing a significant extension, it is a very easy place to get used to travel around and nothing is ever too far away. As much of the student accommodation tends to be in the areas directly surrounding the universities you may find most of your regular routes are within walking or cycling distance saving you a packet on travel fares, which is of course an instant bonus. Within these areas there is a real sense of community among students and it is really easy to make new friends when everyone is so close by. Even if you move into a student property knowing nobody you will soon find plenty of people to hang around with.

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With the money you save on travel you can afford to refresh your wardrobe from time to time. Nottingham is a thriving shopping city. Within the city centre there is a good range of shops as you would expect to find on any high street. From the bargain budget favorites such as Primark and the regulars like Topshop and New Look  to the high end stores on Bridlesmith Gate there is something for everyone. Part of student life is about discovering the real you, and being given the opportunity to express yourself in a new environment away from your parents and the school rules. So if your taste is a little more bespoke then head towards Hockley for independent outlets offering something a little different.

When you get bored of swatting all day in your student accommodation Nottingham is not short of night time entertainment. Bars and clubs a plenty in the city centre and close to most of the surrounding student properties. Or you could enjoy a nice meal in one of the many restaurants catering for all tastes. But even if you fancy a break from the booze there’s the cinema. ice rink, concert hall and the increasingly popular comedy clubs for an alternative night out. Most places offer generous discounts for students, particularly midweek when town is usually quieter. Check the internet for voucher codes before you choose where to go.

Nottingham is the perfect place to base yourself whilst you study.  A friendly which has invested heavily to attract students from all over. Many choose to stay in Nottingham after completing their degree as the future job prospects are also good, particularly for medical students as Nottingham has two large hospitals within the city. Why not visit Nottingham for a few days to get a feel for the place, explore the local area, speak to some students and maybe even view a few potential student properties while you are there. Moving to a new city is a big decision and you need to be happy you have made the right choice.

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Money saving tips for Students

Times are hard, and everyone you speak to seems to be struggling to make ends meet whatever their financial situation. Even those on relatively good salaries are feeling the pinch as utility bills continue to rise and the weekly shops seems to cost more and more every time.Of course there is one group of people who are infamous for moaning on about money, or lack of it, and they are students. Leaving the comfort of the family home and moving into student accommodation, suddenly being responsible for their own finances and managing their own budget can be quite a shock to the system to some young people. The realisation that money doesn’t grow on trees can be a difficult lesson to learn for even the brightest sparks. So what can we all do to make our money stretch a bit further each month, short of robbing a bank?!Well….banks, theres an interesting  place to start. Some blame the banks for getting us into this mess in the first place but hey no need to hold a grudge. Lets just have  quick think about how we can use the banks to improve our own individual situations.

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Students can often get a really good deal from banks so while they are out looking for student properties it may be a good time to bring up the subject of bank accounts.They will often offer some really good incentives such as free music downloads, gig  tickets and discounted train fares just for opening a new current account with them.  As for the rest of us, keep an eye on interest rates on your savings account and if another bank is offering a better rate then switch. likewise with ISA’s and mortgage deals. Being on the ball and playing them at their own game is the only way to bet the bankers!

Cashback is the new buzzword for the internet savvy shopper and most students know their way around cyberspace pretty well. Sign up now to quidco, topcashback or kidstart to take advantage of some really great money saving deals. High payers tend to be mobile phone companies and, insurance providers as well as many well known high street stores and restaurant chains. There is a voucher available for almost anything online so never buy anything without googling it first!

One thing that students learn very quickly is that the best way to save money is to learn to share. Some find this hard, others take to it very well. But living in student accommodation is far easier and cheaper if you can agree a food budget and shop as a collective rather than every man for himself. Buy things like pasta in bulk and give the cheaper supermarkets a go instead of sticking to the one your mum always uses! Be brave and experiment a bit with cheap but interesting recipes that are easy to prepare for a group of people. And although it is tempting to opt for a take away every night (which are often conveniently located close to student properties) this really is the most expensive option so avoid, avoid, avoid!!

Money may be tight but with a bit of thought and planning you can make even the smallest budget stretch to meet your needs.

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