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Nottingham Guide for Students

Nottingham is the cultural and commercial capital of the East Midlands. Its vibrant, cosmopolitan city centre is a first choice destination for business, entertainment and nightlife.

With over 100,000 students at the city's universities and colleges, Nottingham is a very student-oriented young and vital city, with plenty to keep its youthful population busy. Its compact city centre combines heritage and history with contemporary culture.

Entertainment looms large in Nottingham's variety of attractions. Theatre lovers are well catered for with the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall which showcase theatre, comedy, ballet and opera; the Nottingham Playhouse which produces more new drama than any other British theatre outside London; and the independent Lace Market Theatre with its full range of amateur productions. Film buffs can enjoy popular film at the 14-screen cinema in the city-centre Cornerhouse complex, or independent and world cinema at the Broadway Media Centre. Nottingham has also become a major centre for music, with large venues at
the Royal Concert Hall and the Nottingham Arena, and well-established clubs such as Rock City and The Bomb attracting big names from every style of music imaginable.


Nottingham's nightlife is as legendary as its local hero, Robin Hood. From authentic tapas to chic sushi; from fine-dining restaurants to a vegetarian fast-food joint; and from the oldest pub in Britain to the most fashionable of bars, Nottingham has something for everyone. In fact, legend has it that the city centre offers a different pub, club, bar or restaurant for every night of the year. The Rescue Rooms and Stealth nightclubs also provide live music and are perfect for those into top DJs and independent artists. Apart from these there are dozens of other clubs ranging from Oceana (cheese) to Junktion 7 (rock/alternative) to The Cookie Club (indie). The canal-side bars are a popular student haunt during the long summer evenings with loads of outdoor seating. Jongleurs Comedy Club becomes a nightclub once the live comedy acts have finished and if you’re feeling skint there’s a Wetherspoons bar (Lloyds) for inexpensive drinks.

Hockley and the Lace Market

Here you’ll find stylish bars and restaurants in beautifully renovated Lace Market buildings with some great independent and late night venues. Tantra, a late-licensed cocktail lounge, is an ambient venue with jasmine joss sticks, new age music, beds, live music and DJs. The Market Bar plays funk, hip-hop, electronic and house music, and Dogma is a stylish, late night drinking and dancing venue. There are plenty more
bars around this area that you might like too.


Retail surveys have confirmed Nottingham's standing in the fashion world as a rival to London's West End. With two large shopping centres, five major department stores, stylish shopping arcades such as Flying Horse Walk, and a host of independent boutiques selling contemporary designs, club fashions and vintage clothing, there is no excuse for not looking your best.


Whatever you’re into, Nottingham will have something for you.

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