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23 Pieces of Advice For First-Year University Students

Below is a list of 23 nuggets of advice courtesy every single one of my friends, from Nottingham and beyond. If you’re starting uni in September, memorise these; they’ll get you far. Don’t miss out on huge opportunities because you’re scared. This could be a chance to study abroad, solo travel, attend a conference or …

Coping with Homesickness – An International Student’s Perspective

When COVID-19 first made its appearance, students were asked to return to their permanent addresses for the foreseeable future. For international students, like myself, this meant flying across the world to cities we had left years ago. Now, rounding out my 5th month back home, I realise that this is the longest I have spent …

An A-Z of Nottingham’s Supermarkets

One of the many things that makes Nottingham a student hub is the sheer variety of supermarket options. While it may not sound important, having access to various supermarkets offers extensive grocery options at student-friendly prices. In today’s post, I’ll be guiding you through Nottingham’s most popular grocers. A Aldi: With multiple outlets to choose …

Everyone’s Favourite Spots in Nottingham City Centre

A quick note from UoN: these blogs are here to provide you information that will be useful to you throughout your time with us, whether that be a year, three years or many more. But our class of 2020 is, as we all know, joining us under difficult circumstances so we ask you to follow …

Everything You Need to Know About Living Away from Home

Many of you will have left home before –  on a holiday or maybe, for volunteer work. But come September, you will make the first big move of your adult life. With the excitement and newfound freedom, come many challenges. Moving to Nottingham will look a little different this year and with unprecedented times ahead, …

Adjusting to The Academic Step-Up of Uni

The journey from school-goer to university student is rife with challenges. And that’s not including the academic hurdles. Pursuing a higher education will offer you a lifetime of opportunities, experiences and lessons learnt. Of these, the academic step-up is one of the most obvious road-blocks and one that is easily overcome. With time and support, …

Your Guide to Fun and Socially Distant Activities

University might look a little different this year. Social distancing, masks, bubbles and more lend a truly extraordinary challenge to our social lives. Consequently, this upcoming year will most likely see some very creative activity options. To guide you towards a safe, yet fun, social experience, here’s a compilation of some socially distant activities to …

A Shopper’s Guide to University: What to Buy & Where to Shop?

I absolutely love shopping. I could spend hours strolling around my favourite stores; and that’s no exaggeration. Ironically, shopping for university was one of my least favourite aspects of moving into my dorm room in first year. If you’re heading to Nottingham in September, keep reading to learn more about what to buy and where …

Making the Most of the Summer Before University

These next few months will be some of the most transformative times for students heading into their first year of university. Whilst COVID-19 may have butchered many of your summer plans, there are still plenty of ways (and time) to make the most of your days prior to ‘Welcome Week’ in September. Spend (socially-distant) time …

Skills to Perfect Before Coming to University

In less than 2 months, the University of Nottingham will open its doors to thousands of eager students ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Going to university is a life-changing experience; one filled with uncertainty and growth. This year, the “fresher” experience may look a little different, courtesy COVID-19. But there are …