Making your way to the Lace Market Studios Show Suite

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Nottingham’s a big place, and it’s easy to get lost, so we thought we’d lend you a hand with our helpful “Finding your way to The Lace Market Studios Show Suite video guide” (Catchy, right?), courtesy of our ever helpful student accommodation Property Manager, Tim Halliday.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

4 brilliant things for students to do in Nottingham

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We know that you’re heading to University ready to get stuck in to some serious studying BUT, every once in a while you need to blow off some steam and have fun with your new friends. Student life should be a balance between hard work and enjoying yourself, and as there is so much to do on the doorstep of The Lace Market Studios, you won’t have to go too far to find something to fill your free time!

So, as many of you will be new to Nottingham (in fact many of our Lace Market Studios international students will be new to the UK) we thought that we’d share with you our top 4 things to do in Nottingham’s famous Lace Market.

  1. The Lace Market area itself is a protected heritage site and well worth a wander. While never a market in the strictest sense, it was the epicentre of the world’s lace industry during the British Empire. The area is full of impressive 19th Century architecture, and you can still see many of the lace warehouses and salesrooms – no trip to the Lace Market would be complete however without a couple of stops in one or two of the independent bars and coffee shops.  You know, just to get a real feel for the place.
  2. If you fancy catching a show the Lace Market Theatre is a great little independent playhouse offering a varied programme of modern and traditional drama, comedy and the occasional musical thrown in for good measure. And, as it’s an amateur theatre, open auditions are held throughout the year so, if your study schedule allows, why not get involved too?
  3. Nottingham is undoubtedly a city of culture and the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery embodies this. Set over three levels you can lose a day wandering around taking in some of the very best in contemporary, modern art on offer. And as the Gallery has a ‘strong sense of local purpose’ you can expect to see some local artists, which is always exciting.
  4. If you’ve had enough history and culture, literally across the road from The Lace Market Studios (in fact you might well be able to see it from your window) is the Capital FM Arena. Throughout the year this large indoor venue plays host to big name music stars, popular shows and comedians. But that’s not all, you’ll also find the National Ice Centre here too, so if you’re a budding figure skater or fancy a game of Ice Hockey, you have one of the best Ice Rinks in the UK at your disposal.

As The Lace Market Studios are located in the hippest part of the city, we’ve just scratched the surface of cool things to do. Hopefully, we’ve given you a taster of what is on offer, but there is no comparison to getting out and about and exploring this exciting city for yourself…

So go on then, what are you waiting for?

Keen to come and live in  Nottingham’s coolest student accommodation.  Send us your details and we’ll get in touch.

Top tips for international students adjusting to Nottingham living

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Nottingham may seem a million miles away from home and everything may be a bit strange for you in the first couple of days. But, we promise after a couple of weeks you’ll feel right at home.

Here at Lace Market Studios, we’ll do everything we can to help you feel welcome and adjust to your new Nottingham student accommodation, and that includes sharing a few tips for how to settle in to life as a Student in Nottingham…

Attend your University’s welcome events.  You’re tired, you’ve barely unpacked your suitcase, and all you want is to lie back and catch up on some sleep – why on earth would you abandon your lovely student accommodation to attend a welcome event with a load of people you don’t know?

We know, we know, but the only way you’re going to learn your way around student life and make new friends is by putting yourself out there.  Your university will offer orientation days/weeks, which will teach you about important issues like healthcare, immigration rules (for international students), welfare, opening a bank account, and police registration. There will also be social events to help you meet new friends and introduce you to the surrounding areas, such as social evenings, talks, campus and local tours.

Don’t forget that we’re also around 24 hours a day, and if you need any advice on anything, we’ll do our best to help, just pop down to reception and talk to us.

Personalise your room.  Ok, so we’re not talking major building works, but little touches really do help keep home sickness at bay.  We are sure you’ve probably brought lots of photographs and momentos with you from home so we’ve provided you with a pin board! Add a few personal items, like flowers, or keepsakes, and really make your student accommodation ‘home’.

Stay in touch. Here at Lace Market Studios we offer free Wi/Fi to all residents, so there’s really no reason not to drop your loved ones a quick Skype from time to time, just to let them know you’re settling in and enjoying your student living experience.  It’s also a great way to keep track of the gossip back at home!

Join (start) a society. If you miss spending time with people from your culture, why not join an international society? Most Universities have one where you can find friendship, intelligent conversation, and news of things going on back home. Remember, though, that you will get more out of your time in Nottingham and improve your English if you mix widely with all cultures and don’t just stay with people from home, so try your best to make friends with other Lace Market Studios residents, remember you’re all going through the same things so can offer each other the support and friendship you need.

There are many weird and wonderful student societies, beyond international ones (most will try and get you to sign up to them during Fresher’s week!) – whether you want to discuss economics, build the Death Star out of Lego, raise money for charity, practice Origami, or even play football with robots!  Whilst not all the examples featured in education UK are Nottingham based, there’s nothing stopping you setting up your own!

Come and live at Lace Market Studios.  Ok, if you’re already a current resident, you’ll know this already, but here at Lace Market Studios we take all the stress out of student living, so you can concentrate on learning and enjoying your time studying in Nottingham.  Our custom built student apartments are safe and secure (we have a 24-hour staff presence, CCTV in all access areas, and secure key fob access to both the main entrance and your studio), and our all inclusive costs mean you won’t have to worry about paying utility bills on time.  We’re also incredibly popular with international students, so you’ll quickly find new friends and settle right in.

We hope you found our guide useful – if at any time you’d like to book a viewing of Lace Market Studios, just fill out this form and we’ll come right back to you.