Summer Festivals in Nottingham.

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Is there really a better way to spend a summer’s day than taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of a festival?

Festivals are also the perfect place to meet new people. Whether you get lost and find a cool group of people, or a lost soul stumbles upon your group, they are a great place to meet incredible people.

Here is a round-up of events that you won’t want to miss over the next few weeks:


LMS - Lightest Night

Lightest Night 2019 – Friday 21st June 2019

To celebrate the summer solstice, Nottingham will host its first-ever Lightest Night on Friday 21 June. Making the most of an expected 17 hours of daylight, the City will come to life from 5pm; offering all kinds of FREE entertainment.  Sample tasty treats from across the continent at the European Market in Old Market Square (until 10.30pm) and enjoy a few summery songs from the Nottingham City Tuneless Choir on the Council House steps (7pm). Throughout the evening, you can catch Can Samba doing their thing across the City Centre in a colourful carnival of tropical rhythms, then dance the night away with DJ Steve Cutz in Trinity Square.

You can find out more about Nottingham’s Lightest Night here.


The Great British Gin Festival - Nottingham

The Great British Gin Festival – Saturday 13th July 2019

The UK’s biggest gin festival arrives in town. Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by over 100 different gins from around the world! You can enjoy cocktail demonstrates and sample the many gins whilst enjoying live entertainment.

You can find out more about The Great British Gin Festival here.


Rum & Reggae Festival

Rum & Reggae Festival – Saturday 13th July 2019

Take a Rum journey around the world. Enjoy tasting rare and special craft rums from the West Indies, Cuba, South America & The United States.  There will be Carnival Dancers and Performances and traditional Jamaican food served such as jerk chicken and peas.

You can find out more about the Rum & Reggae Festival here.


Splendour Festival,

Splendour Festival – Saturday 20th July 2019

Nottingham’s favourite festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park.

Headliners, Manic Street Preachers and The Specials, as well as Rag’n’Bone Man, All Saints and a whole host of artists, comedians and entertainers, will perform at the huge outdoor music event. With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a fun fair, entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is Nottingham’s biggest party of the summer.

You can find out more about the Splendour Festival here.


Like the sound of life in Nottingham? See here for more information about Host student accommodation in Nottingham city centre or contact us on 0115 8240590 and we’ll be happy to help.

Top 5 Nottingham Events in Early May.

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With Easter holidays behind us and a new term about to start we have discovered plenty of things happening to beat those holiday blues. Check out our list of events happening in the city and discover poetry, ancient tents and pamper sessions.

Here are our top picks:


Nottingham Poetry Festival - 26th April to the 5th May

Nottingham Poetry Festival – 26th April to the 5th May

Calling all poets and poetry lovers, this is festival for you.   An array of acclaimed national and local poets and performers will be providing ten days of word jams, poetry slams, performances, songs and readings from some of the most renowned poets in the country.

You can find out more and the various locations at https://nottinghampoetryfestival.com/


The SunSet Run – 7th May – Lee Westwood Sports Centre

Make the most of a spring evening on Tuesday 7 May at 6.30pm and join like-minded runners in a 5k or 1.5k fun run around Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus.

The route will include the nature trail and surrounding areas, and there’ll even be a BBQ at the finish, so runners and their friends and family can purchase a bite to eat. It costs £5 for students entrants must be registered by Friday 3rd May.


Yoga Classes – 1st and 8th May at 7pm – Lace Market Studios

With deadlines looming, you’re bound to feel stressed.  While your student budget may not allow for regular classes at the local yoga studio, you can enjoy the perks of ‘free’ stress busting yoga right here in our social area, provided by All You Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety.  Perfect to shake of the stresses and strains of studying.


The Magnificent Spiegeltent - 4th to the 18th May -  Old Market Square

The Magnificent Spiegeltent – 4th to the 18th May – Old Market Square

Spiegeltent literally translates as ‘mirror tent’. These 100yr old tents were built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and now regularly tour the world’s cities and festivals, showcasing music, circus, cabaret, theatre and comedy as well as food and drink.

The shows are of varying price and are expected to sell out quickly.    

More info and booking.


Unlimited Wellbeing Festival – 12th May – Motorpoint Arena

Enjoy free workshops and classes, browse amazing products from all over the world and get free advice from some of the most respected practitioners in the UK before indulging yourself with a luxurious massage or spa treatment in the pamper zone.

Tickets can be purchased online, via 0843 373 3000 or in person at the Motorpoint Arena Box Office and Nottingham Tourism Centre.


Like the sound of life in Nottingham? See here for more information about Host student accommodation in Nottingham city centre or contact us on 0115 8240590 and we’ll be happy to help.

Summer Stays in Nottingham

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailSpring has sprung, the clocks have moved forward and the Easter bunny has been. Which can only mean one thing; summer is on it’s way! And here at Lace Market Studios, we think it’s never too early to start thinking about summer and your summer break.

As you get your head down for the final weeks of term and prepare for those end of year exams,  that summer wardrobe, ice-creams and the nice long summer break are almost in touching distance. And although revision and exams might make it seem like a life time away, we can guarantee summer will be here before you know it. So, it’s time to get planning.

If you’re in the UK over the summer months, why not spend some time in the beautiful city of Nottingham in the England’s Midlands region? A thriving and creative city, packed with culture and history – and the home of the legendary Robin Hood, Nottingham is well worth exploring this summer.

And you haven’t got to worry about a place to stay, as here at Lace Market Studios, we have your summer accommodation needs sorted. We have a range of luxury studios with designer kitchens and en-suite bathrooms available for short-term stays from 21st July 2018 until 7th September 2018. On-site, you’ll also find some fantastic social spaces to enjoy with friends and unwind after a busy day. Here you’ll find a pool table, table tennis, fuss ball, a PS4 and a projector for watching movies. And with prices from less than £23 per night for student (minimum stay of 1 week), you can enjoy affordable city centre living this summer.

Located right in the heart of Nottingham’s historical Lace Market, whether you’re on a summer language course, getting ready for the new academic year or just fancy a change of scenery, our accommodation is the perfect base for exploring the city this summer.

If you would like to find out more about our summer accommodation at Lace Market Studios, please contact us on +44(0)115 8240591 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

5 ways to save as a student

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIt’s been a busy few weeks for students; moving away from home, settling into your new accommodation, starting university and partying like a fresher. And while it’s an exciting time of your life, it can be expensive too and a large part of your student loan may have been spent already. So, now is a probably good time to budget and keep an eye on what you spend. Fortunately, as a student, there are a number of ways you can save money. Here are just some of them…

Student discount card
One of the best things about being a student is the discounts and freebies that come along with it. Whether you’re shopping for jeans or stationary, eating out or heading to the cinema, simply flash your uni student ID card and you can make big savings. For even bigger savings on a wider choice of brands and outlets, purchase an NUS Extra Card for just £12 a year!

Second hand books
As you start attending lectures, you’ve probably been given reading lists for your different modules. But with multiple modules and a number of recommended text books, the cost to buy brand new books soon adds up. So why not shop around and buy second hand? Browse sites such as eBay, Gumtree or Amazon for people who might be selling old books, and check your university notice boards for any one selling books or if the uni is holding a second-hand book sale. Even though the books might be a few years old, it’s likely the content won’t have changed much and it will save you pounds!

Travel card
Whether you’re travelling around the country visiting friends and family, or simply jumping on the train to check out the local hotspots and tourist attractions, you can save up to 1/3 off your rail fares throughout the year by purchasing a 16-25 railcard. The card will cost you just £30 for a whole year and you can save on a variety of train ticket types, and you’ll also enjoy exclusive discounts and offers with other partner companies.

Student nights
If you fancy a night out with your friends but don’t want to spend a fortune, then head out on a student night. Many pubs, bars and clubs in the city hold dedicated student nights throughout the weekdays with special offers such as free entry, 50% off drinks, £1 drink offers and 2 for 1 deals. It’ll be much cheaper than going out on a weekend when everyone else is out and clubs, bars and pubs are charging full price.

Be a savvy shopper
As much as we’d all love to eat out every night or have takeaways delivered to our doors regularly, it isn’t usually the cheapest (or the healthiest) option. Instead, cooking at home is a much more cost effective alternative. Bulk buying ingredients from the supermarket will cost less and go much further. For example, the ingredients for a spaghetti bolognaise will cost you less than a fiver and serve four – compared to costing £10 in a restaurant, for just one person.

A hassle-free start to student life

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs a student, it’s been a busy and emotional few months for you. The stress of revision, the pressure of exams and not forgetting the nerves of the much-anticipated results day. And on top of that (depending upon your results), you’re about to start a new journey as a student at university.

For some students, this will involve moving to a different part of the UK to study and for international students, it’ll involve moving to a completely different country altogether. This is a new experience for most, and it can be a lot to take in, with a lot of things to remember; accommodation, student finance, visas, course registration, the list goes on. And with all these important things to do and remember, the likes of bath towels and wooden spoons might slip your mind… until you arrive at your accommodation and realise you’ve forgotten some essential items.

But fear not, we’re here to help make your move-in hassle-free. We’ve partnered up with UniKitOut so you can easily order all your student essentials before you arrive at our accommodation. After all, you don’t want to start student life stressed because you can’t cook your favourite meal or open a bottle of your favourite drink.

With a choice of bathroom, bedroom and kitchen starter packs available – as well as some added extras that might take your fancy too, you can be sure to have everything you need to settle into your new home and start student life stress-free.

So, to tick buying student essentials off your to-do list and have them waiting for you upon your arrival at Lace Market Studios, head over to UniKitOut and fill your basket. Plus, add the code HOST17 at the checkout and you’ll receive a 10% discount.

If you’re still looking for student accommodation in Nottingham for September, then look no further than Lace Market Studios. We have luxury Studios available in the heart of the Lace Market. For more information please contact us on +44(0)1158 240590 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

7 photos to take before you leave Nottingham

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIf you’re getting ready to graduate from university and wave goodbye to Nottingham – the place you’ve called home throughout your studies, then be sure to capture some iconic photos of the city so you can look back and reminisce in years to come. And if you’re new to Nottingham or still have a few more years left at university, start your photo memories early and capture the moments you’ll remember for a lifetime. Here are just a few hot spots you might want to picture…

1. At your university
The main reason you’ve been living in Nottingham as a student is because of the university. From the outside of the university building and the university grounds, to your lecture halls, photograph the places where you’ve studied and will graduate from. It’s a great achievement and a major part of your life. Definitely one to look back at and show the grandkids!

2. At your accommodation
Whether you’ve been living in private student accommodation like Lace Market Studios, or have been sharing a house with your friends, the place you’ve lived will have played a big role in the making of you. So, grab the camera, grab your house mates or fellow residents and jump in some photos together to remember the good times you all had there.

3. The Trams
You’ve probably jumped on the tram in Nottingham and not thought twice about it. But it is in fact quite a unique mode of transport. In the UK there are only a handful of other cities with a working tram rail system including Manchester, Birmingham and Sheffield. So, make the most of this unique way of travelling in the city and snap a selfie on the tram or get one with a tram in the background (just make sure it’s safe to do so!)

4. The Major Oak
World-famous and crowned winner of many awards, the Major Oak is a well-loved oak tree located in Sherwood Forest. Thought to be between 800-1,000 years old and weighing an estimated 23 tonnes, the tree is well-known for its connection to Nottinghamshire’s Robin Hood. Capture a photo of the tree that sheltered Robin Hood and where he and his Merry Men supposedly slept.

5. Robin Hood statue
Talking of Robin Hood, why not snap a selfie with the legendary hero himself? Head down to Nottingham Castle and you’ll find the famous Robin Hood statue. Strike a pose with the highly skilled archer and keep the photo of Nottingham’s legend to take with you to your new home.

6. Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
You’ve probably sunk a drink or two in here, so before you leave, relive and capture the moment with your friends. Step outside and photograph the exterior of the pub – which is famous for being the oldest Inn in England, dating back to 1189AD. After all, it’s not every day you can enjoy a drink in a pub that is built into the rocks that Nottingham Castle are built on and holds extensive hidden caves below.

7. Nottingham’s Market square
From the Winter Wonderland and Urban Beach, to Food Markets and Carnivals, you’ve probably spent quite some time at Nottingham’s Market Square during your time as a student. It’s right in the heart of the city and forms as a top meeting place for people and local events. With the fountains and town hall as the focal point, photograph the square and you’ll never forget all the good times you had there!

To those of you leaving Nottingham and Lace Market Studios over the coming weeks and months, we hope you’ve enjoyed your stay with us and time in the city. If you’re new to the city or are in need of a place to live in September, make yourself at home in our luxury student accommodation at Lace Market Studios. For more information please contact us on +44 (0)1158 240 590 or lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

The art of celebrating the end of exams

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailHang on in there, if you’ve not already finished exams, you’re nearly there! The end of the summer term is in sight, and what a great feeling that is. Hooray!

When exams finish, you can feel a real mixed bag of emotions. You might have been so stressed out that your brain feels like lead, your eyes struggle to focus and you can barely string a sentence together. Or, the post-exam period can be one of euphoria. In which case, you’ll want someone to appreciate your prolonged whooping and flamboyant dance moves, or it can seem a bit flat. Sharing either feeling with others should stop the lows getting too extreme.

So, now you’re finished, what can you do to really unwind? Well, there are lots of imaginative ways to spend your weeks of freedom before you graduate and experience the nine-to-five grind.

Why not plan a reward trip? Travel can be a perfect way to celebrate your achievements and move onto your next great adventure. A big trip won’t just ease your transition into the next stage of your life, it’ll give you a chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going, and where you want to end up.

But if the budget wont quite stretch to a trip abroad, why not take a day trip and explore the rest of the UK?  Did you know you can get an off-peak return ticket from Nottingham to Brighton for £60? And, if you still have work commitments, a day trip is a great way to take a short break from any stress without the need for a long period off work. It’s fun, super cheap and will make a great memory for the future.

Now is the perfect time for all that culture you never got around to doing in term-time as you juggled lectures, assignments, revision and nights out. So, go to the theatre, visit art galleries, attend screenings of obscure arthouse films and you’ll get an instant list of interests to swell your CV.

And for our female residents, there is a fantastic opportunity to support a great charity, be active and to shake off those exam stresses at the same time. Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life takes place this Sunday (4th June 2017) at Victoria Embankment. It’s a women’s-only event raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. If you think it’s not for you because you’ve not run before, don’t let that phase you. You can walk or even dance your way around the course. For more details and to enter see here.

No matter what you decide to do with your free time during the summer months, it’s important to take some time out to unwind after a busy few months at university. Relax and recharge your batteries so you’re ready and raring to go for your next year at university, starting a new job or travelling the world.

Here at Lace Market Studios all of our Studios have a purpose-built study area as a standard and our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 01158 240 590 to arrange a viewing.

Have a healthy Pancake Day!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailPancake Day is just around the corner, which can only mean two things. You get to test your flipping skills and scoff your faces with delicious pancakes. But if you’re trying to be healthy, you might be thinking Pancake Day isn’t for you. Well, think again. Though you might want to avoid the ice cream, Nutella and sugar toppings, there are some healthier alternatives you can try which still taste great!  Here are three tasty recipes for you to try…

Banana pancakes
These pancakes are quick and easy to make and with only 3 ingredients, they’re gluten-free, low-calorie and definitely guilt-free!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ large bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk together with the baking powder.
  2. In another bowl, add in the bananas and mash them with a fork. But not too much – ensure there are still chunks of bananas.
  3. Add the egg mixture with the mashed bananas and stir to combine.
  4. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

 

Chocolate protein pancakes
If you’re a bit of a chocoholic then these pancakes are the ones for you. You can still get your chocolate fix without the need to feel guilty afterwards.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).

 

Sweet potato pancakes

A slightly different take on your traditional pancake recipe, combine the sweetness of sweet potato with the savoury cottage cheese, for a hearty and protein packed breakfast or snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup oats
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add ¼ of batter to a frying pan for each pancake and cook over a medium heat, flipping it over and cooking on both sides until golden brown. Serve hot and with your choice of toppings (if any).
  3. Repeat until all batter has been used.

Bookings now open for September 2017. To find out how you can join our thriving student community at Lace Market Studios please contact us today on +44 (0)1158 240 590.

Where should you live for your second year at uni?

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailIt probably feels like it was just yesterday that you were anxiously collecting your results and getting ready to head off to university in September. But five months down the line, it’s surprising how quickly life as a student passes. Before you know it, the second semester will be finished and you’ll be getting ready for your next year at university. But where are you going to live?

In years gone by, many students have traditionally lived in student accommodation for their first year at university and then they privately rent shared houses during their second and third years.

Sure, renting a property with your pals can have its benefits; it’s great for your independence, you decide where you want to live, who you want to live with and there might even be great flexibility – you can find a property that suits your needs. But it’s not all fun and games. What about the bills? Dealing directly with the landlord or letting agent? Having to trek miles into town? And more to the point, not being able to shop online because no one will be in to take delivery of your parcels!

You might not know, but regardless of your year of study, you can continue to live in our student accommodation. Here at Host, we welcome first year students, post-graduate students and anyone in between! Our accommodation has been developed for the sole purpose of accommodating students, and has been designed with students in mind.

Simply pay a fixed rent amount yearly, monthly or in instalments and we do the rest for you. You won’t have to worry about setting up new accounts or signing contracts with providers for things such as internet, insurance, gas, electric and water – we’re on it. Not only will living with us save you time and hassle, but budgeting can be easier too as you won’t have multiple bills and varying amounts to pay each month.

And the less time you have to spend chasing utility companies and managing money, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your time as a student. And what better way to enjoy it than to sit back, relax and catch up with your friends in the stylish and comfortable lounge and common areas available onsite. Or perhaps challenging your fellow residents to a game of pool? Now you wouldn’t get that in a shared house.

While you might find the perfect house to rent, it could be located just outside of the city centre and a few miles away from all of the action. But at Host, we’re all about location. Step outside of our accommodation at Lace Market Studios and you’ll find yourself right in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – The Lace Market. With an abundance of cafes, shops, bars and restaurants located right on your doorstep, you couldn’t get much closer to the action if you tried.

What more could you ask for as a second year student? How about 24/7 security, onsite staff, maintenance and postal service? We take the hassle out of student living, so you can focus on completing your degree and enjoying student life. Oh, and you can even choose a room with your very own private balcony to soak up the British sunshine!

Bookings now open for September 2017. To find out how you can join our thriving student community at Lace Market Students please contact us today on +44 (0)1158 240 590.

5 gyms to workout in & save this January

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailWith January in full swing, last year seems like a distant memory already. And as the New Year starts I’m sure you’ve probably heard people saying ‘New Year, New Me’. The thing is though, lots of people say it, but don’t actually do anything about it. But if you’re looking for a ‘new you’ this year, then why not grab your trainers and head to the local gym? Going to the gym isn’t just about losing weight or keeping fit, it’s also a great way to relax and relieve those coursework or exam worries, and if you’re with your friends it’s a great place to socialise and have some fun working out together. And as a student in Nottingham, you can take advantage of some great deals too…

 1. NTU Active
Whether you’re a student at the university or not, you can take advantage of the many membership options that Nottingham Trent University have to offer. Of course, if you’re a student at the uni it helps as you can get an off-peak membership for just £8.99/month which gives you access to the gyms, sports facilities and fitness classes from 7am – 3pm Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends.

2. University of Nottingham Sport
With the brand-new £40 million David Ross Sports Village now open, find everything you’d expect from a sports centre and much more! From state-of-the-art fitness suites and swimming pool, to a water-based hockey pitch and climbing and bouldering wall. With a student membership you’ll also gain access to the sports facilities on Jubilee and Sutton Bonington Campus. A student membership is priced at £129 for the year, and expires on 31st July 2017. But with 7 months until it expires, that equates to just £18.43/month.

3. The Gym
Located just 0.3 miles away from Lace Market Studios, you can’t get much closer to a gym than The Gym.  With over 160 pieces of equipment and plenty of cardio machines, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, The Gym is open 24/7 which means if you’re stressing out about a last-minute essay and need a break, you can pop around the corner and sweat it out – no matter what time of day it is! With your student discount, membership will cost just £12.99/month – plus if you’ve got an NUS Extra card, you’ll get 50% off the joining fees.

4. Active Nottingham
Why join one gym when you can join eight? By signing up for a gym membership with Active Nottingham, you’ll gain unlimited access to all eight of Nottingham City Council’s leisure centres. The closest one to our student accommodation – Victoria Leisure Centre, is less than a mile away so you haven’t got far to go. And for the days you’re out and about, pop into any of the other seven locations to use the gym, swimming pool or health suites. A student Health and Fitness membership costs £19.99/month for a 12 month contract.

5. Xercise4less
A bit further away from Lace Market Studios than some of the others, but still not far, Xercise4less is one of the largest gyms in Nottingham. There’s over 400 pieces of equipment, a dedicated cardio area, free weights and resistance training zones and it even has a ladies only area. And if none of that takes your fancy, then what about one of the 200 classes the gym has to offer? Ok, so there’s no student discount available here but for £9.99/month for an off-peak membership, you can’t get much cheaper.

To find out how you can join our thriving student community at Lace Market Students for 2017/18 please contact us today on 01158 240 590.