8 Tips for international students moving to the UK

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If you’re an international student moving to Nottingham in the UK to study, you’re probably feeling excited, nervous and everything in between.

Not only are you getting ready to further your education, but you’ll be doing it in a completely new country that you’ll need to become familiar with; there’s a lot of things to consider in preparation for arriving in the UK.

But don’t panic, we’ve gathered a short list of some of the top things you need to consider prior to moving and for when you arrive in the UK…

1. Pack appropriate clothing

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If you hadn’t already heard, the UK is known for being wet and can also get quite cold at times! And when university starts in September, it will be autumn, which then moves into winter. So, it’s probably a good idea to pack suitable winter clothing such as a raincoat, jumpers, hat, scarf and gloves.

Though, the UK has great shops to buy new items so if you don’t want to pack everything or don’t have room in your bags, you can purchase clothes while you’re here.

2. Check for any baggage restrictions

When packing your bags, you should bear in mind the number of bags you are permitted to check-in and the weight allowance of your baggage when travelling to the UK. The last thing you want is to be stung with an additional baggage charge when you arrive at the airport.

There will also be restrictions on the types of items and quantities (e.g. 100ml liquids) that you can carry in your hand luggage. Double check the guidelines of the airline you are flying with for more information on baggage allowances and restricted items prior to travelling to prevent any problems.

3. Set up a UK bank account

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If you’re staying in the UK for more than a few months, you should consider setting up a UK bank account. Having a UK bank account will make it easier for you to pay any bills, help keep your money safe and you will avoid having to pay foreign currency charges.

There are lots of banks in the UK that you can open an account with including HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest, Santander, Halifax and Barclays. To open an account, you will need appropriate identification and documentation. Click here for more information about UK bank accounts.

4. Register with a local doctor

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When you arrive in the UK, you should register with a doctor at a surgery or health centre in the local area as soon as possible. The local doctor – also known as a ‘GP’ (General Practitioner), will be your first point of contact if you are ill and require medical treatment.

You shouldn’t wait until you are unwell or require medication to register as you may find yourself in a situation where you have to wait weeks rather than days to be seen. Similarly, you should register with a local dental practice as soon as possible.

5. Stay connected

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When you arrive in the UK, you’ll probably want to let your family and friends know you have arrived safely. But will your mobile phone work? If you have a mobile phone, then yes, it is likely it will still work in the UK. However, if you use your current international mobile service provider in the UK, there will be extremely high call and message charges when contacting home and even ringing local numbers.

So, if you’re staying in the UK for a while, you should purchase a UK SIM for day-to-day use. You can register for a Pay As You Go (PAYG) SIM card which means you have to top up the phone when your credit runs out. Or you can sign up for a monthly contract and pay a set amount each month and enjoy the benefits of inclusive minutes, messages and mobile date.

If you want to make an international call when you are in the UK, it is likely to be cheaper to use a provider such as LycaMobile or RebTel as they offer low-cost international calls.

And don’t forget if you’re staying with us at Lace Market Studios, we provide free internet and Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and throughout the building, so you can make free calls and video calls via apps such as Skype, Whatsapp and FaceTime.

6. Find your way around the city

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Travelling in a new country can be daunting. But the UK is well connected and offers various forms of transport, which makes getting about quick and easy.

For shorter journeys in Nottingham, you can travel by road in a taxi. Taxis are a convenient way to get from A to B, such as from the train station to your accommodation or back to your accommodation after a night out. You can order a taxi in Nottingham from your phone using the Uber app.

Travelling by bus is often one of the cheapest ways to travel around the local area. You’ll find bus stops located in various places around the city centre, with universities having dedicated bus stops and bus services running to the campuses.

In Nottingham there’s also a tram service operating in the city. The trams run along tracks right through the streets of the city, stopping at specific stops along the lines.

7. Stock up on the essentials

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In Nottingham, there are a variety of supermarkets to shop in – with many being open 24/7. Some of the main UK supermarket chains include Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s Aldi, Lidl, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

You’ll also find that these chains have smaller, more convenient express stores which offer extended opening hours and can be found on high streets and in smaller districts of the city.

Many of the large supermarkets have aisles dedicated to international cuisine, where you can find foods and ingredients that you are familiar with back home.

But if you’re new to the UK and want to try something new, some traditional British dishes include fish and chips, sausages and mash, a full English breakfast, a Sunday roast and afternoon tea.

8. Find a place to live

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If you’re moving to the UK, you’re going to need somewhere to live whilst you study. There are many options available to students including living in private student accommodation such as Lace Market Studios.

Our luxury student accommodation is hassle-free and all-inclusive so you haven’t got to worry about paying any bills – it’s all included in your rent. We have a variety of studios to choose from, all of which come fully equipped with everything you need to make yourself at home as a student, including an en-suite bathroom, private kitchen area and dedicated study space.

Take a look at our room types or contact us on +44(0)1158 240 590 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com for more information about our student accommodation.

Experience Nottingham this summer time

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It’s that time of year again when exams are finishing, coursework has been handed in and freedom is in sight. So, what have you got planned for the summer months? Why not spend some time in the city of Nottingham?

With plenty to see and do, Nottingham has always been a popular and vibrant place to visit – especially throughout the summer months. So, whether you’re a continuing student in the city, or you’re new and arriving in Nottingham early ready for the coming year, below are a few local attractions for you to check out.

Where to visit?
Steeped in history, blessed with a lively culture, and home to world class sport, you’re sure to find something to enjoy no matter your interests…

Delve into history at Nottingham Castle and explore the castle’s caves, galleries and grounds. And with the castle located in the centre of Nottingham, it’s easily accessible from our student accommodation at Lace Market Studios.

But that’s not all. Discover a hidden maze of sandstone caves underneath the streets of Nottingham. The City of Caves attraction is part of a complex of over 500 man-made caves dating back thousands of years to the Dark Ages. Over the years, the caves have been used as a tannery, public house cellars and air raid shelters. Take a tour to investigate the history of the caves and learn more about what once happened inside these fascinating underground dwellings. And if you’re exploring the caves, don’t forget to pop into the famous Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem – an ancient pub built into the caves, for a drink or two.

If you didn’t already know, Nottingham was home to the legendary Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. With the beautiful 450 acre Sherwood Forest Country Park being the legendary stomping ground for them. And at the end of August you can partake in the hugely popular Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest Country Park.

Feeling sporty? Plan a visit to the Nottingham Tennis Centre this summer and watch some action-packed tennis with friends at the Nature Valley Open – Nottingham Tournament.

Or if acting and play writing is more your thing, then why not visit the beautiful Wollaton Hall for an Outdoor Theatre spectacle? From A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, immerse yourself in theatrical performances in the stunning grounds surrounding the House.

And finally, if you love to be beside the seaside but don’t think you can experience that in Nottingham – what with it being a city in the middle of the country, then think again. You haven’t far to travel to get a taste of the coast, as The Nottingham Beach returns to Old Market Square in July. So, get ready to sit back, relax and enjoy an ice cream on the sandy beach, take a dip in the pool and soak up the atmosphere at the funfair.

With plenty to see and do, summer 2018 in Nottingham is bound to be bigger and better than ever before!

And if you’re looking for a place to stay whilst you experience the wonderful city of Nottingham, why not stay with us at Lace Market Studios? 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. To find out more about our summer accommodation, please contact us on +44(0)115 8240591 or at lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

Summer Stays in Nottingham

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Spring 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.

What’s on at Lace Market Studios this February?

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January has been a long month, but it’s nearly out of the way, which can only mean one thing; Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’ve got a date or you’re just heading out with friends, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite local restaurants for a special treat this Valentine’s…

Plus, if you book in advance or even go out the days before or after the big day, you might be able to take advantage of special offers such as 2-4-1 deals, meaning you can save money and even take a trip to the cinema too!

But that’s not all. To celebrate the day of love, here at Lace Market Studios, we’ll be offering one lucky resident the chance to win our special Valentine’s Day hamper filled with some special treats. Please visit the office to find out more and for your chance to win.

And the fun doesn’t stop after Valentine’s Day. This February, we’re also celebrating Chinese New Year, which falls on Friday 16th February.

This Chinese New Year is the year of the Dog; people born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 will fall under this Chinese Zodiac sign. The Dog occupies the 11th position in the zodiac and symbolizes a loyal, kind and honest character. Those born under the Zodiac sign of the Dog always offer support and advice to others as they value friendships above all else and often become very involved in the personal lives of others which can give the impression of being nosy. However, ensuring the happiness of others is their ultimate aim. According to the Chinese calendar, the Dog is sincere, trustworthy and reliable with a strong sense of duty and a clearly defined moral compass.

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If you’re in Nottingham, there’s lots to see and do in the city to celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the Dog. From Chinese arts and crafts and gallery exhibitions, to dance and music to represent the Chinese culture. Find out more here.

And for our residents at Lace Market Studios, we’ll be decorating our accommodation in traditional Chinese decor and offering you fortune cookies and other treats. So, don’t forget to stop by, say hello and celebrate Chinese New Year with us!

Looking for student accommodation in Nottingham? To find out more about our student accommodation at Lace Market Studios please contact us today on 01158 240 590 or lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

Christmas in Nottingham

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It might feel like just yesterday that you were packing your bags and waving goodbye to your family home as you set off to start university in Nottingham. But can you believe the end of the first term is fast approaching? Where has the time gone?

With Fresher’s events to enjoy, lectures to attend and deadlines to meet, it’s been a busy and eventful few months for students in Nottingham. But it’s not all work. In their free time, students living with us here at Lace Market Studios, have been able to relax and put their feet up in our common room. With movie nights and games consoles on our large projector, and the arrival of our brand-new foosball table and table tennis, students have been having fun with their friends.

And over the next few weeks, in the lead up to Christmas, students living in Nottingham will see the city transform into a wonderful Winter Wonderland. The Old Market Square will come alive and more vibrant than ever with the introduction of some favourite festive activities. From warming up with a cup of mulled wine to showing off your skating skills on the ice rink, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Below are just a few of the highlights;

  • Sur-La-Biste Bar
  • Ice Bar
  • Helter Skelter Bar
  • Christmas market stalls
  • Christmas food stalls
  • Outdoor Ice Rink Skating
  • Large Authentic Christmas Tree

The market and festivities opened to the public on 17th November and will run right through to 31st December, giving you plenty of time to enjoy before your Christmas break. So, grab your coat, get together with your friends and make your way to The Old Market Square to get in the festive spirit.

New to Nottingham? Your local guide to the city

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Starting university is kind of a big deal. On top of actually studying towards your degree, you’ve got to deal with the fact that you’re surrounded by new people, you’re living in a new home, and for some, in a city you’ve never been to before. Sounds pretty scary, right? Well, fear not…

Nottingham is a lovely city to study and live in – you’ll love being a student in this wonderful city. Located in central England, in the Midlands region, Nottingham is home to two major universities – the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, and over 60,000 students – so you won’t be alone.

But while you settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings, we’ve got a quick guide to some of the city’s hot spots…

Nightlife
If there’s one thing we can be sure about, it’s that you won’t be short of a thing or two to do in the evenings when you’re in Nottingham. In fact, the nightlife in Nottingham is so good, the city has been awarded a Purple Flag Award.

Dance the night away at one of the UK’s best live music venues Rock City, have a laugh a minute at the Glee Club, or eat until your heart’s content at one of the city’s many fine restaurants, cosy pubs or fast food outlets. And when you’re done, discover chic bars and hotspots to enjoy a cocktail or two in and dance the night away.

Sport
If you like sport, you’ve come to the right place. From football to Ice Hockey and everything in between, you’ll find a whole host of sports venues and activities in Nottingham.

Whether you’re watching a match or taking part in a game yourself, get close to the action in Nottingham. Cheer on Nottingham Forest at The City Ground football stadium, support the boys of Nottingham Rugby at The Bay, watch the Nottingham Panthers battle it out on the ice rink at The National Ice Centre and for those who follow cricket, head to Trent Bridge Cricket Club.

Shopping
Did someone say shopping? If you’re in need of some retail therapy, you can shop ‘till you drop in Nottingham. Ranked as one of the UK’s top retail destinations, you’ll find everything from high street names and designer brands, to independent shops and vintage market stalls.

Shop in the centres at Broadmarsh and the Victoria Centre, head to Hockley for a browse, enjoy a leisurely stroll into the Lace Market, admire the old arcades (The Exchange and Flying Horse Walk) or grab a bargain at Sneinton Market. No matter your taste or style, you’re sure to find a shop to suit.

Travel
With a handy tram system that stops at both of the city’s universities and offers student discounts, getting around the city is quick, easy and great value for money. But if the tram isn’t for you, there are also regular bus services running around the city and to university campuses too.

Travelling further afield? Nottingham train station and Nottingham coach station have regular train and coach services connecting you to all major cities and locations across the country. And if you’re travelling abroad, East Midlands Airport and Birmingham Airport are situated close by.

Student accommodation
So, now you know the ins and outs of the city, you might be wondering where you can stay. Well, look no further than right here at Lace Market Studios. Located right in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter – The Lace Market, you’ll find an abundance of cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment complexes located right on your doorstep. And with Nottingham Trent University less than 1 mile away and the University of Nottingham less than 3 miles away, you haven’t far to go for your lectures either.

After a busy day of studying and socialising, you can come home to one of our luxury studios – all complete with a range of modern amenities such as fully fitted kitchens and sparkling en-suite bathrooms, and all tastefully decorated to make your stay even more comfortable. Don’t forget that our student accommodation is all-inclusive which means that all bills are included in the price of your rent – including Wi-Fi, so you can focus on your studies and let us worry about the rest.

To find out more about our student accommodation at Lace Market Students please contact us today on 01158 240 590 or lacemarketstudios@host-students.com.

7 photos to take before you leave Nottingham

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If 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

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Hang 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.

Dine and dance in Nottingham this Easter

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The Easter holidays are almost upon us and there are so many reasons why we can’t wait for the long weekend. Its arrival signifies the end of another bitter winter, it’s the first Bank Holiday of the year – which means four days of lie-ins and intentional late nights, and it’s the only holiday where gorging on as much chocolate as you like is totally acceptable.

But you may be wondering the reason behind Easter and what the religious origins actually are. Well, Easter is a Christian feast day – which are significant days in the life of Jesus Christ or saints. But unlike most days in the Christian calendar, Easter does not have a fixed date, instead it is determined by the lunar calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon. Meaning, that each year, Easter weekend falls on a different date.

And this year, Easter in the UK will be celebrated with Good Friday falling on 14th April, Easter Sunday on 16th April and the public holiday the following day on Monday 17th April.

So, what’s your plans for the holidays? Perhaps you’re planning a break with the family or visiting friends for the weekend. Or maybe you’re just looking forward to spending a long weekend relaxing at home. And if Easter Egg hunts aren’t your thing, there are lots of other events happening over Easter to keep you entertained…

Why not treat yourself to a hearty dinner out and then dance the night away? At Tom Brown’s Brasserie – located on the banks of the River Trent, on Easter Sunday you can tuck into a three-course meal while listening to live music from one of the country’s greatest Beatles tribute band.

But if the Beatles’ music isn’t your thing, check out British street dance troupe Diversity who will be live on stage at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on 12th April for their seventh tour “Genesis”. The new tour Genesis is the concluding part of their super hero fantasy epic and follows ‘Limitless: The Reboot’.  Creator and choreographer Ashley Banjo said of the tour;

“It is approaching 7 years since Diversity won Britain’s Got Talent in front of an audience of over 20 million and thanks to the support of the British public and our legion of fans we have gone from strength to strength.”

Driven by their motto “Dream, Believe, Achieve” Diversity continue to inspire all generations and are a remarkable example of what can be accomplished with dedication, belief and hard work. See them in action and who knows what you might be inspired to do next?

And best of all, the Motorpoint Arena is located just 15 minutes away from our student accommodation at Lace Market Studios. To find out how you can join our thriving student community at Lace Market Studios please contact us today on 01158 240 590.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Nottingham

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St Patrick’s Day is this Friday and is one of the biggest celebrations in the world, with expats from the US to Britain and Hong Kong celebrating Irish culture on 17th March. It was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century. It celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, the arrival of Christianity and Irish culture.

Did you know?

Although the colour green is normally associated with Ireland and St Patrick’s Day, blue was considered symbolic of the country for many years. The Irish Presidential Standard remains blue to this day.

St Patrick’s Day folklore states the patron Saint Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, experts states this tale was invented much later.

Where are the biggest St Patrick’s Day celebrations?

Dublin hosts the largest parade in Ireland, with more than 500,000 people expected to be present at this year’s event. Thousands of people also attend St Patrick’s Day parades across Northern Ireland every year, with the biggest celebrations held in Belfast.

But it’s not just people in Ireland that celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are around 34.5 million Americans who list their heritage as either primarily or partially Irish, and one of the biggest celebrations takes place in New York City – where there is a large Irish-born population. The very first St Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s. In Chicago, they even dye the river green to mark the day!

In the southern hemisphere, one of the largest celebrations takes place in Sydney, Australia. In 2010, the Sydney Opera House turned green to mark the 200th anniversary of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Back in London, the St Patrick’s Day Parade is marked on 19th March with marching bands, dancers and floats. It makes its way down Piccadilly from 12pm towards Whitehall.

What’s on in Nottingham?

Nottingham this year will see the 18th annual parade, the first having been in the year 2000. The parade will assemble at 11.30am from Pelham Street and local schools, Irish groups and other members of the Irish community will be marching through to the Old Market Square. From Irish dancing and music, to Irish stew and Guinness, you’ll find a whole host of entertainment and stalls to enjoy at Nottingham’s Market Square. Check out the schedule of entertainment here.

When the afternoon’s entertainment finishes, the fun doesn’t have to stop there. Continue the celebrations into the night at many of the bars, clubs and students’ unions that will be holding Irish-themed events over the weekend. Students can get dressed up, wear something green and party at The Point – Clifton Students Union. They’re holding a St. Paddy’s Special, where tickets and drinks start at just £1.50!

Alternatively, you can venture into the city and join in the fun at Nottingham’s biggest bar crawl for St. Patrick’s Day. For only £10 a ticket online, you’ll gain entry into three bars and a nightclub – with a drink at each venue included. And if that wasn’t enough to get you in the spirit of things, you’ll also receive a free St. Patrick’s Day goodie bag with hats, props, balloons and other accessories.

And don’t forget, on Saturday 18th March Ireland take on England in the final match of the 6 Nations rugby tournament – with kick-off at 5pm. So, grab your jerseys and show your support for Ireland!

If you would like to live in a place close to all of the city’s events and attractions, stay with us during your studies at Lace Market Studios – rooms available 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.