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All you need to know about student life in Nottingham cities outside of London) in Britain and our students are key to making Nottingham the ambitious city we are. Councillor Jon Collins Leader of Nottingham City Council
It’s the new Academic Year. For those of you returning we wish you a warm welcome back but I’d especially like to welcome those of you arriving in Nottingham for the first time. As residents of Nottingham we all have a lot to be proud of. Over 60,000 people choose to study at our two world class universities, which is part of the reason we have the lowest average age of all the Core Cities (the economically most important
I am proud that our vibrant nightlife, fantastic leisure centres, Green Flag parks and great shops bring students to Nottingham. But we also want you to stay safe, respect residents around you and help make Nottingham a great place for everyone. It’s with that in mind we produce this handy student guide. Everything you need to know about getting the most out of Nottingham, staying safe, where to find a job after university and how to work within the Nottingham community can be found in these pages. Good luck for the year ahead.
Follow us on... Facebook/mynottingham Amos Teshuva President of the University of Nottingham Students’ Union
Welcome to Nottingham, this great city has an incredibly diverse population and the students of the University of Nottingham are an integral part of the culture. Collaborating with the council we ensure you have every chance to get the most out of your student experience. Follow us on twitter @UoNSU to keep up to date with all the latest info and good luck with the great opportunities coming your way.
@MyNottingham Jonny Ellison President of the Nottingham Trent Students’ Union
Welcome to Nottingham! Nottingham Trent Students’ Union works very closely with Nottingham City Council to ensure you, as a student, can enjoy your time in Nottingham as much as possible and solve any issues you may have. Enjoy your time here.
Don’t forget to follow your local Councillor www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/councillors
Contents Enjoy Nottingham P4-5 / Volunteer and get involved P6 / City of sport P7 / Help with housing P8-9 / Stay healthy P10 / Respecting your city P11 / Useful contacts P12 / Nottingham music P13 / Bin collections and recycling P15 / You’re safer than ever in Nottingham P16 / Fire safety P17 / Young creative awards 2013 P18 / Parking P19 / Getting around P20 / Save money on your energy bills P20 / Work in Nottingham P22 / Interview with Ben ‘Trekkah’ Bowtek from The Afterdark Movement P23 Plus see page 19 for your chance to win tickets to see Keane.
to your essential student guide to Nottingham’s top attractions, published by Nottingham City Council in partnership with our tram network. Inside you’ll find plenty of ideas for a great day or night out, whether you’re new to the city or already know your way around.
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sports facilities, Nottingham has them all and many are easily reached by tram. For students the tram also offers a great way to explore the city and, thanks to late night services, for many it provides a safe and convenient way to get home after a memorable night out with friends.
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Great tram offers for students As well as providing a quick, convenient and stress-free way to get around, the tram also offers excellent value for students thanks to some fantastic ticket offers.
You can buy a ticket offering unlimited travel for your first term for £85 whilst the same benefits for a full academic year cost just £195. Further details can be found at www.thetram.net/students where you also have the chance of winning a year’s free tram travel and an iPad!!
Nottingham is a fantastic city for students with plenty of art, culture, sport, entertainment and nightlife. From the home of Robin Hood and Nottingham Castle to over 100 fantastic parks; from international artists at the Capital FM Arena and headline acts at Rock City, to the Theatre Royal and Nottingham Contemporary - Nottingham really does have it all, so you’ll never get bored!
Coming soon to Nottingham • Nottingham Goose Fair returns from 3-7 October 2012. With more than 700 years of history, the travelling fair is one of Europe’s most famous and is still a fantastic event to delight all ages. www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/goosefair •
Don’t miss the CAMRA Beer Festival (11-13 October at Nottingham Castle), Game City (20-27 October in the city centre), our very own Robin Hood Pageant (27-28 October at Nottingham Castle) and a spectacular Bonfire Night fireworks display (5 November at Forest Recreation Ground).
Top tips to find out what’s on • Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/whatson - Nottingham’s number one entertainment guide. Sign up for email alerts, follow us on Facebook at /whatson • Keep your finger on the pulse by visiting www.spiritnottingham.com • Find things to do, plus local hotels and accommodation for family and friends coming to visit you at www.experiencenottinghamshire.com • Check out www.nottinghambbn.co.uk for the best bars in the city that go the extra mile to ensure their customers have a safe night out. • The number one website for Nottingham culture www.leftlion.co.uk.
ou y d i D ... ? w o kn • Newstead Abbey and its stunning grounds, once home to Lord Byron, is only a short bus trip from the city centre. Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/newsteadabbey •
Nottingham’s nightlife is second to none! The city has been awarded a Purple Flag for the third consecutive year - find out more at www.purpleflag.org.uk
• You can play pitch and putt on Woodthorpe Grange Park’s 18 hole course. Open daily from 10am up until around an hour before dusk. For prices visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/parks •
You can do mountain biking, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, raft building, narrow boating and more! For details visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/adventure
• Wollaton Hall is a Grade One listed mansion that recently featured as Wayne Manor in Warner Bros. Batman block buster The Dark Knight Rises. Join a fascinating tour which includes a look at filming locations. www.mynottingham.gov.uk/wollatonhall
GameCity7 - October 20 to 27 in the Old Market Square Experience a huge range of playful events in and around Nottingham from October 20th-27th 2012. The festival is mostly free to attend and there are loads of events suitable for all ages. It’s overflowing with fun, exciting, interesting things to do during the October half term. For more details on the festival and how to volunteer, go to www.gamecity.org
Volunteer and get involved in your community
When you’re not studying or partying why not volunteer? Being at University is a great time to get involved in your local community and by doing so learn new skills, be attractive to a future employer, make new friends and give something back. To have your say on local issues and acontact your local Neighbourhood Action Officer:
University of Nottingham Students’ Union •
Contact the University of Nottingham’s Student Volunteer Centre on 0115 846 8750, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/volunteering
• Whether you want to throw yourself out of a plane at 12,000ft, blag your way to Morocco or climb Mount Kilimanjaro - check out Karnival by calling 0115 846 8717, visit www.karni.co.uk or email email@example.com •
Julia Seal, Accommodation and Community Officer at the University of Nottingham, represents students on community and accommodation issues. You can contact her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Central Locality - Carol Ackrel 0115 883 8469 Clifton Campus - Parbinder Singh or Norman Walker 0115 878 6244 Dunkirk & Lenton - Iffat Iqbal 07985 221347 Radford, Park & Arboretum - Rob Gabbitas 0115 883 8472 Wollaton & Lenton Abbey - Pauline Dorey 07960 420474
Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union • Initi8 is the community volunteering department at Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Trent Students’ Union. Call 0115 848 2379 or visit www.trentstudents.org/volunteering and www.ntu.ac.uk/initi8volunteering •
RAG stands for Raising And Giving. It’s the Students’ Union’s fundraising group that gives you the chance get involved in crazy and enjoyable activities to raise vital funds for charities worldwide. Call 0115 848 6219, email email@example.com or visit www.trentstudents.org/rag.
City of sport
Torvill and Dean, Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch and Rebecca Adlington are just some of the World Champions who come from this amazing sporting city.
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Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are two of the great sporting hubs of the country and have many professional sports teams, including Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire County Football Clubs; Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club; and the Nottingham Panthers
Nottingham has 10 fantastic leisure centres and hundreds of amateur sports teams across the city which cater for all ages and abilities. Why not join one today and take that first step to a healthier lifestyle? For just £21 a month (a one off payment of £189) you can enjoy nine months Flexible Fitness membership offering unlimited access to state of the art gyms, relaxing sauna/steam rooms, sparkling swimming pools and fantastic fitness classes at all 10
• Holme Pierrepont has some of the best watersports facilities in Europe and was used as a training camp for the recent 2012 London Olympics www.nwscnotts.com •
The National Ice Centre is the only arena in the country that has not one, but two full sized ice rinks inside. www.national-ice-centre.com
of our leisure centres throughout the city. For more details and to try for free visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/flexiblefitness
housing Whatever your requirements, Unipol - the student housing charity – is helping to ensure there is good quality student housing provided by the private sector. So before you head Visit www.unipol.org.uk/nottingham off to house hunt, make sure you put yourself in the best Call 0115 846 8599 possible position by visiting the Unipol website first. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Top tips for housing Check out your accommodation options University of Nottingham students should visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/accommodation for a range of options to suit various living styles and needs. Find student homes online Visit www.unipol.org.uk/nottingham for the most comprehensive listing of student properties in Nottingham. You can search for exactly the type of property you want, find advice about rented accommodation and download a helpful checklist for when you are viewing properties. The website also clearly distinguishes between landlords who are accredited and those who are not.
www.unipol.org.uk/nottingham website. This code offers you additional reassurance when choosing your next home, so it’s recommended you look for a landlord who is part of the Unipol DASH Code.
Feel safer with the Unipol DASH (Decent and Safe Homes) Code This code sets out student housing standards which go beyond minimum legal requirements. It’s a voluntary accreditation code and landlords who sign up to this are given greater prominence on the
Student to student noticeboard If you are looking by yourself or you want to find an additional person to complete your house hunting group, the Unipol student to student noticeboard is the ideal way to search. The noticeboard also has a separate section specifically for postgraduates.
Got a problem with your house or landlord?
• The Council provides a range of help and support. Our Public Health team can help you with a range of queries and problems relating to housing and Houses in Multiple Occupation – from damp, drainage and properties in disrepair to problem landlords, pest control and home safety checks (e.g. fire and electrical safety). Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/environmentalhealth Call 0115 915 6798 Email email@example.com • If you are experiencing problems of harassment or tenancy relation problems with your landlord contact Housing Aid. Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/housing Call 0115 915 3000 Email firstname.lastname@example.org • The SU advice centres can also advise you on most housing matters, for example tenancy deposits, disrepair, housing contracts, harassment and illegal evictions
• University of Nottingham Students’ Union Student Advice and Representation Centre Call 0115 846 8800 Email email@example.com •
NTSU Student Advice Centre Call 0115 848 6200 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/helpadvice/housing
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Join Nottingham’s Decade of Better Health campaign at www.decadeofbetterhealth.com and live a longer, happier and healthier life.
As well as keeping fit, it’s easy to eat healthily too thanks to the Crocus Café in Lenton. It’s been voted the best vegetarian restaurant in the East Midlands and is a volunteer run, community café. Visit www.co-operative.coop/join-the-revolution/crocus-cafe Just over the road from the Crocus Cafe, you will find the Lenton Centre - a community enterprise which offers low cost internet access, a swimming pool, gym and you can also volunteer. Check out www.thelentoncentre.org.uk
Top tips • Don’t forget to register with a local Doctor and Dentist at www.nottingham.nhs.uk • For advice and information about your health call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 24hr a day, or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
counselling. Call 0115 883 9000
NTU has doctors on campus. For City Health Centre call 0115 848 6481 and for Clifton Health Centre call 0115 919 6662
• Nottingham has an NHS Walk-In Centre at • The University of Nottingham Health the Island Site, London Road, open 7am to Service (UNHS) is based at Cripps Health 10pm every day. In an emergency dial 999 Centre, University Park. Call 0115 846 8888. The building also • The Contraception & Sexual Health contains a Dental Practice, The University Department on Glasshouse Street Occupational Health Unit and a Boots offers a confidential sexual health drop-in Pharmacy. service. The clinic offers free emergency
contraception as well as advice and
Respecting your city
Whilst you’re enjoying Nottingham’s night life and student living, it’s sometimes easy to forget that you also play a key role in the community here. So please remember to respect your neighbourhood. You can also get involved in local activities and have your say on hot topics.
How to be a model citizen •
Don’t get a £75 fine for dropping litter, chewing gum or cigarette butts. You’ve got far better things to spend your money on! Help us keep Nottingham clean
Don’t leave your wheelie bins on the street after collection. Leaving them out could obstruct emergency vehicles or those with pushchairs and can result in a fine. Don’t leave open bags of rubbish on the street as this can attract vermin.
If you have any problems with bins or rubbish call 0115 915 2000
• Don’t park across your neighbours drive as this will stop them from being able to • Did you know that Nottingham city centre get out is an alcohol exclusion zone? This means • Why not volunteer? Learn new skills, if you are caught drinking in the street make new friends and give something your alcohol will be taken and disposed back, check out p6 for details of and you may face a fine • Get involved in local issues – contact • If you’re having a party, don’t forget to your local neighbourhood management consider your neighbours. Try to keep team on 0115 876 2355 to find out more, parties indoors after dark and keep the have your say or tackle a problem in your music to a suitable level area. Find out more about local democracy • If you need the toilet after a night out, or find your local Councillor at try and make it home or find one of www.mynottingham.gov.uk/councillors Nottingham’s many public toilets. Don’t • Don’t forget to register to vote! It’s a legal ‘spend a penny’ in the street – it could end requirement to do this every year – if you up costing you £40. Not a great ending to don’t you may face a poor credit rating, a great night out! a £1000 fine and won’t be able to vote. You can register to vote at both your home and term address – you still need to send your form back if you don’t wish to vote at your term address. Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/elections.
Anti-social Behaviour Helpline (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 0115 915 2020 email@example.com Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline (advice on scams, retail problems, holidays, computers and more) 0845 404 0506 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/tradingstandards Community Protection (a joint Council and Police service) 0115 915 2020 www.protectnottingham.co.uk Follow @JusticeNotts on Twitter Electoral Services (including registering to vote) 0115 876 4111 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/elections Environmental Health (including noise, pollution, pest control and food safety) 0115 915 6170 General Enquiries 0115 915 5555 www.mynottingham.gov.uk Housing and Council Tax Benefits 0115 915 4944 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/benefits Leisure Centres www.mynottingham.gov.uk/leisurecentres
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Libraries 0115 915 2828 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/libraries Online Services and Payments www.mynottingham.gov.uk/doitonline or www.mynottingham.gov.uk/onlinepayments Parking Permits 0115 915 6655 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/parking Parks and Open Spaces 0115 915 2733 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/parks Student Property Enquiries - Public Health (includes houses in multiple occupation) 0115 915 6798 Waste, Recycling and Cleansing (including bins and FREE bulky waste collections) 0115 915 2000 www.mynottingham.gov.uk/recycling
Other useful contacts Nottingham City Council Student Strategy Manager 0115 876 1467 firstname.lastname@example.org Nottingham Trent University Student Community Liaison Manager 0115 848 4290 email@example.com University of Nottingham Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager 0115 951 4649 firstname.lastname@example.org
View this Student Welcome Guide online at www.mynottingham.gov.uk/students For details of all services provided by Nottingham City Council, please visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk
You’ve got the grades, you’re going to university and you’re about to discover all the wonderful things Nottingham has to offer, particularly it’s buzzing and burgeoning musical offerings. Whilst in the past Nottingham has been outshined by neighbouring cities, now a ‘formidable new generation of Nottingham artists is emerging’ (The Guardian, 2011), and the scene is alight with a tantalisingly diverse array of musical talents. Supporting the legendary Noel Gallagher on a US and Eurpoean tour, local lad Jake Bugg will no doubt have already made his way onto most of your ipods. A star of the not-toodistant future, if you haven’t got the bugg yet, you soon will. Also making massive tsunami-like waves are West Bridgford boys Dog is Dead. Having started out at smaller venues such as The Boat Club in their teens, the quintet are now filling out venues up and down the country
The Festival of Nottingham is taking place throughout the month of October and is intended to be a celebration of our amazing city. We are involving as many contributors as possible across a wide range of sectors and were thrilled that Nottingham Playhouse, Theatre Royal/Royal Centre and Antenna were
with their ‘big pop’ sounds and dedicated hoards of fans. Sounding like an early day Madonna, electro pop princess Ronika has collaborated with the dance legends Herve and Milo, whilst Rob Green’s charisma-fuelled soulful pop has earned him slots on Radio1xtra. Chuck in acoustic sensations such as Frazer Lowrie, Georgie Rose and Joshua Keogh and Indie-driven powerhouses Kappa Gamma and Kagoule and you can see why Nottingham is quickly establishing itself as the up-and-coming city of the moment. So forget what you’ve heard about Sheffield, Bristol and Manchester as I welcome you to Nottingham, the most vibrant musical city in the UK. amongst the first to be on board. The month will again throw a spotlight on Nottingham, highlighting our popular existing events and also many new ones like a brand new music event which will feed off the massive musical success Nottingham is currently enjoying. Discussions are also underway about an event aiming to discover new talent. Visit, www.festivalofnottingham.com for up to date details of what will be going on.
any bus, tram, train, bike around all of Nottingham.....
unlimited travel all day
Season tickets available from Broadmarsh Travel Centre For more information, visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/kangaroo
Bin collections and recycling Welcome to the cleanest big city in the UK!
We collect your rubbish, replace your bins if they are lost and even take away bulky rubbish that won’t fit in your bin FREE of charge. •
Report fly-tipping and graffiti by visiting www.mynottingham.gov.uk/doitonline or call our 24hr ASB helpline on 0115 915 2020
Remember to take your bin off the street between collections – bins left on streets can be dangerous (e.g. bin fires), make the area look untidy and can obstruct emergency vehicles. Persistent offenders could face a £1000 fine
Find out your bin day and what recycling collections are available in your area, visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/bins and use the postcode search tool
• Book a FREE bulky waste appointment to take away sofas, household appliances and more on 0115 915 2000 • Please don’t drop chewing gum on the street – each blob costs 10p to clean up and could cost you £75 if you are caught. You’re never further than 100m from a bin in Nottingham, so there’s no excuse!
• Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/recycling Call 0115 915 2000 Email email@example.com /cleangreennottingham
You’re safer than ever in Nottingham Nottingham’s safer than ever. Crime is down by over 50% in the last 8 years (since 2003). Smart students are safe students, so use these top tips to help you stay safe.
Top tips on personal safety
• Stick to busy, well-lit routes when you go out • Plan your route and avoid taking short cuts where there might not be many other people about • Only take out with you what you really need - don’t carry too much cash or valuable personal possessions • Don’t flash your goods around. Walk confidently • Avoid wearing headphones, which can prevent you from being aware of what is happening around you • If someone does try to take something from you, just let it go
Safety where you live • Keep your windows and doors locked •
SmartWater property marking is a burglary deterrent. Protect valuable items with this invisible liquid, which can be forensically identified. To buy visit: www.smartwater.tv/studentshop
Receive FREE Neighbourhood Alerts from Nottinghamshire Police and Neighbourhood Watch at www.nottinghamshirealert.co.uk
• Share any issues informally with your local Beat Team by dialling the police non- emergency number 101 (within Nottingham) or visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk To report anti-social behaviour or enviro- crime in your neighbourhood call the ASB Helpline on 0115 915 2020.
er • If you love it log it! Register your stuff for FREE and you could get it back Furth ion t if it’s lost or stolen thanks to the Immobilise national property database. a m infor Visit www.immobilise.com • For other tips on how to stay safe specifically for Nottingham students, visit www.easily-done.co.uk • If you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police, call 0115 967 0999 • To report information about any crime anonymously telephone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 • For the latest news and information, follow Nottinghamshire Police on Facebook and Twitter.
Fire safety could save your life There is a higher risk of fire in shared properties so make sure you’re safe. If you are concerned about your house/ flat having adequate means of escape in case of a fire, please call our Public Health Team on 0115 915 6798.
Top 10 student fire safety tips 1 2 3 4 5
Fit smoke alarms on each level of the property and test them weekly Never leave cooking unattended Never attempt to cook while under the influence of alcohol or darugs Don’t overload plug sockets Switch off electrical appliances like phone chargers and hair straighteners when not in use
6 Take extra care with cigarettes and smoking materials 7 Never leave candles unattended 8 Clean your oven and grill regularly to remove grease and fat 9 Have an escape plan that everyone is aware of and practise it 10 If a fire starts, get everyone out, and stay out and dial 999
Don’t forget to take your bin off the street between collections to avoid the possibility of wheelie bin fires. Visit firekills.direct.gov.uk or www.notts-fire.gov.uk for important fire safety advice or contact Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0115 967 0880. In an emergency, dial 999. Every year in the UK, dozens of people die from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused by gas systems that haven’t been properly installed or maintained. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it, but CO can kill quickly and without warning. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: • • • • •
a headache – this is the most common symptom feeling sick and dizzy feeling tired and confused being sick and having stomach pain shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk
Do you know a secret? Is it time to share it? The 2013 Young Creative Awards will reveal some of the unseen and little known treasures of Nottingham as we announce the theme for the Nottingham Young Creative Awards 2013. This year it is Hidden Nottingham. We want you to celebrate the hidden treasures, hidden talents and hidden places of the city through your creativity.
Eligibility Young people in Nottingham between the ages of 13 and 24 (inclusive) can enter.
Categories Animation and Digital Media, Architecture and Design, Creative Writing, Dance, Fashion and Textiles, Film, Graphic Design, Music, Photography, Visual Arts.
Launch 11 October 2012, 5.30pm Closing Date for Entries Monday, 25 March 2013, 12 noon Awards May 2013 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch out for more information and the detailed spec on www.onenottingham.org.uk and on Facebook www.facebook.com/ycreatives
Join Flexible Fitness for just £21 a month and get £50 cashback* Enjoy unlimited use of: • State of the art gyms • Fantastic fitness classes
there’s joining no saving fee – you an extra £30
• Sparkling swimming pools • Relaxing sauna & steam rooms
Hurry - only limited memberships available! For more information: go online www.mynottingham.gov.uk/flexiblefitness walk in to your local leisure centre 0115 876 1600 *Terms & conditions apply.
Parking - what you need to know Nottingham City Centre has a number of competitively priced off and on-street car parks. For details of public car parks please visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/parking
If you bring a car to university and you want to park it outside your house, check if your student property is in one of the city’s parking permit zones. If it is, you’ll need to display a valid permit in your vehicle to park outside your house. To make sure you are displaying the right permit, please visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/parking and click on the ‘Residents Parking Schemes’ link or call 0115 915 6655.
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The Capital FM Arena Nottingham is East Midlands’ premier entertainment venue! The brilliant Keane will perform at the Capital FM Arena Nottingham on Wednesday 28 November… For your chance to win a pair of tickets just email your name and contact details to email@example.com with ‘Student Keane Comp’ as the subject line. Closing date: Monday 5th November. Tickets for Keane are priced at £29.50 and £39.50 and can be purchased online at www.capitalfmarena.com or via the ticket hotline on 0843 373 3000.
Getting around Nottingham’s public transport network is one of the best in the country and includes award winning Nottingham City Transport buses. More people use buses than in any other city outside London! The tram www.thetram.net has been so successful that two more lines will be built in the south and west of city.
Students can get great deals on ticket prices for buses, trams and even trains. For more information please visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/publictransport •
Buses to the University of Nottingham - every 10 minutes into the campus grounds and every 5-7 minutes passing by the entrances on the Derby Road and University Boulevard
• You can add travel onto your Student Union card and get discounted travel to both Universities with Nottingham City • Buses and trams to Nottingham Trent Transport www.nctx.co.uk, University - frequent buses and trams every Trent Barton www.trentbarton.co.uk 5-10 minutes into the city centre for the main and Yourbus www.your36.co.uk city campus, or catch the Unilink 4 bendy bus • Sustrans provides a Ucycle Nottingham every 8 minutes travelling between the city student bike hire scheme at both universities. and Clifton campus www.sustrans.org.uk/ucyclenottingham
Save money on your energy bills Save up to £500 a year on household energy bills with these top tips: • •
Save £50 per year on your heating bills by turning your thermostat down by 1oC Save £50 per year on your water and heating bills combined, by using a bowl to
wash your pots twice a day instead of leaving the tap running • Save £45 by using energy saving light bulbs. These last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs • Save £40 by NOT leaving your appliances on standby, such as TVs, audio equipment, computers, etc. • Save £6 per year by not overfilling your kettle. Visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/ energycity to download our full energy saving checklist.
For even more top ways to save money on your bills visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Bin it. Bring it in. Or get fined. We all have to pay more because you can’t be bothered to bring your bin in! If you have irresponsible residents on your street who don’t take their bin in call 0115 915 20 20
Max £1000 fine
Work in Nottingham
Many students stay in Nottingham to work after they’ve graduated. The city offers a fantastic variety of employment, from large companies such as Capital One, Experian and Boots, to an array of smaller local businesses and the emerging science and research industries.
Top tips for getting on the jobs ladder
• Visit www.nottinghamjobs.com and browse the latest opportunities, jobs fairs and advice •
Nottingham City Council is committed to offering a range of apprenticeships and work experience for students – for the latest information visit www.mynottingham.gov.uk/jobs
Get information and advice on careers • Since the City Council launched The – University of Nottingham students Nottingham Jobs Plan three years ago, should visit over 3,500 people have been helped www.nottingham.ac.uk/careers into employment or training. and Nottingham Trent University students should visit www.ntu.ac.uk/careers
• Job Centre Plus provides help and advice on jobs and training - visit www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
• Through volunteering you can get valuable work experience – see page 6 for details
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The Afterdark Movement They’re reigning champions of Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham competition, they smashed this year’s Splendour and Wireless festivals and they’re leading Nottingham’s grime and hip-hop scene. So what’s next for The Afterdark Movement? I caught up with guitarist Ben ‘Trekkah’ Bowtek to find out. How’s everything changed since winning FSN? We released our self-titled EP in July with Random Recordings - big up Guy Elderfield! Winning really helped accentuate things. Getting to play Wireless and Splendour off the competition has given us a backbone, when we’re writing to bands and promoters we’re able to say we played the same festivals as Dizzee Rascal and Rihanna so they’re like ‘woah!’. The Nottingham Music Scene is really kicking off. What are your thoughts on the scene? I’ve always known it to be good! There’s a massive electronic movement, with things like Soundhissm and Stealth. Whatever music you make there’s somewhere for it. There’s a sense of community which breeds a great creative vibe.
What’s next for TADM? We’re doing these ‘Afterdark Sessions’ for our Youtube channel where we do covers and collaborations. We’re working on videos for our album as well as some gigs. If you’re new to Notts who should you check out? Fashion label Mimm, The Elementz studio and Rogue FM. Also YMCA, Confetti and Nusic. They’re all wicked organisations that have helped us and need creative volunteers, so check them out!
The Afterdark Movement’s EP ‘Since I’ve Been Here’ is available on iTunes. www.facebook.com/theafterdarkmovement. Interview by Madeleine Hammond. www.nusic.org.uk
Whether you’re off to watch the latest flick, going to see your favourite band or embarking on a pub crawl, Glide into Nottingham tonight and see for yourself why the tram really is the best way to travel. (and with our fast and regular service it’s also a great way to get to Uni on time the next morning!)
Fast and convenient, regular and reliable, easy to use and hassle free with great special rates for students only £85 for the autumn term and £195* for the full academic year. Feeling lucky? Order your special student ticket online at www.thetram.net/students and enter our competition to win an Apple iPad and a FREE annual tram ticket. *Available online for limited period only: 10th Sept - 13th Oct 2012
For more information visit: