The Student Room Logo
Students on campus, Nottingham University
University of Nottingham
Nottingham
This thread is closed

Areas of Nottingham

Can someone give me the lowdown on living out in the second year. I know that Meadows in a no-go area, but whata bout Lenton, Radford, Dunkirk etc.

Scroll to see replies

Reply 1
Meadows is no-go for two reasons: One is that you'll get killed/raped/mugged/etc, the other is that it's bloody miles from uni. (Honestly, in two years, I don't think I've ever been near them.)

The four main places that people live are Lenton, Dunkirk, Beeston and Wollaton.

Lenton's definitely the social place - it's walking distance to both town and campus, there's a few decent pubs, and chances are most of your friends are gonna be living there. But because of that, the rents are also extortionately high compared to the other areas.

Dunkirk's close to campus (south entrance), with decent bus access to town. Walking's possible, but can be a little bit dangerous down by the canal late at night. Rent is better value - the houses can still be a little bit tatty, but you pay about £10 p/w less than an equivalent house in Lenton.

Beeston is the best value accomodation. There are quite a lot of very nice houses, for £15-20 p/w less than what you'd pay in Lenton for a house of similar size but worse condition. That said, the reason for this is simple: It's a fair trek to town, and most people live on the other side of campus (Beeston is west entrance, 70% of all the academic buildings are on the east side of campus.) Still, you do have the joy of Beeston, which is a useful little town with a big Sainsburys, Bedrock and Becks (two bargain stores which you *must* explore).

Wollaton's the "posh" area. It's still mainly residential, but the student houses that are there are usually very good condition, and very good value for money. It's close to the QMC and campus north entrance, there's a good sized supermarket nearby (apparently, I've never been), but it is a fair distance to town, so taxis and buses are the rule rather than the exception, and the social scene ain't all that great.

All the areas have something to recommend them, and these are generalisations. You might think Beeston has the best night life in the world, for example. Of course, you'd be clinically insane, but whatever...

FWIW, I live in Lenton, and love it here. But that has very little to do with the reasons I listed above. (Just to confuse the issue.)

Hope that helped,

Mayo
Students on campus, Nottingham University
University of Nottingham
Nottingham
Reply 2
Thank you-I'll rep you for that!
Reply 3
It is all a no-go area, love!
Reply 4
Dipsomaniac
It is all a no-go area, love!

And I suppose that was really necessary.
Reply 5
As necessary as your avatar, yes!
Reply 6
Out of interest, why are you even in here?
Reply 7
How long have you been living in Nottingham for to know all this?
Reply 8
You probably haven't actually stayed in Nottingham long enough to make these assumptions. Mayo, however, has as he is a proper student from the university with real information unlike your slander. Of course, if you are in this forum I assume you are considering Nottingham. A future Oxford student-ha! I'd like to hear from after Christmas to see how many offers you get.
Reply 9
You get the vague feel of the place after the first term - you get given a housing talk at some point (either straight before or straight after christmas) where they go through all that sort of thing.
Reply 10
Also, back on track, does anyone know anything about Radford?
Reply 11
sophieliz
Also, back on track, does anyone know anything about Radford?


Don't go near there. Wouldn't touch it with a 10-ft cattle prod. I'm not completely happy driving through Radford. (Etc etc).
Reply 12
Higher crime levels that Lenton, but slightly cheaper rent. Beeston has even lower crime levels and cheaper rent, but it's on the opposite side of the campus to the city.
Reply 13
sophieliz
Also, back on track, does anyone know anything about Radford?


I live quite close to Radford - at the "wrong" end of Rothesay Ave. I use Ilkeston Rd (which is basically the dividing line between Radford and Lenton) quite a lot as a route to town, although usually only in groups when we're going at night. Going further into Radford than that never feels safe, but at the same time, nothing's ever happened to me.

The main difference is natives vs students - Radford has a lot less students, a lot more natives and as a result feels a more hostile place. Rents are damn cheap though, but wouldn't recommend living there. Or going there, unless you're heading to Aldi/Maplin/that random shopping centre.
Reply 14
Mayo
I use Ilkeston Rd (which is basically the dividing line between Radford and Lenton

The main difference is natives vs students - Radford has a lot less students, a lot more natives and as a result feels a more hostile place.


Ilkeston Road actually IS the boundary of Lenton/Radford.

There are a lot more Trent students live in Radford than Nottingham Uni ones.
This is because a lot of their 1st year accom is in Radford, so they stay in the area in 2nd and 3rd years.

If you use common sense, Lenton/Radford is no worse than most other inner city student housing areas. The media are vastly over-exaggerating the situation just because it makes good stories.
Reply 15
alex-HSH
Higher crime levels that Lenton, but slightly cheaper rent. Beeston has even lower crime levels and cheaper rent, but it's on the opposite side of the campus to the city.


Sorry to say mate, but if you're talkin about crime on students, according to the police Lenton has surpased good ol Raddy.

I'm off out now, but I can expand later.
Reply 16
skanz
Sorry to say mate, but if you're talkin about crime on students, according to the police Lenton has surpased good ol Raddy.


The CCTV system on Alfreton Road (Radford) had the effect of pushing crime either side. That means more crime was shoved over to Ilkeston Road and Derby Road. The CCTV was paid for by the Governments New Deal for Communities program.
IT DOESN'T WORK!
It doesn't solve problems, all it does is translate them to different areas, that then need remedial action to help them too.
Reply 17
simeon
The CCTV system on Alfreton Road (Radford) had the effect of pushing crime either side. That means more crime was shoved over to Ilkeston Road and Derby Road. The CCTV was paid for by the Governments New Deal for Communities program.
IT DOESN'T WORK!
It doesn't solve problems, all it does is translate them to different areas, that then need remedial action to help them too.

yeah the government sucks! vote conservative to solve all your problems at the click of a finger!
Reply 18
Mayo

Dunkirk's close to campus (south entrance), with decent bus access to town. Walking's possible, but can be a little bit dangerous down by the canal late at night. Rent is better value - the houses can still be a little bit tatty, but you pay about £10 p/w less than an equivalent house in Lenton.


Mayo - was wondering how long it'd take you to find this forum..! (check my blog)

I live in Dunkirk and my house is beautiful (tatty indeed...tut). I pay £50 a week, inclusive of water, for a large double room two minute walk from campus. Walking into town takes a good 40 minutes from Dunkirk (especially if you have little legs like me..!) but buses are often and cheap. It's safer here than Lenton..the canal may be dangerous at night, but there's no need to walk along it at any time of day so it's not a problem :smile:
Reply 19
.NK
Mayo - was wondering how long it'd take you to find this forum..! (check my blog)

I live in Dunkirk and my house is beautiful (tatty indeed...tut). I pay £50 a week, inclusive of water, for a large double room two minute walk from campus. Walking into town takes a good 40 minutes from Dunkirk (especially if you have little legs like me..!) but buses are often and cheap. It's safer here than Lenton..the canal may be dangerous at night, but there's no need to walk along it at any time of day so it's not a problem :smile:


Hehe, hello Ella! :biggrin: How fantastically random. Penguins all round.

You are, as always, absolutley right. About Dunkirk in this case.

Know it all. :tongue:

Latest

Latest