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Self-Catered accommodation options

Hi,

I am a current 3rd year student at the University of Nottingham.
I have seen a few posts about catered accommodation but none about the self-catered options or those only mentioning Broadgate park.

I stayed in off-campus self-catered accommodation in my first year so am happy to answer any questions people may have

Emily :smile:

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Original post by EmilyClarke24
Hi,

I am a current 3rd year student at the University of Nottingham.
I have seen a few posts about catered accommodation but none about the self-catered options or those only mentioning Broadgate park.

I stayed in off-campus self-catered accommodation in my first year so am happy to answer any questions people may have

Emily :smile:

Best accom for self catered that isn’t spc, the ghetto. Also ones which have a good social life.
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Original post by Anonymous
Best accom for self catered that isn’t spc, the ghetto. Also ones which have a good social life.

Hi,

So I was actually in SPC and it really isn't as bas as people make it out to be so don't write it off completely.
The other options that I have heard good things about are Broadgate and Riverside point.
Broadgate is a massive accommodation so there is always something going on and it is close to the sports centre end of campus. The only downside I can see is that it is quite far away from town but there is a tram stop relatively close.
Riverside is closer to the city but slightly further away from campus.

I would have a look through all the different options and rank what is more important to you. So is being close to campus more important that being close to town etc.

Hope this helps :smile:
Hi,I got an offer from Nottingham a few weeks back and am looking into accommodation. Is there any self-catered accommodation focus on quiet studying or living? I'm not that fond of going out or partying so that would be a great bonus if there were.Also, I was originally going to pick St Peters Court but what people have apparently been saying and the accom having a large party in 2020 despite COVID restrictions is deterring me away from choosing it. Could you elaborate more on what people have been saying about SPC and your experiences living there?
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Original post by Randall082
Hi,I got an offer from Nottingham a few weeks back and am looking into accommodation. Is there any self-catered accommodation focus on quiet studying or living? I'm not that fond of going out or partying so that would be a great bonus if there were.Also, I was originally going to pick St Peters Court but what people have apparently been saying and the accom having a large party in 2020 despite COVID restrictions is deterring me away from choosing it. Could you elaborate more on what people have been saying about SPC and your experiences living there?

Hi!

As far as I'm aware, the only hall that has a quiet living option is Lincoln Hall, which is a catered hall. I also don't like partying myself, but from my time at university I've seen that in general, at university there's going to be parties in every hall. So if quiet accommodation is something that is important to you, I would really recommend considering this option, even though it is not self-catered. In this situation you would need to think about which is more important to you - quiet or self-catered accommodation?
What's the social life like in a self catered accomodation? Ideally i'd like to get to know a lot of people, and so my mind is swaying towards catered as I can talk to others during meal time. However, it would be nice to have the freedom to cook my own meals. Are there many opportunities to get to know people outside of your flat in a self catered hall?
Original post by Anonymous
What's the social life like in a self catered accomodation? Ideally i'd like to get to know a lot of people, and so my mind is swaying towards catered as I can talk to others during meal time. However, it would be nice to have the freedom to cook my own meals. Are there many opportunities to get to know people outside of your flat in a self catered hall?

Hey,
From my personal experience and others that lived in other self-catered accommodations that I know, I have never heard of socialising being a problem.
Obviously in catered halls you can socialise with people while eating but from my experience cooking together and eating together in the kitchen of self-catered accommodations in just as good if not better.

I lived in off campus accommodation (St. Peters court) and really liked the size of the kitchens and the fact they also had sofas. That made it much more of a social space, more similar to common rooms in catered halls. I think one of the things I liked was the privacy element of just your flat being able to use the kitchen/social space whereas everyone can use a common room. There was also loads of opportunities, especially in the first few weeks of term, to mix with other flats. The people in the flat opposite me in first have become some of my best mates and we regularly went to the flat above for parties etc.

There is the self-catered Broadgate park which is just off campus so closer to other catered accommodations so if you were worried about being out of the campus lifestyle then this might be an option.

Overall, I don't think it really matters which type of accommodation you end up in as if you put yourself out there you are always going to find people that are similar to you and who you get on with. There will also be so many other opportunities to meet people like getting involved in societies etc. so you will meet people that way and regardless of accommodation you can always go round to others rooms and socialise that way.

Hope this helps and if you have any more questions just let me know,
Emily :smile:
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the exam will finish on 1 jun but term break on 17 jun, can i leave after 1jun or wait until 17 jun?many thx
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Original post by Alan2021
the exam will finish on 1 jun but term break on 17 jun, can i leave after 1jun or wait until 17 jun?many thx

Have a look at your accommodation contract or your 'offer of accommodation' letter to see what the end date is. After exams there will be no more teaching taking place, so you don't have to stay, but if you just want to chill with friends after exams then you're free to stay for as long as your accommodation license allows.
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Original post by _Cation_
Have a look at your accommodation contract or your 'offer of accommodation' letter to see what the end date is. After exams there will be no more teaching taking place, so you don't have to stay, but if you just want to chill with friends after exams then you're free to stay for as long as your accommodation license allows.

many thx
Hi,

I have read comments about construction going on either to build new halls or to remove cladding from existing ones. Would you know anything about this and by when the work is expected to finish? Would you know which halls would be affected by the construction noise?
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,

I have read comments about construction going on either to build new halls or to remove cladding from existing ones. Would you know anything about this and by when the work is expected to finish? Would you know which halls would be affected by the construction noise?

Hi,

I'm probably not in the best position to give you all of the information on this however, from walking around Nottingham I have seen construction work by Riverside point halls. These are owned by unite students (which also run St. Peters court). The signs around the construction site are also unite students so I can only assume that these will be a new set/an extension of the already exiting halls. The signs say that work will be completed in September 2023 but I think the only halls that may be affected by this specific work, if any are to be, it would be Riverside point.

Hope this helps,
Emily
Original post by EmilyClarke24
Hi,

I'm probably not in the best position to give you all of the information on this however, from walking around Nottingham I have seen construction work by Riverside point halls. These are owned by unite students (which also run St. Peters court). The signs around the construction site are also unite students so I can only assume that these will be a new set/an extension of the already exiting halls. The signs say that work will be completed in September 2023 but I think the only halls that may be affected by this specific work, if any are to be, it would be Riverside point.

Hope this helps,
Emily

Thank you.
Hi!

I had an offer from Nottingham about a month ago for management.
I’ve super excited and hoping I can get the grades to come in September.
Ideally I would like to be self catered and in a social accommodation.
I know you have mentioned SPC but I was just wondering from what you know, which other accommodation options offer a good social life?
I’ve looked at Deakins, Nottingham Two etc

Thanks
Holly x
Original post by hollwhitehouse
Hi!

I had an offer from Nottingham about a month ago for management.
I’ve super excited and hoping I can get the grades to come in September.
Ideally I would like to be self catered and in a social accommodation.
I know you have mentioned SPC but I was just wondering from what you know, which other accommodation options offer a good social life?
I’ve looked at Deakins, Nottingham Two etc

Thanks
Holly x

Hey,

So the biggest self-catered accommodation is Broadgate park. This is the closest to campus near the sports centre end of campus. It is a very large accommodation but the one downside for me was that is was the furthest away from town. That being said there is a tram stop really close to you can be in town in like 10 mins, it's just not realistic to walk.

Close to SPC and Nottingham two is manor villages and also Raleigh park. Out of the two I know more people that have stayed at Raleigh park and they really enjoyed it. From what I know it is very similar to SPC and has quite a good social life.
Similar to SPC and Raleigh park is also riverside point. This is a bit closer to campus on the other side of jubilee. I know people who lived there last year and again they really enjoyed it.

All of the ones I mentioned, perhaps apart from manor villages, all have a majority undergraduate population so the social life at all is pretty good and similar between them. I would look more at location and which ones fit in your price range as most of them are pretty similar with what goes on there!

If you have any questions about anything just let me know,
Emily :smile:
Original post by EmilyClarke24
Hi,

I am a current 3rd year student at the University of Nottingham.
I have seen a few posts about catered accommodation but none about the self-catered options or those only mentioning Broadgate park.

I stayed in off-campus self-catered accommodation in my first year so am happy to answer any questions people may have

Emily :smile:

Hey, I'm thinking of staying at SPC, which accom is the most diverse and sociable/lively?
Hey,

All of the accommodations I visited and had friends at were pretty similar in terms of social life. They all hold socials and have reps to run events throughout the year.
I think it's sadly the luck of the draw as to who you get in your flat/corridor but even if you find the people directly around you aren't that social etc you can get to know the people above, below or in opposite flats/corridors.

From my experience, SPC was really social and there was always something going on. It is also probably one of the most diverse halls, along with Nottingham two, that I know of but this might change from year to year.

Wherever you one up just make the effort to knock on peoples doors and invite people round or out to whatever you are doing, especially in the first few weeks. This was one of the main way me and my flat made friends and I am still really close to some of the people I met during this time.

Hope this helps,
Emily
Best accommodation for a 'quiet' male student please ? hes not into partying and prefers to study although does like to make new friends and have quiet activities he doesnt drink at all , he will be doing an engineering based degree and needs to be not too far from Park campus , and can walk about half hour to where he needs to be, we have been looking at the options for a whole two days , just wondering why my neck is aching so much -
Hi! Is there any way you could tell me about getting between accommodations like SPC and University Park? I know there are the free hopper buses but I have heard a lot of negative things about them. Is it relatively safe to bring a bike? Or are they often damaged/stolen?
Also, are there lots of students living at SPC and Riverside that go to University Park? I'd ideally like to meet others who will be studying on the same campus (or even if I'm lucky w similar subjects). I don't really want to be the only person living there who doesn't study on Jubilee.
Original post by Icabod123
Best accommodation for a 'quiet' male student please ? hes not into partying and prefers to study although does like to make new friends and have quiet activities he doesnt drink at all , he will be doing an engineering based degree and needs to be not too far from Park campus , and can walk about half hour to where he needs to be, we have been looking at the options for a whole two days , just wondering why my neck is aching so much -

Hi,

The only university hall that is specifically for 'quiet' living is Lincoln hall. It is located centrally on University park campus and it around a 10 minute walk to the engineering buildings on campus and the same to the science library. This is catered.

If you wanted a self-catered option these are all off campus. None of the university owned halls are designed specifically for quiet living off campus however, places like Manor villages and Radford Mill tend to have more masters and international students living there so are naturally a bit less lively. These are both around a 30 minute walk to the engineering section on campus.

I would just look at what your priorities are and what matters the most to you when you are making you decision. Whatever hall people end up in, you will meet likeminded people and if you have a look around the societies fair in freshers week then you will more than likely find a club and people that share your interests.

I hope this helps but if you have any questions just let me know,
Emily :smile:

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