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5 things you have to do in your first year at the University of Nottingham

When you first move to Nottingham, it can seem big and scary, especially for a university student moving away from home.

There's the fear of not making friends, getting lost, and the fear of how much work you'll have to do. However, there are plenty of great things about this city and university which makes your experience here unique from any other university.

Here are my top five things I recommend doing when you first get to the University of Nottingham:

Visit the lake

This is one of the most beautiful things about the University Park Campus. This is at the centre of campus, right by the Trent Building and Portland building. I love going here to get away from the stress of university; you can people watch, or just to relax with a good book. In the summer, you can actually take a boat ride, although I've always been a little too afraid in case I fell in. Why not have a picnic there with your friends or go for a run along the lake?

Be a tourist

Nottingham city centre is big for someone that comes from a relatively small town. However, there's plenty to see; the Robin Hood statue is my favourite landmark, although I actually couldn't find this one until my second year! This is right by Nottingham Castle, with stunning gardens you can walk through. The Crime and Punishment museum is a popular attraction in the city, but the smaller Contemporary Museum is not to be overshadowed as the exhibits there are great too. Nottingham is also home to one of the oldest pubs in the UK, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem. Although this pub is said to be haunted, it's still a great place to grab a drink with your new friends. Don't forget to hit up the Victoria Centre either, this huge shopping centre is the perfect place to spend your student loan.

Sit on a lion
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can't wait to be reunited with my love❤️

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This was something I was told about before I even made it to the university: the two lion statues will be a great meeting point for nights out. These are placed at the heart of the city centre in Old Market Square. And, are you really a true University of Nottingham student if you haven't sat on it after a night out?

Go to Annie's Burger Shack
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Vegan “North Carolina” burger ?

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This appears to be one of the most popular restaurants in the area. With a variety of burgers—from burgers with bacon and chicken to burgers with doughnuts and maple syrup—this restaurant doubles up as a bar with a cute little cavern downstairs. A unique thing about this one is that you can have anything on the menu no matter what dietary requirements you have: anything on the menu can be made for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. It is easily my favourite place to eat in Nottingham.

Go to Ocean Nightclub
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I actually hate Crisis. There I said it. Ocean on a Friday night is WAY better. It's big, it's cheesy and no other club has everyone taking their tops off as soon as the Baywatch theme tune comes on. Have you ever had more fun on a night out than when Breaking Free from HSM comes on?

I hope this has given you an idea of what it's like to be a student at the University of Nottingham. There is plenty to do here no matter what interests you have and I'm sure you'll quickly settle in and get to know your new home for the next three years. Maybe you'll give some of these ideas a try as I definitely think these are experiences not to be missed.