1. A Unofficial Guide to Living in Nottingham:
  2. A Narrative for new Nottinghamians
  3. Housing
    1. A short tour of the city and environs
      1. Beeston is a full self-contained village just to the east of the university. Its high street has most amenities. Many members of the university live hear, and there are several pleasant (and now one outstanding) pubs, but you may pay up to [[sterling]]5k more for a house than in Chilwell or Long Eaton because of this proximity.
      2. Beeston Rylands is the area between Beeston to the north and the River Trent to the south. If there is a price gradient, which some will contest, price generally gets lower as one goes further away from the high street. There is a train station there, but you don't have to live there to take advantage of it, and there is little else there.
      3. Lenton is the area between the university and the Park to the east. Houses here tend to have cellars, and tend to be slightly closer together than in other areas. It is a convenient location, but the value and pleasure of living here are reduced by the fact that it tends to be a bit thread-bare in spots.
      4. Chilwell is a more residential, almost suburban area west of and blending into Beeston. The prices are lower there, and there are locations that are nearly in Beeston.
      5. Lenton Abbey and Dunkirk are the closest areas to the university. Lenton Abbey's name reflects the fact that an Abbey used to be located on the site of the university (Barnes, 1993). This area abuts the university to the west. Most of the houses used to be council housing, and the price and ambience still reflect this fact, but you literally could have the university in your back garden. Dunkirk is to the south and west, and is a relatively small area. Many students live in this area, and it can be a bit rough.
      6. West Bridgford just across Trent Bridge from the city centre is a large, self-contained suburb that contains Nottingham Forest football ground, Trent Bridge cricket ground and its own shopping centre. Housing varies from Victorian terraces near the river, to newer semis further south. It is about 20 mins cycle ride (by a middle-aged vision scientist on a folding bicycle) from the department, much of the route along a fairly pleasant riverside path.
      7. Wollaton is a leafy suburb just north of the university that is NOTORIOUS for subsidence problems because of British Coal mining until about the 1960's and because of the clay soil. However, the area is considered rather exclusive and this makes prices higher. It also suffers from requiring a car because it does not have a central shopping precinct.
      8. The Park is a posh area just west of the city centre. Most of the houses here are not detached, but are quite expensive none-the-less, with most of the accomidation flat conversions in large Victorian houses. It is not usually an area for the first time buyer, but is popular with the youngest professors. If you end up visiting any one there, the top entrance on Derby Rd. is the easier one to get in.
      9. Other Environs
    2. Temporary accommodations
    3. Apartment hunting and leases
    4. Buying a house
    5. Moving in
    6. Getting your house repaired
  4. Transportation
    1. How to get here (maps)
    2. How to get to the U. of Nottingham from Heathrow.
    3. How to get to the U. of Nottingham from Gatwick.
    4. Buses (city and otherwise) and trains
    5. Airplanes
    6. Bicycles and bicycling
    7. Taxis
    8. Autos
  5. Services
    1. Money, banks & Insurance
    2. Medical care
    3. Hotels
    4. Places of worship
    5. Recycling
    6. Families and children
      1. Farms to visit:
      2. Parks
      3. Swimming.
      4. Museums or such oriented to children or with children's exhibits
      5. Libraries
  6. Shopping
    1. Shopping areas
    2. Cloths and shoes
    3. Department stores
    4. Book stores
    5. Food stores
    6. Home and Garden Centres
    7. Alcohol
    8. Adult toys
  7. Eating and drinking
    1. Indian.
    2. Chinese
    3. Other ethnic
    4. Chippies
    5. Pubs
    6. Pubs worth a trip
    7. Fast food on campus
    8. Fast food off campus
    9. Miscellaneous good (and bad) places
    10. Everyday restaurants
      1. Pizza.
      2. Chinese
    11. Nearby restaurants
    12. Expensive places
  8. Amusements
    1. Movies
    2. Home Video Rental
    3. Theatre
    4. Live music
    5. Media (tv, radio, newspapers)
    6. Outdoor and athletic
    7. Festivals and fairs
      1. The Goose Fair
      2. The Cattle market
    8. Other amusements and local trips.
    9. Things to see in Nottingham
    10. Further afield
      1. Bunny
      2. The Peak District
      3. Lincoln
      4. London
      5. Amsterdam
  9. Annotated References and further reading