As a student living in Nottingham who likes to shop, I have found that Nottingham city centre is a great place to spend my student loan (Though don’t tell my parents that!) My student house in Nottingham is located within walking distance of the city centre which is great to find that new outfit for a night out with a wide range of shops from bargain stores like Primark to designer stores. However, more recently I have decided to explore other places in Nottingham for a spot of retail therapy and found some great places to visit and shop which make a for a great day out. I am going to share some of the things I have discovered about places to shop in and around Nottingham.
Buses from Nottingham can take you to a range of nearby towns and cities where you can spend your student loan. Derby has had a lot of development in recent years and the Westfield Shopping centre is a fantastic, large, new shopping centre with a wide range of shops and a great food court. To get there take the Trent Barton red arrow bus which leave regularly from the Victoria bus station or by the QMC. If you fancy somewhere smaller try Loughborough on a Saturday when the market is on. The Number 1 bus will take you from Nottingham to Loughborough on a nice scenic route through the villages south of Nottingham. This is particularly good if your student accommodation is on or near the Clifton Campus of Nottingham Trent.
I have been lucky enough to have a shopping partner in crime who has a car and so we have also been able to explore the many retail parks in and around Nottingham. If you want to stock up on bits for your student house, Ikea is located near junction 26 of the M1 so is easily reachable by car and is also a good place for a cheap lunch. There is also a cheapish sports shop called Decathlon, Next, Boots and BHS Home store among others.
If you fancy somewhere further afield why not try Meadowhall near Sheffield. This is about 45-1hr away up the M1 but is nice for a change of scenery. Leicester city centre is also reachable in about 45 minutes by car but make sure you have a sat nav as finding the car park can be confusing
Another place which is great for buying stuff for your student home is Castle Retail Park in the Radford area of Nottingham. Here you will find a B&M Home store which is great for all kinds of bargains from food to furniture. Dunhelm Mill is another of my favourites in this retail park where I could happily spend a fortune on things for my bedroom in my student home, but I have to do my best to resist buying too much. There is also an Aldi – somewhere I had never food shopped for before but is full of bargains! It is particular great for bakery and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Another favourite is Riverside Retail Park which is located near Clifton Bridge. Here there is an Outfit store which includes Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Warehouse and Miss Selfridge and a large Next store. The best thing is these stores are open until about 7:30/8pm ish most night which is great if you want some retail therapy after the shops have shut. There is also a Boots and Argos store at the same location.
My final tip is don’t forget to ask if there are any student discounts on offer. If you don’t ask you don’t get and 10% off here and there soon adds up (and justifies that extra pair of shoes!)