Nottingham City Guide

by Jose Marc Castro on August 18, 2008

UKflag200Nottingham, or “Notts”, as its residents fondly call it, is a city that is located right in the heart of the East Midlands district of the United Kingdom. The city is perhaps best known for such respected literary figures as Lord Byron and D. H. Lawrence, as well as the merry band of outlaws from nearby Sherwood Forest called the Merry Men, who were led by the legendary Robin Hood.

Unfortunately, in the years since the heyday of Robin Hood, certain parts of the city became the haunting ground of a new breed of outlaws who were not quite so merry. For a long time, Nottingham became known more for its crime rate than for its considerable manmade and natural attractions.

Today, the city has largely managed to shed off that less than stellar image and is set to claim its place as one of the most unique and colorful cities in the country.

Residential Places in Nottingham

Nottingham has unfortunately garnered a somewhat unsavory reputation for several years now due to the city’s high crime rate. While it is true that certain areas of the city are home to some of the less desirable elements of society, it is really not much different from any other large urban center. In fact, there are a lot of residential neighborhoods in the city that can compare favorably to the best places in the country. The Beeston area is a good example, being a very cosmopolitan suburb with plenty of quaint shops nearby.

Only 6 miles away from Beeston is the city center, where there are numerous options for residential properties. It is easy enough to get in and around the city, with dozens of buses plying the routes daily. Of course property prices in the highly sought-after city center are considerably higher than in the outlying neighborhoods.

Further away from the city, you can also look into property listings in Mapperley, Woodthorpe, Chilwell, Nutthall, and Stapleford. Some villages known for being particularly picturesque are Lambley, Woodborough, Thurgarton, Gunthorpe and Radcliffe on Trent.

Finally, for residential options that are slightly more up-market, you may want to look into The Park and Mapperley Park.

The average price for houses in Nottingham is a little less than £120,000, which represents a 3% increase from last year’s prices. Because of this real estate analysts are expecting property values in the city to go up more than 27% over the next five years.

Hospitals and Universities of Nottingham

There are two main hospitals in Nottingham, the Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen’s Medical Centre. Together the two make up the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Educational Facilities

There are also currently only two universities in Nottingham, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, which was formerly known as Trent Polytechnic. The combined student population of both universities is around 40,000, all of which attend classes full-time.

There are a number of colleges in the city, with the most notable ones being Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, New College Nottingham, Bilborough College, The Nottingham Bluecoat School and Technology College, The Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, South Nottingham College, Djanogly City Academy and Greenwood Dale Technology College. The city is also the location of the well-regarded Nottingham School of Fashion, whose most notable alumnus was renowned designer Paul Smith.

Service Establishments of Nottingham

With the deregulation of the power industry in the United Kingdom residents are free to choose from a wide variety of service providers in the city by comparing power rate charges, service coverage and other factors. Consolidated Utilities Ltd is a gas and electricity broker that can help you find the best possible deal for those services from their extensive database of service providers in the Nottingham area. You can get in touch with the company at 234 Curzon Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, and NG10 4FR. You can also call them at 0115 8773476, or email them at [email protected]

Some of the companies that provide electricity supply services in Nottingham are: Nottingham Electrical Transmission, Wades Electrical Distributors, WF Electrical (Nottingham), D R Electrical, F.S Electrical, and E.R.F Electrical Wholesalers.

Embassies in Nottingham

The only countries that have consular offices in Nottingham at the present time are Finland, France and Italy.

The offices of the Finnish consulate can be found at Boland House, Nottingham South, Industrial Estate Ruddington Lane, Wilford, Nottingham NG11, 7EP. You can call them at 01159822844, and you can also fax them at 01159817784.

The French consulate can be reached by telephone at (+44) (1246) 276 110, and the Italian vice consulate can be found at 42-46, Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 ZAG.

Foreign nationals from countries other than the ones mentioned should check directory listings for consular offices in London in case they require assistance from their particular embassies.

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