Now is not the time to panic. Now is not the time to celebrate. Now is the time to get your butt in gear and start finding somewhere to live…
Yeah, so you have accepted a place on the degree course of your dreams at the University of Lincoln. This is brilliant news and you could not have chosen a better place to spend your undergraduate years.
The University of Lincoln tops student satisfaction polls, there’s an award winning, extremely active student union, employment prospects for students are great, there’s world leading research taking place in the cutting edge facilities and stellar speakers regularly stop by to give lectures and talks. Visitors in the Great Minds program have included such names as Professor Robert Winston, Chris Packham and John Hurt – so anyone coming to Lincoln to study can be guaranteed some good company.
Be honest, who wouldn’t be totally excited at the prospect of studying in awesome Lincoln?
First things first, let’s get our bearings. Now where exactly is it? You will find Lincoln thirty five miles from Nottingham and forty-five miles from Sheffield. It is in the East Midlands and is the county town of Lincolnshire. If you want to know the distance from London, it’s one hundred and thirty one miles away. You can catch a train to Kings Cross from Newark on Trent that will take about two hours (including a change). Flying in to begin your studies is relatively easy due to the close proximity of the international hub of East Midlands Airport only thirty-six miles away.
So, now we know where we are exactly, let’s focus on the finer details of living in Lincoln. Compared to some university cities, Lincoln is relatively small and the student population swells the place in term-time quite considerably. Finding accommodation should be a priority as soon as you know your plans, because the best places get snapped up well in advance. The University tends to reserve many places for first year students, but don’t rely on this meaning there will be plenty of provisions. The accommodation at Lincoln both on and off campus is of a good standard and this makes demand high.
For student accommodation Lincoln has a range of options to suit different tastes, budgets and situations. Many first year students opt for living on or close to the campus for a smoother transition to a new way of life. Your first time away from home may throw up challenges in relation to budget and domestic management. Many students find that the best student accommodation Lincoln offers is the all inclusive, purpose built flats where bills, Wifi, gym membership and amenities are all part of the deal. This simpler way of managing accommodation arrangements leaves you free to focus on the important stuff like partying.. and ..er studying, of course…
University of Lincoln is a city centre institution with the campus and accommodation blocks being within walking distance of each other. The university is ranked third for the percentage of students that walk into college each day and according to The Higher Education Statistics Agency, in 2014 that was 77% of students. For many students this is a vital detail which should not be overlooked. Travel time to and from lectures will be short, meaning more time in bed in the mornings. You won’t need a car or have to pay for public transport to take you to your seminars and studies – it’s all close to hand in a compact and attractive waterside setting. Plus, more importantly, it is a greener and more environmentally friendly way of living.
There is an amazing library close by for research and studies and when you fancy a bite to eat or some retail therapy, you’ll find restaurants and shops within easy reach. Equally, walking from the university campus to check out the shopping on the attractive Lincoln High Street, is easy. If you are worried about not getting enough exercise due to the compact nature of the campus, the High Street is famously steep and if you need more, simply head for the gym included in your accommodation package. Or if you are a golfer there are several courses nearby, alternatively, the flat expanses of rural countryside make great cycling and walking terrain.
Soon you will be learning and living in Lincoln. It is an exciting place to spend time, a refreshing blend of ancient and modern where the meeting of past and present has been managed sympathetically. It might be an old, cobbled city, but it’s definitely got a young spirit at heart…
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