After further lockdown restrictions were eased on April 12, Nottingham’s nightlife is slowly but surely returning to some kind of normal.

Students from both Nottingham Trent and the University of Nottingham have been taking full advantage of finally having their hands on their “typical” university experience.

Students enjoying night at a bar.

Bars across Nottingham have even been providing blankets, heaters and hot water bottles for their customers to ensure they stay warm through the chilly nights and still enjoy the late nights.

“Delivering the classics from the Ocean playlist, Get Wavy will be providing the stage set-up and Ocean the entertainment.”
andy hoe, owner of ocean nightclub

For most, this will be the first time students have been able to socialise with other people outside their household since November 2020.

Andy Hoe, owner of Nottingham’s student nightclub Ocean, has collaborated with The Waterfront Bar on Canal Street, Nottingham to bring a Covid compliant Ocean Night for both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham students.

He said on his Instagram page: “I know you’ve [students] missed it…..but it can’t quite come back yet. So….let’s try the next best thing!”

Get Wavy will provide the stage set-up and Ocean the entertainment.

VIDEO: Ocean Nightclub before Coronavirus (credit: Matt Rudd)

Third-year student Jordan Holdstock, studying at Nottingham Trent, said he “can’t wait to be back at some kind of Ocean” and that it was his “favourite club before coronavirus” and it is “one step closer to normality”.

Audio: Student Jordan Holdstock talks about his excitement about the Ocean x Get Wavy event

Students were extremely keen on getting a ticket for the Ocean x Get Wavy events which will be held on May 19 and 21 for both universities.

Tickets for both events were in extreme high demand, released by the promoters on April 26 at 7pm and sold out in 30 seconds.

For some students, this meant a start of a university experience that has been long awaited.

But for some, especially final year students, important deadlines are fast approaching, which may mean that their nights out are few and far apart.

Tom Dewsbury, a third year law student at Nottingham Trent University, said that despite the restrictions easing, the typical student experience of socialising and going out had not been a part of his final year and that restrictions had come late for him to be able to get the most out of going to bars.

AUDIO: Student Tom Dewsbury talks about his frustrations of being a third year university student and his experience

Despite final year students not being able to go to bars and socialise how they would like to due to the restrictions and important deadlines, first year students are finally having a taste of what the typical “university experience” is like.

Olivia Jones, a first year student also at Nottingham Trent University, said how nice it was to be able to go out and socialise outside her flat and “be able to explore the different restaurants and bars in Nottingham”.

Becky Slade, another first year student at Nottingham Trent, said that after being inside for so long, she “does not mind wrapping up to go out for food and drink” as it gives her a “sense of how university should be like”.

With the new restrictions in place, the rule of six or two households has been applied. This means that groups of six people from various households, or any number of people from up to two households, can sit together.

This means that first years are able to socialise outside their household after only being able to be with their flat mates for the majority for their university life.

This could mean socialising with course mates, who they have rarely seen in person due to online lectures taking place across the universities, which for some has been extremely long awaited.