Eating Out

Different dietary requirements, such as Halal and Kosher meals, are catered for by the universities, as well as special dishes for students with allergies. Most good university cafes and restaurants will provide vegetarian options, but the choice may be limited, so international students should be prepared to go further afield.

In the city centre there are several cheap restaurants, serving up reasonably priced dishes. Portions at the Orange Tree on Market Street are large, with prices not big enough to break the bank. Chain bars Wetherspoons on Market Square and TGI Fridays by the Cornerhouse cinema serve up cheap meals and cut-price pizza and pasta are available nearby at Bella Italia on Angel Row. For a midnight snack head to Mogal E Azam on Goldsmith Street for one of the best curries around. For late-night eats, check out the talent among the take-aways on Mansfield Road, Mayfair Chinese Restaurant caters for students cheaply.

If it is live music you are after, look no further than the 16th century Old Angel Inn that used to be a chapel and brothel. It serves under £5 meals all day for rockers, metallers and punks near many of the independent shops, kooky stores and boutiques.

Vegetarians should try the volunteer-run Sumac Centre on Gladstone Street in Forest Fields, which is accessible by tram, while the city centre has Squeek on Heathcoat Street and Dotty’s on Mansfield Road that provides veggie food on the go as well as the Palm Tree Lebanese Restaurant behind the train station.

Certain big brand supermarkets have Halal and Kosher sections, but for a full range of international food, specialist supermarkets are perhaps the best places to shop. Medina International Food Stores is located on Redford Road and Mogal Continental Food Store on Radford Road. For Muslim cuisine try Sheikh Foodstore on and Al-Madina on Derby Road.