Newest Review: ... floor area next to one of the bars. The upstairs area of Ocean has balconies to look over onto the crowds of dancing students and also h... more
Not nearly as bad as I expected it to be
Member Name: linzeelou
Advantages: Cheap, fun
Disadvantages: A bit gross inside at times
When I came back to university this year back in October, I found out that the Nottingham Trent Uni night had been moved to Ocean, a club I had never been to before. Ocean is well known for Trent students due to it hosting the night for societies on Wednesday nights but not being in one means I didn't go. Just before Christmas, one of my flat mates and a friend decided to go on a Saturday night for Trent night and we didn't know what to expect at all.
Seeing as our friend is a student from another university, we got there really early as we knew she wouldn't get in later on - it being a Trent Uni night and all. Doors open to Ocean at 10pm and that is pretty much when we got there. There was no queue because really, no one goes at that time and when we got in, the club was empty apart from us. I didn't mind though as going this early meant free entry (it's £5 after 11pm) and we got to sit down with some drinks and chill out for a while. I found it to be quite nice at this time even though normally I wouldn't do this if I were going out normally.
Having not been to Ocean before, I had no idea of the size but it's pretty big. On the ground floor is 3 bars and a massive dance floor while upstairs has only 1 bar but has quite a lot of seats and tables for those not wanting to dance all night. I guess when you're the only ones in a club then you are able to get a real feel for the size of the place. The club filled up really quickly though and by time it hit 11pm, it will packed! I didn't think it would get that full that quick but it seems people have the same idea about getting in for free.
One thing I loved the most about my night at Ocean was the music. RnB was played for the most of the night but there was also some pop and some cheesy music thrown in there as well. I love a good mix of music that I can dance to, especially when I'm drunk, so this was quite perfect for me. Once the music got turned up none of us strayed from the dance floor much all night. Another good thing is that we were all able to leave each other at some point or another for whatever reason and find everyone again easily. In some clubs if you leave your friends you'll never find them again but not with Ocean.
As far as I'm aware, the only toilets here are upstairs. These were the ones I used because I knew where they were when I was sober and didn't fancy looking for any others once I had been drinking a while. The toilets, for a club full of students, were actually very clean. The girl's toilets had plenty of cubicles and there was never a very long wait time which was fantastic!!
As for drinks, again, I was surprised. I don't drink an awful lot while I'm out as I prefer to drink at home first but bottles of VK were £1.50 which I don't mind paying at all. With Ocean having 4 bars, it never took very long at all to get served either which is always a plus when you're in a really busy club. The bar staff are extremely competent and more than anything I think, want to get people served and moved out of the way as quickly as possible. I can't even begin to imagine the kind of money this place takes in a week.
So, overall, while I was thinking I wouldn't enjoy my night out at Ocean, I did... A lot. It's a great student night with good prices and I'd happily go again now!
Summary: A good student club