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OCEAN NIGHTCLUB NOTTINGHAM-TAKE A DIP IN THE OCEAN
Member Name: ShannonB
Advantages: THE BEST WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN NOTTINGHAM. Cheap, fun, crazy, range of music, large club, lots of bars!
Disadvantages: The smell and look from the outside.
In September I moved to Nottingham to start my law degree at Nottingham Trent University before this I had no idea about Ocean and to be honest I probably would have frowned upon it and the thought of entering it if I drove past. Within my freshers week we had fresher reps these being second and third years who basically look after you, keep you safe, and show you where to go out in Nottingham. The last night in freshers our fresher bus (hired out by the university for each night of the week) pulled up across the road from Ocean. As our halls were one of the last to be taken to the club that night we arrived to the biggest queue I'd ever seen for a club and this is where the Ocean devotion first started.
ABOUT THE OCEAN
Ocean can be found at Greyfriar Gate, Nottingham NG1 7EF and is a short walk from the other bars/clubs within the centre of town and also is a five minute walk away from the train station and is surrounded by many hotels. All bars in Nottingham are very close and the majority are within walking distance.
Ocean nightclub does have a website-http://www.iloveocean.co.uk/
Also the club has a Facebook page which you can like to find information on the club. -https://www.facebook.com/oceannottingham?fref=ts
Ocean nightclub is a place to take a 'dip in the ocean' a place to 'drown' and basically one of the best nights out in Nottingham I believe. There is such a range of music which keeps you dancing all night ranging from One direction to Beyonce to take that to Jay Z & Kanye and many more not to forget the Baywatch theme tune which I will explain later.
Ocean from the outside is certainly not the most appealing club, even inside it isn't exactly a classy London club but that is what makes it so much more fun. Inside the club very big with a huge centre dance floor what we refer to as 'the ocean' and where we tend to 'take a dip'. Around the dance floor on the ground floor are large walk ways with seating areas and the males toilets and there is 3 separate bars on the ground floor all a large size with lots of staff. Also on the ground floor there is a separate room (which opens on a Saturday night) which also has a separate smaller bar. The ground floor also has an exit into a smokers area at the back of the club this however is quite small and usually very crowded. However if you are to go upstairs in Ocean there is more seating areas and the woman's toilets. The women's toilets are large and have facilities also to wash your hands and lots of mirrors to re do your make up though these toilets are always extremely busy as the club is so it is advised to go to the toilet early and not leave it to the last minute. Also there is two more bars and a smaller dance 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 has students dancing around the upstairs area too as the club is always packed, especially on a Wednesday. The only negative thing I have to say about Ocean is the smell which most people criticise it on there can be a pungent smell usually around the male toilets and also because of the carpet soaked in alcohol (which it is a bit silly to have a carpet in a club) but I can honestly say after a few drinks that smell does not matter at all and even being sober in Ocean it is bareable and certainly is not a reason to decide against going to the club.
Ocean nightclub is a 100% student nightclub. However if you go on a Saturday you are able to take non student guests which is one per student I think. With the club being in Nottingham there is two huge rivalry universities these being my university Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham however I am obviously going to argue that Ocean is mainly Trent territory as we know how to party better and also it is an ex Trent student who owns the club. However the club is shared between the two throughout the week. Wednesdays belong to Trent and is the official Trent uni clubs and societies night Trent also have Saturday nights. However on Fridays the club hosts the affiliated night for the University of Nottingham I shall now explain these nights with more detail.
WEDNESDAYS AT OCEAN
As stated above this is the official Trent University sports clubs and societies night which has been held at Ocean for 15 years now and is certainly the only place for a Trent student to be on a Wednesday night, 9am lecture on Thursday or not. Trent sports teams and societies each are given ticket booklets on Wednesday by the Nottingham Trent Students Union where certain members on each committee of the team/society sell tickets these costing £3.50 for each student and ensure entry into the busiest club on a Wednesday night and also potentially quicker entry as they queue separately to students without tickets for the night. Any profit from the tickets sold also go back into the club or society. However there is one huge detail I am missing out and that is that Wednesdays at Ocean are FANCY DRESS which makes it so much more fun. Each sports team/society every week will come up with a fancy dress theme which the full team/society then will head to luvyababes (fancy dress shop) and get an outfit for. Fancy dress is huge at Trent and you find people in all sorts of fancy dress from the standard army gear for Trent Army to chavs/goths to smurfs you can never guess what you will see on a Wednesday night as Trent students seriously do go all out. If you are in a sports team/society you will start your Wednesday night of at a house drinking usually starting around half 6 then onto a bar crawl before finally making it to the Ocean (if you do) at about 11-12pm usually with someone elses fancy dress, as you can probably tell the bar crawl is usually the reason no one has dignity once in the ocean. However if you do not wish to join a sport/society then you can buy tickets from the SU shop yourself for a price of £3.50 or simply pay on the door when you get to Ocean on the night however this is dearer and costs £5 to get in and your not guaranteed entry so it is advised on a normal night to go around 11pm ish as the club opens at 10pm. Although if it is the last day of term it is recommended to queue a lot earlier if you are without ticket for example last week we queued at 7pm for the club which then opened for us at half past 9 showing how much Ocean Wednesdays mean to Trent students. The key thing to remember about an Ocean Wednesday is to try not to drown and to always always wear fancy dress or you will be the only person not in fancy dress. Wednesdays at Ocean are very strict and often if students are too drunk they are in fact turned away which has happened to a few of my friends in the past also Ocean bouncers are strict and you must be a student with a valid student card and form of ID (obviously 18 and over) otherwise you will be refused from the club in the past I have known people who have been refused because they do not have there student card on them at the time therefore you must remember it!! Drinks are relatively cheap (though us students will argue they are not) fake jagerbombs can be bought for £2 and shots of vodka/tequila/sambuca cost £1.50 which is what most of me and my friends go for. The ocean on a Wednesday is a must go as a trent student with students devoting themselves to the club every single Wednesday. Nothing matters once you are within the Ocean and not to forget that it is the only club I have ever seen hundreds of students swinging there tops and t-shirts around there heads to the theme tune of Baywatch. This is certainly my favourite place to go even if I sometimes do not fully remember the nights and is a famous night around Trent. If you are a student I would certainly recommend you try an Ocean Wednesday out.
OCEAN SATURDAYS- CLIMAX
Ocean Saturdays again belong to Trent, however you do get some university of Nottingham students also but it is mainly dominated by Trent students. Climax is the exact same as above minus the fancy dress. Tickets for climax can be bought online on the Nottingham Trent Students Union website if you are a student at Nottingham Trent-http://www.trentstudents.org/ where you can buy four tickets per student. Tickets are £3-4 pounds and again if you wish to pay on the door it is £5 entry. The differences are the fact there is no fancy dress themes, though if you wish to do so you can wear fancy dress and also the fact there is often a side room open which consists of silent discos where the club provides you with headphones to dance away with. You can literally wear whatever you wish to do so at an Ocean Saturday at Climax you could wear fancy dress if you wish to do so, you could get dressed up with your little black dress and heels or a shirt and tie or you can simply wear your casual going out clothes e.g shorts and a top and your trainers its totally up to you. Though watch out climax has a sneaky photographer snapping you up all night which the pictures are then put onto the Students Union facebook page. Again this is a great night and very popular with students however isn't as popular as Wednesdays.
OCEAN FRIDAYS- THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
On Fridays Ocean hosts the official night for the University of Nottingham students which has been around for now 10 years. I personally have never attended Ocean on a Friday night as I am a keen Trent student however I am sure it is similar to above and more similar to Trents night on a Saturday. This is a very popular night with the University of Nottingham with high reviews from fellow friends however I will argue us Trent students party better.
OCEANS HOT DOG/JACKET POTATO VAN
If your feeling peckish after your dip in the Ocean the car park has its very own burger/jacket potato van. I often go to this van for a hot dog which costs me £2 and burgers are around the same price. The only disadvantage I could possibly say about this van is it doesn't sell chips one thing you see a lot of drunk people asking for! However it does save you walking through Nottingham to find a takeaway which can be extremely dangerous and is a quick and also cheap service.
Once you leave the nightclub there is taxis parked at either side of the club, most of which are respectable firms which is great when you just want to hop in a taxi and get home. However it is recommended you ring your own taxi from a firm you know for safety reasons or a firm I would advise getting is Nottingham Cabs who have a contract with the university and are extremely cheap and safe.
All I can say is I LOVE OCEAN. It is somewhere I would certainly recommend to any students or friends of students on a Saturday night. It is the craziest night out I have had an is certainly a way to let your hair down and not have a care in the world even if you will regret it when your hungover in a lecture the next morning, it is so worth it. The music is great, the drinks are cheap and the venue is large and fun what else could you possibly wish for?
Summary: The best nights I have had out in my first year at Nottingham Trent I love to take a dip in theOcean