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US student asks for tips before move to Nottingham on TikTok – and some responses are hilarious

Advice given to the American student who sought advice before moving to Nottingham included starting drinking earlier now, downloading the Wetherspoons app and staying away from the lions in Old Market Square because they roar if they get too close and might bite.

Landon Harris, 20, who teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, will be coming to town on a student exchange program in January.

She posted on TikTok saying, “So I’m going to move to England in a month, specifically Nottingham, and my brain tells me it’s no different from the US, but I know it is. If you have any advice for this little American, let me know.”

The video, which has racked up more than four million views, attracted 46,000 comments – many helpful and some completely unhelpful.

There were top tips about food and drink. Get the Wetherspoon app, Greggs is your friend if you need a quick breakfast, buy a Tesco meal deal and be sure to visit Doughnotts among them.

“If you go to a kebab shop at the end of the night and don’t address the server as ‘boss’ kicking you out,” was another great tip.

Others said she wouldn’t have trouble settling. One said: “College life is very big in Knotts, so expect to see a lot of students, nightlife and bars downtown.”

There was mixed advice on the subject of drinking.

One user recommended that you start drinking beforehand now, and another advised: “Don’t try to keep up with their drinking, you’ll end up dying. They can have 5 beers and go on with their lives.”

Several signs that haunt the Ocean student have been cited—one of which is a warning: “No, I repeat, don’t touch the ground in Ocean.”

Good local knowledge is key. One poster said: “If someone says ‘darling’ or ‘duck’, don’t worry – these are endearing terms that are centuries old. England is very different from the USA.”

Landon was asked to contact Victoria’s “Vessie Centre,” warning him to be alarmed by the sheer number of pigeons everywhere and to ask to know where Robin Hood was born.

Watch out for the bathroom everywhere

Some told her to be prepared for the weather, buy a puffy jacket, and bring a lot of jacket players. One of the responses was “always be prepared for change of weather and carry on all seasons within 3 hours”.

The obsession with Britain as a nation of tea drinkers also emerged. “Just don’t ask people in public ‘Do you drink tea all the time?'” “Just don’t!!!!” one wrote, while the other set the record straight that tea should be made using a kettle, not a microwave.

Landon was also advised to watch Inbetweeners, Horrible Histories, and Gavin and Stacey for a snapshot of British life.

BBC 1 told her to go to Trent Bridge, home of Notts County Cricket Club, where they play “British baseball”.

There have been opposing opinions about Nottingham, ranging from “my advice not to go to Nottingham” at one end of the scale to a more positive view: “I moved from Los Angeles to Nottingham a year ago. It’s really amazing.”

Not all responses were completely honest. One was “Book your summer vacation in Grimsby, it’s the most beautiful part of the UK”.

Probably the most popular tip was about the pronunciation of the city after Landon named it NottingHAM.

Dozens of people jumped to correct it. ‘It’s ‘Noh-ing-um’, said one of the locals, ‘see you in ‘ockley’.

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