Business is booming as 11,500 students flood into Lincoln
More than 3,700 new students arrived in Lincoln this week, giving the city's economy a welcome shot in the arm.
In total, 11,500 young people are currently settling in to life at the University of Lincoln.
Meanwhile, Bishop Grossteste University has welcomed 2,000 students to its uphill campus. And as the city buzzed with activity, businesses were enjoying the sound of ringing tills and increased custom.
Since it opened, the University of Lincoln has contributed more than £250m to the local economy and has created more than 3,000 new jobs.
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It invested more than £140m in the Brayford Pool campus, which has transformed what was a brownfield site.
Matt Corrigan, chief executive of Lincoln Big, said: "The city feels a real uplift when the students come back. Many of the students are within walking distance of the centre and are taking the time to explore.
"The evening economy has certainly picked up and it is feeling livelier and I think the pubs and clubs will have a rise in business.
"Freshers' week also coincides with purple flag week, which shows that Lincoln is a safe and welcome city."
Paul O'Loo, general manager of Moka and Shack nightclub in Silver Street, said: "Our new-look club has been well received by returning and new students. The fact that we've invested so much in refurbishing the club, whilst creating new jobs shows just how confident we are in the local late-night economy."
Nick Long, of Nando’s in Lincoln, said the restaurant had been packed this week.
“It’s fantastic to see the returning students back in Lincoln. Students add so much to local businesses and the community.
“Lincoln is really thriving again and seems so much nicer and busier. We’ve been flat-out since last week with their return.”
Many shops in the centre are promoting extra discounts and events to encourage the students to part with their newly paid-in loans.
Simon Beardsley, chief executive at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, said: "Lincoln is attracting the attention of students from all over the world, and as well as studying in the city we have evidence that they positively contribute to Lincoln's local economy.
"There is no doubt that pubs, clubs and restaurants see an increase in their takings when the students return to the city. But we also have evidence that shows students invite their friends and family to the city for weekend breaks and special events, such as the October Sausage Festival and Lincoln Christmas Market.
"Through our Visit Lincoln project, the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce is now actively marketing the city through its 'Study Lincoln' campaign. And longer-term, Lincoln is recruiting a pool of new graduates who are making a positive impact in the local business community".
Off campus, tensions between students and city dwellers seem to be reducing.
The city council's public protection and antisocial behaviour team says complaints from residents about student behaviour in the Carholme Ward have dropped.
From September 10 to 24 last year, 19 complaints were logged. For the same period this year, seven complaints have been received.