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Study in Nottingham

Outlaws, caves, and some of England's oldest pubs make Nottingham far from your average student city.

Robin Hood

Sadly, Nottingham's famous outlaw isn't around today to steal from the rich and give to the poor (students).

City life – Nottingham Trent graduate

'Nottingham feels like a community! It's all pedestrianised and has everything you need and want in a compact space.'

Rebel Writers

The city's rich literary heritage includes controversial-for-their-time authors like Lord Byron. (Image credit: lexyfj, Instagram)

Nightlife – second year student at University of Nottingham, 2016

'You have mega cheese-fests (in my opinion) such as Ocean Tuesdays or Fridays... And then you have clubs that reign supreme such as Ink, Rock City, Stealth, [or] Forum depending on your taste in music and atmosphere. Rock City is the big music venue, as well as the Capital FM Arena where you get big names from all over!'

UK's oldest pub

Allegedly, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem dates back to AD1189 making it the oldest in the UK.

Student life in Nottingham

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Low on cash
The Jazz Cafe for (free) live jazz music
Friday feeling
Confess your sins in exchange for a free shot at The Bodega
Sunday chilling
Enjoy some loose leaf tea and cake at Lee Rosy's Tea
When family visit
Explore Nottingham Castle and venture down the cobbled streets
Feeling cultural
Nottingham Contemporary for art exhibitions including end-of-term shows from local students
Catch up with mates
Do a spot of climbing at Clip n' Climb Nottingham

The canal

The canal takes you into the heart of the city, and is an important feature of the dynamic waterfront district.

Nightlife – first year student at University of Nottingham, 2016

'Nottingham at night is really safe, well lit, and there's loads of taxis. Also, the trams run until around midnight so it's easy to get around. Rock City is brilliant – there's been some really famous acts on such as Years & Years and Jess Glynne.'

Wollaton Hall

This hall is home to a whole host of museums and exhibitions, so those seeking culture need look no further.

Second year student at University of Nottingham, 2018

'I live in Dunkirk. It's near to the uni and has a lot of other students. There aren't many shops nearby and it's a 30 to 40-minute walk to either Beeston or the town centre. There are very good transport links though, including the tram and night buses.'

Castle Mound Caves

Explore the eerie tunnels and secret passageways of Nottingham Castle, which are reputed to be haunted to this day.

Second year student at University of Nottingham, 2018

'Lenton is the most popular area for students at the University of Nottingham. It's on the edge of Dunkirk, the second most popular area. Almost all my friends live in Lenton, so it's easier to socialise and there are lots of pubs.'

Notts from above

A city full of character, Nottingham is home to a variety of architecture, with some buildings dating back to the 1100s.

Living in Nottingham

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £60 - £125
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Fair deal
Local transport*
  • £9.00
  • Easyrider Everyday 7 Day ticket (under 19s)
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Derby Road
  • Lenton
  • Waverly Street (near the aboretum)

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.


Student money tips

Some single bus journeys are just £1 with a student card.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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