The Essential Guide to Student Living in Nottingham

Here we have the essential guide to student living in Nottingham, featuring information about where to live, how to get around and great places to eat and drink.

With both The University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University featuring in the top 20 of the Guardian’s 2020 University League Table, Nottingham is certainly a great place for students to be. However, Nottingham is not only home to two impressive universities, there is also lots to be said about what the rest of the city has to offer. Here we have the essential guide to student living in Nottingham, featuring information about where to live, how to get around and great places to eat and drink.


Accommodation & Living Areas

Whether you are new to the city or approaching your final year of study, your accommodation and where you are living is a crucial part of student life. With two universities in the city and campuses spread across Nottingham, this offers a variety of areas for students to choose from; and favourably there are some of the traditional ‘studenty’ places to be. For University of Nottingham students, Lenton and Dunkirk are popular locations, whilst the city centre and the Arboretum tends to have a greater number of Nottingham Trent students.

If you are new to student living in Nottingham, it can be worthwhile taking advantage of the universities recommended halls as they are a great way to meet people and remove the stress of moving house. Whichever area you end up in, the benefit of sticking to a popular student location means you can expect a greater student population, an abundance of student accommodation to choose from, easy access to local amenities and excellent transport links to the rest of the city.


Getting Around the City

Depending on where you live, the transport options and how you choose to get around is a key factor. If public transport is what you’re after then the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram and the Nottingham City Transit (NCT) bus passes are great options. Student life presents the need to save money where possible and both of these services are brilliant for that.

Travelling by tram on the NET service is simple. Stops are conveniently located close to all of the University sites and trams run every 7 minutes throughout the day until around midnight. For the easiest and cheapest way to get tickets check out the NETGO! app.

The NCT bus passes are also suited to student life. Get great prices on buses across the city and passes can be tailored to certain zones depending on where you need to travel to most. You can also save money by purchasing a bus pass for the full academic year. More information on NCT and how to download the mobile app can be found here.

Alternatively, if you are not quite in walking distance to the campus why not consider cycling? Cycling is good for your health, can save you money and is often quicker than the bus. Cities are only getting better at adapting to cycling by offering increased cycle paths and universities are also adjusting to this mode of transport too. At any campus you will find an abundance of bike lock spaces and more often than not a number of covered and access-controlled bike stores. If a bike is what you need to get you going, it’s worth looking at what your university has to offer, as there is the chance a bike hire scheme is available.


Make the Most of What the City Has to Offer

The beauty of being a student is that the majority of places welcome you with open arms and a handful of discounts. With student living in Nottingham, no matter what your taste or budget, there’s something for everyone - soak up the culture and eat, drink and shop your way around the city.

Food and Drink

There are probably more places to eat and drink in Nottingham than you could physically go to and the variety is what makes it so good. You can find your favourite chain restaurants or sample independent cafes and delis. When it comes to drinking establishments, you’re not short for choice either. There are a large range of pubs, cocktail bars and clubs, so depending on what you fancy there is a place for you. Check out eating and drinking - It’s In Nottingham to see all the amazing places on offer.


Nottingham boasts a bustling high street and has a reputation for an excellent city to shop until you drop. The intu Victoria Centre is bustling with the best brands and jam packed with high street favourites. Alternatively, if filtering through vast rails of vintage goods is your kind of thing, then head to Hockely in the City Centre’s Creative Quarter for its fantastic selection of independent outlets.


Museums, pub quizzes, comedy clubs, live music, sporting events and much more - you’ll never be short of things to do. Not only this but your university student’s union will have an array of events and activities for you to add into your social calendar. Keep track of what’s on and never miss out with the 'What’s On' section of It’s In Nottingham.


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