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Cycling at NTU

  • 200+ bikes available for hire to staff and students.
  • 300+ spaces in secure compounds for cycle storage.
  • Changing rooms and locker facilities.
  • Our own workshop with expert mechanics and advice available.
  • Free maps and training.
  • Cycle to work scheme to help staff buy new bikes.
  • Sometimes we even arrange for cyclists to have free breakfasts!

the Cycling Hub is part of a thriving cycling movement in Nottingham. Together with Nottingham City Council, The Big Wheel and Sustrans, we're aiming to ensure that NTU and Nottingham as a whole become more cycle friendly, as part of our sustainable transport plan.

For more information check out NTU Cycle Report 2020. If you'd like a chat about the Cycle Hub, please contact

Bike hire for students and staff for £49 “less than £1 a week”

  • High quality hybrid bikes, ideal for cycling around town
  • Free D-lock
  • Free lights
  • Access to our secure cycle storage at all three campuses
  • A free winter maintenance session
  • Maintenance advice throughout the year
  • You can reserve and pay for your hire bike via NTU's Online Store.

Hire your bike from the NTU Online Store

You can reserve and pay for your hire bike via NTU's Online Store. You will be able to collect your bike after welcome week. You will receive more details of collection via email.

*All hirers pay a £60 deposit, which will be refunded when the bike is returned on time and in a satisfactory condition. See full terms and conditions.

Bike hire FAQs

Who can hire a bike?

Any current NTU student or staff member. Full-time, part time, undergraduate or postgraduate. Everyone.

Do I need insurance?

It's up to you. Most bike insurance costs upwards of £30/year and charge an excess of up to £100 when you claim. As your deposit is much less than this, you may not think it worthwhile to insure your bike separately. However if you are able to add your bike to home contents insurance then it may not cost you any extra, and could save your deposit should the bike be stolen.

Where do I get my bike?

From the the Bike Factory workshop at the City Students' Union. If you're based at Clifton or Brackenhurst and you hire your bike during welcome week then we can bring your bike to your campus in the first few weeks of term.

I've not ridden a bike for years! Can I get some training?

Yes, and it's all free. We've partnered up with Ridewise, a local training provider, who can help you to be confident and safe on the road. Ask us when you collect your bike for more information.

How should I look after my hire bike?

You are responsible for the appropriate maintenance of your hire bike. You will lose some or all of your deposit if your bike is not returned in a suitable state. Help is at hand though, and you can always contact us or attend one of the free maintenance sessions that will be be advertised on our events page.

What happens if my hire bike gets stolen?

All our hire bikes are provided with good quality D-locks as apart of the package. If you use it sensibly and make the most of our secure cycle parking, then your bike is unlikely to be stolen. If it is, then as long as your inform us of the theft promptly with a police incident number then you will only lose your deposit.

The Workshop is the Cycling Hub base at NTU City Campus

Situated in the new Students' Union, it provides a base for all Cycle Hub activities:

  • bike hire - including collections and returns
  • bike mechanic service (for hired and personal bike repairs)
  • maintenance training sessions, all abilities welcome (see events)
  • safety advice.

The Workshop is open to all staff and students, who are welcome to make the most of our qualified mechanics. The Workshop will be staffed at the following times for free advice and affordable maintenance support:

The Cycling Hub will be open 10 am - 6 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

For all enquiries and maintenance bookings, contact

NTU Cycling facilities maps

Information about cycle storage, lockers and showers available at NTU.

Use of NTU cycle storage facilities

Students and staff using any of the cycle stores located on NTU property should make themselves aware of the usage policies below. We want people to be able to cycle freely across the whole NTU estate, while taking into consideration the safety of other people that may be using shared spaces.

Cycle to Work Scheme

NTU is a proud participant of the Cycle to Work scheme. This national scheme allows all NTU staff to purchase bikes and accessories with significant tax incentives. For more information see the the Cycle Scheme website, and to get the ball rolling visit the NTU My Benefits website. Also take a look at the Cycle2Work FAQs before getting started. You can purchase a bike up to the value of £2,500 including e-bikes. If you have any questions, just email

Free training

Ridewise Nottingham can provide you with free nationally accredited training to help you feel more confident cycling around Nottingham. See the Ridewise website for more information.

Cycling around Nottingham

There are some great resources available online to help you plan your ride, whether it's finding the quickest commute or the best weekend adventure.