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It’s official. Nottingham is a place to grow. If you’re aspiring, talented and want to live in a city that shares these aspirations, you’ve come to the right place.

A great place to live and work

The city already has lots to offer, but visionary plans backed by local government mean that by 2030, Nottingham will have a global reputation as an exciting place to live, work and play – you'll want to learn here, do business here, have fun here and make this great place your home.

If you’re considering a career at NTU, you’re already the calibre of person we can help bring these plans to fruition. You’ll help us produce world-class ideas and people with a leading voice in the UK, at Westminster, and on an international stage.

Nottingham’s leaders have made a firm commitment to work with us as a university to amplify our research capacity and help us attract new thinkers – like you - from across the globe, supporting cutting edge ideas that improve city life and sustain our future city generations.

You don’t need to look to the future to see that Nottingham is already investing in the brightest minds, and here at NTU we’re playing a central role and bucking the trend.

With just under 330,000 inhabitants, Nottingham is large enough to feel cosmopolitan, small enough to retain its rural charm. 128 miles (206 km) north of London and 56 miles (90 km) south-east of Manchester, Nottingham is the largest urban area in the East Midlands.

Students eating out

Big city, community feel

Nottingham is the perfect-home-from home for busy professionals who want to maintain a cosmopolitan lifestyle but with a more provincial feel. Everything you expect of a big city is here: impressive transport links and infrastructure, high-performing state, independent and public schools, elite shopping chains and restaurants, homes and fashionable apartments.

Students at Woolaton park
Relax at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, just a short car, bus, or cycle ride from the city.

But for those seeking the perfect work / life balance, Nottingham offers a few more subtle differences that perhaps aren’t first apparent. The air is cleaner, strangers are more likely to say hello to you, and there’s a tangible sense you’re in a city that has the confidence to attract the best, without forgetting it’s strong and increasingly multicultural heritage.

Exchange Arcade

Nottingham has another great advantage: it is indeed legendary. There aren’t many cities you can drop into conversation – anywhere in the world – and expect in return a warm  smile and knowing recognition. Everyone has a frame of reference when it comes to our city – even if in part that’s thanks to a little help from international folklore, and our very own legend, Robin Hood. We'd like to think we have a lot in common with the fabled hero – known globally as a force for good, a sound moral compass, and championing of the people.

A sound investment

Choosing to live and work in Nottingham is a sound career and lifestyle investment. With experts predicting property prices in the region will rise at a much higher rate than further south, there has never been a better time to make Nottingham your place of work, study, and to call home.

With an award-winning transport system, the city is served by an international airport just over 13 miles away, and is to become part of the state-of-the-art HS2 high-speed rail network.

According to the latest Tech Nation Report from Tech City, the body charged with accelerating the UK’s digital economy, Nottingham has a bright future when it comes to digital growth, with recent investments including a new £2m data centre and the creation of a city centre hub for digital tech businesses. In practice, this means the city is one of the best connected in the UK, enjoying a future-proof communications infrastructure and the foundations for smart city innovations such as smart street lighting, HD CCTV, traffic management systems and eLearning opportunities in schools.

A handy tram and bus service network gets you around the city with ease.

For those looking to make Nottingham and the surrounding region their home, there are plenty of housing options, ranging from flats and apartments to large family homes. If you choose to live in the city, your own car isn’t a necessity thanks to the NET network – a hi-tech tram system with stops throughout the city and surrounding areas such as Beeston and Clifton. Even if you choose to live further afield, all options are within commutable reach, thanks for an impressive and well-maintained road network and one of the most comprehensive public transport systems in the UK.

A row of houses, each painted in different colours

Whether you are looking to buy or rent, property across the city stretches from airy loft conversions in the city’s historic Lace Market, to modern riverside apartments. For a family-friendly area, West Bridgford, Mapperley or Beeston might suit your needs, or perhaps one of the gothic Victorian mansions in the Park Estate. Although, given reliable transport links and flexible working arrangements, NTU employees successfully commute from elsewhere in the East Midlands, including the surrounding cities of Derby and Leicester.

Nottingham city centre map

This Nottingham city centre map (published by Nottingham City Council) includes: Attractions and places of interest; tram stops and other key public transport hubs; car parks; public toilets and much more.

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