Accommodation Advice for International Students
Moving to a new country is an exciting adventure. To help you settle in, it’s important to research where you're going to live and make arrangements as early as you can.
You’ll find all the information you need to help you find the accommodation that’s right for you.
All NTU-approved accommodation options are modern, safe, and located within a short distance of everything you need.
Nottingham is a big student city with plenty of both University-allocated and privately owned accommodation. Whatever you’re looking for, there are housing options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Some of our international students prefer the convenience of University allocation, whereas others choose private halls of residence or renting a private house with friends.
Choosing your accommodation
Choosing where to live while you study can really help make your experience in Nottingham special.
First, think about how you like to live and what you will be comfortable with:
- What is your budget? Be realistic about what you can afford and the length of contract you should commit to.
- Are you a social person or do you prefer peace and quiet? You could share a place with other students or live on your own.
- Do you want your own en suite bathroom or are you happy to share with others? Shared facilities are often cheaper, but you might want some privacy.
- Maybe you’d consider living with a family in Nottingham? Through our Homestay scheme, you can get to know your new city with the help of the locals!
No matter where you study, there’s somewhere nearby to live - some accommodation options are only a five minute walk away from our teaching facilities.
Start your research as soon as possible. Look through our accommodation options, taking note of their facilities and location, and make a shortlist of the ones that might be right for you.
Think about how long you need your accommodation for. Most of our contracts start in September, run throughout the academic year, and include the Christmas and Easter holidays.
However, we also offer flexible accommodation contracts – perfect if you're a Pre-sessional English (PEAP) or exchange student, starting a Masters course in January, or an exchange or study abroad course. Find out more on our Guide to Accommodation page.
There are also lots of hotels and bed and breakfasts available in Nottingham, which are perfect if you need somewhere for just a couple of nights, or if you have friends or family coming to visit. Nottinghamshire’s tourism website, Visit Nottinghamshire, has details of places to stay.
When to book your accommodation
We strongly advise you to book accommodation before you travel.
Many students understandably prefer to view accommodation before signing a contract. If you choose to do this, please make sure you have temporary accommodation (such as a hotel) booked in Nottingham before you arrive. This is important if you are arriving in September or October because Nottingham is very busy with new arrivals.
Many privately owned accommodation providers require a UK Guarantor. For more information, please visit YourGuarantor website.
How to book your accommodation
For information and advice on how to book your accommodation on our online booking system, visit our How to Book page. You can choose the residence, flat and room you would like.
To reserve your place, you must have enough money to book your accommodation online using a credit or debit card. Otherwise you can pay by bank transfer, but you need to contact Student Accommodation Services in advance to do this.
Remember that you won’t be able to open a bank account until you actually arrive in the UK, and the transfer of money may then take a few weeks.