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Accommodation Advice for International Students

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 in this section to help you find accommodation that’s right for you.

Accommodation options

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Nottingham is a big student city with both University-allocated and privately owned accommodation close to our campuses. Whatever you’re looking for, there are housing options for all students to suit all budgets and individual requirements.

Please note that family accommodation to rent in Nottingham is extremely limited. See family information below.

All NTU-approved accommodation options are modern, safe, and located within a short distance of everything you need. Some of our international students prefer the convenience of University accommodation, particularly first-year undergraduate students. Others choose private halls of residence or renting a private house with friends.

Choosing accommodation

Firstly, it's useful to think about 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.

No matter where you study, there are some options nearby. Some accommodation options are only a 5-minute walk from our teaching facilities. It's best to 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 many 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. Nottingham's tourism website, Visit Nottinghamshire, also has details of places to stay short-term.

Many privately owned accommodation providers require a UK Guarantor. For more information, please visit YourGuarantor website.

When to book

We strongly advise you to book accommodation before you travel to the UK.

Please note that family accommodation to rent in Nottingham is currently very limited. See family information below.

Some students prefer to view accommodation before signing a contract. We do not recommend doing this because there is a risk that there will not be the right accommodation available for you. However, if you choose to do this, you need to plan to arrive before the start of your course so you have time to search for a house and do not miss important induction activities and the start of your academic study. 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 and January because Nottingham is very busy at these times with new arrivals.

How to book your accommodation

For information and advice on how to book University 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 arrive in the UK, and the transfer of money may then take a few weeks.

If you plan to bring your spouse or family

NTU does not currently provide university accommodation for families or couples.

Students choosing to bring a spouse or family would need to find private housing arranged through local letting agents.

Please note that currently there is very limited family housing available to rent in Nottingham. If you are planning to arrive in January 2023 with your family, we strongly encourage you to reconsider your study options and defer your place until September 2023.

There is general advice given below, and our International Student Support Team can also provide guidance.

If you plan to bring your spouse or family with you, please read the information below for support and advice.

What you can do before arriving in the UK

If you are planning to arrive in January 2023 with your family, we strongly encourage you to reconsider your study options and defer your place until September 2023.

This is because there is currently very limited family housing available to rent in Nottingham.

If you plan to come with your spouse or family, please ensure you have researched the accommodation options in and around Nottingham before you decide to move to the UK.

You'll find some tips here for house-hunting:

  • Start searching for rental properties using Unipol, Rightmove and Zoopla. You should expect to pay around £750 - £1,300 per month for family accommodation in Nottingham, depending on the area. You should confirm whether it comes furnished/unfurnished and if bills are included.
  • NTU works with Unipol which is a student housing provider in Nottingham who can offer advice and guidance and ensure that landlords are accredited and therefore reach standards set by Nottingham City Council. We recommend that you prioritise Unipol properties where possible.
  • When searching for properties, make sure you are well connected to the campus you’ll be studying at. Nottingham has a good bus and tram networks that connect to suburbs such as Clifton, West Bridgford, Mapperley, Sherwood, Wilford, Hucknall, Hyson Green, Bulwell and Beeston. Check the bus network map and tram website to see the transport links.
  • UK addresses have ‘postcodes’ that cover towns and suburbs. You can search for properties by place name or postcode. Here is a diagram to show Nottingham postcodes.
  • If it is not possible to secure accommodation prior to your arrival, we suggest that you travel to the UK before your course begins. This will give you time for your house search and means you won't miss out on important induction activity and the start of your academic study. Aim to have 3-5 properties ready to view when you arrive or ask trusted friends/family in the UK to view them on your behalf.

Further guidance is available on the Unipol website.

Renting a property

If you are planning to arrive in January 2023 with your family, we strongly encourage you to reconsider your study options and defer your place until September 2023. This is because there is currently very limited family housing available to rent in Nottingham.

If you still plan to come with your spouse or family, please ensure you have researched the accommodation options in and around Nottingham before you decide to move to the UK.

You'll find some general advice about property rental in the points below:

  • Right to rent checks and immigration status will be required by landlords for you and your family members. Find out more on the UKCISA website.
  • You will be asked to pay a refundable tenancy deposit for your chosen property. The deposit should be held by an approved tenancy deposit scheme. At the end of the tenancy (if no damages) the tenant should receive their deposit back.
  • In addition to the deposit, you will be asked to pay rent upfront for at least 3 months, and in some cases up to 12 months. If you cannot do this, you will be asked to provide a UK-based guarantor. NTU works with YourGuarantor.
  • Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) provides housing advice and a tenancy agreement service. If you require further clarity on contracts, you can book an appointment with an adviser.
  • Take caution before signing any tenancy contracts as these are legally binding documents. Unfortunately, scams can happen so please verify who you are speaking with and where possible check they are reputable letting agents/landlords.

Childcare, education and health services

If you are planning to arrive in January 2023 with your family, we strongly encourage you to reconsider your study options and defer your place until September 2023. This is because there is currently very limited family housing available to rent in Nottingham.

If you still plan to come with your spouse or family, please ensure you have researched the accommodation options in and around Nottingham before you decide to move to the UK.

As well as accommodation you may also have to arrange childcare, education and health services for you and your family. Depending on where you live you can access information from local councils including Nottingham City Council which covers Nottingham city centre and Clifton. Nottinghamshire County Council covers areas such as Rushcliffe, Brackenhurst and Southwell.

Our International Student Support Team can also provide guidance on these matters.

Our Accommodation team has lots of experience in helping international students, so please contact us if you need any help or advice.

You can email us, or call or on +44 (0)115 848 2894.