From the stunning countryside to the variety of animals that call Brackenhurst home, this is a campus with a difference. Its home to our School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences and if you’re pursuing your passion to work in the fields of wildlife, conservation, animal care or agriculture, Brackenhurst is your ultimate outdoor classroom and your new home from home.
As a working farm and a wildlife haven, our Brackenhurst countryside estate is fully equipped with all the facilities you need – from our brand new Lyth building at the heart of campus to our dedicated veterinary nursing centre, animal unit, food laboratory and more. These tools allow us – and you – to work on some of the most dynamic and innovative work in the field of animal, rural and environmental sciences.
And when you’re based at Brackenhurst, you’ll become part of our amazing community – from our students, to our staff, to the animals themselves. And that makes Brackenhurst Campus a living and learning experience unlike any other – it’s a truly special slice of the natural world with a thriving learning community all just a short bus ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
But don’t just take our word for it, explore for yourself with our Virtual Tour.
Where is Brackenhurst?
Student life at Brackenhurst
Brack Bar is the centre of the student community on campus – there’s always something going on, from big nights out to relaxed quiz nights and movie screenings. Our Orangery café is another great place to chill and recharge with a coffee in between lectures, while the new Lyth building boasts social and teaching spaces and is the home of our student support services on campus.
As a student at Brack, you can choose whether you want to live on campus, or base yourself at the City Campus. Nottingham’s great transport links mean you can cover the 14 miles from Brackenhurst to town in about 40 minutes. There’s even a nightbus on Friday and Saturday nights, perfect for when you’ve got a big night planned.
Or you might prefer to live right here among the beautiful scenery of rural Nottinghamshire, in some of the most picturesque university accommodation in the UK. And if you do, the charming town of Southwell will be right on your doorstep will its delightful pubs, restaurants, shops and markets.
There’s about 1,700 students on campus and we’re really proud of the community spirit here. Every year we host Brackfest, a celebration of Brackenhurst life complete with live music, activities, tractor rides and a BBQ. It’s that kind of place, and your kind of crowd.
See and hear for yourself
Get a little taste of Brackenhurst Campus from the comfort of your own home with our video and audio tours.
Try a self-guided audio tour
Follow our self-guided audio tour to explore our Brackenhurst Campus at your own pace.
What you’ll find here
The Brackenhurst philosophy is simple but strong – we bring learning off the page and into the great outdoors, with facilities including polytunnels and a glasshouse complex, an Equestrian Centre, and a veterinary nursing centre. We have lots of specialised subject-specific facilities, too — search our course pages to find out what your course offers.
Focused on sustainability
As one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly universities, Brackenhurst is the crown jewel in NTU’s commitment to sustainability. From ground-breaking conservation research to our Eco Library, we prioritise the quality of your learning, and the quality of our world.
Now leading the way in modern environmental sciences, we have built links with institutions around the world to tackle global issues of climate change and conservation.
You’ll be amazed by the work our staff and students at Brackenhurst do. From protecting our planet’s plants and animals to sustainably and safely feeding our rapidly growing population, we’re engaged in research that is changing the world.
Our vertical farming setup, thought to be the first of their kind in the UK and housed inside two converted shipping containers, is just one example. They produce natural crops which are more nutritious, have far bigger yields and are ready to harvest in at least half the time.