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Getting To and Around Nottingham

With our central location, an international airport less than 14 miles away from Nottingham's city centre, and Purple Flag status for our night-time economy and student safety, NTU lets you live the full student experience – with the reassurance that friends and family are within easy reach.

Old Market Square at night

Location, location, location

One of the things people love most about Nottingham is how easy it is to get here… and then how easy it is to get everywhere else. Our efficient transport networks were one of the reasons Nottingham debuted in The Times and Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2020. Choosing NTU as your place of study makes things easy.

It’s a thriving shopping hub with a cracking arts scene and has one of the best public-transport networks in the country.

The Sunday Times, Best Places to Live in the UK 2020


Getting here

Whether you want a great night out in a new city, or to visit friends and family at home, it's important that you can get where you need to be easily from your new home. Here's how long it would take you to get to some of the UK's other major cities:

by train...

  • Sheffield – 51 minutes
  • London – 100 minutes
  • Leeds – 103 minutes
  • Manchester – 110 minutes

…and plane

East Midlands Airport is a hub for lots of low-cost airlines. From here, you can fly to – Alicante, Amsterdam, Barbados, Barcelona, Berlin, Cancun, Corfu, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Fuerteventura, Glasgow, Ibiza, Krakow, Malaga, Milan, New York.

And that’s just a taste of almost 90 destinations around the world.

Getting around

This compact city has everything you need – all the shops, restaurants and bars you'd expect from a major city, packed into a city centre that's easy to navigate. Nottingham has an excellent bus and tram network with a range of travel deals and discounts for students.

Most of our student accommodation is on-campus, a quick bus journey away, or within easy walking distance of the city centre, so a good time is never far away. Here's everything you need to know about getting around Nottingham.


Nottingham tram network serves the city centre and many of the outlying suburbs and villages. You'll find stops in key locations around the city, including right outside our City Campus and just a short walk from our Clifton Campus.

Tickets are usually £2.50 for a single trip, but you can use your Smartcard as a student travel pass to get discounted travel. If you're travelling to our Clifton Campus by car, use the Clifton South (NG11 8BF) park and ride service and purchase a discounted £3.40 day ticket. Academic term passes are available from £89, or you can get an academic year pass for £275.


Nottingham has an extensive bus network, with fast and regular services throughout the city and beyond.

Journeys cost £2 each way or £3.70 for an all-day ticket between the city centre and our Clifton Campus. Travel between our Brackenhurst Campus and the city centre costs £4.15, or £6.00 for a return. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) offer discounted bus travel for students, with options for both the academic (£259) and calendar (£279) year.


The cheapest (not to mention healthiest) way to get around is, of course, by bike. There's plenty of cycle routes and quiet roads across the city that make cycling to-and-from campus safe and simple.

No bike? No worries. Hire a bike from the Bike Factory hire scheme for £39 a year plus a £60 refundable deposit.