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Life in Nottingham

Nottingham’s biggest strength is its versatility. It’s a friendly, fun-packed student city that ticks every box. A great place to live, not just study. Welcome to Notts.


Welcome to Nottingham. This is your city. What will you make of it?

A place to call home

Nottingham’s earned its reputation as one of the great student destinations. We're home to over 60,000 students and have one of the youngest populations of any major UK city. Friendly, compact and fantastically well-positioned, it’s a city that’s got it all — amazing experiences, life-changing opportunities, and a spirit all of its own. From peaceful parks to booming nights, Nottingham’s streets always urge you to try something new.

Whether you’re looking for a great night out or want to relax and unwind in a quiet café, there are plenty of things to do in Nottingham to suit everyone. With its affordable variety of attractions, shopping venues, nightlife, and natural spaces, life in Nottingham is as fast-paced as you want it to be.

Throw in the incredible character of our campuses, each with its own distinct vibe, and you’ll soon feel right at home — whoever you are and whatever you’re looking for.

A top 60 global student city

Ranked ahead of Rome and Lisbon (QS Best Student Cities Index 2022)

13 consecutive Purple Flag awards

(2010–present), for the diversity, entertainment and security of its nightlife

A cornerstone of Britain’s literary heritage

and recognised as a UNESCO World City of Literature

A student experience like no other

We’ve been named University of the Year at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023 – voted for exclusively by students. Blending academic excellence with a vibrant campus life and countless opportunities for personal growth and unforgettable memories, we offer a student experience like no other.

Nottingham is such a culturally diverse city, so it has the best of everything – from music, good food and art to VR experiences and escape rooms.

Priya Thomas, MSc Digital Marketing

Cost of living in Nottingham

According to the National Student Money Survey 2023, the Midlands is the cheapest region to live as a student in England – find out how much it costs to live and study in Nottingham.

Getting to Nottingham

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. Get all the information on travelling to and from Nottingham.

Don't just take our word for it – explore Nottingham and our stunning campuses at one of our open days. One short walk around Nottingham and you'll fall in love.

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