Exploring Nottingham

Nottingham’s reputation as a student city is legendary. Home to two major universities, and with a wide range of cultural, social and sporting venues on its doorstep, it’s a fantastic place to live and learn.

Getting around Nottingham

If you're studying at our Clifton or Brackenhurst Campuses, the easiest way to visit the city is to catch the bus. The Clifton Campus is served by the number 4 Go2Uni bus, with a travel time of around 20-25 minutes in peak traffic between Nottingham and the Campus.

If you're studying at our Brackenhurst Campus, you can travel into Nottingham using the 100 bus service. There's a bus stop just outside the campus entrance and travel to the city centre takes around 45 minutes.

Check out our travel section for more information on the city’s bus and tram networks.

To help you start exploring what Nottingham has to offer, we asked our students for their recommendations.

To eat

Annie's Burger Shack – hidden away in the Lace Market, it has a fantastic selection of weird and wonderful burgers. It's the perfect place to go after a hard week at uni!
  • The Alley Cafe – nestled down an alley off Angel Row, this hidden gem serves a range of tasty vegetarian delights, plus some delicious wheat beers.
  • Warsaw Diner – this Canning Circus institution is an American-style diner, with a Polish twist. Their breakfast pancakes are sensational!
  • Das Kino – eat some pizza and play some ping pong at this German-themed bar.
  • For a plateful of other ideas, visit our fantastic Nottingham food page.

To drink

There's a small bar called Tilt that sells really nice cocktails and always has some nice blues or jazz music on.

Nottingham’s stuffed with bars, pubs and clubs – there’s something here to suit every taste. Whether you want laid back and classy, or pure cheese, you'll find it here. Explore the city in our going out section.

To shop

If you're into the vintage thing, there's a really cute shop in Hockley called Cow. That's somewhere that me and my friends always go to.
  • Victoria Market – located upstairs in the Victoria Centre, this indoor market sells loads of high quality and affordable fresh food, as well as other traditional market fare.
  • Luvyababes – terrible name, amazing place to find the perfect fancy dress outfit for your night out. Located upstairs in the Victoria Centre.
  • Whether you’re searching for a bargain, or looking to splash out, visit our shopping section for a detailed look at what's on offer.

To relax

My favourite tea house – Lee Rosy's Tea on Broad Street. It serves proper tea with tea leaves, and it's just lovely!
  • Broadway – a fantastic independent cinema in Hockley showing a mix of mainstream, foreign and arthouse films. Also home to two lovely cafebars which regularly host themed nights, live music and quizzes.
  • Whether you’re after an artisan cuppa in creative company, or somewhere to get your own juices flowing, Nottingham’s got you covered. See what’s on offer in our culture section.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg...

We haven’t got the room to do Nottingham justice – we could try, but you’d be scrolling for a very long time. In the meantime, our Nottingham section will give you a more in-depth look at what’s on offer here.

Soaking up history in Southwell

If you’re studying at our Brackenhurst Campus, you’ll be living just outside the town of Southwell. Steeped in history and in the shadow of the magnificent Southwell Minster, you’ll find pubs tucked down cobbled lanes and quirky independent shops in abundance.

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