Nottingham – a cost-effective place to live

The cost of living in Nottingham is lower than in big cities like London and Manchester – still, we know that you’ll have to keep a close watch on your wallet while you’re a student. It’s important to know exactly how far your money is likely to stretch, so here are some costs to consider when planning your budget.

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The exact costs of student life in Nottingham will depend on a range of factors, but as a general guide, we think you’ll need about £8,000 each year to cover your costs, on top of tuition fees.

Example living costs*

Estimated cost


University residences

Private shared house or flat

Private residences

£97 – £166 per week (bills included)

£87 – £110 per week (some bills included)

£102 – £170 per week (bills usually included)

Bills (electricity, gas, water)         £40 – £60 per month

Food (cooking at home)

£40 per week

Internet connection

£18 per month

Books for course

£100 – £150 per year

Gym membership (annual)


Travel (around Nottingham)

£15 per week

TV licence

£145.50 per year


from about £130 per year**

*This table only covers your most basic needs, of course. Remember to factor in other miscellaneous costs such as your mobile phone, your social life, clothing and toiletries.

**You’ll get free basic contents insurance if living in University-allocated accommodation.

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Money-saving tips for your time in Nottingham

  • Use your NTU Student Card on campus and when you’re out and about in Nottingham for excellent discounts. You may also want to buy an NUS Extra Card for even more savings!
  • Get yourself a student bank account. Big banks love enticing new students with offers of 0% overdrafts and freebies.
  • Nottingham’s buses and trams offer great discounts for students – take advantage of them! Our travelling around Nottingham page has information on the best travel deals and discounts for students.
  • For travelling to and from home, make sure you take advantage of cheap train and coach deals for students. A student Railcard or Coachcard will get you a third off normal fares, and keep an eye out for rail companies’ own student promotions and discounts. Always try to buy your tickets well in advance too – this usually makes them cheaper.
  • Learn how to cook. You’ll save money if you cook at home for yourself and your friends most of the time. And don’t forget there are lots of little tricks you can use to save money at the supermarket. Bulk buy with your housemates, shop around a bit to find the best deals, and remember that evenings can be a particularly good time to go food shopping – that’s when supermarkets often mark down fresh produce they want to get rid of by the end of the day.
  • When you do order a takeaway or eat out, take advantage of the many student deals and discounts available in Nottingham.
  • Consider getting a part-time job. The minimum hourly wage in the UK is £5.60 (age 18 – 20), £7.05 (age 21 – 24) and £7.50 (age 25 and over). Read our working as a student page for lots of guidance and tips for finding a job in Nottingham.
  • Say goodbye to buying expensive software. Microsoft now offer their Office 365 package, including Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and OneNote to students for free.
  • Finally – always ask if there's a discount for students. They aren't always advertised!

More information

Our guide on managing your money will help you keep your finances under control.

Useful links

Money Saving Expert’s student guide

Save the Student (student money website)

Money Saving Expert’s Cheap Train and Coach Deals guide

Nottingham – a cost-effective place to live

Published on 22 September 2017

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