Live and learn in 200 hectares of stunning countryside – home to the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences (ARES), Brackenhurst is literally a breath of fresh air.
Surrounded by water, woodlands, and elegant gardens, Brackenhurst is a university experience with a difference. For our passionate community of ARES staff and students, it’s the perfect learning space – we’ve fused rural charm with a global, forward-thinking edge, to break new ground in the study of animals, agriculture, and the environment.
Mother Nature meets world class research facilities – at Brackenhurst, you’ll take your education beyond the classroom. We’re committed to providing a hands-on learning experience, which brings theory and practice together. Whether you’re studying animals, agriculture or the environment, it’s all on your doorstep – you’ll put your skills to the test, and learn by doing.
Mary King Riding Arena and Equestrian Centre – These indoor and outdoor arenas host regular dressage and show jumping events, as well as our student-led competitions. Whether it’s equine research or riding lessons, the Centre’s become a firm favourite with our students.
Veterinary Nursing Centre – In this cutting-edge facility, you’ll be supported by qualified veterinary staff. Accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, this purpose-built practice gives you valuable hands-on experience, prior to your placement.
Animal Unit – With 61 species, specialist research equipment, and cutting-edge teaching rooms, there’s no better place to study animal behaviours. You’ll find everything here – from dogs and cats, to snakes and spiders. Develop your handling skills and practical experience, in one of the UK’s preeminent facilities.
The Glasshouse – Featuring the latest technology in production horticulture, our climate-controlled glasshouses can be tailored to a wide range of plants and crops. With adjoining teaching areas, the glasshouses are widely used for growth trials and research projects.
Laboratories – Our Food, Chemistry, Microbiology and General laboratories will give you the tools and space to conduct your own industry-leading research.
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’re continually improving the quality of your learning, and the quality of our world.
Brackenhurst is also a working farm. The animals are the noisiest things on Campus – over 600 of them live here, and they’re not shy. From ducks to donkeys, they’re the stars of the show, and a valued part of our ARES community.
City living, or the country life? Some of our ARES students opt for the bright lights of Nottingham – but a large number choose to stay on campus, here at Brackenhurst.
If that’s your preference, you won’t be disappointed. As part of NTU’s £350m investment in your living and learning, the accommodation here is a proper home away from home. It’s secure, modern, and comfortable, with unbeatable views – who needs smoke and chimneys, when you can wake up to 500 acres of glorious countryside?
Visit our accommodation pages to take a look at what’s on offer.
The ARES community is a real one-off – at Brackenhurst, everyone knows everyone else. Run by our Students’ Union, the Brack Bar is the heartbeat of Campus. It’s fun, it’s cheap, and it breaks the mould of other universities – just like Brackenhurst itself. It’s become a famed meeting point across the years – vibrant but relaxed, and with a wide range of themed nights, it’ll soon be the centre of your world!
NTU has the best amenities of any university. The rooms are a really good size and they are also convenient for all the amenities on Campus.
Kia Roberts, BSc (Hons) Environmental Science student
We don’t stand still. To make the most of its rugged good looks, we’re developing Brackenhurst’s potential as a visitor attraction. We’re planning a restoration of the Grade II-listed Brackenhurst Hall, a museum, and a new café. We’ll also be developing our equine and canine facilities, adding more research spaces, and introducing a tropical butterfly house. We’re committed to making the most of Brackenhurst’s natural beauty, without compromising what makes it special – the peace, quiet and charm of a one-off learning environment.
Brackenhurst’s bottom line is peace and quiet – but only when you want it. Served by regular buses, the Campus is less than 30 minutes away from Nottingham. And nearer to home, Southwell is on your doorstep – this affluent market town is renowned for its stylish range of pubs, bars, delis, and boutique restaurants.
Whatever your tastes, a big night out is never far away.