Living and studying in Nottingham

There’s more to Nottingham than the legend of Robin Hood: from the Romantic poet Lord Byron to the world-renowned designer Paul Smith, Nottingham is a hotbed of culture and creativity. Whatever you’re into and whatever your tastes, Nottingham is sure to hit the mark.

It’s a perfect student city: big enough to keep you busy but small enough to get around easily. By day, it’s bustling with shoppers and workers and by night the numerous bars, restaurants and clubs give it an eclectic, buzzing atmosphere, with plenty to suit student budgets. It’s a city of diverse cultures and religions, with a strong historical identity.

A little bit of culture

Nottinghamshire is home to Europe’s largest number of artists per capita (visitnottingham.com), so if cutting-edge art, theatre, music and dance are your thing, you won’t be disappointed. Nottingham Playhouse is well known for pushing the boundaries of theatre, performing arts, dance, drama and the Theatre Royal regularly hosts world-class performances. Likewise, the Royal Concert Hall showcases performers throughout the year from the worlds of classical, jazz, opera, rock, pop and comedy.

Add to this a burgeoning underground arts scene, emanating from students producing their own maverick events and exhibitions wherever, whenever, and you’ve got a city bursting with passion, innovation and culture.

“Nottingham is without doubt, the best city in the country for a student.”
The Virgin Guide to British Universities, 2012

Entertainment

Nottingham knows how to put on a good show! There’s the world famous Goose Fair, the Riverside Festival, Nottingham Carnival, Pride and lots more events going on all year round. Top venues like the Motorpoint Arena ensure that headline bands and live acts (from Bob Dylan to Usher) rarely leave Nottingham off their touring schedules. However, there are plenty of smaller venues offering live music and club nights for people who love their entertainment underground and alternative.

Retail therapy

Nottingham boasts a tremendous shopping culture, from killer heels to second-hand books. There are two main shopping centres – Victoria Centre and Broadmarsh Centre – with all the high street names and department stores such as House of Fraser and John Lewis. For the occasional splurge there is of course Paul Smith to visit. But bargain hunters rejoice – there are lots of second-hand shops to suit smaller budgets.

Cafes and restaurants

From chain pubs to independent eateries hidden down side alleys, you’re sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds. There are venues to suit any budget from McDonalds to Michelin starred fine dining at Restaurant Sat Bains.

Sport

Nottingham is home to several world-class sporting venues, such as Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, the National Ice Centre, the National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

For those who like to get involved, there’s the Robin Hood Marathon to run each year. However, if you prefer a gentler form of exercise, there’s plenty of opportunity to get out of the city into the stunning countryside surrounding Nottingham and take a trek around Wollaton Park, visit Sherwood Forest, or hire a bike at Clumber Park.

Location

Nottingham is conveniently situated at the heart of the UK, with excellent air, rail and road links. East Midlands Airport is only 30 minutes from the city; from here you can fly to destinations across Europe and beyond.

Closer to home, Derbyshire’s beautiful Peak District, with its quaint villages, rugged hillsides, stone circles and Druids’ caves, is right on our doorstep. The close proximity of the M1, A1, A52 and A46 also means Nottingham is easily accessible by car, while speedy rail links run from Nottingham to much of the UK.

Studying is only part of the Higher Education experience. Find out more about what there is to do and see in and about Nottingham using the links below:

BBC Nottingham - the BBC's Nottingham site, with news, sport, what's on and local interest pages.
Visit Nottingham - Experience Nottinghamshire site.
Nottingham City Council - official Nottingham City Council site.
Touch Nottingham - Nottingham information site and business directory.
The Left Lion - articles and features on Nottingham life.

Nottingham College is not responsible for the content of external websites, nor the opinions expressed therein.
Photographs courtesy of Experience Nottinghamshire.

Highlights from Nottingham College

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Course Moves 2018

18/05/2018

As part of the College’s ongoing Estates strategy, this summer the college has the opportunity to improve the learner experience and outcomes by moving courses to different sites.

Professional chefs introduce students to Asian-inspired cooking

18/05/2018

Former Nottingham College student, turned award-winning chef, Hira Thakur, is returning to where his training first began, in the College’s commercial restaurant, to support the next generation of budding cooks.

Beauty students receive training using industry-leading product waxu

17/05/2018

Beauty Therapy students receive industry training in preparation for the uptake of waxu into courses from September 2018.

Students start a conversation about mental health

17/05/2018

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), staff and students are embarking on a 17-mile charity ‘walk and talk’ on Friday 18th May, to raise awareness and challenge stigma around mental health.

Come along to our Access to Nursing open event

17/05/2018

Prospective students interested in pursuing a career in nursing or midwifery can come along to an open event at City (Adams) on Tuesday 5th June, 5-7pm.

Students travel stateside for twice-in-a-life-time experience

11/05/2018

Katie and Harry's Camp America work experience had such an impact the first time round, now they're jetting off again!

The Nottingham Motorshow is back!

11/05/2018

From Japanese racing cars to pre-war classics, if you’re a fan of motors, old and new, the annual Nottingham Motorshow is a fantastic event not to be missed.

Trainee chefs put their ‘Hart’s’ and soul into College cook off

03/05/2018

Professional Chefs Diploma students battled it out in the kitchen today, hoping to win the chance to cook alongside Dan Burridge, Head Chef at Hart’s Hotel and Restaurant.

Students’ creativity is set to soar on globally recognised art course

30/04/2018

Foundation Art students selected for world class course

Hospitality students prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry

27/04/2018

The pressure was on for Hospitality Management students last night, when they took charge at the renowned Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.

Media and Music students showcase their talents

27/04/2018

Music and Media students came together last week for the College’s annual Music Industry Week.

Chinese students increase their automotive knowledge with Emtec

25/04/2018

Chinese students experience with Emtec drives forward career opportunities

Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national sporting event

20/04/2018

Nottingham College athletes hope to win big at national AoC sporting event

Collaborating with industry is the perfect recipe

12/04/2018

Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26 April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant for one night only.