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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Students kick-start the new year with their Freshers' Fair

20/09/2018

More than 2000 students flocked to Nottingham College’s beach-themed Freshers’ Fair this month.

College Supports Nottingham Jobs Fair

14/09/2018

Nottingham residents who are out of work or between jobs are invited to join Nottingham City Council, partners and local employers at the Nottingham Jobs Fair which returns to the city this autumn.

Nottingham College awarded for innovative online learning resources

07/09/2018

We have been officially recognised by the Blended Learning Consortium for the positive steps we have taken to develop and improve our online learning resources.

Kia apprentices earn bronze

06/09/2018

Automotive trainees from the Kia Academy Apprentice Programme, have gotten off to a cracking start in their training, with five achieving their Bronze Award Accreditation from Kia, in the space of just a week.

College to Host Young Nottingham Musicians

05/09/2018

Budding young musicians from across the city are invited to enrol in Nottingham Music Service ensembles as the charity enters a new era at a new venue at Nottingham College.

Fun at Freshers’ Fair

05/09/2018

Calling all Nottingham College new starters and current students! Join in the fun at our Freshers' Fair this Friday 7th Sept!

Late Enrolment Event on Saturday 8 September

04/09/2018

Nottingham College is hosting a late enrolment event on Saturday 8 September for people who think they have left it too late to start a college course this year.

Work experience with Barratt and David Wilson Homes

30/08/2018

Leading developers Barratt Homes North Midlands and David Wilson Homes East Midlands will give 65 Nottingham College students work placements.

Sport courses open day tomorrow! (Friday 31st Aug)

30/08/2018

Interested in sport? Find out how you can kick-start your career at Nottingham College’s Sports Open Day

Chinese summer school success

28/08/2018

For the 14th year running we welcomed more than 400 Chinese students to experience Nottingham College and our great city.

A New Era for Education in Nottingham

23/08/2018

Nottingham College unveils a new brand on Thursday 23 August 2018 following the merger of Central College and ncn in June 2017.

Well done to our hard-working GCSE students!

23/08/2018

Hundreds of our GCSE students collected their results from our Maid Marian Way campus today.

Nottingham College GCSE students - how to collect your results

21/08/2018

Current students awaiting GCSE results - here’s all you need to know about collecting results from Maid Marian Way

What next after GCSE results day?

21/08/2018

If you get your GCSE results and need some help with what to do next, read our latest blog post.