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, but 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 and 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, 2010

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 Capital FM Arena ensure that headline bands and live acts (from Bob Dylan to Usher) rarely leave Nottingham off their touring schedules. But 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. But 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.

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 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.

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

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Budding film makers hit the big screen

21/04/2017

Young movie makers got the chance to watch a premiere screening of their own short film at Nottingham’s Broadway cinema as part of the BFI Film Academy. 

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12/04/2017

Don’t miss the chance to be wined and dined by our Hospitality Management students on 26th April when they take charge at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

Award-winning architects have been appointed to design a campus of the future

07/04/2017

Award-winning architects have been appointed to take forward our plan for a ‘hub for skills’.

Talented rappers perform for Prince Harry

23/03/2017

Budding rappers, Akil Beale, 17, and Omari Levy-Sterret, 18, got the chance to meet and perform in front of Prince Harry during his recent visit to Nottingham.

SafeGuard donates bullet proof vest to assist students with their training

13/03/2017

Our Public Services students are benefiting from new protective armour to use as part of their course, thanks to a generous donation from SafeGuard Armour.

Talking business over tea

09/03/2017

For Liam Richmond, manager and owner of Rudyards tea house, an apprentice has been the perfect solution to helping his fledgling business thrive.

Growing business reaps the rewards of an apprentice

08/03/2017

Artificial Lawn Fitters UK Ltd employs 17-year-old Emily Johnson as Apprentice Sales Administrator and is looking to take on a further three apprentices.

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03/03/2017

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Careers event gets students thinking about their futures

02/03/2017

Students and school pupils have been inspired for their futures following the success of our Your Future careers and employability event.

Ruddington Arms chef patron passes on his culinary expertise to students

02/03/2017

Mark Anderson of the Michelin Guide listed Ruddington Arms and three of his chefs joined ncn catering students to cook a gourmet five-course meal for the public.

The future’s looking bright for our students

16/02/2017

To prepare students for life after college, we’re gearing up for Your Future, a careers event which will see more than 300 student workshops taking place throughout the week (20th-24th February), a host of inspiring guest speakers and the chance for stude

Creative collaboration is put under the spotlight

09/02/2017

Music and media students came together this week for the College’s Music Expo.

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Working with Fujitsu to create digital champions

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People in north Nottingham are being invited to become digital champions thanks to a new partnership between ncn and Fujitsu.