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.

Highlights from ncn

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Students gain inspiration from industry

22/06/2017

Students were able to tap into industry knowledge this week as our High Pavement campus opened its doors to careers advisors from local businesses and universities. 

City and Guilds names Nottingham College ‘UK Centre of the Year‘

20/06/2017

Nottingham College was honoured at the City and Guilds Lion Awards last week (15th June), winning the UK Centre of the Year award at a prestigious ceremony held in London’s iconic Kensington Roof Gardens.

Fashion students strut their stuff on the catwalk

16/06/2017

St Mary’s Gate Church became a stunning backdrop for a catwalk fashion show for Nottingham College Fashion students' End of Year catwalk show.

Megan’s artwork reaches new heights

16/06/2017

Talented young artist Megan Cresswell has taken her final college project to a whole new level, literally… 

Ncn and Central College merge to become Nottingham College

08/06/2017

New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham have today merged to create Nottingham College – set to be one of the largest colleges in the country.

Top chef Alex Bond inspires students with contemporary cuisine

02/06/2017

Michelin-trained chef Alex Bond took time out of his busy schedule last week to work alongside trainee chefs to cook a five-course meal for the public.

Join us for our Aspire summer showcase!

01/06/2017

Our University Centre is holding a special summer showcase at ncn City on 7th June, 4-7.30pm. ‘Aspire’ is an end of year celebration for current HE students, and for those interested in a degree-level course, it’s a great chance to see what ncn has...

ncn alumnus lands lead role in Playhouse production

18/05/2017

Talented actor and former ncn student, Andre Squire, got the chance to perform back in his hometown after landing a lead role in the stage production of The Grapes of Wrath.

Students feel the heat from the kitchen

17/05/2017

Our students have shown they have what it takes after impressing Nottingham diners during their Marco Pierre White restaurant takeover.

I declare Creative 122 officially open!

11/05/2017

A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham on 10th May at a special launch event held at our City campus.

Awards success for talented Nottingham students

11/05/2017

Creative students from both ncn and Central College were honoured at the 2017 Young Creative Awards on Wednesday 10 May. 

Creative 122 set to open by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham

04/05/2017

A shop selling creative items made by ncn staff and students will open to the public on Wednesday 10th May at an official launch event at ncn City (Adams Building).

VIP launch receives a helping hand from our students

28/04/2017

Our hospitality and catering trainees provided the canapés and hospitality for the launch of the National Justice Museum last week, serving more than 200 guests from across the UK.

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.