7 Reasons why you should study in Nottingham

18 May 2021
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Nottingham is a university city that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds. It’s affordable, has a huge student population and is widely known for its culture, nightlife and sports.

Combined with two prestigious universities, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, the city itself has everything you need for an unforgettable university experience.

So, if you’re still considering your options when it comes to choosing a city to study in, here are seven reasons why you should pick Nottingham.

1) A bustling social life

More than 60,000 students choose to study at Nottingham’s major universities. And that means every day you’ll be bumping into fresh faces on campus and making new friends throughout the time on your course.  

In fact, Nottingham has one of the youngest populations of any major city in the UK, which is perfect if you’re someone looking for a busy social life. The city offers a range of social opportunities, making it easy to network and meet new people, and could be an important consideration when choosing where to study.

2) A hotbed of musical genius

Nottingham has produced some great musical talent, with the likes of London Grammar, Jake Bugg, Bugsey and Lone to name but a few.  

Many upcoming artists make a name for themselves in this iconic destination, playing in the myriad of the amazing venues you’ll find throughout the city, and it also hosts music festivals in the summer, including Detonate and Splendour - two you really don’t want to miss.

3) The ultimate night out

For students seeking a vibrant and busy nightlife, many look to London, Manchester, Newcastle or other bigger cities.  

What they don’t realise? Nottingham is just as good, if better, for a night on the town. With so many pubs, bars and clubs, you’ll still be discovering hidden gems well into your third year here.  

It doesn’t matter what night out you’re looking for, either - be it dressed up cocktails or an underground rave, Nottingham will deliver.

4) The home of sport

Awarded the Home of Sport title in 2015, Nottingham is the place to be if you’re a sports fan. It’s a city of sporting legends, including names like Brian Clough, Carl Froch and Rebecca Adlington.

It’s also home to two historic football teams, as well as Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and The National Water Sports Centre. But what really sets this city apart? Its unique affiliation for ice hockey.  

Very few cities can say they have an ice hockey team, but the Nottingham Panthers are one of the biggest and most successful teams in the EIHL. For students in Nottingham, watching ice hockey is a rare opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up.

5) A thriving city of culture

Music, sport and nightlife are three fundamentals for a brilliant student experience, but if you’re looking for a spot of culture too, Nottingham has it in abundance.  

Head down to Theatre Royal or Nottingham Playhouse for some iconic shows or visit Nottingham Castle to get your fix of history (and don’t forget the tales of Robin Hood originated right here).

The city is also home to Nottingham Contemporary, one of the UK’s most exciting art galleries, along with a range of other exhibition spaces.

6) A growing food scene

Nottingham is home to all the chains you expect to find in major UK cities, but it’s the independent food scene that has really come to life in recent years.  

Most places are affordable on a student budget and the range of cuisines means you’ll always find something to feast on, whether it’s a takeaway on a Friday night or a meal out for a special occasion.

7) A countryside adventure

Do you want to keep one foot in the great outdoors while you study? The beautiful countryside surrounding the city is another reason why Nottingham just might be the city for you.

While many of us long for the buzz of the city during our stay at university, having somewhere you can escape exam stress is important.  

Fortunately, in this city, you’re never too far away from the countryside. Just a short drive away is the legendary Sherwood Forest, which is a must during your time in Nottingham, and, if you’re just looking to escape the city for a walk with friends, the beautiful Peak District National Park has a lot to offer.  

The city itself also has a lot of parks and green spaces where you can relax between study sessions or go and get some exercise.

Before you go...

We’ve given you a pretty good idea about why you should study in Nottingham, but now it’s up to you.  

If you have your heart set on this vibrant uni destination, check out our student accommodation in Nottingham. With several locations across the city, and each offering a safe, secure and sociable place to stay, find your perfect home with Unite.

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Staff writer at The Common Room