Accommodation for students in Nottingham at a glance
When you’re looking for the best student studios in Nottingham, Clare Court is a great option for you. A short walk to Nottingham Trent University (around 13 minutes), this student accommodation is right in the city centre and is close to the Hockley and Lace market which has an excellent range of bars, restaurants, and shops. For students going to the University of Nottingham, don’t worry, there’s a bus route that takes you straight from Clare Court to campus.
If you’re after student apartments in Nottingham because a studio just isn’t right for you, why not look at Hydrogen. Set in a cool, industrial-style building, Hydrogen has both studio and apartment options, as well as large communal areas and a buzzing social calendar. It’s a short 5-minute walk to Nottingham Trent University or a quick bus ride to the University of Nottingham.
Student halls in Nottingham are also a great way to get to know other students, so if you’re after sociable living, check out Nottingham Two in Lenton. This large student complex gives you the option of living in cluster flats with friends or chilling solo in your own studio. It has an on-site gym, courtyard, and a big common room hosting loads of social events all year round. Location-wise, it’s between the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, so it’s a bus ride to either campus.
If you’re after luxury student accommodation in Nottingham, check out Lace Market Studios. Located right in the city centre, this popular student accommodation has high-end interiors, beautifully designed communal areas, and larger apartments on offer. It’s a 15-minute walk to Nottingham Trent University or a short bus ride to the University of Nottingham.
You might prefer Nottingham student accommodation that’s a little further out of the city; in that case, consider The Vantage. Here you’ll find both private and shared accommodation options, as well as modern and comfortable communal areas. It’s a 25-minute walk to Nottingham Trent University or a short bus ride to the University of Nottingham, but close to Nottingham Train Station, so travelling to and from Nottingham is easy.
Check out our guide to the best student areas in Nottingham to find out where you’ll enjoy living the most!
Nottingham at a glance
- Home to the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College, and the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, Nottingham is a great city for students. Don’t forget to take a look at our blog, where we weigh up the differences between the University of Nottingham vs Nottingham Trent.
- Nottingham is consistently ranked one of the best shopping spots in the country, especially for second-hand clothing and accessories which is why it takes the top spot on our list of the best charity shops in the UK. With almost 500 charity shops within five miles of the city centre, you can almost guarantee your student apartment in Nottingham is close to some second-hand treasures.
- Nottingham has some amazing food on offer; alongside tasty restaurants for dinner and cafes for lunch, check out our top picks for the best breakfast in Nottingham!
- Known for its nightlife, Nottingham boasts a vast selection of music venues all around the city. Catch a live gig at the famous Rock City or dance the night away at Stealth.
- If you’re a Robin Hood fan, be sure to get out of the city and visit the iconic Sherwood Forest. Not just the setting for the much-loved stories, this beautiful green space is a great way to shake off the cobwebs when you need to step away.
- If the arts and culture are more your style, you can almost guarantee your student accommodation in Nottingham is close to a great selection of museums, galleries, and theatres. Catch a play at the Theatre Royal or Nottingham Playhouse, or check out one of the most notable art galleries in the country, the Nottingham Contemporary.
Student travel Nottingham
Located in central England’s Midlands region, Nottingham has amazing transport links both around the city and to other parts of the country. With buses, trams, and rail networks, as well as well-planned cycle routes, it’s no wonder Nottingham has won awards for its transport systems.
- Before you go anywhere, grab a Robin Hood Card. This allows you to jump on any bus, tram, or train around Nottingham without fumbling around for change.
- Use the Nottingham City Council website to help plan your journey.
The tram network is a great way to get around Nottingham with a vast network of routes and stops, especially for those travelling from their student accommodation in Nottingham to both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University campuses.
Nottingham has an award-winning bus network, which covers the city and the outer suburbs. Especially for students, buses are easy and come often, connecting Nottingham student halls to university campuses and other attractions.
Trains can help you get around Nottingham, but they’re also the best way when you need to travel outside the city. With great links to London and other major cities, use the National Rail Network to help plan your journey.
Nottingham has spent a lot of time and money developing its cycle infrastructure, and the pluses don’t stop here. It’s a low-cost and easy way to get around the city and is popular with students (a lot of student accommodations in Nottingham have bike storage facilities). For those who don’t own their own bike, you can hire one at multiple locations throughout the city, and don’t forget to download your cycle map to plan your journey. It also features in our list of the 25 best universities for cycling in the UK 2020.
Featured neighbourhoods around Nottingham student halls
When people talk of student accommodation in Nottingham, they often talk about Lenton. Right near the University of Nottingham, Lenton is a popular area for students due to the abundance of student accommodation and things to do. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars, pubs, and restaurants, with Lenton boasting a wide selection of haunts for students to chill away from the books.
It’s no wonder there are loads of options for accommodation for students in Nottingham’s city centre, with everything you need (apart from an easy walk to campuses) at your doorstep. Wander around Hockley, part of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, where you’ll find an amazing selection of vintage clothes, second-hand furniture, and books as well as some notable tattoo parlours.
If shopping isn’t your thing, why not grab a drink at one of the countless bars in the city. Our recommendations include Calluna, Boilermaker, or Pitcher and Piano which is located in a stunning old church.
Due to excellent tram and bus links to the city centre, Beeston is a popular suburb for both young professionals and students. Here you’ll find a buzzing high street with lots of pubs, shops, and restaurants, as well as much-needed green spaces such as Wollaton Park for when you need to escape the city bustle. Fancy a quick game of tennis? It’s also home to Nottingham Tennis Centre where you can hit a few balls around after lectures, or watch one of the major professional games hosted at the venue.
Student Accommodation in Nottingham FAQs
How much is student accommodation in Nottingham?
Accommodation for students in Nottingham can range from just under £100 per week to around £200 per week, depending on location. For example, student accommodation in Nottingham city centre tends to be more expensive than in other areas.
Where do most students live in Nottingham?
Lenton, the city centre or Beeston are the most popular areas for student accommodation in Nottingham due to their proximity to Nottingham Trent University campus and transport links to the University of Nottingham.
Is Nottingham a good student city?
Nottingham is a great student city, with many higher education establishments and a large student population. In the QS Best Student Cities 2022, Nottingham is ranked as the 9th best city in the UK for students and 53rd globally.
When is the best time to look for Nottingham student accommodation?
You should usually be able to apply as soon as you’ve accepted your offer. Open days are a great way to know in advance what accommodation you might like.
As a first year (or if you’re an international student), you’ll want to start looking for student halls in Nottingham early, around January; even though most universities guarantee halls to first years, you’ll want to get your name down early to get the place you want!
How long will my tenancy agreement last?
A typical tenancy agreement will be between 42 and 51 weeks – this is designed so you can have student accommodation available in Nottingham for the whole academic year. Some accommodations will let you have a longer or shorter contract if you need it – your best option is to contact them to ask.
Will I need to pay a deposit for Nottingham student halls?
For student halls in Nottingham, you might have to pay a deposit or offer a reservation fee. Not every accommodation requires a deposit but if yours does, the legal maximum cost is five weeks’ rent. Check out our blog post to see how to ensure you get your deposit back at the end of the tenancy.
Will I get my first choice of accommodation?
Student halls in Nottingham are typically allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so if you want to make sure you get your first choice of accommodation you will need to get your application in early.