Where to live in Nottingham

Students live all over Nottingham, in some cases choosing to live close to their institution and in other cases choosing the location of the property for its amenities and favourable location rather than its proximity to their place of study.  Although recent research has shown that students are moving closer to the city centre there are other areas which should be explored as they offer a host of local amenities and are very student friendly. Lenton and Dunkirk remain the most popular areas for University of Nottingham students, whilst the city centre and the Arboretum sees the greatest density of Nottingham Trent University students.

Find out below about the various areas of Nottingham.  The description will give you information on travel times to the city centre, amenities and the £ sign will indicate typical rental costs ranging from £ to ££ to £££.

This map is intended to give you an overview of where there is rented property and young people living so that you can make an informed decision about where to live.

Living in Nottingham

Nottingham is home to two Universities, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham and boasts a large student population.  The campuses can be found across the City Centre, the edge of the city itself, and in surrounding Nottinghamshire.  

This means that students look at a whole host of different areas when choosing a suitable place to live and study.

Nottingham has an estimated population of over 310,000 with a stable student population attending the two Universities -  University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.  There are a number of small further education colleges in Nottingham.

Although many students choose to live in the traditional 'studenty' areas some students have ventured out to other areas too and these include Beeston and West Bridgeford with lots of good local amenities.

All in all, most areas of Nottingham with accommodation to rent have many young people with thriving communities, shops, supermarkets, pubs, parks and sports centres. Public transport in Nottingham is regular and widespread so getting around is easy.

Think lifestyle

When choosing a place to live, the decision is not just about a roof over your head it is as much about deciding on the type of lifestyle you want.  You are lucky to be studying and living in Nottingham as there is so much choice in the type of accommodation available so whatever you are looking for Nottingham will be able to deliver.

Once you’ve decided on your budget and who you want to live with try thinking about what else is important to you, everyone is different but some of the most important to consider are: location, the local amenities on offer and the social environment you want.


Most of the areas mentioned have local shopping parades, pubs and even sports centres, with a larger supermarket within walking distance.  Nottingham has a lot of independant shops, which add character and variety to local shopping areas. 

For example, Beeston has a local farmers' market as well as a Arts and Crafts market. There is a great variety of local shops from health food to grocers to cake shops and coffee shops to jewelry and craft centres. 

Decide what you want from an area and check to see if the local amenities meet your needs or you may prefer to live in a quieter area and then shop and socialise in the city centre.

Visit areas by day and by night to make sure you feel comfortable as each area will have a different feel at different times.

Until properties have been let, rent levels cannot be accurately predicted. The price code used here is an indication of the difference found between areas with £ being the cheapest and £££ being the most expensive. Check the Unipol website for average rent levels for a shared student house.

Remember there is a surplus of accommodation for students so this is a good time to negotiate.

This is a difficult issue to discuss and statistics can often be misleading e.g. a high incidence of burglaries may be cause by a single ‘gang’ over a short period who have been apprehended and are no longer active. The other factor is that in one street there can be some crime and the street adjacent to it can be peaceful and crime free and this information is not accessible. It is worth visiting the Police UK website for up-to-date crime statistics by postcode.

Remember - the important thing to consider is how you feel in an area.  Visit the area you are considering during the day and at night.  If you do not feel safe then do not rent there.

Nottingham has a good transport network and frequent buses and trams. It also has a number of inner city railway stations so traveling in and around Leeds is easy.

If you choose to not live within walking distance of your place of study make sure you build transport costs into your budget and look at this together with rent levels. So you get to know your city better you can download a City Centre Map Find out about cheaper travel around Nottingham through Nottingham City Transport