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Living in Nottingham

A unique combination of contemporary culture and history

About Nottingham

Nottingham lies on the River Trent in the heart of the East Midlands’ county of Nottinghamshire. You’ll find it neighbouring Derby on one side, and close to Loughborough on the other. Nottingham’s historical legacy is rich. Not only the home of the infamous Robin Hood, you’ll find: one of the oldest surviving pubs in the UK; a castle dating back to 1068; and the imposing Wollaton Hall - which you may recognise as ‘Wayne Manor’ from the Batman film: ‘Dark Knight Rises’. Contemporary Nottingham is also home to two major universities. Because of this, the city has a reputation for a thriving cultural scene. From famous night clubs and gig venues like Rock City, to summer music festivals, award winning sports facilities, and a busy theatre scene: there’s something for everyone. While the city is a consistently popular destination for students, areas like Beeston increasingly attract young families and professionals looking to settle down. Here they can enjoy the bustling hub of the city, whilst remaining just a short drive from the beautiful Peak District National Park, and Sherwood Forest.
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10 mbps

Crime rate

Every city has its share of crime, and Nottingham is no different. Rates of anti-social crime are particularly high, partly given the city’s popularity with university students. However, most of this is concentrated in the very centre of the city. Much of the surrounding area has a significantly lower level of reported crime.
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The local area

Nottingham has a large network of public transport which means you can access most parts of the city by bus or tram. In the city centre, you’ll find two large shopping centres - Broadmarsh & Victoria - full of high street favourites. If you’re looking for a thriving cafe scene and good local shops, head to family-friendly Beeston. Hockley & Lace Market is the place to go for vintage stores and independent restaurants.
Things to do
12 restaurants in Nottingham
Playhouse Bar & Kitchen
Strathdon Hotel
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
A Room With a Brew
Man's Restaurant
Fat Cat Cafe Bar
Las Iguanas
Premier Inn
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Ropewalk Coffee Shop
The Burrows
The Garden Tea Room
The Bookshop

Cost of living

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£0.50 - £1.00
£0.55 - £1.50
£1.08 - £2.40
£5.00 - £7.00
£1.20 - £2.50
£190.46 - £651.39
Preschool cost
£800 - £1,300


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Buy: 2 Bed house
£120K - £1M
Rent: 2 Bed house
£940 PCM
£516 - £1440
Rent HMO
£556 PCM
£324 - £720

Public Transport

Nottingham has an extensive public transport service. The Robin Hood network of buses and trams serves both the city and the surrounding area. The tram network alone has over 32 km of track, and - according to Transport Nottingham - has stops within 800m of 20 of the top 30 employers in the city. If you’re looking to head out of the city, Nottingham Station is a large train station offering both local and national rail services. East Midlands Airport is also just a short drive away - or easily reachable by the Skylink bus service.
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One-way ticket
£2.00 - £4.20
Monthly pass
£40.00 - £60.00
Taxi starting tariff
£2.00 - £3.80


Sports fans are well-catered for in Nottingham - whether you love to watch or play. The city is home to two football clubs, Trent Bridge cricket ground, the National Ice Centre, and the National Water Sports Centre. If theatre and music is more your thing, you’ll find lots going on. Head to award winning shows at The Nottingham Playhouse, or gigs at Rescue Rooms or Rock City, then watch the city come alive during the summer music festivals: Download, and Hockley Hustle.
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Fitness Club
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£9.00 - £12.00
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£12 pp
£10.00 - £20.00

Moving to Nottingham

Nottingham is a diverse, young city, attracting students and young professionals with it’s vibrant culture. The cost of living in Nottingham is slightly higher than average for the UK. Expect to pay around £210,000 for the average 2-bed house, or £940 per month in rent. Properties are generally cheaper in the Lenton area, which is a favourite among students. For something a little more up-market, check out Hockley and Beeston. If you’re moving close into the city centre, think carefully about how to transport your things as much of the central area is pedestrianised.

Help and information

Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.
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