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Living in Nottingham

A unique combination of contemporary culture and history

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £317.72
  • Housing £1,227.78
  • Transportation £55.50
  • Sport and leisure £68.00
Total £1,669.00

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.

  • Avg. monthly salary £1,990
  • Avg. rent £709
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £201,893
  • Avg. council tax £2,210
  • Internet speed 10 mbps



  • Age 19 and under 13.9%
  • Age 20 to 29 66.4%
  • Age 30 to 39 10.8%
  • Age 40 to 49 3.7%
  • Age 50 to 59 2.7%
  • Age 60+ 2.5%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 24.7%
  • Lower middle class 62.2%
  • Skilled working class 4.3%
  • Working class / Pensioners 8.9%


  • Labour 55%
  • Conservative 29%
  • Liberal Democrat 8%
  • Brexit Party 4%
  • Green 3%

Crime rate in Nottingham

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.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 3871
  • Crimes per thousand 497

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.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

12 restaurants in Nottingham
  1. Playhouse Bar & Kitchen Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. Strathdon Hotel Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  3. A Room With a Brew Pub/bar/nightclub
  4. Man's Restaurant Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  5. Fat Cat Cafe Bar Pub/bar/nightclub
  6. Sushimania Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  7. Las Iguanas Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Premier Inn Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
  9. Ropewalk Coffee Shop Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. The Burrows Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  11. The Garden Tea Room Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  12. The Bookshop Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Nottingham

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£0.78£0.48 - £1.20
Bread£0.91£0.55 - £1.88
Eggs£1.79£1.20 - £2.04
Wine£7.00£5.00 - £8.00
Beer£2.13£1.50 - £3.03
Utilities£103.60£180.46 - £451.39
Preschool cost£983£800 - £1,300

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£210K£120K - £1M
Rent: 2 Bed house£940 PCM£516 - £1440
Rent HMO£556 PCM£324 - £720

Public Transport costs

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.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.40 - £4.20
Monthly pass£56£35.00 - £76.00
Taxi starting tariff£3£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.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£46 pm£20.00 - £120.00
Cinema£11 pp£8.50 - £12.00
Inexpensive restaurant£12 pp£8.00 - £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.

Moving costs

The cost of moving to Nottingham will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • From Nottingham to Leeds - £996
  • From Nottingham to London - £1052
  • From Nottingham to Liverpool - £1034
  • From Nottingham to Manchester - £1006
  • From Nottingham to Birmingham - £975
  • From Nottingham to Sheffield - £969
  • From Nottingham to Edinburgh - £1204
  • From Nottingham to Glasgow - £1205
  • From Nottingham to Cardiff - £1084
  • From Nottingham to Swansea - £1120
  • From Nottingham to Bath - £1076
  • From Nottingham to Bristol - £1064
  • From Nottingham to Telford - £998

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