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Study in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Population: 305,000

City overview

As one of the UK’s smaller cities, Nottingham has always had a reputation as a great place for students to live. Nottingham is a vibrant place with great nightlife and shopping and a growing cultural scene.

Situated in the East Midlands of England and famed for its links to Robin Hood, Nottingham is an accessible and safe city for students, with some great research facilities for postgraduate students looking to work towards a PhD.

Studying a graduate program in Nottingham puts you at the heart of the UK.

Education profile

Nottingham is home to two institutions offering postgraduate courses. You can study at either:
You can also study a graduate program in Nottingham at Victoria College Nottingham.

Research and taught courses are both offered as graduate programs in Nottingham, with hundreds of postgraduate courses on offer at both universities and the colleges. Both types of Masters normally take 1-2 years to complete, with PhD programs taking 3-4 years full time or six years part-time.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are permitted to take a graduate program in Nottingham providing they fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in the UK for its duration
Non-EU students will need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. They will need to demonstrate the following:
  • Proof of funding to cover a postgraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Life in Nottingham

Student life in Nottingham is diverse and growing. The city has always had a thriving music and club scene, but its theatre, gallery and art scene is growing.

Nottingham is an interesting city architecturally, with attractive Victorian factories and warehouses dotted among new buildings like the spaceship shaped National Ice centre. One positive for postgraduate students is the4 cheaper cost of rent and living, which makes the city more attractive to those on a tighter budget.

Nottingham’s claim to fame (apart from Robin Hood) is that is home to three pubs all vying for the title of England’s Oldest Pub – the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the Bell Inn and Ye Olde Salutation Inn.

Working in Nottingham

Non-EU international students wanting to stay on to work in Nottingham after their studies will need to apply for a work visa. You can find out more about the various visa options through the UK Border Agency.

The economy of Nottingham was traditionally based on coal mining and manufacturing, but modern Nottingham focuses on the creative industries such as graphic design, textile design and interior design.

Nottingham is the headquarters of Alliance Boots and HM Revenue and Customs as well as the European headquarters of Capital One.


Both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University offer postgraduate accommodation to students. However, many students in Nottingham opt for private accommodation. Popular areas include:
  • Beeston
  • Dunkirk
  • East Leake
  • Lenton
Beeston is located just outside of the University of Nottingham and is a particularly popular area with international students and postgraduates. However, the most popular student area is Lenton, with a population of more than 10,000 people mostly made up of students.

Weather and climate

Nottingham has climate similar to the rest of the UK, with mild summers and cold winters. As with other UK destinations, you can expect the main summer months to be between June and August where temperatures can reach as high as 30C, with the coldest winter months between December and February. At these times temperatures can struggle to get above freezing.

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