If you’re a student and you’re moving to Nottingham, then one of the main and most important questions on your mind would be where am I going to live? This guide will give you the best recommendations of where to live in Nottingham as a student, which will give you easy access to what the city has to offer as well as a place that won’t cost you too much.

You might also want to check out our article on the best halls in Nottingham. 

City centre

Nottingham City Centre
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If you are a student attending Nottingham Trent University, then the city centre is most likely where you’ll want to be situated. This is home to Trents main city campus and is bustling with 16,000 students. You’ll have everything you need on your doorstep in the city centre. The Victoria Centre (Intu shopping centre) is within a five-minute walk from the university. Dangerous for all you shopaholics! 

If you want a great night out, then again you are in the prime location as you are close to all the city centre nightclubs and bars. These include Rock City, Pryzm, Coco Tang and many more. 

Student Accommodation – City Centre

Student accommodation can be a little more expensive, as you are in a prime location. There also tends to be more luxurious student accommodations for those with deeper pockets, including Bowman House, priced at £155 per week. Goldsmith Court starts at £136 per week but benefits from being literally a 1-minute walk to the Newton building. You can pretty much see uni from your bedroom, it’s that close.

If you are looking for more affordable accommodation within the centre, Nottingham Square starts at £105 a week and The Glasshouse is £114 a week, and right next to Aldi! Goldsmiths 


Lenton Nottingham
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Lenton is located west of the city and is more associated with students from Uni of Nottingham. This part of the city is known as one of Nottingham’s main student hubs as it includes an endless range of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, so you’ll never run out of things to do. During the summer, Lenton is quiet and peaceful for those wanting to have some chill time. 

Not only are there plenty of places to eat and drink within the area, for a sober night out you can take a trip to the Savoy Theatre. This is one of those cinemas that still pays homage to old cinemas. And even better (especially for students) it only costs £4.50 for a single admission ticket, as long as you show your student card as proof. 

Student Accommodation – Lenton

In terms of accommodation for students within the area, houses tend to go quite quickly so in order for you to get the best accommodation within the city, it is a good idea to find a place as quickly as you can. Prices of accommodation for housing within this area range from £95 to £120 per person per week. 

The Arboretum 

The Aboretum Nottingham

This is another prime spot for students at Nottingham Trent as it is the closest area to the City Centre. Just like living in the City Centre, you are close to everything as you are only a short walking distance away including night clubs, restaurants, shops and parks. Not only is this location prime for everything around it, but you are in the heart of Nottingham’s award-winning park where you can enjoy a peaceful and brisk walk, enjoying the nature the city has on offer. 

To add to the positives of this area, it will literally feel like you are living within a fairy tale as it is believed J.M. Barrie’s (author of Peter Pan) inspiration for Neverland was based on the Arboretum. 

Student Accommodation – The Arboretum

In terms of places for accommodation within the Arboretum, the best places to live include Peel Street – situated five minutes away from NTU and two minutes away from the students favourite Wetherspoons, The Goosebury Bush. Other places great to live include Waverly Street and Cromwell Street.


Beeston Nottingham

Beeston is another populated student area that is a more convenient place to live for Uni of Nottingham students. The area is popular for its shopping outlets and restaurants available to eat and drink at. There is even a marina and a golf club within the area, making you feel as if you are in a foreign country and not Nottingham. It adds a sense of class to the area. The only downfall to the area is it is situated 25 minutes away from the University of Nottingham. However, there are great transport links including the tram meaning the University is only one tram stop away and the city centre is six minutes away.

Student Accommodation – Beeston

Accommodation is a lot cheaper in this area, partly down to the distance to the university. Accommodation prices range from £95 per person per week. 

So, these are the best places for a student in Nottingham now the hardest decision is to decide where you want to live and what is best for you. What will you decide?