With more than 60,000 students across the two universities, Nottingham is one of the biggest student cities in the country. And, if you know anything about us students, we love things, especially when they’re cheap. Luckily for us, Nottingham has plenty of things to do when you’re on a budget. No matter whether you are a first year that is new to the city or you’ve been here for years, there’ll be something new for you to enjoy. So, here are some recommendations of cheap things to do in Nottingham for students. 

 Old Market Square

 Old Market Square nottingham

Old Market Square is the heart of Nottingham. There’s seemingly always something going on in the square, from regular markets throughout the year to Nottingham Beach in the summer to the Christmas Market in November/December. Being in the centre of the city means that it’s very easy to get to other places from there, like countless restaurants, the Victoria Centre, Lace Market, Hockley, and much more. Even if you’re just passing through it to go somewhere else, there’s bound to be something cheap in or around Old Market Square to enjoy. 

White Rose

white rose nottingham

White Rose is another staple of Nottingham. Founded by two Trent grads, White Rose is a charity focused on recycled fashion. It clearly focuses on sustainability and provides an antithesis to fast fashion. There are a total of seven stores (and an online store) across Nottingham, ranging from Beeston to the City Centre, so there will almost certainly be one close by. As it is a charity shop, the prices are generally cheaper than what you would see from a big brand, which is something we students definitely appreciate.

National Ice Centre

National Ice Centre nottingham

Nottingham is home to the National Ice Centre, right next to Motorpoint Arena in the city centre. While ice skating isn’t for everyone, it’s a fun activity that can make a change from the sometimes monotonous daily student life. Plus, as is the theme of this article, the prices are pretty cheap. So long as you bring a valid college/uni ID or NUS card , you can get a ticket for an hour on the ice for just £5.50, whereas a regular adult ticket costs £9.50. That’s pretty reasonable if you ask me. 

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is another iconic Nottingham landmark. It’s a pub that is near Nottingham Castle. There’s a historical element too, as the pub claims to have been founded in 1189, making it one of the oldest in England. As it’s a pub, that means that there’s alcohol, and we students are definitely fans of that. The menu has all the traditional British pub staples, such as fish and chips, sausages and mash, pies, burgers and roast dinners. It’s also allegedly haunted, so that can make for an interesting experience.  You can read more about our other favourite pubs in Nottingham here. 

 So, there you have it. These are some of the best things to do in Nottingham for students on a budget. While this is by no means a definitive list, this can help you start to brainstorm new and exciting things to do in Nottingham. Notts is a city that has plenty on offer for everyone, no matter their interests, budget or location. It’s in the top three student cities in the country (as voted on by students via Student Crowd) for a reason! 

If you’re looking for club nights in Nottingham, check out our list of the best freshers events in Nottingham this year.