10 Reasons Why Nottingham is the Best Student City
Nottingham may not be the most famous city in the UK but it’s certainly the best student city out there! Here are our top 10 reasons why…
1. Easy to find your way around
The city is the perfect size. It’s big enough to host many shops, restaurants and theatres as well as its castle and Arboretum, yet compact enough for you to easily explore all of this in a day.
2. Something for everyone
There are hundreds of activities in the city centre to explore. From playing adventure golf to attempting an escape room, from visiting the caves to attending theatre shows. There’s something to get everyone excited in Nottingham.
With a tourist information centre just off Old Market Square, there’s no excuse not to make the most of your time here.
3. Easy to get around
As the greenest UK city in 2017, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of different ways to get around Nottingham. Heading into the city centre is especially cheap on buses and trams (as little as £1.50) and, once you’re there, it’s easiest to get around on foot. Nottingham also has well-marked cycle lanes and taxis are always available.
Nottingham is also rich in cultural diversity. Not only do its universities make it home to thousands of internationals, Nottingham’s restaurants also offer incredibly varied cuisine. You need only turn a few corners to jump from Indian to French cuisine or from Chinese to American food.
5. Travel opportunities
Despite being a great city in its own right, Nottingham also has convenient transport links to other major UK cities. Trains run regularly to London, Manchester and Leicester and it’s particularly cheap to get to London via bus, with student rates of less than £10. East Midlands Airport is also close by, making it even better for keen travellers!
6. Goose Fair
If you read our blog post, you’ll know just how brilliant Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair is. Although the fair was originally the site of goose selling, it’s now home to various fairground attractions and food stalls. If you miss your childhood days of stuffing your face with sweets before having a whirl on some spinning teacups, Goose Fair is the place for you!
7. A massive student population
As the home of both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, this city is bursting with creativity and energy. Both universities compete in an annual Varsity sports series, in which they battle it out to see which university will come out on top.
This hugely popular tournament showcases the fantastic talent these universities have to offer in a way that’s accessible to everyone – whether you’re a player or a spectator!
8. Full of heritage
Nottingham itself is bursting with fascinating history and its many museums host a wealth of information, showcasing not only local history, but national history too.
9. A place of legend
The most popular legend to come from Nottingham is the internationally-known outlaw, Robin Hood. Countless tales have been told about the adventures of Robin Hood and a statue of him can be found right by Nottingham Castle. Sherwood Forest is also a popular tourist spot for fans of the infamous archer.
10. A Hollywood Dream
Although everyone knows of Robin Hood, a lesser-known fact is that Batman himself lives in Nottingham. Our very own Wollaton Hall was staged as his manor house in the film The Dark Knight Rises and the village of Gotham (although pronounced slightly differently) is only a roughly 15-min drive from the city.