University of Nottingham



Quick Facts

  • Global top 100, European top 30 and top 1% of all universities worldwide (QS 2015/16).
  • Visiting lectures have included Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H G Wells.
  • Home to the Nottingham Panthers hockey team.
  • Notable Alumni:  Sir Peter Mansfield – Nobel Prize for Medicine, Dr Stewart Adams OBE, Pharmacologist – created Ibuprofen, Dato Seri Najib Razak – Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Sir John Sawers – head of MI6.

Nottingham is traditionally one of the most popular universities for undergraduates. And not only with students from the UK – people from 150 different nations come here, and there are also campuses in Malaysia and China; UK students can spend part of their degree studying at either of those. Nottingham is great for shopping, restaurants and nightlife. There’s a lively and mixed social scene, and its very student-friendly. The attractive campus is a short distance away, with landscaped grounds and lots of trees.

It has great facilities for sports and the arts, and the student union is one of the largest and most active in the UK, with more than 250 societies, sports clubs, student-run services, associations and a variety of events on offer. There’s also an award-winning student radio station and a student-run theatre that regularly takes performances to the Edinburgh festival. Academic standards are very high and there is an excellent graduate employment record, helped by a good careers service.

In March 2012, the university was presented with a Queen’s Anniversary prize for higher and further education in recognition of its research to help feed the world’s growing population

Nottingham and Canada
Nottingham is home to a large and friendly community of Canadian students. Many students come to study at the prestigious Nottingham Law School for the LLB programmes. Aerospace Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine and Business and Management are also popular courses.

Nottingham agreements for student exchange with some of the country’s leading universities including McGill, Concordia and UBC in Vancouver and the faculty are actively involved in research collaboration with colleagues across Canada.

Additionally, North American alumni are active and meet regularly.

Colleges and Schools
The University of Nottingham’s academic structure is based on 5 Faculties: Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences. Within these faculties, a wide range of schools deliver over 350 undergraduate courses and 380 postgraduate taught courses.

For information on undergraduate international student fees (non-EU), click here.

Nottingham offers a range of international scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Nearly 30,000 students at the UK campus with 7,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Nottingham guarantees accommodation for all first year undergraduates who firmly accept and meet the terms of their offer by August. The university has several accommodation sites, all either on or within easy walking distance of the campus and a short travelling distance from the city centre. The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of student accommodation from university-catered halls to self-catered student villages which are owned and managed by external developers. You can find full details here.

Eight libraries (on our UK campuses) provide access to more than a million printed volumes and journals, 18,000 ejournals, 70,000 e-books, four million manuscripts and special collections. There is also a short-loan collection of books most in demand.

Several of the libraries have been refurbished with group work spaces, study rooms, silent study zones, PCs, laptops, plasma screens and a cafe with sofas in Hallward Library.

Libraries are open 24 hours a day at exam time.

PCs are provided at locations throughout the University; students are also able to use personal equipment such as laptops, via wireless technology installed across campuses. All workstations have access to the library and internet and all student rooms have IT access. There is also a laptop loan scheme.

IT support is available via helplines, email, advisory desks and school IT reps; there is an induction to library and information services on a school/department basis for new students.

Student Services Centres provide a wide range of academic and pastoral help and advice on everything from personal difficulties and childcare to issues around health, disability and financial support. There is a Student Services Centre on every campus.

The Language Centre is open to all students and offers the opportunity to learn 12 languages, including British Sign Language, at different levels.

The university’s Lakeside Arts Centre offers theatre, exhibitions, dance, classic and chamber music concerts, comedy, literary events and other events.

The arts centre includes a museum with objects from the Palaeolithic to the post-medieval. Past exhibitions have included L.S. Lowry’s paintings and drawings, and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – a photography collection inspired by Nottingham’s own Alan Sillitoe.

The University of Nottingham is within easy reach of several of the country’s largest airports:

  • East Midlands Airport (EMA) – 13 miles / 21km
  • Birmingham International (BHX) – 48 miles / 77km
  • Manchester (MAN) – 66 miles / 106km
  • London Heathrow (LHR) – 129 miles / 208km

The city is well served by bus/rail links including trains to London every 30 minutes. East Midlands Airport is 21km (13 miles) from the city. There are late-night buses across the city and the existing tram network is currently being extended to serve the popular student area of Beeston. Nottingham is one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities: its compact centre combines proud heritage and history with cutting-edge culture, shopping, sport and nightlife.

Living in Nottingham
Nottingham is located in the East Midlands in the heart of England. The city boasts a large and diverse student population that is integral to the city itself. In addition to its impressive history and famous legends, Nottingham is a culturally diverse and vibrant city ideally suited towards student life. Visitors and city residents will find there is huge amount to do and see in and around Nottingham: history, culture, country parks, sport, shopping and dining, local events, nights out. The city’s excellent transport links make it the ideal location from which to explore. Local, regional, national and international travel couldn’t be easier from here. Furthermore, due to its variety of public transport and cycle routes, Nottingham has been named as the least car dependent city in the UK. When darkness falls on the city there are plenty of places to play. Whether you prefer high-class cocktail bars, cheesy nightclubs, gigs, raves or just a quiet pub, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Furthermore, Nottingham has been named one of the best and safest places for a night out in the UK. The city was awarded it’s fourth consecutive Purple Flag Award in 2013, an accolade that recognises excellence in the running of town and city centres at night. Nottingham is enriched with a flourishing arts scene, including visual arts, music, theatre, cinema, literature and entertainment. People of all ages, interests and backgrounds are all well-catered for and encouraged to discover what Nottingham culture has to offer.

In a city which embraces all things cultural, budding performers, filmmakers, artists, writers, poets and musicians will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved.