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Thanks to its two universities, Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent, Nottingham is a lively city full of surprises. You're not likely to get bored in Nottingham. Coming up 43rd in QS Top University rankings, it also came out as the world's 3rd best university – in a tie with Montreal – in an opinion poll conducted by QS with 18,000 international students.

Nottingham is a vibrant city full of activities for everyone, from nightclubs, pubs, and restaurants to art galleries and museums, all of which are easily accessible with an extensive and efficient public transport network. If you're keen to explore new cultures while learning, Nottingham is without a doubt the right place for you.

Nottingham universities

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham first opened in the city centre in 1881. After the first World War, Sir Jesse Boot, a generous donor, offered 14 hectares of land on Highfields for its relocation. The university then developed and expanded rapidly. Many important personalities such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and H.G. Wells even hosted conferences there.

In 1948, the university received a Royal Charter to become the University of Nottingham and could finally issue degrees. Since 1970, the Medical School was followed by many other development projects. Several campuses were also created over the years.

The University of Nottingham came up 75th in the QS Top Universities rankings. It includes many schools and departments coming together in five different faculties: Arts, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Science and Social Sciences. The university has an international student population of 8,000 over a total of 29,000.

To enroll at the University of Nottingham, you have to produce not only your latest diplomas and result slips but also results of an English test, as all courses are taught in English. In some cases, you may also need a reference letter issued by your university. Find more information on the university website.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University first started as the Nottingham Government School of Design in 1843. Merging with the Regional College in 1970, it was renamed Trent Polytechnic. In 1992, following a law that promoted polytechnic programmes and other higher education institutions, it then became the Nottingham Trent University.

In 2009, Nottingham Trent University was awarded the title of "greenest university in the UK" by The People and Planet Green League which is the only independent ranking for British universities' environmental and ethical performance. Since then, the university has been using only renewable energy. Note that Nottingham Trent University comes up 701th in the QS Top Universities ranking.

Nottingham Trent University is divided into different colleges: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, College of Art and Design and Built Environment, College of Arts and Science. It hosts around 24,000 students including 2,600 international students. To enrol, you have to produce your diplomas, and latest results slips as well as results obtained from an English language test. Find more information on entry requirements on the university website.

Fees, scholarships and aids

Tuition fees range between £ 9000 and £ 9250. However, you can still apply for government aids or turn to the Erasmus exchange program. Find more information on student loans below:

The University of Nottingham:

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For more information on student loans and scholarships in the United Kingdom, have a look at the British Council website.

Accommodation in Nottingham

Finding accommodation will be one of your priorities if you’re thinking about studying in Nottingham. The city offers a wide range of accommodation options. However, it's best to start your housing search in advance as it can be quite challenging to find quality accommodation in the most popular areas, and rent prices can be quite high.

You might prefer to rent a room in a university residence due to its affordability, but be prepared to share your space and responsibilities with your roommates. It's quite easy to find student housing in Nottingham. Most information can be found on your university's website. To rent a room, count around £ 4,000 per year.

 Useful links:

Nottingham Trent University – Accommodation
The University of Nottingham – Accommodation

Flatsharing can also be an excellent option since it's the most affordable. You can find ads on the internet and in local newspapers if you're already on the spot. Most of the offers are advertised at the end of the year when many students go back home. If you're lucky enough, you can share a flat for around £80 a week. Find more information here.

Alternatively, you can book a hotel room, at least until you find a proper long-term option. Hostels and B&Bs are also quite common. The cheapest ones cost around £ 30 per night. Feel free to compare prices on Trivago.

Student life in Nottingham

Things to do

Moving to Nottingham for your studies doesn't mean that you will only be studying the whole time. In general, British people happy-go-lucky people who enjoy going out, often keen for some fun conversation at a pub with a beer. With over 50,000 students, Nottingham has a lively atmosphere that will leave you feeling excited and energetic.

PRYZM (formerly known as Oceana), is a trendy nightclub located on Lower Parliament Street. You can also find many more across the city. For those who prefer a quieter atmosphere, there's nothing more soothing than taking a stroll along the banks of the Trent River. Nottingham Castle's museum and art gallery is the place to be for arts and history buffs. Don’t forget to stop by Robin Hood's statue in the park surrounding the castle.

Eating out

Foodies will be delighted in Nottingham. You will find the best cakes at any time of the day at The Pudding Pantry on Trinity Square. On Milton Street, Le Bistrot Pierre is a nice place to have your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. If you're looking to discover the local cuisine, try the pubs which also serve dinner.

Entry requirements

While the UK is still part of the European Union, foreign nationals coming from European countries don't need a visa to study and work in Nottingham. However, paperwork can be a hassle. You're advised to get started as from September. Make sure to check relating formalities and deadlines on your university's website beforehand.

If you're enrolling in an undergraduate program, the UCAS website provides all the necessary information. Postgraduate students can find required information either on their university website or on the UCAS website where it applies.

Also, check whether a TOEFL or IELTS test is required for admission to the university of your choice. If it's the case, you have to take the test in the year preceding your move to Nottingham.

The university will send you a notification between April and May. If your application for admission has been accepted, you have to confirm your enrollment by June.

If you don't agree to the offer, you can still apply to other programs in universities that are still taking international students, on the UCAS website by September 20 at the latest.

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