What are the best things to do in Nottingham? | What should you do as a Nottingham student?


With both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University offering a variety of courses, it comes as no surprise that the city has a large student population; around 1 in 7 of the city’s population are full-time university students. However, it’s not just the universities that attract prospective students; the city itself boasts an array of things to do, such as those of cultural importance and the Nottingham nightlife scene.

This guide will explore the best things to do in Nottingham as a student, and why it is important to book Nottingham student accommodation as soon as possible.

Nottingham landmarks

Known as the “city of caves”, Nottingham is full of rich heritage and culture amongst its city limits. More than 450 caves are lying beneath Nottingham, and this is the largest grouping of caves in the United Kingdom. With links to Robin Hood folklore and an impressive history, certain Nottingham landmarks are worth a visit:

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city’s skyline. Destroyed in 1651, the castle has since been rebuilt and is now home to Sherwood Foresters Regimental Museum, and Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery. Nottingham Castle is currently closed, but is still worth a look when staying in the city.

Building on a cliff top in nottinghamOld Market Square

Old Market Square is seen as Nottingham’s heart of the city, and features a Robin Hood statue and the Nottingham tourism centre. Besides Trafalgar Square in London, Old Market Square is the largest public space and is a major social hub for residents and tourists.

After a long day of exploring Nottingham, you may find yourself looking for a place to relax. At Mansion Place, the purpose-built student accommodation includes modern features such as a large bed and communal areas for socialising.

Mansion place nottingham prestige studio roomWhen booking student accommodation, consider where the best location will be for your necessities. If you are looking for a property that is close to popular student locations or attractions, consider Mansion Place.

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Food and drink

Nottinghamshire is known for certain types of food, including stilton cheese, and pork pies.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane is a family-friendly bar, with a pub and eclectic décor. The bar is themed with vintage arcade games and 2-for-1 creative cocktails during happy hour. Based in the city centre and just outside the popular bohemian area Hockley, Penny Lane is less than a 10-minute walk from our student accommodation; perfect for relaxing after a long day of studying.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Considered to be one of the oldest pubs in the United Kingdom, Ye Olde Trip is formed partly by the Castle Rock and is said to have been established in 1189.

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Nottingham has many links to those with cultural and societal importance, including Lord Byron’s ancestral home of Newstead Abbey, and the DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum that celebrates the author and keeps his memory alive. Other places of cultural interest include:

Wollaton Hall & Deer Park

This Elizabethan country house stands prominent in Wollaton Park and homes two species of deer. Wollaton Hall was featured in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as Wayne Manor, gaining attention from film and comic book fans. The country house and park are outside the city centre; however, there is a regular bus service from the Victoria Centre which is just around the corner from our Nottingham student accommodation.

Wollaton hall nottinghamFind out more about the local amenities in Nottingham areas, such as the city centre, at our Advice Centre.

Lace Market

One of Nottingham’s most important heritage zones, the Lace Market contains red brick warehouses, and display rooms, that host lace makers, restaurants, and key sightseeing opportunities.

Based in the city centre, our Nottingham student accommodation comprises self-contained flats that have all bills included in the price. This also includes secure facilities and on-site maintenance; all within walking distance of Nottingham’s largest cultural destinations, such as the Lace Market.

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Art, music, and film

Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall

The Theatre Royal is in the heart of Nottingham city centre, and was first opened in 1865, attracting operas, ballets, and touring West End musicals. Nottingham students can apply for a Go Card for discounted tickets to certain performances, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rock City

Although Nottingham Motorpoint Arena is much larger, it is Rock City that is at the heart of Nottingham’s music scene. First opening in 1980, the iconic club and music venue has always been up to date with the latest music trends; from grunge and Britpop in the 90s, to dance and pop in the 2010s.

If you are interested in exploring Nottingham nightlife, you should consider choosing student accommodation that is located close by.

Mansion place nottingham common roomMansion Place, our Nottingham student accommodation, is based in the city centre and within walking distance of the best things to do in the city. The purpose-built student accommodation has a range of rooms to choose from, including classic ensuites and loft studios, and includes features such as a cinema and a common room.

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How Mansion Student can help

Since 2007, Mansion Student has acquired, developed and maintained modern student accommodations throughout some of the most popular student cities in the United Kingdom. We prioritise your welfare during your stay, and will help you through every stage of the booking and tenancy period. Browse through our different student accommodation locations below:

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Frequently asked questions

What are the top attractions to visit in Nottingham?

Nottingham is known for its association with Robin Hood and his Merry Men, with mentions of the folk heroes scattered throughout the city. This includes Nottingham Castle, which features a Robin Hood statue, and his hideout at Sherwood Forest, which can be visited by taking the SA Sherwood Arrow bus from Victoria Bus Station.

Within Mansion Place, we provide social communal areas to relax with your flatmates for things to do in Nottingham; all from the comfort of your student accommodation. Find out more about Nottingham student accommodation.

When should you book Nottingham student accommodation?

As Nottingham is a popular student destination, student accommodation is often in high demand. It is important to book your Nottingham student accommodation as soon as possible once you have been accepted.

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