What student accommodation options are there in Nottingham?

Scenic shot of nottingham university

As a city for students, there is an abundance of things to do and is recognised as a vibrant place to live. Nottingham has two fantastic universities: the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent.

This duo offers a huge city to explore and a beautiful campus on which you can feel safe and secure whilst studying for your degree, so it is no wonder that over 42,000 students live in Nottingham every year. If you’re a prospective student, the time may have come to choose your accommodation. If you have no idea where to start looking, don’t worry. We get it, and we are here to help with this list of Nottingham student accommodation options.

This guide will look at the different types of student accommodation in Nottingham and the factors that Nottingham university students need to consider when looking.

What should you consider for student accommodation?

There are a few things you should consider when looking for your perfect place to stay, each one is as important as the other. Here is a rundown.


Knowing a bit more about an accommodation location is important when you make a final decision. Being central opens your access to plenty of resources and places to meet your friends. You can simply step out of your door and walk to a supermarket, whereas if you are on the outskirts of the city, you could find yourself feeling isolated.

Scenic shot of nottingham universitySecurity

If it is a block of flats, does your new home have 24/7 security conducted by real people who are present on-site? If it is a house, do the locks securely close each of its doors? If not, you may wish to reconsider where you are living.

Local amenities

Does your new home have a local corner shop? A laundrette? A gym? What about a takeaway branch? If these are important facilities for you, take a look around to see if you are local to any.

Distance to university

If you have to get up at seven in the morning for several days a week, it might be worth looking at accommodation closer to the location of your lectures and seminars.

Who you live with

Make sure to sign your tenancy with trustworthy people and get to know them beforehand. Do you share similar values on how a house should be?


Nottingham student rent can reach around £200 a week, or you may wish to stay under the £100 mark, so ensure your dream accommodation is the right fit for your budget.

Where do Nottingham students live?

There are several popular areas for students to reside in Nottingham.

University of Nottingham students tend to live in:

  • Lenton – Situated by the River Leen, this used to be an agricultural village. The exceptionally low crime rate makes it a popular choice for student living.

  • Dunkirk – Containing pubs, a supermarket and a ten-minute walk from the Megabowl and Showcase Cinema, this is the perfect place for students who love entertainment.

  • Beeston – Located in Broxtowe, this is not the most convenient place for transport links, but it does have a large variety of pubs and restaurants for you to socialise with your friends.

Nottingham Trent students tend to live in:

  • Arboretum – Within walking distance to train stations, bus stops, green spaces and the Student Union, this is the perfect place for a student who wants everything at their convenience.

  • City Centre – Another highly convenient area to live in due to its range of things to do and places to shop. It does get very noisy, however, so if you are wanting a good night’s sleep, remember to invest in some earplugs.

What are the different types of student accommodation available?

Man and woman moving into their new student accommodationAccording to the National Student Accommodation Survey 2022, the most common accommodation type was privately owned accommodation. However, there are various accommodation options available in Nottingham.

University Halls of Residence

First year and international students may prefer to live on the campus, as they are closely located to the university campus and other important amenities. According to the survey, around 27% of all students live in halls of residence. Both Nottingham universities have on-campus accommodation, including at University Park (University of Nottingham) and at Brackenhurst Campus (Nottingham Trent).

Although there are many benefits, including the chance to meet other students that are in a similar situation, there are disadvantages to university halls of residence. The décor may be dated, compared to purpose-built student accommodation, and your first choice of a room may be limited.

Privately Owned Accommodation

Across Nottingham, there is a variety of privately owned accommodation, including, houses, house shares and flats. Though you are not located directly onto campus, tenants tend to be much closer to other amenities like the nightlife and supermarkets.

However, there are other factors to consider. As, although you have more independence, this is reflected in the price. There are more bills to budget. Also, certain accommodations may have unexpected problems that can cause further stress, such as dampness, mould and leaks.

Private Halls

Private halls are typically preferred by second and third year students. These tend to be located in much more convenient areas in the city, close to local amenities and a short distance from the university itself.

Mansion Place, Boston Street

If you want accommodation which is safe, fun and practical, located directly within the city centre, then why not consider Mansion Place? Benefits of living with us include:

  • You get a choice of ensuite, non-ensuite and studio apartments

  • Purpose built accommodation

  • Contents insurance and secure door entry

  • All bills included

  • Cinema and common area

  • 20-minute tram journey to the University of Nottingham

  • 12-minute walk to Nottingham Trent University

  • 16-minute walk to Rock City

  • 8-minute walk to Nottingham Castle

  • 10-minute walk to Tesco Express and Lidl

Make sure you start to look for your student accommodation soon after receiving your offer. It is important to look at the different areas, and room type you prefer. For more information, click here.

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:

If you are interested in staying at any of our student accommodations, arrange a viewing here to ensure you are completely happy with the property before booking.

Browse through our student offers here.

Contact Mansion Student today for more information about booking accommodation, or call us at 0800 652 7844

Why should you book your student housing with Mansion Student?

At Mansion Student, we believe our accommodation offers everything that you will ever need to live your life away from home comfortably. If you want to have the perfect experience where you can socialise with mates and meet like-minded, then we can provide it with our student exclusive halls, security services and beautifully maintained rooms.

Check us out today, and even book a viewing to take a look around our facilities with a friendly member of the team.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get student housing in Nottingham?

The best way to get student housing in Nottingham is to simply shop around. There are plenty of reputable websites online, as well as agencies in the city itself.

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Is Nottingham good for nightlife?

Due to it being a large city with a large population of students, Nottingham has plenty of nightlife opportunities available. With pubs on every corner and some fantastic clubs, you’ll love what it has to offer.

When should I start to look for student housing?

Housing in Nottingham goes quickly, so it is a good idea to start looking around the October to December mark of the year before you’re due to start university.

Find out more about booking student accommodation here.

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