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A snapshot of... Nottingham

  • November 30, 2020

Nottingham is a city in central England’s Midlands region. It’s known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and for the hilltop Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, rebuilt many times since the medieval era. As the most populated city in the county, Nottingham is of vital importance to its wider borough and the rest of Nottinghamshire. Theres an average of 303,000 residents living in the city itself but that number rises to around 729,000 when you can consider the entire county.

Nottingham has become a popular location for expatriates, with an estimated 93 nationalities calling Nottingham home.

The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is based in the heart of Nottingham and provides services to over 2.5 million residents of Nottingham and its surrounding communities. The Trust also provide specialist services for a further 3-4 million people from across the region. It is also one of the largest employers in the region, employing around 16,700 people at QMC, Nottingham City Hospital and Ropewalk House.

QMC is where the Trusts Emergency Department (ED), Major Trauma Centre, Nottingham Treatment Centre and the Nottingham Children’s Hospital are based. It is also home to the University of Nottingham’s School of Nursing and Medical School. Nottingham City Hospital is the planned care site, where their cancer centre, heart centre and stroke services are based. Finally, Ropewalk House is where the Trust provide a range of outpatient services, including hearing services.

Overall the Trust has 90 wards and around 1700 beds.

Reasons to live in Nottingham

1. It is the home of English sports. The city has two football clubs, the world-famous Test match cricket ground Trent Bridge, the National Ice Centre and The National Water Sports Centre.

2. Full of history. Nottingham is home to a number of exhibition spaces, such as Nottingham Contemporary which is one of the UK’s most exciting art galleries. You can also visit Nottingham’s famous castle or take a trip to Wollatan Hall, a grand estate.

3. Access to the beautiful English countryside. Visit the county’s tranquil Sherwood Forest or explore the Peak District National Park, just an hour’s car journey away.

4. It has a tram. This award-winning transport network allows you to get from A to B in a matter of minutes

5. It is home to one of the oldest pubs in England. The Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem was founded in 1189, slaking the thirst of departing crusaders.

Average living costs in Nottingham

One-bedroom in City Centre


One-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre



1L of petrol


Monthly ticket public transport ticket


Taxi trip on a business day (5 miles)



Basic dinner out for two at the neighbourhood pub


Two tickets to the cinema




One month of gym membership in a business district


Where to live in Nottingham?

If you would like to reside in urban living, then you could choose to reside in a stylish apartment in the former lace warehouses and in the updated Lace Market area. Alternatively, you could live in a Victorian property which has also been converted into apartments found in the park.

If you prefer a quieter, more countryside living you could look at areas in Edwalton And West Bridgford suburbs.

Travelling to other UK cities from Nottingham via Train

London St. Pancras – 1 hour 54 minutes

Birmingham – 1 hour 8 minutes

Manchester – 1 hour 50 minutes

Bristol – 2 hours 46 minutes

Cardiff – 3 hours 21 minutes

Leeds – 1 hour 44 minutes

Edinburgh – 4 hours 51 minutes

Where is Nottingham’s nearest airport?

The nearest airport to Nottingham is the East Midlands Airport, located just half an hour away from the city centre. You can fly to a wide array of European countries including Germany, Spain, France, Turkey, Greece and Croatia.

The next largest airport is Birmingham. You can fly to more than double the number of locations from this airport compared to East Midlands Airport.

Education in Nottingham

The city is home to two large universities and the University of Nottingham. The student popular is on average 60,000.

To consider primary and secondary education, there are a wide range of excellent quality schools available in all areas. A noteworthy option is the independent day school Nottingham High School, which was included in the Telegraph’s list of top best value private schools.

Top things to do in Nottingham

1. Visit Old Market Square – Nottingham has the largest remaining market square in the UK, almost 5.5 acres in size and it one of the main landmarks.

2. Explore the City’s Caves – Before the city was founded, the Celtic name for Nottingham translated to “Place of Caves”. At the top level of the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre you can embark on an underground journey through more than a thousand years of history. The caves were used for homes for the poor and in later years they were used as an air raid shelter during the Nottingham Blitz.

3. Visit Highfields Park – The park can be found South of the University of Nottingham and it is a 121-acre green space. The park is home to a boating lake and views across the University’s Trent Building and the lake itself has an island that you can reach along stepping stones. You will also see two stone lions that were presented to the University by the city of Ninbo, China.

Relocating to Nottingham

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