Nottingham Visitor information
Nottingham University accommodation
The university has numerous accommodation halls spread throughout the city. The age of the accommodation varies, and is refurbished when required. It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Dates of Nottingham's academic vacations
Rooms are available during the academic vacations:
Easter: mid-March to mid-April
Summer: early July to end-September
Christmas: early-December to mid-January
Nottingham visitor attractions
Nottingham is a vibrant city in the East Midlands with a great deal to occupy its visitors, whether shopping, eating out or taking in the cultural and historical attractions.
Getting to Nottingham
Nottingham is easily accessible from Nottingham East Midlands Airport, which is 13 miles away. A taxi costs £20 or there is a Skylink bus service to Nottingham City Centre every 30 minutes. Birmingham International and London Luton Airports are two-hour train rides to Nottingham. From Manchester Airport it takes about 2½ hours by train. Heathrow Airport is a one-hour ride with the Heathrow Express Train and the tube to London St Pancras mainline station, from where a train to Nottingham takes about two hours. Both Gatwick Airport and London Stansted Airport are three-hour train rides to Nottingham. National Express run coaches from all major UK airports to Nottingham (Broadmarsh Bus Station, in the city centre).
There are trains every hour from London St Pancras to Nottingham. Nottingham train station is adjacent to the city centre. UK train schedules can be accessed at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham. Follow the signs to the city centre or, to get to the University, follow the A52 for about 10 minutes, then enter the roundabout next to the "Toby Carvery" restaurant and take the third exit into Woodside Road (A6464). The entrance to the University Park Campus is at the next roundabout, on your left.
Nottingham: the historic city
At the heart of Nottingham City Centre is the Old Market Square. This large open space is the largest square in England and was refurbished in 2007. Folklore has it that it was in the Market Square where outlaw Robin Hood took advantage of an amnesty and won the coveted silver arrow in a contest devised by the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Nottingham has some truly magnificent architecture, buildings from a vast swathe of history stretching right back to the 1100s have been built in the City. Victorian Nottingham saw a building boom with many grand buildings being built owing to the City's 19th century importance. Architects such as Alfred Waterhouse, Thomas Chambers Hine and Watson Fothergill have all built spectacular buildings in Nottingham.
Why not stop for refreshment at The Old Trip to Jerusalem? Known as one of the oldest pubs in England (its painted sign states that it was established in 1189 AD), it sits at the foot of Castle Rock in Nottingham's city centre. According to local legend it takes its name from the 12th Century Crusades to the Holy Land: legend has it that knights who answered the calls of Richard I to join the crusades, stopped off at this watering hole for a pint on their way to Jerusalem.
Nottingham: the University
The University of Nottingham traces its origins to the founding of an adult education school in 1798. The foundation stone of the original University College Nottingham on Shakespeare Street was laid in 1877, with a speech by former UK prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone. This building was formally opened in 1881 by Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.
One of the most celebrated alumnus of Nottingham is the novelist D. H. Lawrence. Nottingham has particularly strong links with Malaysia. Two Malaysian kings, as well as several Malaysian government ministers are graduates. Other prominent alumni include 2003 Nobel laureate Sir Clive Granger, 12 current members of the UK Parliament and numerous executives on the boards of top multi-national corporations.
Universities in Nottingham