Department of History

History student life

Nottingham campus and city

Nottingham is of course famous for its rich history and links with Robin Hood, but today you'll find a modern city that offers national and international venues for music, art, sport, nightlife festivals and food. 

Nottingham’s compact city centre and tram system make it easy to get around while the stunning countryside of the Peak District and other rural highlights is not far away.

University Park is an exceptionally green campus with gardens and lake, located only two miles from the city centre.

Laura Theobald (MA History) discusses student life at Nottingham from a postgraduate perspective.


Student Union Clubs and Societies

The History Society is one of the largest subject societies in the University with more than 600 members.

It is run entirely by students but works closely with the department, offering a range of social and sport activities, as well as various projects for charity and a scheme enabling students to teach in local secondary schools.

One of the aims of the society is to enhance your employability while at university, as well as afterwards. The society’s activities – academic, charitable, sporting, and cultural – culminate with the annual ball, not only a celebration of the past academic year, but a time to reflect on successes within the society and the department. The society is highly successful and enables you to ensure you experience both life in the university and the city to its greatest capacity.

Other student societies

Nottingham University’s Students' Union offers a huge amount of amazing events, sports clubs, societies and activities to make sure you have an incredible time here at Nottingham. The Union currently has more than 33,000 members. To find the society catering for your particular passions, use the Union’s ‘A-Z society finder’.



Outreach and volunteering

History students are encouraged to participate in some of the various outreach and volunteering opportunities in and around Nottingham.

There are a variety of projects available, all of which enable students to develop employability skills whilst contributing to worthwhile and fulfilling projects.

Schemes include:

  • History Schools Volunteering Project
  • Students in Classrooms
  • IntoUniversity
  • Work with local communities


Nottingham – Music City

Nottingham is the UK’s 'second most musical city' according to a Spotify survey.

Home to leading live music venues, a buzzing club scene, outdoor summer festivals and international orchestral and opera seasons – you will see why Nottingham is one of the country's acknowledged music capitals.

Students from all disciplines are invited to participate in some of the musical activities on offer in the Department of Music.

Guide to Musical Life at Nottingham


Music City

Choral scholarships



New Theatre

The Nottingham New Theatre is the only entirely student-run theatre in the country.

It stages an in-house production every week of term and a further 10 throughout the year.

The Nottingham New Theatre offers hundreds of roles annually, both on-stage and off-stage, and is dedicated to providing a multitude of opportunities for its members, and to producing work of a professional standard.

The New Theatre



New Theatre students talk about their collaboration with the  Lakeside Arts Centre



Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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