Natural Sciences

Student Life

Students in the Engineering and Science Learning Centre

Student musical performance

Students relaxing at the University Lake


Campus Life

University Park is one of the largest campuses in the country with enviable facilities that mean students seldom have to leave the site, although with good transport links it is easy if you want to.  The campus itself is very green, combining formal gardens with open grassland and wooded areas and easy access to surrounding countryside including the neighbouring Wollaton Park.  The campus environment provides lots of opportunities for students to take part in sports and other outdoor pursuits as well as the space to take a break from studying. 

The University of Nottingham cultural side is wrapped up in the Lakeside Arts Centre.  The centre houses several venues including the University Museum, Theatre, Recital Hall and Art Gallery and boasts a year-round programme of performance and exhibitions. In addition to in-house productions and performances these venues also provide performance opportunities for the numerous student societies which are focussed on performance including MusSco, BlowSoc, Musicality and Gilbert and Sullivan Society.  The University is also the home of New Theatre, the only student-run theatre in England which puts on performances throughout the University year.    

Nottingham offers an accommodation guarantee to students which means that providing they meet the conditions they are guaranteed a room in University-arranged accommodation during their first year. The accommodation available at the University can be divided into two categories; catered and self-catered. Find out more about accommodation by visiting their webpage,

Nottingham has a strong reputation for sports and finished second in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league last year. There are sports facilities located across all of our campuses including the recently redeveloped David Ross Sports Village on University Park. To find out more about sports at Nottingham please visit their webpages.

Students in fancy dress getting off a coach

Student with boats at the National Water Sports Centre

Students checking out a fancy dress market in Portland Atrium


Social Life

The social life for students at Nottingham is second-to-none with loads of activities and events taking place both on and off campus.  Nottingham have one of the largest and most active Students' Unions in the country with more than 200 clubs and societies as well as a range of award-winning student media including Impact Magazine, University Radio Nottingham (URN) and Nottingham Student Television (NSTV).   

The Portland Building provides a focus for student life and acts as a base for Nottingham Students' Union and the main SU Bar, Mooch.  In addition to the social activities and events the Students' Union also provide an independent advice service as well as some commercial services including a Print Shop and the SU Shop.  The Portland Building also houses several external services including Santander and Nat West Banks, Blackwells Bookshop, Costa Coffee, Boots, Starbucks and a hairdressers. 

University isn't just about having fun in your spare time, lots of students take the opportunity to develop some skills and get some work experience.  The Student Volunteer Centre can help students to find project work both in the UK and overseas and there is an on-campus recruitment agency, Unitemps, which can help you to find paid, part-time and vacation work.   

Students sat outside of Wild Clothing in Nottingham

Students at Goose Fair in Nottingham

Students in Nottingham's Market Square


Nottingham Life

Nottingham is deservedly one of Britain's most popular centres for social life, shopping, leisure and entertainment.  It is quite a small city which makes it a very accessible to visit and with access to excellent transport links including a tram network and excellent train and bus services to areas throughout the UK it is fast and convenient to get around. 

Nottingham is the best shopping city in the East Midlands with a good mix of high street, independent, alternative and designer shops.  This city has a lively bar and club scene which is in part contributed to by the fact that more than 65,000 students live in Nottingham.  There are bars available to carer to a wide range of tastes from real-ale pubs to swanky cocktail bars including no fewer than three pubs which claim to be the oldest in the UK.  Nottingham has an established history as a leading city for music and venues in a range of different sizes across the city attract some of the biggest names from the rock and pop world as well as up-and-coming artists.  Other musical styles are also well represented and there are lots of opportunities to see orchestral, jazz, world music and dub-step in the city. 

Nottingham is particularly well served for sport with two high-profile football clubs; Nottingham Ice Arena, Trent Bridge Cricket Ground; The National Watersports Centre; Nottingham Tennis Centre, and Nottingham RFC.  There are also plenty of opportunities to experience culture in the city with several museums and art galleries dotted around the city or several performing arts venues.  Nottingham is home to a number of cinemas including the Broadway Cinema which is considered to be one of the UK's most influential independent cinemas.  To find out more about Nottingham why not visit the A-Z Guide which was put together by the Natural Sciences students, or Nottingham's Tourist Information Website

Natural Sciences

School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham
University Park

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