Community Engagement

Although we have a large student population in Nottingham, university students make up only about 12.5% of Nottingham's total population, and in outlying areas it's even less. Living off campus in a mixed community brings about certain roles and responsibilities that are very different to living in halls of residence. 

Nottingham is a brilliant place to live, work and study and we want you to make the most of your time whilst you’re in this great city. We’ve developed the following information, advice and guidance to help support you during your time living in the local community. Please also take a look at our campaigns page to see our projects that support living off campus.


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Living in the community

Many students move off-campus during their time at university. Here, you will find everything you need to know to help and support you as a member of your local community. We've got plenty of advice and guidance on what it takes to be a good neighbour and how to get involved in community life. You'll also find information about crime prevention and staying safe as well as helpful hints on house-hunting.

To keep up to date with what is going on off-campus, follow us on TwitterInstagram and TikTok.




Cluttered cupboards?

It’s always a good time to have a clear out of anything you no longer wear/use. Donating these items to the British Heart Foundation is a sustainable choice as you divert used items from landfill.

They accept unwanted clothes, books, electrical items and small pieces of furniture. You can find your nearest British Heart Foundation donation bank by following the link below.

Support the Pack for Good campaign



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Community Engagement Ambassadors

The Community Engagement Ambassador (CEA) scheme is an exciting new pilot project aiming to support community cohesion initiatives in three specific zones across Lenton and Radford.

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Security Officer helping visitors at September 2019 Open Day, University Park
Safety in the City

Nottingham has been recognised for its safety and has a Purple Flag City Centre. We run educational campaigns for students each year to reinforce key messages about taking simple steps to keep safe.

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Student with Residents and their donations to Foodbank
Section for the Community

Read our Community Newsletters to learn about the many ways our students are making a positive contribution both on and off campus. Find out how to recruit student volunteers for your project.

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Community Engagement ambassador keeping the streets of Lenton clean
Community Campaigns

The Community Engagement team runs a range of educational campaigns and projects each academic year, to support students who have chosen to live in the community whilst completing their studies.

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A Community Engagement Ambassador at the Lenton Festival 2023
Community Chest Fund

The Community Chest Fund offers grants of up to £500 for projects linking students, local residents, community organisations and local agencies into initiatives that aim to improve community relations.

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The Barn on Sutton Bonington campus during lockdown


The Beeston Seat, a statue at the centre of Beeston High Street. Designed to as a quiet resting place on a busy street






Making most of your time in the local community

Explore the services the university offers when moving into your new home and a new city. We bring our students together in a friendly, safe and vibrant community that creates a sociable and enriching living experience - and we can't wait for you to join us. 

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Good Neighbours

Our community is not just students, but local residents too. Find out how you can be a good neighbour

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Community Engagement Manager with CPOs
Community Protection

Community Protection is a partnership between Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police and it functions with officers providing a local presence in every city neighbourhood.

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Karni Volunteers with Foodbank Collection
Getting Involved

Find out how you can become an active volunteer through the Student Volunteer Centre (SVC)

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Respect Your Local Community Campaign

Respect for your community is an integral part of being a student at the University of Nottingham. Find out about the Student Charter and how we help to keep our community accountable

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Community Engagement Ambassador helps a student recycle correctly

Recycling is an integral part of being a positive community member and a resident in your local community, discover how you can #RecycleRight

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Waste Management

Waste management is an important part of living in your local community and ensuring our streets remain safe and clean.

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Check out our Accommodation Hub

Are you living in accommodation on one of our campuses? Check out the Accommodation Hub for support and information

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Melton Hall, Jubilee Campus