International student life


With a community of more than 40,000 students from over 150 countries, The University of Nottingham is a truly global university providing excellent opportunities to meet, study and socialise with individuals from all over the world.

Your student experience is about much more than just studying. This page highlights some of the opportunities you can take advantage of while studying with us as an international student.

You can also read about international and EU students' experiences of life at Nottingham in our International Student Life blog.

Students at Wollaton Park

International student life


Student societies

Nottingham's Students' Union hosts over 200 student-run societies. As well a wide variety of hobbies and interests, these include many cultural, national and religious societies, providing you a way to connect with other students from your country, background or faith. There are also over 70 sports clubs and a variety of volunteering opportunities. If you want to explore the UK during your studies, the Travel Society arranges trips to cities and attractions across the UK.

Faith support and facilities

Nottingham's Chaplaincy and Faith Support provides support and faith facilities for students of all beliefs, and has strong links with student faith societies and local places of worship in the Nottingham area. Its facilities include a chapel, Muslim prayer rooms, and multi-faith prayer rooms.

Nottingham city

Nottingham is a great city for students and is also home to a diverse community of residents from many cultures. As well as experiencing British culture, you can enjoy multicultural festivals such as Chinese New Year, Holi, Eid, Diwali, a Christmas market and a Caribbean Carnival. Local shops and restaurants provide foods from around the world, making it easy to enjoy food from your home country or try something new. Find out more about the city in our Nottingham life webpages, including Nottingham City Council's welcome video for students.

Students with families

We provide information and guidance for international students with families on accommodation options, visas for family members, childcare and schooling. We also offer nursery facilities, English language classes for students' partners, and a limited number of spaces in family accommodation. Find out more on our students with families webpage.

International Family Link

Our International Family Link scheme provides students with an opportunity to meet local individuals, couples and families and to enjoy their hospitality perhaps for a dinner invitation or for coffee. This is a great opportunity to enjoy life off campus and to take part in a truly British experience. Many of our students and hosts have developed fantastic friendships through this scheme. Find out more on our International Family Link webpage.


HOST UK is a national charity which gives international students an opportunity to meet British people and enjoy British hospitality by making a weekend visit to their home. You can apply to take part directly through the HOST UK website

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award aims to build on your extracurricular interests and personalise your career development. The Award gives you the opportunity to stand out, the vision to achieve your goals and recognition for your commitment. Over 200 modules are available, focusing on career skills, mentoring, cultural awareness, entrepreneurship and volunteering.

Study abroad

Studying in another country during your Nottingham degree programme – through an exchange programme or summer school – is a great way to broaden your university experience. Find out more about your options on our study abroad webpages.

International Student Ambassadors

Each year the International Office recruits a small number of international and EU students to support us as International Student Ambassadors. This role provides an opportunity to share your positive experiences of life at Nottingham and to gain experience working with International Office staff, University visitors and prospective students.

We also recruit international and EU students to take part in our telephone call campaigns, speaking to international applicants and their families. Find out about some of our 2016 student callers on our International Student Life blog.

International Student Life blog

Whether they're writing about societies and support groups, applications and accommodation, or shopping and sight-seeing, our international student bloggers are here to help current and future students get the most out of the opportunities available at Nottingham.

Recent blog posts

The International Student Life blog


International Office

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

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