Social life


"You'll never be stuck for choice in Nottingham..."

"I'm proud to be at Nottingham as it is a highly reputable university which caters for individual needs in every sense. Since coming to Nottingham I have not only learnt a lot academically, I have joined societies such as the Mountaineering Society that without sounding too cliché, have taught me a lot about myself."

"I've always felt safe here; day and manages to pack in all you could ever need and more...You won't have enough time to enjoy everything this city offers and you'll never be stuck for choice".

Quotes from students

Students relaxing in the Broadway cinema

Social life 


Students' Union

The University of Nottingham Students' Union is the hub of student social life. They also have a full time Postgraduate Officer who represents students at central University Committees by using feedback provided by postgraduate representatives on each program. In addition to the many events and activities they organise for students ─ including societies, sports clubs, and student-run services ─ they provide a number of opportunities for students to socialise both on and off campus. These include bars, club nights and comedy nights. They even run their own award-winning cinema and theatre group, The Nottingham New Theatre

Students' Union Box Office

The Students' Union Box Office should be your first port of call when planning an evening out with friends. You'll find a broad selection of events on sale, including Students' Union organised events ─ such as club nights at various venues in the city, comedy, live music, speed dating ─ and tickets to the hottest shows in town at Nottingham Playhouse and the Theatre Royal Concert Hall.

 Student from the DJ Society practising in The Den

University facilities


Situated in the Portland Building on University Park, Mooch is the Students' Union bar with bags of style, delicious food and heaps of special offers to make student life more palatable.

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

The University of Nottingham has its very own Arts Centre, Lakeside, on University Park Campus.  Lakeside is open to the public and has a year-round wide-ranging programme, including: theatre, comedy, dance, exhibitions, music and workshops for children and families. 

Lakeside is also home to two great places to meet for a drink or a bite to eat - the Pavilion Cafe and the Gallery Cafe.

Students admiring exhibition artwork at Lakeside Arts Centre


Halls of residence


The halls of residence at the University are a hub of social activity. Each University owned hall has its own bar for students to relax and enjoy, four of which are Mix bars which also serve a delicious range of freshly cooked food. 

Third party student halls also all have bars, except St Peter's Court where you can meet people and keep fit in the on site gym instead! 

Junior Common Rooms

All halls have Junior Common Rooms (JCRs) where students gather to meet and socialise. Each hall also has a JCR Committee and President who organise regular social events.

There are also other social facilities in some of the halls such as games rooms, pool tables, table tennis and tennis courts.

To find out more about hall facilities view the accommodation map.

Students socialising in a Junior Common Room


Mature and international students

Mature and international students can enjoy activities and events organised specifically for them through the:

Find out more about activities and events for students and life in the city of Nottingham, including nights out, culture and shopping and dining.

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