Popular with students due to the two universities, one in eight residents studies at university.
87% of employees work in the service sector, and the city has been hailed as “a place for innovative businesses and individuals to thrive”, due to the growth in digital, energy and life science sectors.
Nottingham’s positioning means most cities in England can easily be reached by train or car within a few hours, so you can easily spend your weekends visiting family and friends.
Working in Nottingham
Whether you want to work in-house for big name brands like Pentland (home to brands such as Speedo), Boots or Experian, or would prefer to specialise in the likes of SEO, PPC, content, PR or social media at an agency; then Nottingham could be the perfect place for you.
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When I finished uni, I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do, just that I wanted it to be vaguely mathematical. Fortunately, I found Hallam and it was the perfect fit. Here, I get to apply my technical expertise to an ever-changing environment, constantly trying to stay one step ahead of the competition. For other grads, I would just advise to get stuck into work somewhere. Even if it’s not what you originally imagined yourself doing, you’ll surprise yourself at what you find interesting by the end.
Jonathan Catton, Hallam
My advice to graduates considering a career in digital is there will definitely be an area of digital that suits your skillset and lines up with your interests, so go for it. The industry is super fast-paced so you’ll never be bored in your line of work. Agency work I believe is the most rewarding and the steepest learning curve, so shop around and find the agency with the best development plan for a graduate.
Elliot Haines, Hallam
Does degree subject matter?*
Have marketing degrees
Have business degrees
Degrees include media, fashion and history
*stats from included agency owners/managers
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Offering the perfect work-life balance, Nottingham is actually the cheapest city to live in that’s on our list! Compared to London, Nottingham is 184% cheaper and it also beats the likes of Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.
So, if you want your money to go further, Nottingham is the ideal place!
Average cost of a one bed flat (monthly rent)
£578.95 (city centre)
£464.17 (outside city centre)
Average monthly commuting costs
Monthly gym membership
Average cost of a meal at an inexpensive restaurant
Attenborough Nature Reserve prides itself on its rich wildlife. It is part of the wildlife trust, and focuses on creating the perfect habitats for rare species that you can spot during your visit.
The ideal escape from busy city life, there are multiple routes round this 226 hectare nature reserve, but the full route will take three hours.
The reserve is famous for its rare birds, and in the warmer months they have an impressive number of butterflies. With over 450 different plant species, Attenborough Nature Reserve is great for those who love the outdoors, and want to learn more about the environment.
Keep your eyes peeled as you walk down Carlton Street and you’ll see what looks like a boiler shop.
Venture inside, and you’ll see that in fact, it’s Nottingham’s not-so-secret cocktail bar.
On busy nights you may have to queue as you wait for a table, but it’s well worth the wait. This lot take their cocktail making seriously and mix up wonderfully creative drinks, served up with Hesten Blumenthal-like flare.
The cocktail menu changes every few months, so there will always be something new to try (although we do hate having to say goodbye to old favourites!).
Discover a treasure trove of antique gems at this vast vintage emporium, which covers a staggering 5,500 square feet.
An ever-changing array of vintage items are for sale on behalf of independent dealers – from ornaments to furniture and accessories, they stock it all. Whatever your taste, you stand a good chance of finding something unique to take home.
When you’ve finished shopping, you can pop into the adjoining cafe and bistro for a bite to eat.
End your working week with a night full of laughter at the Glee Club, where you can watch four local comedians take to the stage and have you in stitches all night.
They also offer some amazing food as part of a deal, which we’d definitely recommend trying. Why not check out one of the burlesque and cabaret nights too?
You can look ahead at who is performing in advance, so you don’t miss out on your favourites. Just beware – if you’re near the front of the audience, you may get roped into some audience participation!
Hidden in the backstreets of Nottingham is this gem, a creative and social space for the perfect evening.
With three floors to choose from there is something for whatever type of night you are after.
The ground floor has the jostling atmosphere of a local pub and the central floor is full of comfy sofas and intimate booths. The top floor is themed, currently full of japanese blossom trees, it is great for your instagram!
The drinks are also incredible, with unique cocktail flavours and garnishings it is a place to impress.
Take a tour of the Galleries of Justice and witness enthralling historical reenactments of courtroom dramas.
The myths, legends and true stories you’ll hear will get you thinking, but are fun too. You’ll be told about real prison breaks, discover what prisons looked like in the Victorian era, and even get to visit the dungeon where folklore says Robin Hood was held.
The first castle at the site dated back to 1067, and since then it has had a chequered history that touches many seminal events in British history.
While Nottingham Castle is currently closed for refurbishment, it is set to reopen in 2021, when it promises to be a world class destination.
The renovations will give the castle’s vast collection of fine and decorative arts a new home that will allow visitors to truly appreciate them in all their glory. So, if you’re moving to Nottingham, put this on your list of things to do!