Living in Nottingham

We cover everything you will need to know in this comprehensive guide about living and working in Nottingham.

Nottingham Insights
Nottingham’s Population
House Prices in Nottingham
Renting in Nottingham
What is it like living in Nottingham?
Is Nottingham a safe place?
What are the best neighbourhoods in Nottingham?
Getting around Nottingham
What are the schools like in Nottingham?
University in Nottingham
Eating and Drinking in Nottingham
Shopping in Nottingham
Hotels in Nottingham
Top 10 things to do in Nottingham
Locksmiths in Nottingham


Nottingham Insights

Nottingham is located in the heart of the English Midlands and began its journey in the 6th century as a small settlement owned by a man called Snotta who named the town Snotta Inga Ham. Inga meaning ‘belonging to’ and ham meant village which later led the village to be named Snottingham before it was renamed to Nottingham.

Nottingham is famous for the legend of Robin Hood, the 11th century Nottingham Castle and lace making to name a few. In 2015, Nottingham also gained the prestigious UNESCO City of Literature joining Edinburgh, Norwich and Dublin with this title in the UK. Nottingham is just under 2 hours away from London via train and just under three hours via car.


Nottingham Population

It is estimated that there are 331,297 residents living in Nottingham and is one of the youngest cities in the UK with over 50% of the population under the age of 30!


House Prices in Nottingham

Over the last 12 months there were 3,933 sales of properties in Nottingham with the average price paid standing at £212,302. Zoopla has estimated a positive value change of 7.47% with their current average value estimate at £225,917. (January 2021)

Detached House Prices in Nottingham

There is a positive value change of 4.78% for detached homes in Nottingham with Zoopla estimating the current average value to be £332,971. The average price paid from 1,227 sales of detached homes in Nottingham is £311,652.

Semi-Detached House Prices in Nottingham

Expect to pay £187,518 for a semi-detached home in Nottingham, this is the average price paid from 1,454 buyers over the last 12 months. Zoopla estimate semi-detached homes to now be worth more in Nottingham at £191,054 with a positive value change of 5.00%.

Terraced House Prices in Nottingham

There were 934 sales of terraced properties in Nottingham over the last 12 months; the average price homeowners paid for these were £145,009. Likewise to other property types there has been a positive value change but of just a small margin of 0.41% and Zoopla now estimates terraced properties in Nottingham to be worth £143,329.

Flat Prices in Nottingham

There were 314 completed sales of flats in Nottingham this past year with the average price paid standing at £139,832. From the last 12 months there has been a 5.13% value change increase and Zoopla estimates the current average value of a flat in Nottingham to be worth £156,297.


Renting in Nottingham reports that the average price a property rents for in Nottingham is to be £1,438pcm. The average price for a room in Nottingham will cost you around £954pcm, a flat £1,188pcm and a house £1,767pcm. However, the median rent averages out at £520pcm for a room, £892pcm for a flat and £1,595pcm for a house.


Is Nottingham a Cheap Place to Live?

Living in Nottingham is on average 35% cheaper than the costs of living in London, 10% more expensive than Liverpool and 9% cheaper than Bristol!

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Is Nottingham a Nice Place to Live?

Nottingham places in at number 13 as the best city in the UK for families according to The poll takes schools, salaries, house prices, burglary stats, green spaces and job opportunities into consideration. Nottingham benefits by having 20 nearby parks, good schools, a £25,334 average salary and low house prices compared to the UK average!

Is Nottingham a Safe Place to Live?

There were 395 crimes reported in Nottingham during the month of September 2020. The top reported crimes throughout the month of September 2020 were anti-social behaviour related crimes at 209 cases. This number is far higher than the following highest number of crimes which are violence and sexual offences at 55 reported, 22 shoplifting and 21 reports for criminal damage and arson. Like all places in Nottingham there are reputably good and ‘bad’ areas within the city but as Nottingham is classed as the UK’s 11th most deprived city in the UK you will find a trend of higher crimes in the deprived areas in comparison to those that aren’t. However, burglary is relatively low in the city, with 11 reported during September 2020 and 235 reports over the last year.


Best Places to Live in Nottingham

Some of the best places to live in Nottingham, if not some of the best places to live in Nottinghamshire, are listed below:

West Bridgford

West Bridgford is regarded as one of the best areas to live in Nottingham, the neighbourhood benefits from its proximity to the River Trent and Bridgford Park! There is a library, a couple of pubs and a Marks and Spencer within the area. There are good schools in the area including West Bridgford infant and junior schools who both achieve the Ofsted grade ‘Outstanding’.  The highest priced property in West Bridgford on the market currently is an 8 bed detached home with a wrap around balcony extending to over 1200 sq feet, this home will set you back a whopping £2,950,000! The cheapest property in West Bridgford, Liverpool, is a 1 bedroom apartment with a private balcony overlooking the river for £110,000.


Beeston benefits from lovely local pubs and is within easy access to the shops and transport links via Beeston railway station and is in close distance to the University of Nottingham’s main campus and Boots head office. There are plenty of good schools in the area too! A one bed ground floor flat is the cheapest property on the market currently in this area which will set you back £80,000. The most expensive property in Beeston, Liverpool, is 31 bedroom semi-detached property consisting of 31 students rooms for £3,750,000 which will see you earning an annual income of £265,000 (7% gross yield).


Mapperley is a leafy green area in Nottingham that benefits good schools, cafés, pubs and Mapperley Park is recognized as a conservation area with rows of Edwardian and Victorian homes! The cheapest property in Mapperley currently is a studio flat for £55,000 and the highest priced property is a 5 bedroom detached Victorian home with 5 acres of land for £1,450,000.

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Travelling in Nottingham

There are lots of good walking opportunities in Nottingham due to the proximity to the countryside and the river!

Trams in Nottingham

You can travel across Nottingham via tram in around 8 minutes! The tram will transport you through the main shopping areas, leisure venues and attractions. Plan your journey using the website here.

Buses in Nottingham

Buses run frequently through Nottingham by Nottingham City Transport, plan your route here.

Park and Ride in Nottingham

Nottingham also benefits from a number of park and ride locations with free parking, check out the locations here.

Trains Stations in Nottingham

There are three train stations in Nottingham, they are Nottingham Train Station, Bulwell and Beeston.

Closest Airport to Nottingham

East Midlands is 11.7 miles away and is the closest airport to Nottingham. It’ll take you around 25 minutes to reach East Midlands Airport (EMA) via car and 46 minutes via train.


What are the Schools like in Nottingham?

There are 115 schools and colleges located in Nottingham. There are an impressive 15 schools and colleges that are Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ including Bluecoat Wollaton Academy, Nethergate Academy and Oak Field School. Eight schools and colleges received the rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ and two received ‘Inadequate’, these are Farnborough Academy and Park Vale Academy. All the other schools and colleges received the grade ‘Good’ and the remainder are private schools and therefore not rated by Ofsted. Find out Nottingham schools Ofsted ratings here.


Universities in Nottingham

There are two universities situated in Nottingham, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. What’s great about studying in Nottingham is that there are free buses that run for students between the campuses and the city centre.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is in the UK’s top 20 universities in The Complete University Guide 2021 and ranked as a world top 100 University by the QS World University Rankings 2021. There are courses in many subject areas here including the arts, engineering, medicine and sciences. Find out more here.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University has also been awarded a Gold award for their teaching standards. As a relatively young university Nottingham Trent is starting to make an impact on the World University rankings and has grown an impressive few hundred places to become #601 out of the world’s top 800 universities 2021. There are many courses available here including chemistry, criminology, graphic arts and technologies, philosophy, law and real estate and property management to name just a few! Here are all the undergraduate subjects here!


Eating and Drinking in Nottingham

Nottingham is home to one of only 23 restaurants in the UK to have achieved not one but 2 Michelin star chefs! Restaurant Sat Bains is definitely worth a detour to visit when you’re there. Michelin’s guide write that the restaurant is highly skilled in ‘extracting maximum flavour from every ingredient’…’dishes are creative, modern and refined, with playful elements to add some fun’. The ingredients are super fresh as they cook with the produce from their own urban garden and greenhouse and they even have their own honey from their own beehives! Check our Restaurant Sat Bains here.

More Top places to eat in Nottingham:

BBC Good Food reported their top places to eat in Nottingham in May 2019, here are a select few of those:

Alchemilla, Nottingham

This restaurant is on the list as the best place to visit in Nottingham for a special occasion. This restaurant is set is an 19th century horse-drawn carriage garage, how many of those have you seen? The menu consists of intense plant based dishes and contemporary meat and fish courses! Have a look here.

Kayal , Nottingham

Destined for cheap and casual evenings, Kayal specializes in South Indian food with fresh coconut chutney, fish curries and veggie dishes. What’s better the lunches start at £3.95 and mains from £7! See more here.

Marrakesh, Nottingham

Another exotic but casual and budget friendly restaurant on the BBC’s Good Food guide is Marrakesh. This place is swimming in aesthetic appeal with beaten copper pots and ornate lamps that quietly hum underneath the canopies! As you may have guessed you’ll enjoy typical Egyptian food here! The restaurant is currently undergoing some work, so keep your eye open for their reopening!


Shopping in Nottingham

There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Nottingham from large shopping centres to unique independent shops!

Intu Victoria Centre

This huge shopping centre has all the high street favourites such as Next, John Lewis and Top Shop to name just a few! There are also a couple of homeware shops and toy shops for the kids! Find out more here!

The Exchange Arcade

Set in a grade II listed building this shopping centre is home to an array of designer labels, art and home shops with a couple of eateries! Find out more here.

Flying Horse Arcade

Boutique and independent stores along with the Vivienne Westwood shop are found here! Shops include ‘The Cheese Shop’, ‘Brew Cavern’ and ‘Whitewall Gallery’.

Clumber Street & Bridlesmith Gate

You’ll find Lush, Holland & Barret, Jessops and Schuh, Ted Baker, Disel and Apothocary here to name a few!

Old Market Square

There are an array of market events that happen here throughout the year but you’ll also find Debenhams and Lakeland here!

Independent Shopping in Nottingham

Support your local artists, bakers and makers by visiting one of Nottingham’s independent shops! Find out more here.


Hotels in Nottingham

The Independent reported some of their top hotels to stay in, in Nottingham, check out a few from that list below:

Mama’s Inn

Set in the north of the city is Mama’s Inn that consists of two Victorian villas. This B&B is only 6 years old and is already making a great name for itself! The rooms and food are inspired by some of the most romantic and exotic cultures in the world! Find out more here!

The Walton

If you’re looking for somewhere great to stay within walking distance to the city centre then look no further than The Walton. The former hunting lodge with open fire with original 19th century features is great to cosy up in the winter but the sun terrace, sharing boards and fine wine make it a great place to relax in the summer! Find out more here.

Hart’s Hotel and Kitchen

This hotel is set on the ramparts of Nottingham Castle and has won a Riba architecture award for design with brilliant views across the city. If you’re looking for a foodie break this is also the hotel for you as one of the most sought after dining places in Nottingham!

Top 10 Things to do in Nottingham

  1. Nottingham Castle
  2. Newstead Abbey
  3. City of Caves
  4. Wollaton Hall
  5. National Justice Museum
  6. Nottingham Contemporary
  7. Attenborough Nature Reserve
  8. The Arboretum
  9. Highfields Park
  10. Green’s Windmill and Science Centre


Need a Locksmith in Nottingham?

When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Nottingham Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Nottingham provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

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