Nottingham is a medium-sized city that is perfect for international students who want to experience English culture from within and go to the University of Nottingham or Nottingham Trent University. If you choose to live in a shared apartment in this city, you will surely live in a multicultural environment and enjoy various experiences together with your flatmates of different nationalities.
These are the most outstanding of living in shared flats in the English city:
By living with local or international flatmates you will be able to improve your English very quickly since it is the language in which international students communicate with each other.
You will be able to choose between rooms available in different convenient areas in the city, especially according to the university you are going to attend. Some of the most prominent neighbourhoods for students are Hockley, The Lace Market and The Park.
Some of the shared flats are part of residences for young people and have special facilities such as a cinema room, laundry, leisure rooms and/or a gym. In addition, some apartments also have access to the garden.
For some people who want to live in quiet areas, central areas of the city such as Hockley can be too crowded, especially in the afternoon/evening when young people tend to go to bars and restaurants on its streets.
You have to share common areas such as a bathroom, kitchen and living room (if the private bathroom is important to you, you should know that some rooms also include it, although at a higher price).
There are several apps that you can use before and during the process of your exchange in Nottingham. In these apps, you will find a large amount of information, both about procedures that you have to do and about life in the city. You will also be able to read advice from students from previous years. One of them is that you make the most of the cultural and entertainment offered in the city, including the different festivals that are organized during the year, such as the Dot to Dot, Hockley Hustle, Light Night and the Robin Hood Festival.
If you decide to live in a shared flat, befriending your roommates is a good way to make friends in Nottingham. In addition, you may want to consider the following options:
Both the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University have Student societies that you can join during your stay in the city. For example, the University of Nottingham has over 300 different interest groups and over 70 sports clubs that you can join. You will surely find young people with whom you can easily share your hobbies!
Generally, the international student departments of the universities in Nottingham create Facebook groups in which young people can access a lot of information, as well as communicate with each other.
The WhatsApp and Telegram groups are used so that you can meet other international students who are going to be in the city at the same time as you. Likewise, when they are there they will be able to organize different plans and activities among yourselves.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when living in Nottingham:
Remember to bring a raincoat! As much as the temperature throughout the year is usually mild, you have to know that rains are frequent in this city.
One of the icons of Nottingham is Robin Hood, and every year the Robin Hood Festival takes place which you cannot miss if you do it while you are in the city. For a week, Sherwood Forest is filled with craft stalls, falconry, medieval music and costumed characters. Dress up with your friends and have fun while you learn more about its legend!
|How much does a shared flat cost in Nottingham?|
|For your reference, the average cost of a room in a shared apartment is around £550-600 per month, although it can be in a range between £300 and £950 per month.|
|How to meet people in Nottingham?|
|Join one of the student associations available! Each university has a large number of them, you will surely find one of your interest. You can also join Whatsapp, Telegram and Facebook groups to stay in touch with other young people.|
|What are the advantages of sharing a flat in Nottingham?|
|By saving on the cost of renting, you will not only be able to enjoy more of the cultural and leisure offer of the city, but you will also have more possibilities of travelling to other nearby cities such as Birmingham, Sheffield and Manchester.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Nottingham?|
|The lifestyles of the roommates should be compatible or similar, even though each one has a different nationality. That way it is easier for everyone to understand each other and to avoid some problems that usually arise from coexistence.|
|What are the best apps to find flatmates in Nottingham?|
|One of the best apps/websites that you can use is Erasmus Play, in which you will not only be able to access the online community but also see the different spare rooms and apartments available and verified to share.|