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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 48th

Known for its proud links to the Robin Hood legend, Nottingham is located in the East Midlands of England in the UK, and affectionately referred to as the ‘Queen of the Midlands’. It’s also known for being a major sporting center, named the 'Home of English Sport' in October 2015.

Getting about is easy in Nottingham thanks to its award-winning public transport system, and there are a great deal of things to do, with large shopping centers, theaters, galleries, music and entertainment venues. There’s also plenty of history and culture to explore, from museums, to Nottingham Castle (along with the famous Robin Hood statue), and the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which claims to be the oldest pub in England.

Nottingham receives a high score in the student mix indicator of the QS Best Student Cities ranking. Not only is there a large international student population in Nottingham, but the city’s highest-ranked university, the University of Nottingham, has branch campuses in Malaysia and China, and has been praised for its international approach to higher education.

However, Nottingham’s highest score is for the student view indicator, ranked 30th. The city is certainly proving popular with its students and received lots of praise in our student survey for its thriving student lifestyle, nightlife and friendliness. One student said there’s a “great balance between top ranking university education and brilliant nightlife – I had the stereotypical student life and loved it!” Another explained, “The campus is beautiful and the city is really affordable for the UK.”

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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