Moving to Nottingham
What do lace, bicycles and men in tights have in common? No, Movehub hasn’t been to an immersive theatre experience, we’re talking about the lovely city of Nottingham! Home of the legend of Robin Hood, the birthplace of Raleigh Cycles, and the ancient centre of lace making, Nottingham has grown into a flourishing city with lots to discover behind the scenes.
Jobs in Nottingham
You might not think it at first, but Nottingham is actually a big centre for business, with opportunities in many different sectors. Glassdoor has ranked Nottingham as the third best city in the UK for jobs – based on how easy it is to find a job, employee satisfaction, and cost of living. It’s an attractive area for companies to make their HQ base.
Famously, Boots was founded in the city in 1849, but more recent arrivals include Experian and See Tickets. In 2005, Nottingham was named by the government as one of 6 ‘science cities’, given investment to develop this sector in the area. BioCity is the jewel in the crown, an internationally renowned bioscience innovation centre, with labs and offices for established and startup companies working in life sciences.
Nottingham has two large universities and the University of Nottingham.Their student population together is around 60,000, and the city caters for this group well with a varied nightlife and cheap housing options.
For primary and secondary education, you will be able to find many good schools in whichever area you decide to settle in Nottingham. A couple of noteworthy options are the independent day school Nottingham High School, which was included in the Telegraph’s list of top 10 best value private schools in 2015. The facilities and opportunities are excellent, and means tested bursaries are offered.
The Minster School is a little outside of Nottingham in the rural setting of Southwell, but if you find yourself in the catchment area, this Ofsted outstanding-rated state school can offer great teaching and opportunities.
If you’re used to the trendy warehouse conversions of East London, but perhaps they’ve always been out of reach with your stretched capital city budget, then Nottingham may meet and exceed your expectations for luxury city centre living.
As a city with an industrial past, there’s plenty of old buildings that have had a new lease of life, particularly in the city’s Creative Quarter, spanning the Lace Market and Hockley areas. You can nab a light-filled, bare brick space with all the mod cons for around only £600pcm for a one bed.
The overall average house price for Nottingham is £180,000, but you can expect to pay a lot more in the city’s most popular areas. For the epitome of class, exclusivity and sophistication, The Park is Nottingham’s most sought-after address (average prices are £351,000 here). Formerly the ground of Nottingham Castle, hence the name, this area is a delightful enclave of tree-lined quiet streets with grand Victorian houses and converted flats.
The close-knit community feel and bursting calendar of resident association events could be a dream for some, but may be too old-fashioned for others – the area still employs a ‘lamp man’ to turn on the original gas streetlights! Mapperley Park is another good neighbourhood, without the exclusivity and price tag of The Park (average prices are about £100,000 less), but keeping the leafy suburb feel and pretty Victorian properties.
Wherever you decide to settle in Nottingham, the award winning public transport network will keep you well connected, the buses and trams in particular are good value and super reliable.
Nottingham was named as the official Home of Sport by VisitEngland in 2015; it’s absolutely buzzing with activity for spectators and budding sports stars alike. The city has two main football teams, each with legendary status in their own way.
Notts County is the world’s oldest professional football club, having been formed in 1862. Nottingham Forest is inextricably linked to Brian Clough, perhaps the country’s best football manager, who lead the club to countless victories throughout the seventies, eighties and nineties.
There’s no way we could cover every sporting interest on offer in Nottingham, but the best of the rest include: Trent Bridge for international, test and county cricket, the National Ice Centre that’s home to a great ice hockey team (Nottingham’s also the birthplace of Torvill & Dean) and the National Watersports Centre for all your sailing, kayaking and whitewater rafting needs!
History and culture
Nottingham Castle has been positioned in the centre of the city in one form or another since Medieval times. It’s was a hub of many battles throughout history and served as a royal residence in the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.
Nowadays, the castle is home to the city’s Museum and Art Gallery, where you can delve into local history, check out the works of art in the Long Gallery, and take a tour of some of the original Medieval cave network. Wollaton Park is in the west of the city. It’s a vast deer park with the stunning Elizabethan stately home Wollaton Hall in the centre. (If you’re a superhero fan, you might recognise it as Batman’s house, in Dark Knight Rises).
As well as enjoying the park and exploring the restored rooms of the house, there’s also the Nottingham Natural History Museum and Nottingham Industrial Museum on the same site, well worth a visit! A couple more cultural institutions to fill your free time in your new city are the Contemporary Gallery with its small but cutting edge programme of exhibitions, and the National Videogame Arcade – yes, that’s right, you can spend the day playing retro video games under the guise of culture in Nottingham!
Shopping and going out
There’s live music and theatre venues to suit every taste in Nottingham. Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall host contemporary and classical music, comedians and much more. Rock City is the much-loved indie gig venue with a packed programme of bands and club nights.
For a more intimate setting, Jam Cafe is a firm favourite with Nottingham’s hipster crowd. It’s worth exploring away from the mainstream when it comes to shopping in Nottingham as well. The two main shopping centres, the Victoria Centre and the Broadmarsh Centre, have all the staples you’d need, but are a little tired.
There’s so much to discover in the city centre’s arcades and side streets – Bridlsmith Gate, the Exchange and Flying Horse Walk offer a stylish shopping experience with many high end stores. Hockley Village is the place to be for quirky boutiques, vintage shops, cafes and independent cinemas – Cobden Chambers is particularly charming.
For some liquid refreshment with a side of history, head to Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem pub, possibly the oldest pub in England, it’s connected to the Medieval cave system and built against the cliffs of the Castle. Finally, what better way to toast a new start in Nottingham, than with a delicious dinner at the famous 2 Michelin star restaurant, Sat Bains.