Things to consider now about student life

In the past, ‘student life’ has had its own unique traditions, stereotypes and rights of passage. However, with the increase in the number of students and the diversity of their backgrounds, there is now more choice than ever about the kind of ‘student life’ you might want to live. Given that you may have some particular preferences, it is important to consider life outside your studies when choosing which universities to apply to.

Today, around 80% of students move away from home to study at university, with 20% choosing to remain at their family home. Wherever you choose to live, your university is where you will study, and it is likely to be the centre of your social life too. For many, this is where you participate in arts, culture and sport; where you go for entertainment and nightlife; and where you do part-time work or volunteering.

To help you consider your options, here we are profiling two counties: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. These two counties are home to three universities:

  • University of Derby, based in Derby
  • University of Nottingham, based in Nottingham
  • Nottingham Trent University, based in Nottingham

 

Social Life

The University of Derby has an active social life that includes...

  • 39 sports teams competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport
  • A ranking of 47/153 universities nationally for competitive sport
  • 83 on-campus societies, you can see the full list here

The city of Derby, home to the University of Derby, has...

  • 20 licensed clubs, ranking 17/20 nationally
  • 95 licensed restaurants, ranking 38/55 nationally

 

The University of Nottingham has an active social life that includes...

  • 75 sports teams competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport
  • A ranking of 2/153 universities nationally for competitive sport
  • 236 on-campus societies, you can see the full list here

Nottingham Trent University has an active social life that includes...

  • 58 sports teams competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport
  • A ranking of 10/153 universities nationally for competitive sport
  • 123 on-campus societies, you can see the full list here

The city of Nottingham, home to both universities, has... 

  • 35 licensed clubs, ranking 14/20 nationally
  • 185 licensed restaurants, ranking 23/55 nationally

 

Accommodation 

If you choose to live at university, in your first year you will probably live in student accommodation on campus, which will be arranged through the university. For further information about campus accommodation options, you should look at a university’s own website.

University of Derby Accommodation

University of Nottingham Accommodation

Nottingham Trent University Accommodation

In the following years you may be able to continue living on campus, but most people choose to live in private accommodation nearby. You can find out more through any normal lettings agents, or there are websites that focus specifically on accommodation for university students.

Uni Lodgers

Sanctuary Students

 

Part-time jobs

Although your student loan will help to cover the costs of your accommodation and keep you fed, in order to make the most of student life you may need to work to earn some extra money while you are studying.

When looking for a part-time job, a good place to start is by getting in touch with your university’s student union. As well as advertising jobs on the university campus, they will also provide information about other opportunities in your local area.

University of Derby part-time jobs

University of Nottingham part-time jobs

Nottingham Trent University part-time jobs

Another popular choice among students is to look for part-time work in local bars, restaurants or shops nearby where you are living whilst away. There will be a lot of students who are interested in these jobs, so it is worth getting in touch with employers early.

 

More information

For more information about the universities, visit:

The Guardian Guide University of Derby

The Guardian Guide University of Nottingham

The Guardian Guide Nottingham Trent University

 

We have build a unique data set that has been collated from public sources. Click here to find out more about the data used.