Nottingham : your workplace at your doorstep !
Working and living in Nottingham
The most famous company in Nottingham also happens to be one of the UK’s most prominent high street staples – Boots. Founded in Nottingham in 1849, its headquarters in the quaint suburb of Beeston employs 8,000 people. Elsewhere, Experian UK has its operational headquarters here, while the city is also home to Biocity (the UK’s leading bioscience incubator), Pendragon (the largest operator of franchised motor car dealerships in the UK), Vision Express, the University Of Nottingham’s Energy Technology Research Institute and fashion designer Paul Smith’s flagship store.
In the recent Best Places In The UK To Make A Living survey carried out by The Independent (via Total Money), Nottingham charted ninth out of 64 cities and towns, beating the likes of London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester. While unemployment stands at 9.9%, job growth is a respectable 8%, while the average median monthly take-home salary is £1,671, which reflects well against the average monthly mortgage repayment of £447 (compared to London’s £2,381).
History fans can, of course, explore Nottingham Castle or nearby Sherwood Forest, while footie fans can catch a game at either Nottingham Forest or Notts County – for cricket fans there is Trent Bridge cricket ground, which has seen some classic test matches down the years. House prices in Nottingham are significantly lower than the UK average at £136,266 whilst a one bedroom city centre apartments is just £571pcm – ranking Nottingham as one of the best places to live in the UK.
Full to the brim with vibrant night life, independent shops and restaurants and exciting community events, Nottingham makes a perfect location for young professionals. Take a look at our Nottingham real estate guide to make the most of this fantastic city.
Hockley and Lace Market: find your modern home in a historic district !
Steeped in history and with everything you need right on your door step it’s easy to see why so many young professionals call this area home. Hockley and the Lace Market area provide city centre living at its very finest. The area is one of the most important historic areas of Nottingham. Once the home of Nottingham’s world-renowned lace industry, you will now find the picturesque streets full of an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants, vintage boutiques and creative businesses. Beautiful architecture abounds in the form of grand red brick warehouses and ex lace factories. The properties in the area are mainly apartments and often benefit from original and unique features such as beautiful exposed bricks and Georgian windows.
West Bridgford: everything you need right at your doorstep
Sitting just south of the river and about a mile from the city centre, this thriving area of Nottingham is a hive of activity and the perfect spot for sociable young professionals. West Bridgford has everything you need right on your doorstep, from the county’s best sporting venues to upmarket bars and restaurants, there’s something here to suit all tastes and keep you busy all weekend! The area also plays host to Nottingham’s biggest free summer festival, Riverside Festival. There are a mixture of flats and houses in the area and lots of house share options.
Lenton: living between to Universities
Not just for students, Lenton is a prime spot for young professionals too. For those who want to be close to the city but don’t fancy apartment style living, this area is a great option. Just a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bus journey will see you in to the city centre. The area is well serviced by Sainsburys local, Tesco Express and a larger Sainsburys at Castle Marina. If you’re looking for quieter living, try the pretty streets of Old Lenton, which are still well connected to the city via the Gregory Street tram stop. Properties here are mainly terraced or semi-detached homes.
Beeston: for shopping lovers
Beeston has a strong reputation as a destination for Nottingham families, but it’s also popular amongst young professionals. The area is well connected to the city centre by the tram and bus networks, but also has a life of its own. The busy high street is packed with local shops and fantastic places to eat, and a thriving cafe scene means there are plenty of places to catch up with friends over a brew. Regular local events and clubs such as quiz nights, sports clubs and festivals give plenty of life to the area and make it an exciting and vibrant place to live. You’ll find a mixture of different property types here, however particularly closer to the high street it’s mostly terraced homes.
Mapperley: keep in touch with Robin Hood’s heritage !
Mapperley is a large area of Nottingham and has several distinct neighbourhoods within it: Mapperley, Mapperley Plains and Mapperley Park. For young professionals we recommend the area around Mapperley Top. More affordable than the Park area and with plenty of local amenities and transport links it makes a great option for young professionals looking for a community hub. If getting out of the city at the weekend is your thing, Mapperley provides easy access to the countryside north of the city, including the famous Sherwood Forest.