If you can make that student loan stretch, there’s no harm in treating yourself once in a while. In Nottingham, there’s plenty of places to help you take your mind off your studies, and you don’t need more than £20 to enjoy yourself.

There is a lot to do to keep it from becoming repetitive; gravity defying games, luxury cinemas, alternative cafés and shops, it’s all covered below!

Check out our top spots for where our students love to splash out:

intu Victoria Centre

All Things Shopping

Visit the recently transformed Victoria Centre, or explore Bridlesmith Gate – one of the most stylish streets and home to brands like Fred Perry, Ted Baker and lots more.



Lateral thinkers and game masters, get ready to unleash your inner Sherlock. See if you and your crew can solve the puzzles to escape the room.

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham for web - treat yourself

National Ice Centre

Ice skating is a fun experience whatever your ability; not only can students skate for £5 (including skate hire), there are ice skating sessions every day.

planet bounce

Planet Bounce

Defy gravity, bounce when the lights go down and the DJ hits the decks. Discover the many different areas, including trampoline-powered basketball lanes.

Showcase Cinema de lux

Showcase – Cinema de Lux

The ultimate movie night out starts here. Enjoy watching the latest films in fully reclining seats, and experience the supersized XPlus screen with immersive Dolby Atmos sound.

Hockley Area

The Hockley Area

With its array of boutiques, vintage shops and relaxing cafes, Hockley is one of the most creative communities in Nottingham.