Accommodation for Newcomers in Nottingham

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Immigration Accommodation in Nottingham Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Nottingham one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Nottingham for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Nottingham may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Nottingham take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Nottingham, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Nottingham is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Nottingham Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Nottingham as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Nottingham is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Nottingham for new immigration arrivals.

Nottingham ( NOT-ing-əm) is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England. Part of the East Midlands region, it is 128 miles (206 km) north of London and 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham. Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace-making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes), and tobacco industries. It was granted its city charter in 1897, as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham is a tourist destination; in 2018, the city received the second-highest number of overnight visitors in the Midlands and the highest number in the East Midlands.

In 2020, Nottingham had an estimated population of 330,000. The wider conurbation, which includes many of the city’s suburbs, has a population of 768,638. It is the largest urban area in the East Midlands and the second-largest in the Midlands. Its Functional Urban Area, the largest in the East Midlands, has a population of 919,484. The population of the Nottingham/Derby metropolitan area is estimated to be 1,610,000. The metropolitan economy of Nottingham is the seventh-largest in the United Kingdom with a GDP of $50.9 billion (2014). The city was the first in the East Midlands to be ranked as a sufficiency-level world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

Nottingham is a major sporting centre and, in October 2015, was named ‘Home of English Sport’. The National Ice Centre, Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and Trent Bridge international cricket ground are all based in or around the city, which is also the home of two professional football teams: Notts County, formerly the world’s oldest professional league club, and Nottingham Forest, famously two-time winners of the UEFA European Cup under Brian Clough and Peter Taylor in 1979 and 1980. The city has professional rugby, ice hockey, and cricket teams, also hosting the Aegon Nottingham Open, an international tennis tournament on the ATP and WTA tours. This accolade came just over a year after Nottingham was named as the UK’s first City of Football.

Nottingham’s public transport system won awards prior to 2015, including the largest publicly owned bus network in England. The city is served by Nottingham railway station and the modern Nottingham Express Transit tram system. In December 2015, Nottingham was named a ‘City of Literature’ by UNESCO, joining Dublin, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Prague as one of only a handful in the world. The title reflects Nottingham’s literary heritage, with Lord Byron, D. H. Lawrence, and Alan Sillitoe having links to the city, as well as a contemporary literary community, a publishing industry, and a poetry scene. The city is served by three universities—the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, and the Nottingham campus of the University of Law—hosting the highest concentration of higher education providers in the East Midlands.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Nottingham Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Nottingham may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Nottingham can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Nottingham

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Nottingham varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Nottingham use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Nottingham and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Nottingham for newcomers

One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!

Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Nottingham were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Nottingham area.



All renters in Nottingham have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Nottingham to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Nottingham Canada

Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Nottingham this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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