The Top 5 Places for Young Professionals to Live in Nottingham
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Nottingham general interest
8 Dec 2023

The Top 5 Places for Young Professionals to Live in Nottingham

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Posted by Phil Ashford

Full to the brim with vibrant nightlife, independent shops and restaurants and exciting community events, Nottingham makes a perfect location for young professionals to call home. Take a look at our guide for the best areas of Nottingham to live to make the most of this fantastic city.

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Hockley and Lace Market

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 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. Properties in the area are mainly apartments and often benefit from original and unique features such as beautiful exposed bricks and Georgian windows. For an in-depth guide to Hockley and Lace Market click here.

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West Bridgford

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. For an in-depth guide to West Bridgford click here.

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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 into the city centre. The area is well serviced by Sainsbury's local, Tesco Express and a larger Sainsbury's and gym 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 centre


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 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. For an in-depth guide to Beeston click here.



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. For an in-depth guide to Mapperley click here.

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