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Nottingham revealed as one of the top cities for graduates to live in

Nottingham has been ranked as one of the UK’s best cities for graduate satisfaction coming in 6th place according to research from

  • From job opportunities to the cost of rent, transport, and dining out, reveals the best cities for graduates to live in
  • Bradford leads the way with a high number of job opportunities and low monthly rent.
  • Nottingham’s great choice of entertainment, reasonable rent prices and job opportunities place it in the top 10.

To help students who are finishing university this summer, has analysed the nine important factors when deciding where to live after graduating, including: the number of graduate entry level jobs, monthly rent payments, transport, utility costs, gym prices, and the average price of dining out. To see the full research and helpful moving tips, please visit:

Following the research, reveals the top 10 cities for ultimate graduate satisfaction, as follows:

Bradford takes the top spot, with the average monthly rent price for a one-bedroom apartment just outside of the city centre costing £384.38, and an additional £121.43 for basic utilities. For those who enjoy socialising, a pint of beer will only set them back by £3.00, a meal £10.00, and currently, there are over 1,400 graduate entry level roles available in the city.

For graduates focusing more on job prospects, Birmingham is a prime spot after Bradford, with 1,110 live job adverts, making one of the best cities for job opportunities. For those looking for lower rent costs, aside from Bradford, Kingston-Upon-Hull is a great option, with the average monthly rent sitting at £404.29, followed by Preston (£416.67).

A cheap meal out in Nottingham will look to set you back around £12, a pint around £4. Renting in Nottingham is also cheaper than many cities in the UK to rent in with the average cost for a 1 bed flat in the city costing around £709/month, dropping to £513/month.

For more information on the research and a checklist on moving home, please visit:

Posted on 30 May 2022

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