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Making friends and settling in

You’ll be joining a truly international community here at NTU. There are so many social activities happening through the Global Lounges and the Students' Union all year, where you can truly cross cultures and make life-long friends from all over the world. You'll find the contact information on this page to get you started.

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Welcome to the Global Lounge

Studying here is an amazing opportunity to make friends from around the world and explore other cultures. We want you to learn and experience as much outside the classroom as you do in it.

Our Global Lounges are a great place to start. You can meet new people, practise your language skills and discover opportunities open to you. You can even get a free lunch here every week!

City Campus Global Lounge: 23 Goldsmith Street, ground floor. The International Development Office is on the first floor. It's next to The Horn in Hand pub and opposite the main entrance to the University; the Newton building.

City Campus Global Lounge opening times
Mondays to Thursdays 9 am – 7 pm
Fridays 9 am – 5 pm
Out of term time 9 am – 5 pm

Clifton Campus Global Lounge: Mary-Ann Evans building, room 126

Clifton Campus Global Lounge opening times
Mondays to Fridays 9 am – 5 pm
Out of term time 10 am – 4 pm

Make sure to visit us when you arrive. It’s the next step in settling in to your new life here.

You’ll be welcome any time – you don’t need an appointment.

Students reading and chatting in Global Lounge

Social activities

Our Global Lounge teams organise social activities every week, many take place in the Global Lounges.

We also hold special events throughout the year, such as our Global Week.

We’ve listed a few of these events and activities below and hope you'll soon be involved.

And you can organise your own events too of course  – just email us your ideas!

  • Global community lunches

    A free lunch for all our students every week during term time – a great chance to relax, eat and make new friends.

    Global community lunch: City Global Lounge, every Thursday 12 pm – 2 pm

    Connect lunch: Clifton Wellbeing room, every Tuesday 12 pm – 2 pm (organised in collaboration with Chaplaincy)

  • Language café

    Language practice sessions in a relaxed setting with our students and staff.

    City Global Lounge, every Tuesday 5 pm – 7 pm

    Clifton Students’ Union Basement Bar, every Thursday 2 pm – 4 pm*

    *These take place during term time.

  • Games afternoons

    A fun afternoon of board games – a great way to relax and meet new people.

    Clifton Global Lounge, every Monday 2 pm – 4 pm

  • Movie nights

    Relax with some popcorn, new friends and a good film.

    Clifton Global Lounge, every Monday 4 pm – 6 pm

  • Book club

    Come along, discover new books and share with others books you’ve enjoyed – a great way to relax and make new friends.

    Clifton Global Lounge, every Friday 1 pm – 2 pm

  • Global week

    Every year we proudly celebrate the amazing diversity at NTU with Global Week. This is a five-day international festival celebrating the art, culture, music and food of our students. There’s loads of exciting events to get involved with as you work with others to represent your country.

    Global Week takes place in February/March each year.

Every year we celebrate the amazing diversity at NTU with Global Week. This five-day festival of art, culture, music, food and people shows our pride in our international community.

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Your Students' Union

Coming to NTU isn’t just about studying. You’ll make new friends, try new things and do all the things you already love too.

And Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is here to help you with all that and more.

NTSU runs student social societies and sports clubs, and arranges trips to famous places in the UK.

The Students’ Union also represents you – to make sure your voice is heard and international students are well represented.

When you enrol at the University you're automatically a member of the Students’ Union. Get to know them as soon as you arrive; the Union's a great place to meet people and get advice and support when settling in.

You’ll get a Students’ Union card. This will get you discounts at all sorts of shops, and restaurants, as well as cheaper travel around the city.

Every university in the UK has a student union, offering services and social activities to students. It's run by students, for students.

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Clubs and societies

There are over 80 social and sports clubs and societies run by the NTSU for you to get involved in.

You’re sure to find something you’re interested in. But if not, you can always start your own!

You can see the full range of clubs and societies you can join on the NTSU website.

You can also find information on how to start your own, and details of upcoming events and the support we have available to you.

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Welcome Week

If you're starting in September, Welcome Week is a really important week as you settle in to student life.

It's a busy programme of activities and events designed to provide you with essential information and to help you meet fellow students so you can start to feel at home.

We run a series of welcome activities for international students like you, as many arrive before Welcome Week begins and need extra support.

Winter Welcome

For those starting postgraduate studies in January, we organise a Winter Welcome. Just as fun and packed with activities as Welcome Week, on a smaller scale.

Diverse faith traditions sharing their perspective on prayer at the Global Lounge


Our Chaplaincy team is led by our coordinating chaplain Reverend Richard Davey who is a Christian Anglican priest.

The Chaplaincy team also has Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic chaplains.

We have Muslim prayer rooms across our campuses:

  • City Campus – DiCE building
  • Clifton Campus – Student Support Services building
  • Brackenhurst Campus – Pippin building

You may be interested in becoming a faith ambassador through our Faith Ambassadors Project – an initiative that’s promoting the value of faith across NTU and the wider community.

International support

Help and support

Feeling homesick?

Remember that it is normal to feel homesick sometimes.

We know that starting a new life at university in a new country can be difficult and we’re here to help.

If you’re finding it hard and want someone to talk to please read our further advice or email our international student support service team at

Still need help?

Global student experience team
+44 (0)115 848 4362