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Making friends and settling in

At NTU, you’ll be joining a community of staff and students from over 160 countries. There are lots of social opportunities in the Global Lounges, Students’ Union and virtually to enhance your university experience and your employability skills and to make life-long friends from all over the world.

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Welcome to the Global Lounge

The Global Lounges are open to all NTU and NTIC students and colleagues.

These dedicated spaces are based on campus and in the Virtual Global Lounge (VGL) to provide opportunities to socialise, make friends, internationalise your CV and broaden your horizons.

Join the Virtual Global Lounge in MS Teams to take part in social activities and opportunities throughout the year to connect with peers from around the world, take part in cultural events, learn new languages, volunteer with us, or find out about study abroad opportunities.

For a full list of activities in the Global Lounge, visit our Global Lounge web page. And if you’re interested in organising your own event, we'd love to hear from you, please email us.

Make sure to visit us in the lounges or online. It’s the next step in settling into your new life here!

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

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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