Making Friends and Settling In
At NTU, you’ll be joining a warm, friendly and truly international community. There are so many social opportunities available to you through our Global Lounges and Students’ Union to enhance your university experience. You'll soon be making life-long friendships with fellow students from all over the world.
Welcome to the Global Lounge
Visiting your Global Lounge is a great first step into your new life at the University. You'll be welcome any time, you don't need to make an appointment.
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. 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.
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.
Every university in the UK has a student union, offering services and social activities to students. It's run by students for students, and international students are well represented. You're automatically a member of the Union when you enrol at the University.
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.
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.
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.
Faith and spirituality
NTU Chaplaincy is led by our coordinating chaplain Reverend Richard Davey who is a Christian Anglican priest. Our Chaplaincy team also includes Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic chaplains.
We offer many opportunities to discover, explore and practise your faith. That could be through specific religious services. It could also be through spiritual practices including mindfulness and meditation.
Many of these activities are available on campus, for example we have Muslim prayer rooms at City, Clifton and Brackenhurst. Or, you can attend events all over Nottingham – find your place of worship on our student hub.
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.
It's normal to feel homesick sometimes. We know that starting a new life at university in a new country can sometimes be difficult and we have dedicated international student support teams to help.