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10 things to do when you arrive at NTU

We welcome new students to NTU in September and January each year. As an international student, there are some things you’ll need to do to make sure your transition to the University is as smooth as possible.

You’ll find the 10 most important things to do when you arrive at NTU on this page.

1. Complete your enrolment

Enrolment for international students is a two-step process. Firstly, you’ll be encouraged to start your enrolment online. This involves checking the information we have about you, paying your tuition fees or setting up an instalment arrangement, and uploading a photo for your NTU Student Card.

Then, when you arrive in the UK you should attend our International Enrolment Event to complete enrolment in person. This is where you’ll collect your BRP, show visa documentation, meet our support staff, and collect your NTU Student Card.

2. Settle into your new home

It's important to make your new accommodation feel like your home from home. There are lots of shops in Nottingham to buy essential items and kit out your room with home comforts. Introduce yourself to your flatmates - it's a great time to explore Nottingham together, find your way around campus and discover your new favourite spots.

We strongly advise you to book your accommodation before you travel. If you've not arranged this in advance, please make sure you have a temporary option booked (such as a hotel) for your arrival. Our accommodation team is here to help, or you can read our accommodation advice.

3. Pay your fees

Make sure you’ve made arrangements to pay the rest of your tuition fees in full or have set up a plan to pay your fees in instalments.

If you opt for an instalment plan, no money will be taken from your account until the instalment dates in October 2023 and February 2024. When you open a UK bank account you can change the payment details on your instalment plan, if necessary.

Our finance team will be at the International Enrolment event so you can speak to them if you have any questions.

4. Open a UK bank account

When you arrive, we recommend that you open a UK bank account. You can use this account to pay your rent and bills, transfer money from overseas and, if you decide to work part-time, your employer will be able to pay your wages into this account. You can get advice on student bank accounts from our International Student Support team.

As an international student at NTU, it's really important that you are well-prepared and budget carefully. Find out more about how to manage your money and discover lots of tips and discounts.

5. Attend your course induction

Your course induction is compulsory so it's really important that you check your timetable and attend right from the first day.

If you miss these you risk falling behind and missing key opportunities to: meet course staff and fellow students; explore facilities and learning resources you’ll use; be introduced to the first modules of your course.

6. Register with a doctor

All international students have access to NHS healthcare after paying the NHS healthcare surcharge.

We strongly recommend registering online with a local medical practice on the City and Clifton campuses or Southwell Medical Practice (if you’re based at Brackenhurst) when you arrive.

If you’re aged 18 or over and study in the UK you’ll be eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination. You’ll need your NHS number which you’ll get when you register with a doctor. You may also be encouraged to have a Meningitis ACWY vaccination.

7. Meet our Student Support Services

Our friendly International Student Support Services Team are based in the Student Services Centre in Newton Building. If you need advice on working in the UK, have immigration questions or feel homesick and just want someone to talk to, they are there to help you.

If you have a diagnosed disability, require specialist support or need practical adjustments, we can provide advice and guidance throughout your transition to NTU.

8. Download the MyNTU app

The MyNTU app is a great resource which allows you to access:

  • the latest university news and events
  • campus maps
  • your student email
  • course timetable
  • student support
  • online workspace NOW
  • a host of extra-curricular information.

We encourage you to check your student emails and app regularly to keep up-to-date.

9. Attend Welcome events

There are always lots of events on offer to help welcome you to the NTU community, the Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) and the city itself.

Our Welcome schedule includes city tours, free lunches, games afternoons, movie nights and more! These are all a great opportunity to get to know your new surroundings, meet other students and to start making lasting friendships.

Make sure to join in our Welcome events from Friday 15 September – Friday 13 October 2023.

10. Follow us on social

There are many ways to keep up-to-date with all that is going on around the University. You can join us on social to get the latest news and meet new friends. There are groups if you want to meet people in your accommodation, or on your course, pages for the numerous clubs and societies as well as the central NTU and NTU international channels. Come and join us.