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Your social life

Page last updated: 21 September 2020

Our city is young and alive and now it is your city. Social distancing doesn't have to mean no social life. This is your time to embrace the opportunities NTU and Nottingham have to offer, to help you settle in.

You can find out which restaurants are taking part in the government’s discount scheme, check which shops, pubs and bars are open and how to get deliveries to your door on the It’s in Nottingham site.

Right now, it may feel a little harder to be part of it all but we understand the benefits of getting involved in activities outside learning – both on your studies and wellbeing. That’s why we are making sure events, sports, music, art and cultural activities will still be available on our campuses. These may be delivered differently during the pandemic. We will be increasing the scale of our events as soon as the government regulations allow.

For new students joining us in September, we've published a comprehensive programme of pre-arrival information and welcome activities for you. There's also a whole host of extracurricular events and opportunities design to complement the academic calendar, that all students can take part in. We'll also be sending you updates of events and activities via email, so keeping checking your account.

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Students' Union

Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) are opening all their spaces across NTU campuses in time for Term One 2020 with new layouts, events and procedures in place to help you socialise as safely as possible. That includes coffee shops, bars, shops and social spaces. They also have a range of events and activities taking place on campus and online. Look out for quizzes, wellbeing activities, live music, debates, and events.

NTU Gyms have now re-opened. There's a new booking system, and the numbers of people allowed in at any one time will be limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained. A full exercise class schedule will be available.

You can continue to stay fit and active by joining NTU Sport's online classes. All classes are streamed live and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Follow them on Instagram for the daily class updates.

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NTU Music

NTU Music understands the importance of music on our wellbeing. That’s why the team wants to make sure you can make music as safely as possible. They are offering their full programme of vocal and instrumental groups, tuition and practice facilities in the Music Centre on the City Campus.

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Virtual Global Lounge

You'll be able to visit the NTU Global Lounge on the City from the start of term but due to social distancing, capacity will be limited. Alternatively, you can join the Virtual Global Lounge to:

  • Network and connect with new friends from across the globe.
  • Organise and take part in cultural activities.
  • Learn a new language.
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Arts and Culture

At NTU we are enjoying thinking of new ways to experience culture. Open to all students, we’ll be offering a variety of cultural and creative activities and events to enjoy both face-to-face, virtually and a combination via our Curated & Created programme.

Our on City Campus Bonington Gallery will be reopening at the beginning of October with a diverse and ambitious programme of exhibitions and events. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay up to date.

WRAP – Writing, Reading and Pleasure

October will see the launch of WRAP, a new programme of events and activities for students, focused around writing and reading for pleasure. Delivered in close partnership with our friends at Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, WRAP celebrates all kinds of words and all kinds of individual and collective voices.


Metronome, NTU's public live performance venue, will return with a full programme of events as soon as government guidelines permit. It has already taken part in a government pilot of a socially distanced comedy night which was also live streamed.

Your responsibility

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and communal areas and corridors on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

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