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Your social life

Page last updated: 14 April 2021

It's important to maintain a healthy work life balance. Whether you're on campus or studying remotely there are plenty of opportunities to getting involved in activities outside of learning.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 the Government advises that the majority of students should not return to their term-time accommodation or go onto campus until their in-person teaching is scheduled to begin. However, the Government recognises that some students will need to access study space or personal support on campus regardless of when their courses resume in-person teaching.

There's a whole host of virtual extracurricular events and opportunities designed to complement your academic calendar. We'll be sending you updates each week via email of events and activities that you can get involved in, so keep an eye out.

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Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a variety of virtual extracurricular events and activities, many of them hosted by societies. Due to COVID-19 and the latest Government restrictions, the Students' Union bars are temporarily closed. Limited areas of the City SU are open for study spaces. The SU shops on all campuses are open with reduced hours.

Gyms and sporting facilities

Our gym facilities at the City and Clifton campuses are open. You'll need to book in advance and follow guidance on how to use the facilities safely. NTU Sport are continuing to deliver free virtual live classes each week, available to view on the NTU Sport App and join via Microsoft Teams.

Since Monday 29 March, all outdoor sports club activities have resumed, details have been communicated via sports club committees.

Indoor group activities will not resume until Monday 17 May at the earliest. In the meantime, the NTU Sport staff team is working hard with your club committees to find a way to offer your activity in outside spaces wherever possible. Further information will be communicated via the sports club committees.

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NTU Music

Due to COVID-19 restrictions NTU Music are temporarily pausing their in-person music lessons and rehearsals, moving all activities online. To get involved simply email for more details.

The NTU Music Centre is currently open for individual practice only. Practice rooms must be booked in advance.

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Global Lounge

NTU's Global Lounges will remain open at the City and Clifton campuses, whilst also delivering a programme of online activities via the Virtual Global Lounge. where you can:

  • 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 will 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.

Bonington Gallery will continue to run online events as planned. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to stay up to date with news and updates.

In line with the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions,  Boningtons Art Shop has now re-opened. Please book a time slot in advance to access the shop.

Staying safe online

Proceed with caution when buying event tickets online. Unofficial ticket touts are active on sites like Viagogo, Seatwave, Ticketswap, Gumtree and eBay. These sites aren’t liable if you receive fake tickets (or if you don’t receive any tickets at all). If you do buy tickets from a small retailer, pay by credit card if possible so that you can cancel the payment if the tickets don’t arrive or if lockdown rules change and events are cancelled.

More information can be found on our staying safe online page.

WRAP – Writing, Reading and Pleasure

WRAP is a 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.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

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 on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418