Preparing for student life

Whether you’re moving away from home for the first time, or returning to study after working, coming to university is a brand new experience, and a big change. But you’ll find there’s so much going on here at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to help make the transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible!

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Social media groups

Whether you're looking to find your flatmates, or you're looking to chat with people like you before you arrive, our social media groups are a great place to start.

We'd also recommend you take a look at The Student Room where our official Rep will be answering any questions you might have in the lead up to starting at NTU.

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Settling in

"I was scared and nervous for a week and then everything fell into place. I love being independent now!"

Rachel, BA (Hons) Journalism

Starting at university is a huge step and it's natural to feel nervous about meeting new people or leaving home. For ideas about what to expect in your first few weeks and our advice in the lead-up to starting at NTU, read our guide.

Our Student Support Services Team will be on hand throughout Welcome Week and beyond, to answer any questions you might have and support you every step of the way.

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Independent living

Lots of students tell us that one of the most rewarding aspects of being at university is the opportunity to live independently.

There may be all sorts of new challenges and opportunities. You can choose what to do and when (but make sure you turn up for lectures and seminars!). Taking charge of your own money, paying bills and doing your own cooking and washing up are really important (if not always very enjoyable!) lessons that will set you up for the rest of your life.

We've put together some simple recipes to get you started and inspire you.

If you haven't met someone [in your flat] yet, knock on their bedroom door and introduce yourself. Small talk such as ‘how was your journey, where are you from, what are you are studying’ is a good way to start a conversation. Trust me, you will get sick of these questions by the end of Welcome Week!

Ellen, BA (Hons) Business Management and Marketing
Lived at Sandby Hall in first year

There's much more to student life than your course. With so much going on it isn’t hard to find something that you’re interested in – and of course this is also a great way to meet people who share your interests.

Small and Friendly events

If you prefer things to be a bit more laid back, try our one of our Small and Friendly events during Welcome Week. These events are designed to be relaxed and more informal than the larger Welcome Week events and are aimed at those who feel more comfortable in smaller groups. Group sizes are restricted and most events are based around an activity, so you’ll have something to occupy you while you’re getting to know other new students.

You will be able to find all our Small and Friendly events on the Welcome Week website, or join our groups on Facebook.

Students not living in Halls

If you’re from the local area, you may be familiar with Nottingham, but coming to university will still be a new experience for you. If you’re living at home while you study, make sure you still get involved in different activities, clubs and societies so that you feel part of university life.

There are events especially for local students during Welcome Week and we have a specific Not in Halls group set up on Facebook for you to meet other local students studying at NTU.

Find out how you can get involved in student life.

Support right from the start

Our Student Support Services Team are here to make sure that you’re enjoying your time at NTU and making the most of student life.

You'll also meet our Freshers' Team when you arrive. The team is made up of students in their second, their or fourth year here, whose job is to help you settle in.

And, when you enrol at NTU, you’ll automatically become a member of our award-winning Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU).

NTU is supporting the NHS campaign encouraging all new students to protect themselves against meningitis. Get the new MenACWY vaccine from your GP before you arrive, to make sure you stay healthy at NTU. Visit the NHS website to find out more about meningitis and the new MenACWY vaccine.

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