Getting involved at NTU
Coming to university isn't just about studying. Throwing yourself into something beyond the classroom can be an unforgettable part of your NTU experience. It’s the perfect time to try something new – to broaden your horizons, meet new people, and develop the skills that’ll set you up for life. Here's some ideas to help get you started.
Your first week
Course inductions take place in the first few weeks of term and are designed to introduce you to your course and how you'll learn at NTU – from our online teaching tools to the buildings and facilities that you'll use as part of your studies. It’s also a great opportunity to meet your tutors and make friends with your course mates.
Your first week is a great time to start getting involved with sports clubs and societies, where you can try new things or pursue your hobbies whilst getting to know other students. Find out how to get involved with Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU).
Life outside lectures: opportunities
- Join a society – NTSU has more than 110 societies you can join to meet new people and try something new. You can find an A-Z list of all their societies on their website, and even start your own!
- Get active – with over 60 sports clubs, two gyms and a range of fitness classes on campus, there’s something for everyone here, whether you’re an expert or a beginner. NTU’s Sports and Fitness membership scheme gives you unlimited access to all our facilities and sessions.
- Get musical – if you're musical, you'll find that there are plenty of opportunities to show and develop your musical skills at NTU. Play in one of our orchestras and ensembles or sing in a choir – whatever your interests or level of experience.
- Support your community – volunteering is a great way of getting involved with your local community, and adding to your CV. Help out in schools with our Students in Classrooms scheme, or sign up for one of our other exciting volunteering opportunities.
- Get involved with your Students' Union – Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) will help you get the most out of your time here at NTU. From representing your views at a local and national level to providing you with new things to try. Make friends and have fun at the social heart of NTU.
- Visit our Global Lounges – we have Global Lounges at our City and Clifton campuses. These are relaxed environments, open to UK and international students, which host cultural events and activities.
Make new friends
Approach the first few weeks of your life here with an open heart, and an open mind – remember that everyone starting university is in the same boat. You can meet lots of new people by:
- joining us on social media – there are over 200 social media accounts connected to NTU, and Facebook groups for each one of our Halls of Residence
- going to as many of our Welcome events as you can – with so much to get involved with, they're perfect ice-breakers
- attending your course induction – meet the people who you’ll be learning alongside for the next few years
- doing your bit to make your new home a happy one – chat to everyone you see in your new accommodation. Bond over a cup of tea, and don’t be afraid to knock on your neighbour’s door. If you don’t live in Halls, our Welcome events are there to keep you included!
We recognise that faith can form an integral part of the student identity and journey. That’s why we’re committed to supporting faith at NTU in order to enhance student experience and wellbeing.
Take part in a huge range of faith-based festivals on campus, learn about the value of interfaith dialogue and build lasting friendships at university.
Helping you settle in
Our Student Support Services team are here to support your health and wellbeing. Student Services Centres are located on each campus.
If you’re staying in NTU accommodation, look out for our Residence Assistants (RAs). They’re student volunteers who work all year round and help to create a sense of community – putting on events and offering support and guidance to help you get the most out of university life. If you have any questions, ask the RA’s – they’ve been there and done it – look out for them in their pink hoodies!