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 experience at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). 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 get you started.
Your first week
Course induction is a vital part of your course and takes place primarily during your first week. It is essential that you attend all aspects of your course induction activities, as these are designed to give you a flavour of what your course will involve and how you will be taught. It is also a great opportunity to meet your tutors and course mates.
Make sure you find out about everything university life has to offer. 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. Discover more about your Students’ Union and how it can benefit you.
My course offered team building and icebreaker activities, which helped me get to know people.
Robyn, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
Your university – your opportunities
- Join a society – NTSU has more than 110 societies you can join and being part of one is a great way to meet new people and try new things. You can find an A-Z list of all their societies on their website, or you can 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 of our facilities and sessions.
- Get musical – if you're musical, you'll find that there are plenty of opportunities to show your skills at NTU. Play in one of our orchestras and ensembles, or sing in one of our choirs – whatever your interests, or level of experience.
- Support your community – volunteering is a great way of getting involved with your local community, and adding something extra to your CV. Help out in schools with our Students in Classrooms scheme, or sign up for one of our exciting volunteering opportunities.
- Get involved with your Students' Union – Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is here to ensure 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 the chance to try new things, make friends and have fun, it is the social heart of the University.
- Visit our Global Lounges – we have Global Lounges at our City and Clifton Campuses. These are relaxed environments, open to UK and international students and hosts many cultural events and activities throughout the year.
Making new friends
Leaving behind the comforts of home might seem a little daunting – but once you arrive at university, remember that everyone’s in the same boat. It’s important to approach the first few weeks of your new life here with an open heart, and an open mind. As well as the opportunities that we’ve outlined above, 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. Connect with sports clubs, departments, societies and more!
- going to as many of our Winter Welcome events as you can - with lots to get involved with, they're ready-made ice breakers.
- attending your course induction – meeting the people who you’ll be learning alongside for the next few years.
- doing your own bit to make sure your new home is 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 new neighbour’s door. Even if you don’t live in halls, our Winter Welcome events are designed to keep you fully included in the NTU experience.
Helping you settle in
Our Student Support Services team are here to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of practical and personal issues, to support your health and wellbeing. Student Services Centres are located on each campus.
If you are staying in one of our halls of residence, look out for our Residence Assistants (RA’s), who work all year round, not just in your first few weeks of joining us. The RA’s are there to offer peer to peer support, organise events and help you become acquainted with your new home. You can’t miss them, they’ll be wearing bright pink hoodies!