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Preparing for Student Life

Whether you’re moving away from home for the first time or returning to study after working, coming to university can be a big change. There’s so much going on at NTU for you to discover and get involved in.

Making friends and settling in

It’s completely normal to feel a little homesick, and you need to give yourself time to adjust. For students coming to the UK from overseas, we know that it can also be challenging and a little overwhelming at times.  

Whether you’re new to NTU or returning there are always opportunities to try new experiences and meet new people. Getting involved in Welcome activities is a great way to start.

Looking after yourself and others

University life is exciting, but can come with its own challenges. Our Health and Wellbeing service ensures that you can find the right help at the right time to help tackle whatever issues you might be encountering. If you think a friend might be struggling, ask them if they’re okay and get the conversation going.

It's ok to ask for help if you need it or tell us if you're worried about a friend – remember, we’re here for you.

At NTU there are so many different societies to join, including international societies, and there is such a good balance of students that you are able to make friends with.

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There are plenty of ways to meet new people:

  • If you're looking to find your flatmates – or just chat with likeminded people before you arrive then join us on social media – there are over 200 social media accounts connected to NTU, and 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 if you're living in 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!

Find out how our students settled in to student life


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.

Curated and Created

NTU’s extra-curricular arts programme is here to help you find enjoyment in a range of creative activities and events. From contemporary art to classical music, creative writing to comedy – Curated & Created is where it all begins.

International experiences

We’re proud of our Global Lounges, spaces to organise cultural events and meet people from all over the world. We want to give our students a truly international experience!


With over 60 sports clubs, sport scholarships, two gyms and a range of fitness classes on campus and online, there’s something for everyone here, whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner.

Get into volunteering

Volunteering is a great way of not only helping the local community, but also helping yourself. In the current job market standing out from the crowd is essential, and volunteering could give you that vital competitive edge.

Join a society

With over 120 societies to tempt you with, you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding what to get involved with here at NTU!

Faith and Chaplaincy

NTU Faith and Chaplaincy is committed to supporting the faith, spirituality and wellbeing of all students and staff here at NTU.

Students’ Union

With its exciting entertainment, social, sports and leisure spaces, NTSU is run by students, for students. It’s the heart of student life!


We are proud of our world-class campuses complete with green spaces, sustainable buildings and transport infrastructure. The Sustainable Development Team and Green Academy work in partnership with other departments to continue to embed sustainability into everyday life at NTU.

Working while you study

NTU's very own JobShop is a great resource for finding paid work in and around the city – you'll find hundreds of opportunities across a huge range of sectors. We also offer paid opportunities right here at NTU, from becoming a Student Ambassador to working as a Global Lounge assistant, or a Student Mentor – there’s plenty of available jobs to fit around your studies and it looks great on your CV. Visit the Unitemps site for further details and available vacancies.

Our Employability Team are here to help you throughout your time with us, and for up to three years after you graduate. They can support you with:

  • Jobs and opportunities
  • Applications and interviews
  • Placements and work experience
  • You can attend events, like job fairs and skills workshops

Talk to them via their live chat on their dedicated employability website.

Social media groups

NTU international groups

Find your halls of residence on Facebook

Course and School groups

The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences

The School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Nottingham School of Art & Design

The School of Arts and Humanities

Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism


Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Institute of Education

Nottingham Law School

The School of Science and Technology

The School of Social Sciences

Official Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) accounts

Clubs and Societies

Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) societies

NTU Music

NTU Sport

NTU Accommodation

NTU Global lounges