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.
NTU arts programme
Curated & Created, our extra-curricular arts programme, provides a range of creative activities and events to get involved in, from contemporary art to classical music, creative writing to comedy.
Studying abroad and international experiences
There’s so many international opportunities to get involved with – from exchange schemes and study abroad, to learning a language and Global Week – our annual celebration of cultural diversity.
With sports clubs, scholarships, gyms and a range of fitness classes, there’s something for all abilities – whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner.
Teach, coach, mentor, manage; be a fundraiser – or simply just a friend – for someone or something that really needs your help.
From K-Pop to knitting, belly dance to bowling - with over 100 societies you’ll be spoilt for choice when deciding what to get involved in 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.
Your 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!
Ways to help the environment at NTU
NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world. Help us to keep making a difference for the University, for our local communities, and for the planet.
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
Official NTU accounts
NTU international groups
Find your halls of residence on Facebook
A-Z list of Halls Facebook groups
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
Welcome and Trent Freshers
Clubs and Societies
Nottingham Trent Students' Union (NTSU) societies
Specific student groups
NTU Global lounges