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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 is a new experience, and a big change. You’ll find there’s so much going on at NTU to make that transition easy and fun.

Students eating in Nottingham

Independent living

One of the most rewarding aspects of being at university is the opportunity to live independently. Taking charge of your own money, paying bills and doing your own cooking and washing up are important (if not always fun!) lessons that will set you up for life.

International students – studying in a new country

Coming to study in the UK is a very exciting and rewarding experience. We know that it can also be challenging, and you may experience a range of emotions in your first few weeks, including a little homesickness and culture shock. This is a very normal part of adjusting to a new environment and learning about your new home. Our advice is simple: ask questions about social customs in British culture, get involved in Welcome activities to meet new people, and most importantly of all ask for any help if you need it – because we’re all here for you.

Getting involved

With so much going on at NTU, it’s easy to find something that you’re interested in – and to meet people who share your interests.

Students not living in Halls

If you’re from the local area, you may already 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, try and get involved in activities, clubs and societies so that you still feel part of university life.

There are events for local students during Welcome 2020, and we have a specific Facebook group for students who are not living in Halls of Residence. This will help you to meet other local students studying at NTU.

There's plenty more information on getting involved at NTU on our website.

Students on Shakespeare Street

Start making friends

If you're looking to find your flatmates – or just chat with likeminded people before you arrive – our social media groups are the place to start.

It’s also worth visiting The Student Room, where our official Rep can answer any questions you might have before starting at NTU.

Social media groups

Your Student Support Services

Our Student Support Services team are here to help you to study effectively and make the most of student life. If you have a diagnosed disability, require specialist support or need any practical adjustments, we can also provide advice and guidance on your transition to NTU.

The team can provide specialist support for the following:

  • Dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties – visit our dyslexia support page or call +44 (0)115 848 4120 for more information.
  • A disability (physical or sensory impairment, or long-term health condition) – visit our disability services page or call +44 (0)115 848 2085 for more information.
  • An autistic spectrum condition – visit our disability services page or call +44 (0)115 848 2085 for more information.
  • A mental health difficulty, such as depression or anxiety – visit our health and wellbeing page or call +44 (0)115 848 2085 for more information.
  • International students can contact us by email or by calling +44 (0)115 848 2631 for visa guidance, help with settling in to life in the UK and for advice on working part-time.
  • If you’re studying at Confetti, you can access specialist support by emailing or by calling +44 (0)115 952 2075 for more information.

For general enquiries about the support we can provide, visit our Student Services page or contact the team on or by calling +44 (0)115 848 6060 with your query. During the first term, we will be offering appointments remotely via Microsoft Teams and will continue to offer appointments via telephone.

Health and wellbeing

Health, happiness and academic success are all linked. It’s a fact that if you’re feeling well and safeguarding your health, you’re more likely to perform better in your studies. Our Healthy NTU guide provides information and links on important health and wellbeing topics, as well as the services and support available to help you make the most of life at NTU.

Our Wellbeing Services team are here to provide you with information, advice, self-help resources and support, including our online resource – SilverCloud.

If your emotional health and wellbeing begins to have a negative impact on your NTU experience and you would like some advice and support from our Wellbeing team, please us our contact form.

You should also check out Student Minds’ helpful guides on university life.

Information and support for care-experienced and estranged students

Our Student Support Services team can provide information to students who have spent time in Local Authority care, to help ensure that your transition to university runs smoothly.

Visit our information pages for care-leavers for more information about the advice and support that's available, as well as details of our NTU Care-leaver / Foyer Resident Bursary.

Visit our information pages for estranged students for more information about the advice and support available, as well as details of our NTU Estranged Student Bursary.

Advice for student parents

If you’ll need to manage your studies around family life, take a look at our information for students with caring responsibilities to find out what extra financial support you may be entitled to.

Arranging additional funding

Visit the website for more information about the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). The DSA provides extra funding on top of your Student Finance allocation to support you during your studies (subject to eligibility).

Faith Ambassadors

NTU Faith

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.

You can take part in a huge range of faith-based festivals on campus, learn about the value of interfaith dialogue, and build lasting friendships at the University.

Visit the NTU Faith page or email for more information.

Meningitis Now

Get the MenACWY vaccine before you arrive

We encourage all new students going to university or college for the first time to protect themselves against meningitis. Get the MenACWY vaccine from your GP before you arrive at NTU –  and visit the NHS website to find out more.

Identifying meningitis is not always easy. Early symptoms can be missed or mistaken for something else. Head to the Meningitis Now website for a full list of signs and symptoms, and for more information about meningitis.

Still need help?

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